Mike Bravener and The Rockin Billies

Mike Bravener and The Rockin Billies

 Fredericton, New Brunswick, CAN
BandAmericanaRockabilly

If you love Energy, Fun, and Originality then you will love Mike and The Rockin Billies. Not only do they sing and play the great songs that helped define early rock n roll authentically they play them with passion! This band have opened for April Wine, Kim Mitchell, and many others. They combine traditional songs and sounds to an eclectic repertoire of timeless classic country, rock-a-billy & new tunes made famous by Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams Sr. & more!

Biography

Mike started his professional career as an Elvis Tribute Artist. This career saw Mike excel in the Tribute Artist World. Selected by E.P.E as one of the top Elvis Tribute Acts for 2009-2010, and first Grand Champion of myspace.com "Ultimate Elvis Contest", Mike delivers a tribute of the 3 decades of the kings musical career! But Mike is more than just a Tribute Artist. When it comes to Rock-a-billy, Hank Williams Sr., and classic country Mike and The Rockin Billies have tried to keep those classic songs that made Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry lee Lewis, Elvis, and a host of others household names. It's hard to hear authentic, country and rock-a-billy these days because few know how to sing them pure like the greats did. Mike works very hard to make these classic songs fresh and win a whole new generation of fans. Also Mike has a talented team of dancers "The Smitten Kittens" who dress in that 1950's style dress and have a number of choreographed songs that they dance to during the band's sets. An added treat to every show!!

This 5 piece  band plays everything from bluegrass to blues, from classic country to rockabilly. In April 2011 the band were requested to play at The Maritime Country Fest, and won 1st runner up at the first "Battle Of The Bands"! Since that time The Rockin Billies, have played The Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival, The Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Nashwaak Music Festival, Pioneer Days, Canada Day, The Sirius Satellite Stage in Collingwood On. and at various private and corporate events around Fredericton, and NB. In 2016 The Billies with The Kittens Played for almost 1000 people at The Currie Center in Fredericton opening for Tristan Horncastle. Following that event they were asked back by the City Of Moncton to be the opening act for Kim Mitchell. Attendance was well over 5000 people. In 2015 they had opened up for April Wine. In late July The band played to over 750 at The Nashwaak Music Festival opening for Gordie MacKemman And His Rhythm Boys, The band with The Kittens once again played to a pack house at The Snooty Fox for Fredericton's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. The band's first CD "Sinner" is sold out and available on Itunes. Mike's CD Coverin Hank has been receiving great reviews by CBC radio's music guru Bob Mersereau, and his song "Livin Out The Dream" has enjoyed airplay on CBC radio and is in it's 2nd printing of 1000 copies!

And if you enjoy modern Rock-a-billy and contemporary tunes you will like his original tunes and covers of songs were made popular by Queen, AC/DC, Clapton, and others to name a few! They know that you will enjoy their sound and performances. The ECMA people did and invited Mike and his former band, The Rockin' Billies, to appear on The Discovery Stage at the 2008 ECMA's. Many bands and acts apply and only 50 were chosen!! In 2008 Mike and The Rockin Billies were nominated for the C.B.C. Rising Star award, played for Sirius Satellite Radio on the "Canadian Pride Showcase Stage" In Collingwood Ont., and headlined at Harvest Jazz and Blues in Fredericton N.B. He has just completed a few shows with legendary drummer DJ Fontana in re-creating Elvis 1968 Comeback Special. DJ commented "This is one of the best shows that I have ever seen!"
There are many formats available for your event, from a full scale production with a cast of over 20 to a 5 piece band performance. Mike is also available as a solo artist or with a trio, and can use "backing tracks" to accompany him.

Some of Mike's other awards include 1st runner up in Collingwood's Elvis Festival 2006 ( The largest such event in the world ) as well as 1st place winner 2 years in a row in Montreal Que., and a grand finalist in Memphis Tenn. 2007 "Images Of The King" contest, and semifinalist in E.P.E's Ultimate Elvis" contest 2009. Mike is a regular with the N.B. Country Showcase. Mike was a grand finalist in the 2011 New England Elvis Festival.

