A '64 Bel Air barrels down old Highway 99. In the darkness to the west lie row after row of cotton, to the east grapevines and other cash crops of California's central valley. A break in the fog up ahead allows the warmth and buzz of neon lights to break the wet silence of that long dark drive. But before any head hits that motel pillow, the brain begins to shake, the bones begin to rattle, and the heart begins to roll as the seasoned blend of veteran musicianship which is Motel Drive, the slinky, rootsy, and greasy country, rock and roll, and rockabilly music carries you to that lone bar on the edge of town, that bar mama told you to stay away from, where Gretsch guitars wail and an upright bass is slapped around, where voodoo drums pound and a lap steel grinds away. It's Motel Drive, baby, where Cash and Stray Cats pound 'em down with Gram, Buck, and Dwight. It's blood, love, and beer, the smell and taste of the Motel Drive stew. One hell of a night and your new favorite band. Motel Drive.
Motel Drive is:
JD Goodwin--Vocals, Guitars
Michael Monteiro--Guitars, Vocals
Jake Finney--Upright Bass
Christopher "Rhinestone" Estep--Drums
special thanks to Auntie Christi and Uncle Mikey for shouts and claps
cover photo by Monika Jastrzebiec Czepielewska; layout by Rhinestone
recorded, mixed, and produced @ American Sound Recording Studios, Bakersfield, CA by Nick Nicita and Motel Drive
Warning: This album is not a toy and may contain music that will lift your soul and break your heart, becoming a permanent part of your being. You have been warned.
You can find us on MySpace at myspace.com/moteldrive99
Motel Drive Bio:
Motel Drive came to life in 2008 and shot up screaming like a crazed Chevy Bel Air on a hot July night in California’s Central Valley. The ever persevering search by long-standing valley rocker JD Goodwin (formerly of rockabilly legends Cacti Widders and regular session player with Cole Fonseca and MoFo Party Band) for the right musicians to take his songs to the level where they could lift your soul or break your heart finally paid off in early 2009 as he turned his search back toward home and toward longtime friends and fellow musicians. The four-piece lineup that is now Motel Drive is comprised of exactly that, longtime friends and former bandmates, and has solidified into a diligently focused powerhouse. Telecaster and Gretsch wielding guitarist Michael Monteiro (formerly of country rockers Crossing Caldwell and session player with Stephanie Rolfo) blends deliciously with JD and his Gretsch mastery. In addition, he brings songwriting skills honed at the famed Guitar Institute in Hollywood. Add the steady slapping of Jake Finney (formerly of MoFo Party Band and session player with Arsen Roulette and others) and his upright bass and the solid drumming of Christopher “Rhinestone” Estep (of The Suppressors and session player with Darrin Stout, Arsen Roulette, and Cattie Ness and the Revenge) together and you have the foundation upon which Motel Drive has risen to the top of the Central Valley scene.
The foursome has taken their electricity-filled live show to venues up and down the valley, from Bakersfield to Chico, and even on up to the snow covered peak of Mt. Shasta. Premium venues such as The Cellar Door in Visalia and Audie’s Olympic Tavern in Fresno regularly host the band allowing them to play for their core following and best friends. Both venues even hosted CD release shows for Motel Drive. Yes, that’s right, even in the few months that the band has been together, they’ve recorded a six-song EP, $5 Tricks. Truly, as the band warns on the label, the music does lift your soul and break your heart, fulfilling JD’s final search for the right band. Fan favorite “Plastic Dashboard Jesus” was featured on the podcast show Radio Free Bakersfield produced out of Seal Beach in southern California, and Motel Drive has also been asked to provide a track to Straight Razor Records upcoming compilation Rebels of Rock Volume II to play alongside such greats as the Reverend Horton Heat and others.
The local media has recently caught wind of the growing zephyr that is Motel Drive. Fresno Bee writer Mike Osegueda featured the band as “Artists You Should Know” in the weekly entertainment magazine. College radio station KFSR (CSU Fresno) hosted the band for a live in-studio set streamed across the globe through the Web and has added the band’s EP $5 Tricks to the playlist. The band is also scheduled to appear on the KMPH local morning news show Great Day this coming September. In addition, local broadcasters and netcasters Central Valley Talk Radio/TV will be hosting the band for a live video set.
Make no mistake about this band. They are soon to catch fire in the bigger city markets as they are booking shows up and down the California coast from Eureka to Long Beach, catching the attention of promoters in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as southern California. Motel Drive is truly your new favorite band!