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Magic Jack

by The Rocking Chairs

Musical backgrounds that go all the way back as far as 1964 when they formed their first bands back in California and Nebraska.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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Our first single. Magic Jack is an original song that has become popular due to its infectious beat, drug-culture inspired lyrics, vocal harmonies, and great guitar work.

About The Rocking Chairs
The Rocking Chairs is a group of 50-ish (we'll never tell) rock and rollers who grew up listening to and playing music during the British Invasion of the 60's and 70's. In 2004, they decided to form a band "just for fun" to celebrate their similar musical backgrounds and tastes in music. What began as a "jam-session".......turned into an"ob-session", with gigs opening up all over the country and even Liverpool. The Rocking Chairs' musical backgrounds go all the way back as far as 1964 when they formed their first bands back in California and Nebraska.

To poke a little fun at their advancing years, they decided to call themselves The Rocking Chairs. Their musical influences include the classic rock of the 60s and 70s, including The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Creedence, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Grand Funk, and Cream.

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Greetings from Kappa
A great weekend for our mates Mike, Craig, Ron and Jim from The Rocking Chairs, not only did they achieve their ambition of playing the Cavern Club, they won band of the night and received a personal invitation to play again from the clubs owners.
In addition to this, the lads played 2 storming sets with Kappa at the Cavern Pub and Lennons Bar. There was also the matter of several pints of Hobgoblin and Old Peculiar in The Swan on Wood St....but thats one for another time.
We are already missing the boys and all their friends and family. We hope they come back soon.

CONCERT REVIEW Journal Opinion, Friday, June 16, 2006

by Michelle Arnosky Sherburne

BRADFORD--Middle Earth Music Hall in itself is a terrific experience that takes you to another world, but on June 16, when the Rocking Chairs Band descended upon the Hall, time travel occurred and you were transported back to the classic rock 'n roll era of the 1960s and '70s.

The sold-out crowd filling the Hall was hushed to awe-struck silence when the band opened up with a surreal electric guitar and cymbals duet that led into "Jumping Jack Flash." With contagious energy and enthusiasm, the Rocking Chairs Band of Bath, wove magic throughout their repertoire. The four-man band with three electric guitars and the foundation of the drums created full, rich sounds in the Hall where the acoustics are amazing.

Introducing the band was Bath resident and District One Councilor Raymond Burton. He presented the band with an official proclamation honoring them for their contributions to their community and state.

Band members are Craig Pursley, guitar and vocals; Mike Lusby, drums; Jim Lusby, bass guitar and vocals; and Ron Barale, guitar and vocals. All from California, they had been jamming just for fun but in 2004 decided to get more serious. They formed their 50-something band, choosing the name "Rocking Chairs" due to their advancing ages.

Their music is reminiscent of tuning into a great classic rock station. One hit after another. They played songs of Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Cream, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Bad Company and others. It was a treat to listen to live rock music with complex guitar work from Pursley, Jim Lusby and Barale, and Lusby was wonderful on the drums.

Jim Lusby captivated the audience with his newly perfected Hendrix renditions. Barale's singing flair and fancy string work were a treat. Pursley, the lead singer, entertained with intros to the songs and got the audience helping out in the classic "Mustang Sally." And the beat continued nonstop with Mike Lusby on drums. He wowed the audience with a drum solo, making the cymbals dance and keeping the rhythm going.

The crowd, which was 90% Bath residents anxious to hear their famous neighbors play, was mesmerized, not wanting to miss a note. After every song, the audience cheered and hollered for more. Oddly enough, there wasn't socializing during the songs--everyone listened intently. As soon as there was a break, the crowd visited.

As the night went on, the band switched rock genres with ease. Their renditions of "Brown Sugar," "Back in the USSR" and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" brought back what real rock is all about. . . music and rhythm that makes you want to dance and sing along! Chairs were cleared to make way for a dance floor that filled up for the rest of the night.

Rocking Chairs Band has not performed on stage a lot in the States, mostly at special occasions. But they are naturals, displaying a comfortable stage presence with the audience and with each other. Their love of rock exudes in their energy and the fun they are having performing. Their music flowed from one song to the next. Definitely a class act, rocking Bradford on a Friday night. Remarkably for a 50-something band, they played two sets with over 25 songs for three hours without dropping the tempo or enthusiasm one bit. To the chagrin of the audience, the Rocking Chairs called for the last song but had to follow with two encores for an unrelenting crowd.

They have one CD recorded and another scheduled to be released in the near future. Huge Beatles fans, the Rocking Chairs were fortunate to travel to Liverpool, England, this past November and visit the pubs and old stomping grounds of the Beatles. The Lusbys made connections with the owners of the famous Beatle haunt, The Cavern, and were able to play there. They also had gigs in area pubs.

Their 2005 Liverpool tour will be repeated this year, with plans to return to the Cavern and other clubs. They just got word that they will be playing three or four concerts at a speedway near Los Angeles.

After such a terrific show at Middle Earth, the band plans to return to Bradford in the fall. For any, rock fan, this will be a "must not be missed" concert. The first concert sold out in two weeks, so it will be fill up fast the next time around. better than Joe Walsh !!! Don



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