Then: ’56 …… a year that featured Coup de Villes & drive-in movies, Ed Sullivan and Milton Berle in your living room every week, Mickey Mantle leading the Yankees to the pennant and Grace Kelly leaving Hollywood’s silver screen to become a Princess. Elvis had 4 Top Ten hits that year, alongside Dean Martin and The Platters, and he became a movie star --- all in 1956.
Now: ’56 ….. four amazing musicians, individually accomplished in other genres, come together to ask this question: What if all those legends from Sun Records and the Louisiana Hayride never went to Hollywood, never made TV shows and movies but, were still just playin’? What if Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins and even Elvis were going to be playin’ this Saturday night downtown at the civic auditorium in your town?
’56 brings back to life one of the purest forms of American Roots music and lays it down with style. From blues-tinged, hip-shakin’ rockers like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Shake, Rattle & Roll” to the sultry, starlight ballads of “Fever” or “Love Me”, Bret’s silky-smooth, powerful vocals make every female swoon and the fellas want to run out and race with their buddies for pinks! The ethereal twang of Tom’s Gretsch Falcon on tunes like “Sleepwalk” and “Honey Don’t” are reminiscent of Carl Perkins/Brian Setzer/Duane Eddy while Austins’ wing-tipped acrobatics on the stand-up bass have to be seen to be believed! And with Jeff laying down the beat on the drums – wait ‘til you see both of them simultaneously duel it out on “Mystery Train” – unbelievable!
So, put your glad-rags on and grab your best gal or guy – ’56 is Rock & Roll that's here to stay and they’re gonna blow the roof off the joint!