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The Stray Cat Lee Rocker fills SMF Firehouse Lot

On Sunday May 25, 2014, The Stray Cat Lee Rocker appeared at the Sacramento Music Festival Firehouse Lot venue at 5:30 p.m. The Venue seats were filled to capacity and fans hungry for some Rocker bass and vocals weren't giving up their spots as people poured in for the performance.

The Stray Cat Lee Rocker fills 2014 SMF Firehouse Lot
Susan Raines
The Stray Cat Lee Rocker
The Stray Cat Lee Rocker, SMF

Rocker "made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats." Rockabilly music possessed his heart as a kid. Rockers says it "shook me, spun me round and rattled my brains." With this love affair he was compelled at the age of 16 to get himself an upright bass fiddle and start a band. The at-home practice studio known to millions of musicians the world over as "dad's garage," was the band's starting place where Lee would play until his fingers bled but "didn't mind one bit."

In 1980 the band moved to London and called themselves the "Stray Cats." Rocker states, "I got to say its been one a hell of a trip. Over the years I devoured everything I could about Rockabilly and I've played or recorded with the musical architects and pioneers, including Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Wanda Jackson, Levon Helm, as well as George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others. The Mount Rushmore of Rock and Roll. Hey, dreams do come true."

Sitting in one of the rows of Sacramento Music Festival seats, hot even with the erected shade structures, were a row of young men carrying instrument cases. When queried if they were playing a Next Generation set somewhere, they quipped that Lee Rocker was their hero. His history, his style, his passion and skill all summon respect and admiration from fellow musicians whether seasoned or young and in love with the sounds that make their world come to vibrant life.

The 2014 Lee Rocker appearance was a first time occasion and fans are hoping, some praying, he will be booked to return in future years. His flame-designed upright bass sizzled like the music he played accompanied by guitarists Buzz Campbell and Brophy Dale and drummer. Those who were already familiar with The Stray Cat Lee Rocker were thankful and those who came to know him that day were even more thankful. Bring it on Sacramento Music Festival!

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