THE ROLL MODELS

THE ROLL MODELS

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A combination of barroom boogie, gut-bustin' chuckles, tore down blues, tear-jerkin' hillbilly, and original compositions guaranteed to knock the polish off your toes.

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Biography

Dearest Daddy O's and Cuddly Kittens:
Cop a squat, focus your audio, and let me lace up your boots to the serious dusting of the elephants' teeth that's going down with two gone kats known as Pianist Envy.... They are straight out of the 'fridge cool, and solid as the fence around a convent.
Allow me to hip you to the tale of these advocates of the eighty-eights.

Winter, 2007
Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, the High Holy Prophet of Polyester, has been spreading his gospel of sanctified Shake, Rattle and Roll for the better part of three decades.
Although there was [and still is] plenty agitating of the gravel to be done, the miles were getting no shorter, and his health was coming apart like a Goodwill suitcase. He wasn't headed for Crashville just yet, but he knew the turn-off wasn't too far down the road.
The Rev. was beginning to wonder if it wasn't time to pull over to the curb before the dreamboat became a battleship.

The Piana From Savannah..
Just about that time, a young Hepcat from Memphis by way of the Peach State appeared on the Rev's radar, and proceeded to lay down some wig-fryin' boogie woogie, that sent the anointed one into another zip code. They met at a jam session, and shortly thereafter split a gig at a Daytona establishment catering to those with credit ratings in the seven hundreds, and by the end of the night they had the joint rockin' like a roadhouse. Young Mr. Victor Wainwright made those keys jump like a chicken on a hotplate at the county fair. He also had a set of pipes that had the honeys' hiding their wedding rings.

When he and The Rev. played together, and beat it eight-to-the-bar, it was high, fly and too wet too dry, right from Jump street. Before long, from Daytona to Memphis, the gin mill cowboys and young chicklets were diggin' this duo deeper than a backhoe on Ritalin.
With their four hands full of piano, frantic threads, and their stratospheric boogie woogies, the Rev. and Victor decided: "Let's brush it hard, and see where the dandruff falls." The result?

A combination of barroom boogie, gut-bustin' chuckles, tore down blues, tear-jerkin' hillbilly, and original compositions guaranteed to knock the polish off your toes.

Dig the downloaded tunes, snag a glance at the video, and see if you don't find certain portions of your anatomy moving involuntarily. Check our schedule, and put your face in the place when we land in your metropolis for the evening. As the Rev says:

"If we don't turn you on, you ain't got a switch!"

Discography

REVEREND BILLY C. WIRTZ

Salvation Through Polyester - No Big Deal Records August 3, 1983
Deep Fried & Sanctified
January 1, 1989
Backslider's Tractor Pull
January 1, 1990
Turn For The Wirtz: Confessions Of A Hillbilly Love-God
January 1, 1994
Pianist Envy
January 1, 1994
Songs of Faith and Inflammation
March 12, 1996
Unchained Maladies
August 18, 1998
Best of the Wirtz: 15 Years on the Road with a 77" Pianist
February 20, 2001
Rev. Elation
April 22, 2002
Sermon From Bethlehem CD
March 14, 2004
Sermon From Bethlehem DVD
March 14, 2004

VICTOR WAINWRIGHT

Deals Gap 2000
The Deal 2001
Shoestring (Double Disc) 2002
The Pirates - Rocking the Boat 2002
Live at the Library 2003
Piana From Savannah 2005
Delta Highway - Devil Had a Woman - 2007

PIANIST ENVY

Group Therapy (Pianist Envy) - 2008

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VENUE LIST
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Festivals:
Strawberry Festival (Sonora, CA)
Sonoma Blues Festival (Sonoma, CA.)
Ottawa Blues Fest (Ottawa, Canada)
Toronto Blues Festival (Toronto, Canada)
Springin’ the Blues (Jacksonville, FL)
Riverwalk Blues Festival [Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Rhythm &Ribs Fest (St. Augustine, FL)
Montreux Jazz Festival (Atlanta, GA)
Chesapeake Bay Blues Fest (Annapolis, MD)
Omaha Blues Festival (Omaha, NB)
Piedmont Blues Festival (Greensboro, NC)
Belle Chere Music Festival (Asheville, NC)
Festival for the Eno (Durham, NC)
Bergen Blues Festival (Bergen, Norway)
New Jersey Folk Fest ( New Brunswick, NJ.)
The Blues and Rock Festival [Strechen, Poland)
Memphis in May Blues Festival (Memphis, TN)
Memphis In May Bar-B-Que Festival ( Memphis, TN)
Memphis Music and Heritage Festival (Memphis, TN)
Beale Street Music Festival (Memphis, TN)
Nashville City Fest (Nashville, TN.)