Lyrics

2 - 10

Written By: Mike Bravener

She had brown hair and her eyes were blue
Kissable lips and a full figure too!
We took to dancin' I held her tight!
She took me home later on that night
It's sunday mornin' and I wake up in her bed
Whiskey and music are poundin' in my head
I look at her "What did I do?"
She was a ten but now she's a two!
She went from 2 to 10 from 10 to 2
Too much whiskey and 1 too many brew
Tight fittin' Jeans and The devil in here eyes
She was a 10 when we went for a ride!

10 Months later and my telephone rings.
That chicks a waggin' but I don't hear a thing
She's says "hon what we gonna do?
I have a son and he looks like you!"

She went from 2 to 10 from 10 to 2...

Rocabye Blues

Written By: Mike Bravener

Well Rock-a-bye bye baby, Rock-a-bye today.
Rock-a-bye little darlin’ wanna rock these blues away?
Rock em in the evenin’ right through to the mornin’s light
Rock-a-bye bye baby lets Rock n Roll tonite!
Well you know we gonna rock, yah Rock, C’mon and rock
Rock on down the line

I’ll slick back my hair and a polish up my shoes
I’m goin’ into town I got to lose these lovesick blues
I’m sick with love for you and You got the blues from lovin’ me
I’m Dixie fried nearly all the time that’s why I gotta be just a rock
And Rock these blues away

I caught a fever, a 103 degrees, Honkin’ Tonkin’ fever that burns inside of me
Let’s spend our rockin’ chair money honey before it gets too late
Makes no sense to wait around until you can’t remember your name…

Well Rock-a-bye bye baby…

Workin’ hard all week long and I’m savin’ up my pay
Come Friday night the time is right to Rock our blues away
The nights aloive and the bqand is hot and you look so dog gone fine
So slap that wig hat on your head and put your little hand in mine
‘Cause we gonna rock, Rock our blues away!

Michele

Written By: Mike Bravener

Here’s a song about a girl that I once met
It’s a few years later but I still can’t forget.
We were kids back in High School
She was Oh so pretty but I wasn’t that cool
She was an Angel in blue jeans
Walking down the halls that High School Queen

It was back in grade 12 at the High school dance
Laughin’ and a playin’ then she held my hand.
She pulled me real close and we danced real slow
Then I kissed her at the end of that song.
Sometimes I close my eye’s Oh well
I’m back in her arms I’m with Michele.

-Chorus-

Oh well let me tell you about Michele
How she danced with me and how I fell
I was hypnotized, under her spell
And I know that I’ll never forget Michele

After graduation she moved away
But I still thought about her nearly every day
Finally another girl caught my eye,
And I setteled down and made that girl my wife.
But I’ll pull down my yearbooks now and then
And I’m dancin’ with Michele again!

Discography

"Sinner" released in April 2008 and sold over 800 copies
features 5 original songs and 1 Johnny Cash Cover

"Coverin Hank" ( Mike's solo project released April 2013 ) has sold to date 1000 copies
Features 11 Hank Sr. Classics and 3 original songs

Set List

PEROXIDE BLONDE  ( A )
BLUE SUEDE SHOES  ( A)
MYSTERY TRAIN  ( E )
CALIFORNIA SUN  ( G )
THAT’S ALL RIGHT MAMA  ( A )
GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT ( E )
BABY LET’S PLAY HOUSE  ( E )
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES ( E )
HONEY DON’T  ( E )

MAMA TRIED

ROMANCE SLOWED ME DOWN

ROCKET 88  ( E )
JOHNNY BE- GOOD  ( A )
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE/WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN GOIN ON  ( C )
6 DAYS ON THE ROAD  ( C )
BIG RIVER  ( E )
BROWN EYE’d HANDSOME MAN  ( E )
ROCK THIS TOWN  ( D )
BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY  ( A )
BYE - BYE LOVE  ( G )
SUSPICIOUS MINDS  ( G )
FAT BOTTOM GIRLS  ( G )
MY GAL IS RED HOT  ( C )
DRIVIN’  ( E )
STRAY CAT STUT  ( Cm )
BURNIN’ LOVE  ( D )