The Mighty 18 Wheeler
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The Mighty 18 Wheeler

Denver, Colorado, United States | INDIE

Denver, Colorado, United States | INDIE
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The best kept secret in music


"Rockabilly in Denver"

A Stellar Blend of Psychobilly
and Stray Cat Greaser Rock!
- Boulder Weekly

"Local Music"

Rockabilly is an especially specific genre. Despite technological advances in hair goop in the past fifty years or so, the style hasn't deviated too much from slicked-up pompadours and thumping slap-bass lines (even psychobilly counterparts remain true to the general approach). Take stylized guitar riffs and bop 'em out with surf-pop drumbeats, and you've got the archetypal rockabilly sound -- nostalgia to the point of nausea. But that's the lure of retro rock, and 18 Wheeler is one hell of a squirming, greased-up bait. Charmed Life is modern, tattoo-friendly rockabilly, rampant with old rhythm-and-blues twang and twist-n-shout choruses. From classically named tracks like "Let's Bop" to "Hot Rod Man," 18 Wheeler keeps experimentation at a minimum while channeling the spirits of Bill Haley and Buddy Holly. It's wild dance-hall rebellion the way its been done before -- right down to the whiskey-soaked mantras and good ol' American-boy charm.
- Westword Magazine


Self Titled "Eighteen Wheeler" , Live and 4 Shots in" and new for 2006 "Charmed Life" you can see our videos on or on

2009 The Mighty 18 Wheeler "Stimulus Package"




If there were some alchemy through which the searing metal of David Lee Roth-era Van Halen and the shrieking, gnashing sounds of The Cramps could be melded, you still wouldn't have an accurate representation of the crush of styles produced by The Mighty 18 Wheeler. Gene Vincent and Nazareth? The New York Dolls and Tammy Wynette? The Living End and Led Zeppelin? Bobby Bare and Iggy Pop?

The Mighty 18 Wheeler drive their thrashing rig' of rock and roll fast and hard. For years Bobby Smith (Guitars)--a veteran of L.A.'s metal and, later, swing scene--has carved out a metal-billy approach to Rock that wavered somewhere between Eddie Cochran and Motorhead. With Robert "Goose" Guzman--a thunderous force of nature and Godfather of the Denver Music Scene--on bass, Bob Rupp--the Denver rock legend--on drums, and singer Bret Bertholf--who drowned himself for a decade in country music--the band has finally morphed into one of the angriest, craziest, weirdest Rock bands ever to haunt a Denver club.

Expect anything at a Mighty 18 Wheeler show. The music is loud, the clothes are loud, and the primal energy never stops. Painkilling, soul-numbing, mind-bending, ear-splitting, uncompromising rock and roll: The Mighty 18 Wheeler.

Bands they have opened for: Brian Setzer Orchestra, Link Wray, The Living End, Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers, Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), Wanda Jackson, Dave Alvin (Blasters), The Blasters, Royal Crown Revue, "X", BR-549, Train, The Paladins, Hells Belles, B-52's, and Nashville Pussy.

Venues: House of Blues LA, The Bluebird Theatre, The Fox Theatre, The Gothic, The Aggie, The Whiskey a Go Go, Skylark Lounge, Lion's Lair, Larimer Lounge,15 Street Tavern, 3 Kings, Benders, Troubadour, The Tractor (WA), Duffys, The Zoo Bar (NE) and many more.

TM18W is; Bobby Smith: Guitars/Vocals; "Goose" Guzman: Bass/Vocals; Bob Rupp: Drums; Bret Bertholf: Lead Vocals
Booking Contact; email 18 wheeler;

Painkilling, soul-numbing, mind-bending, ear-splitting, uncompromising rock and roll: The Mighty 18 Wheeler.