The Doughboys are proud to present their fifth studio album, Front Street Rebels, twelve brilliant new tracks from the band whose career spans pretty much all the decades rock’n’roll has been in existence. They returned to the House of Vibes to work again with producer/engineer Kurt Reil, and the results are scintillating. Masterful songwriting, playing and production mark this as Myke, Gar, Richie and Mike’s crowning achievement – highly original rockin’ tracks which remain true to their garage/blues/rock roots.
Since the band re-formed in 2000 at a surprise birthday party for drummer Richie Heyman’s birthday (after having reigned as one of the most popular bands in central Jersey in the mid 60’s), The Doughboys have released four albums (Is It Now?, Act Your Rage, Shakin’ Our Souls and Hot Beat Stew), numerous singles, and a documentary film with accompanying live disc (Rock N’ Raw). They’ve played up and down the eastern half of the country, often sharing bills with such luminaries as The Pretenders, The Yardbirds, The Electric Prunes, Roberta Flack, Robin Trower and many others. They performed at the historic “Who Shot Rock’n’Roll?” exhibition at the Allentown Museum, at an all-star tribute to George Harrison at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, at the “Long May You Run” benefit at The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC, and have appeared at prestigious venues like B.B. King’s, the Sellersville Theater, the Stone Pony and the Starland Ballroom. Lead singer Myke Scavone is now also a member of The Yardbirds, touring the world as they continue to spread the gospel of the golden era of rock’n’roll.
The Doughboys’ songs have become huge favorites on radio around the world, especially with Little Steven Van Zandt, who named Shakin’ Our Souls his favorite album of 2012, and who has bestowed the much sought after rank of “Coolest Song In The World” on eight of The Doughboys’ songs on his Underground Garage channel on Sirius/XM radio. Additionally, Doughboys music is used extensively in film, television and advertising, including in such TV shows as “The Big Bang Theory,”“Californicatoin,” “Breaking Amish” and “The Good Guys” and in the film “Coming Through The Rye.”
Fervent fans of The Doughboys know the whole history, detailed on the Rock N’ Raw DVD – they first got together in ‘64 and played in various permutations through the rest of the 60’s. They gigged incessantly, won a battle-of-the-bands on Zacherle’s Disc-o-Teen TV show, were the house band at the legendary Café Wha? in New York City in the summer of ’68, opened for every act imaginable including The Beach Boys, and released two 45’s, Rhoda Mendelbaum and Everybody Knows My Name, on Bell Records (which later became Arista Records) before splitting up for what they thought was for good. The band members went their separate and interesting ways – Myke Scavone fronted hard rock ensemble Ram Jam who scored an international hit with Black Betty; Richie Heyman played drums for the likes of Link Wray, Brian Wilson and Jonathan Richman while simultaneously pursuing an acclaimed career as a singer/songwriter (under his full moniker Richard X. Heyman); Mike Caruso landed session work with such notable pop producers as Bo Gentry and Kenny Laguna, and even jammed with Jimi Hendrix!
In 2005, Gar Francis (of Stones tribute band Sticky Fingers fame, as well as work with Billy Idol and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and The Raiders) entered the picture after the untimely passing of founding member and brilliant guitarist Willy Kirchofer. When Gar joined the band, The Doughboys branched out into recording their own original material, and it wasn’t long before they entered the recording studio and laid down tracks for Is It Now?, the first album of their long and storied career.
Well, seventeen years have gone by but The Doughboys haven’t slowed down one iota! Front Street was where it was all happening in their hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey “back in the day” as they like to say. The Doughboys are the Front Street Rebels, pounding out blistering new rock’n’roll tracks that will stay with you always. As today is the first day of the rest of your life, now’s the time to be a little rebellious yourself and tune in to Front Street Rebels by the inimitable Doughboys!