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Rock 'n' roll junkies have somewhere to go

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Open the door to The Castle Thursday and it might seem like Jerry Lee Lewis is pounding the piano.

It will be Blair Carman, a rock-n-roll junkie who fits the part.

Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys will be performing at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Castle, 635 N. Eastern Ave.

“We are a four-piece, authentic honky tonk rockabilly boogie woogie piano pumpin’ rock n’ roll band, basically,” laughed Carman. “Our group plays piano, drums, bass and guitar. We do everything from late 40’s Hank Williams Sr. honky tonkin country to 50’s rock-n-roll like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sun records-era rockabilly, and so on.”

They go all out in playing the part.

“We use all period-correct vintage instruments, microphones, clothing, etc., so it’s like stepping back in time as much as possible,” Carman said.

Carman loves the 1950’s era. His music and appearance show it.

“I picked this genre because it’s just a mix of all my favorite stuff. I have always loved the 1950’s era in clothes, culture, and all the music from the country, bluegrass, rock-n-roll, gospel, blues, it was ALL good!”

The group has played venues like the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Cincinnati Reds baseball stadium, and Little Nashville Opry.

“We play just anywhere they have us,” Carman said. “We’ve been all over the country playing stuff like casino showrooms, music festivals, theaters, swing dances, private events, corporate parties, bars, clubs and more.”

The group started back in the early 2000s.

“It was just me and my younger brother in our parents’ basement. I played piano and he played drums. Our first gig/show, just us two at the local bowling alley,” he said. “We recorded our first CD in 2006 at the Sun records studio in Memphis.”

The group has performed at The Castle before.

“The previous owner of The Castle, Ray Moore, is an old friend of mine. He hired me and my little brother back when we first started out, at a little place he had for kids and teens, called ‘The Rock,’ in Liberty,” he said.

“What I love about this life is all the fun and excitement of traveling, going new places, meeting new people, then returning back to see our old friends we’ve made through the years, and just playing music we all love.”

Tickets are $10 at the door. For information call 765-265-4747 or 765-580-1959.