Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers

Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Hi-Octane Honkytonk in the hoedown spirit of the Louisiana Hayride. We've been dug by traditionalists, punk rockers, hip-hop artists, hippies, rockabillies, babies and old folks. And a few in between. Don't knock it til you've tried it: the live show is the key!

Biography

Brooklyn-based music artist Sean Kershaw, whose swaggering, “high-octane honky-tonk” (New York Times) has thrilled and seduced audiences from New York to L.A. and beyond, is releasing a long-anticipated EP, The Aussie Sessions, scheduled to drop in the States on December 7, 2013.
Recorded in Melbourne, Australia at Hailstone Studio — an apropos recording space for Kershaw’s roughhewn country-rockabilly that doubles as a greaser workshop and contains a '65 Ford pickup, shovelhead chopper and collection of vintage amps — the album comprises seven original compositions featuring a more retro rock ‘n’ roll sound than Sean’s previous musical ventures. Recorded live, Kershaw was backed by Justin Rudge on guitar, Sweet Felicia on bass and backup vocals, and Scott Bennett on drums. Paulie Bignell, who was The Aussie Sessions’ recording engineer, also contributed a guitar solo.
Kershaw is slated to embark on a promotional tour of the United Kingdom supporting the album early next spring. However, audiences here at home can purchase the EP and experience the new songs when Sean plays the Way Station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, on the December 7th date of release.
The Aussie Sessions is just the latest musical trek in the journey of The Coney Island Cowboy (the title of Kershaw’s acclaimed debut CD). While Kershaw’s lead vocals and rhythm guitar suggest the whisky-soaked angst of Hank Williams Sr., a gritty brand of rockabilly that drives restless boots straight to the dance floor. It was a writer for Playgirl magazine who, after listening to the single “Moonlight Eyes,” Kershaw’s most popular recording to date, observed that those same boots might sooner be kicked off and placed under a lover’s bed. Coney Island Cowboy enjoyed regular airplay in the U.S., Australia and Europe upon its release.
A lifelong wanderer born in Baltimore and raised in a military family, Kershaw has lived overseas and all over the continental U.S. Early in his career, Kershaw embraced the road by busking throughout the country. Starting out in New Orleans, he headed west to play in Los Angeles and San Francisco, went north up to Seattle, back across to Chicago and St. Louis, and eventually settled in New York.
It was in Brooklyn that Kershaw became a driving force if not the face of a growing country music scene, spurring notices in various high profile media outlets such as the New York Post, New York magazine and Time Out New York, and eventually becoming the cover story of a Village Voice article dedicated to Brooklyn country.
From 1996 through 2003, Kershaw played with a band called the Blind Pharaohs. The rockabilly group developed a plugged-in and loyal following touring up and down the East Coast. However, by 2007, having written and continuing to hone a host of original country and rockabilly songs, “Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers” became Sean’s main musical vehicle.
Depending on the venue, Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers scale up or down in players, and feature Sean on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, an upright bass, lead guitarist, drums, pedal steel, and occasionally keyboards, banjo, fiddle and the mandolin.
“Audiences that respond to mainstream country music will readily hear the influences of Johnny Cash, jump blues and western swing in the New Jack Ramblers,” stated Sean Kershaw. “But it’s the remnants of my background as a punk rocker, and the strange, unexpected tales our songs tell that subvert country purists’ expectations and appeal to an even broader, often younger audience. The new set of songs from The Aussie Sessions brings yet another dimension to our sound,” continued Kershaw.

Lyrics

Moonlight Eyes

Written By: Sean Kershaw

Your soft silky hair so long and fine
Reflects a blue-white blessing shine
From a cold kind goddess up above
Who moves the seas
And rules your love
And in the night when love is all
That bends the will of large and small
You walk with me in soft embrace
An angel witch with a heavenly face
And as we worship at the goddess’ feet
Two hearts come together and our eyes meet
And we look heavenward to gaze
At the one who beams down in full phaze
Back to each other and I see
The same light shining from you to me
Back to each other and I see
The same light shining from you to me

I love your eyes

I love the moonlight

I love the moonlight in your eyes tonight

(repeat)

Piggy in the Middle

Written By: Sean Kershaw

1234 Hey diddle diddle
I'm-a stuck right here like a piggy in the middle
And I don't give a fiddler's dam
Bippity-bip shoo-bah!
So smack that snare drum, thump the bull fiddle
Crank up the six string and the steel gittle
We're a-gonna honkytonk like it's going out of style!

We're gonna throw us a wan-dang-diddle
Got a little something here for every individdle
Throw some sizzle on the griddle and some beer and some whiskey too
Round about midnight when the shizzle hits the fizzle
Every guy and g'rizzle will be gettin' down f'rizzle
Ain't nobody gonna have no time for to sing the blues!

The Grass is Always Bluer

Written By: Sean Kershaw

Your name is on my credit card I’m cursed the land to roam
Everywhere is nowhere and nowhere is my home
My woman here beside me and the lawman close behind
My horse knows the way when I’m out of my mind

Dodgin’ bullets hoppin’ trains and eating on the run
We’ve had a pound of heartache but we’ve had fun by the ton
In the land of milk and honey and the blind, deaf and dumb
We’re hangin’ out under the table and livin’ off the crumbs

The gospel of the living dead is bursting with the things I said
And everything I say comes back to me
So truth be told I’m in a place where heaven is my only ace
As everybody here can plainly see

A foot on Venus, foot on Mars, an apple in my eye
I shoot holes in the ceiling so that I can see the sky
When my girl asks why I shoot so much I break right down and cry
I’m stuck on automatic and there ain’t no reason why

I’m blessed to roam this land of ours where all roads lead to Rome
And every frequency takes you straight to the Twilight Zone
All the green and empty spaces are full of my favorite things
And every color tells me true just what the season brings

Discography

*Full-length CD "Coney Island Cowboy" out Aug 26 '09
*1 track on compilation CD "This is Brooklyn Country Vol 1"
*1 track on "The Sound of Asphalt" music documentary soundtrack
*Pending release of CD-EP "The Aussie Sessions", 7 new tracks recorded at Hailstone Studio near Melbourne, Australia

Set List

The standard 45-60 min club set is all originals; if we play all nite there will be a hefty dose of quality cover material mixed in, from vintage rockabilly such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis to honkytonk & western swing (Bob Wills to Hank Williams Sr) to bluegrass and some old rock'n'roll (Bill Monroe-Chuck Berry!).