Who are the Barnestormers? Just an all-star rockabilly supergroup featuring Jimmy Barnes, Jools Holland, Chris Cheney, Slim Jim Phantom, and Kevin Shirley.
What you have right here is rockabilly royalty. The Barnestormers are global all-stars who swing like a gate. They make the finest finger-poppin’ grooves to shake your local juke joint since the glory days of fenders and fins, so hold tight!
Pounding the ivories is East End boogie-woogie dice slinger and UK music legend Jools Holland. In the red corner, on sticks, skins, and steel, from the City of Angels via Brooklyn, it’s the signature Stray Cat backbeat of Slim Jim Phantom. In the blue corner, from Melbourne, slinging his hollow-body Gretsch low and drawing quickly is Chris Cheney from the Living End. Who’s the ringmaster for all this? Studio daddy-o, Kevin “Caveman” Shirley on the flying faders. And finally, wearing the championship belt of 20 number one albums, on vocals, the storming heart and soul of Australian rock n’ roll… Jimmy Barnes.
They are spread across three continents, but the Barnestormers are all coming from the same place. They’re kids who grew up as greasers, listening to real gone 45s with a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on. It took the Big Flu to bring them together. “Hey, while we’re all stuck inside, let’s bake a biscuit about cuttin’ loose,” said the Caveman... and so they did.
Sure looks and sounds like fun. Check out Vince Ray’s unmistakable trash comic artwork, brought to cartoon life in Italy by Marco Pavone, then strap yourself in for the tunes. First off the line is “Johnny’s Gone,” the story of a rebel flaming out for his cause. This wax is for all the cats with weekends on their minds. Turn it on, turn it up, then turn it over and do it again. Forget about breaking your back in the burning heat. There’s no more working for The Man. What are you waiting for? Your life’s a lonesome train running out of track, so grab a special someone who whispers sweet nothings in your ear and go make some crazy, crazy lovin’ in that big back seat. Then hit the highway home with your windows rolled way down. Play the Barnestormers so loud that you can’t hear the police sirens. Put all your troubles in the rearview as you push that pedal to the metal. It’s time for the Barnestormers.
From the band Squeeze to his 19-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools Holland has been touring the world, recording 25 solo albums, and working with the most prestigious names in music. Holland’s career as a TV presenter has run parallel to his musical career and includes iconic shows such as The Tube and Later…with Jools Holland.
Australia’s favorite rock n’ roll and soul singer Jimmy Barnes has topped the Australian charts more than any other artist in the history of the ARIA. His 15 solo number ones, plus five more with Cold Chisel, comfortably eclipse the Beatles (14), Madonna (12), Eminem, and U2 (11).
Chris Cheney is the frontman and guitarist for renowned Australian punk-rock outfit the Living End, who released nine albums across their career and sold out shows across the world. Most recently, Chris stepped out on his own to release his debut solo album, The Storm Before The Calm, which debuted at No. 8 on the ARIA Chart in Australia.
Kevin Shirley is a legendary producer who has worked with Silverchair, Aerosmith, Journey, Iron Maiden, the Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Led Zeppelin, Slayer, Metallica, Screaming Jets, Olivia Newton-John, Divinyls and more.
Slim Jim Phantom is the founding member and drummer of Stray Cats, who just celebrated 43 years as the kings of rockabilly. After 10 million record sales and a thousand gigs later, SJP can still be found bringing his one-of-a-kind stand-up drum style all over the world and as host of Rockabilly Rave Up on Little Stevens Underground Garage on Sirius XM, the most popular rockabilly radio show in the USA.