The legendary upright bassist discusses his 40-year music career, touring and his latest release, The Low Road
By the LifeMinute Team
July 25, 2018
Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats ("Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town," "Stray Cat Strut,” "(She's) Sexy + 17”.) Grammy-nominated, they sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold and platinum-certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, in Long Island, NY, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts.
The son of a musical family, his Dad a principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic and his Mom a music professor, Rocker was destined to be a musician. At 16 years old he got himself an upright bass and the rest is history. History that also includes performing with his influences such as Carl Perkins, Levon Helm, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others, several solo albums and his most recent, a CD/DVD/Vinyl release called The Low Road which was recorded at Daryl's House (Daryl Hall’s (Hall and Oates) music venue/recording studio in Pawling, NY.)
Currently on tour with both The Stray Cats, and his namesake band, we caught up with Rocker during the latter, at Centenary Stage Theatre in Hackettstown, NJ to hear all about it.
Check out upcoming Stray Cats and Lee Rocker performances at leerocker.com/shows.
STRAY CATS BRIAN SETZER, LEE ROCKER & SLIM JIM PHANTOM REUNITE FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN PERFORMANCE IN 10 YEARS AT UPCOMING “VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND” APRIL 21, 2018
Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom–original founding members of the acclaimed American Rockabilly trio, the STRAY CATS–will reunite for their first North American performance in 10 years on Saturday, April 21 in Las Vegas at The Orleans when they headline “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.” The iconic group, known for their high-energy performances with hits such as“Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” and “Rock This Town,” are honored to share the stage with such musical legends as Jerry Lee Lewis and Duane Eddy.
“There’s something magic about a Stray Cats show, Viva Las Vegas is the perfect event to experience that. C’mon down and Rock This Town!” –Brian Setzer
“Just a string bass, a guitar and a drum, Stray Cats are back to show em how it’s done. 39 years after our first gigs, we’re back! Can’t wait to Rock again with my brothers Brian and Slim.” –Lee Rocker
“Happy and thrilled to be hitting the stage with the Cats at Viva Las Vegas. We’re The Rockabilly Kings back to reclaim our throne!” –Slim Jim
Beginning April 19, “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend” will showcase over 100 live bands across four days, eight burlesque shows, a massive car show (all cars built before 1964), vintage fashion show, a pin-up contest and jiving lessons and jiving contest. On hand will be over 120 vendors, pool parties, bands, music all night, DJ’s & record hops plus much more. For tickets and more information, visit: www.vivalasvegas.net