Clubs and Listening Rooms:
Rhythm Room (Phoenix, AZ)
Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA)
Lttlle Fox Theatre (Redwood City, CA)
Kuumba Jazz Room (Santa Cruz, CA))
Palms Playhouse (Winters, CA)
Fine Arts Center (Colorado Springs, CO)
European Street Café (Jacksonville, FL)
Bradfordville Blues (Tallahassee, FL)
Main Street Café (Homestead, FL)
Green Parrot Bar (Key West, FL)
Tobacco Road (Miami, FL)
Bamboo Room (Lake Worth, FL)
Skipper's Smokehouse (Tampa, FL)
Café 11 (St. Augustine, FL)
Darwin's (Marietta, GA)
Red Light Café (Atlanta, GA)
Blues on Grand (Des Moines, IA)
Chord on Blues (St. Charles, IL)
Buddy Guys’ Legends (Chicago, IL)
Fizgeralds (Berwyn, IL)
The Red Key Palace (Red Key, IN)
Slippery Noodle (Indianapolis, IN)
8 x 10 Club (Baltimore, MD)
Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis, MD)
Globe Theatre (Berlin, MD)
The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI)
Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Kansas City, MO)
Knuckleheads Saloon (Kansas City, MO)
Blue Bayou Club (Hillsborough, NC)
Carolina Blues Festival (Greensboro, NC)
Carrboro ArtsCenter (Carrboro, NC)
Cat's Cradle (Carrboro, NC)
Loafers Beach Club (Raleigh, NC)
Double Door Inn (Charlotte, NC)
Evening Muse (Charlotte, NC)
Magnolia's (Asheville, NC)
Jack of the Wood (Asheville, NC)
Sunday Night Music Club (Millburn, NJ
Crystal Bay Club Casino (Crystal Bay, NV)
Hacienda Restaurant (Reno, NV)
The Bottom Line ( NYC, NY)
Dan Lynchs’ (NYC,NY)
Platos; Retreat (NYC, N.Y)
Turning Point Café (Piermont, NY)
Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
Funnybone (Pittsburgh, PA)
KClinger's Tavern (Hanover, PA)
Godfrey Daniels (Bethlehem, PA)
River Street Jazz Café (Scranton, PA)
Sellersville Theatre 1894 (Sellersville, PA)
The Handlebar (Greenville, SC)
The Comedy Zone (Memphis, TN)
BB King’s (Memphis, TN)
Douglas Corner (Nashville, TN)
Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)
Brackins Blues Club (Maryville, TN)
Poor David's Pub (Dallas, TX)
McGonigel's Mucky Duck (Houston, TX)
Casbeer's (San Antonio, TX)
Birchmere (Alexandria, VA)
The Prism (Charlottesville, VA)
Private Party for the Dave Mathews Band (Charlottesville, VA)
Court Square Theatre (Harrisonburg, VA)
Poe's Pub (Richmond, VA)
The Coffee Pot (Roanoke, VA)
Goodfella's (Hampton, VA)
Roanoke College (Salem, VA)
Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA)
Upstage Restaurant (Port Townsend, WA)
Sisters Coffeehouse (Princeton, WV
Washington &Lee University (Lexington, VA)

DATES OUTSIDE THE STATES
Estelles- Belize
Three tours of Norway, multiple dates
Strechen, Poland
Krakow, Poland
The Logo Club-Hamburg, Germany
Andersons- Odense, Denmark
Skynards- Anniston, Alabama

Between them, Rev. Billy and Victor Wainwright have worked as support acts for numerous national artists, among them:
Boz Scaggs ( Two tours, multiple dates)
Bob Dylan
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Buddy Guy
John Anderson
The Beach Boys
Paul Butterfield
ZZ Top
Soul Asylum
Bo Diddley

Set List

THE ROLL MODELS will typically perform two seventy minute sets, usually comprised of one half original material and one half crowd favorite covers.

A sample set is shown below:

KANSAS CITY
HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS
SWEET POTATER
WHAT I USE TO DO ALL NIGHT
GET OFF MY LAWN
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
PIANA FROM SAVANNAH
AFTER HOURS
GRANDMA'S BEHIND THE WHEEL