Influential rocker Dexter Romweber to play Hampton on Sunday, Nov. 27

It's not quite accurate to describe Dexter Romweber as a rockabilly hero from the days of old. Romweber, formerly the leader of the band Flat Duo Jets, came along in the 1980s when the sounds of Eddie Cochrane and Jerry Lee Lewis had been around for three decades.

Romweber's music was influenced by 1950s and 1960s rock in much the same way as that of The Cramps and The Fleshtones. Romweber brought together a passion for garage rock, surf guitar and rockabilly with the raw power of punk.

Jack White of The White Stripes has cited Flat Duo Jets as an influence. It's not hard to see that. Both bands were loud, brash guitar-and-drums duos that drew inspiration from the tap roots of rock 'n' roll.

So, it's good to see Dexter Romweber is coming back to Hampton.

As I reported in a story about local rockabilly musician Johnny Trash, Romweber will perform Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Olde Towne Tavern in Phoebus. Trash's trio and the group Little House will also perform. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door. Olde Towne Tavern is located at 31. E. Mellen St. Call 757-251-2636.

Flat Duo Jets disbanded quite some time ago. Lately, Romweber has been playing as a duo with his talented sister Sara on drums. I'm told that at the Hampton show, he'll be backed by drummer Crash LaResh, a Hampton Roads musician who has backed Romweber often over the years.

Here's part of a documentary called "Two Headed Cow" about Romweber's life in music.

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/4557961">Dexter Romweber Documentary "Two Headed Cow"</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/cabfareproductions">cabfare productions</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

 

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