Breaking News our first international band is
The Hillbilly Hellcats direct from the USA
Chuck Hughes first became interested in Rockabilly in 1983, when his guitar students started
bringing in Stray Cats songs for him to show them at guitar lessons. Recognizing the music
as a fresh sound on top 40 radio, Chuck then began listening to the Stray Cats’ influences,
including Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnette, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and other Sun artists.
He formed a Rockabilly trio to play covers, and 10 years passed when he decided it was time
to write and play original compositions, so in 1994 the Hillbilly Hellcats were born.
The band recorded a first cassette tape, Early Daze, in a traditional Rockabilly style. In 1995
they attended a Rev. Horton Heat show, and decided they would move in a higher energy
direction. After searching for a drummer for a year, they asked the Rev’s drummer, Taz
Bentley, to guest on the album. The result was a 20 song CD, Rev it up with Taz, released in
Using various road drummers, the band then toured throughout the U.S. During this time
they played shows with Dick Dale, The Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The
Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Deke Dickerson, The Beat Farmers, The Chop
Tops, and Big Sandy. In 2008 the band did a 13 city tour of Europe, followed by two return
trips to Europe in 2010 and 2011.
Since 2003, the Hillbilly Hellcats have had many of their songs played on T.V. shows,
including MTV, VH1, HBO, A&E, History, and Biography, and had several songs in the
horror-cult movie, Dead and Breakfast. They have appeared at several national U.S. festivals,
including the Rockabilly Revival, Viva Las Vegas, The Rockabilly Ball, and The Hillbilly