The Roots Rockin’ Rollin’ Revue

 

Created in 2015, this is a band that specializes in rock and roll and its roots, mostly 1950s music : blues, rhythm and blues, honky tonk style country, and rockabilly.

Craig Morrison - vocals, guitar, piano

Pat Loiselle - vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, lap steel guitar

Scott Kingsley - upright bass

Danick Tardiff - drums

The band’s name comes from one of Craig’s CDs, called Live in Montreal - Roots Rockin’ Rollin’. Craig and Pat have been friends for decades, and have shared stages at blues festivals, each others’ club gigs, and for many years at the Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert series at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. Danick is part of the rockabilly and swing scene of Montreal, both as a musician and dance teacher. Scott comes to us from the jazz scene, and like Craig, hails originally from Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

photos at The Wheel Club by Michael Cooper

We enjoy it when our friends come and sit in, and we’ve had contributions from :

>Samantha Borgal (vocals)
>Steve Comtois (vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin)
>Martin Boodman (harmonica)
>Alex Nesrallah (piano)
>Sam Boskey (piano).

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

stay tuned


REPERTOIRE

rock & roll and rhythm & blues
A Certain Girl : Yardbirds (from Ernie K-Doe)
Blue Days, Black Nights : Buddy Holly
C’Mon Everybody : Eddie Cochran
Cry to Me : Solomon Burke
Green River : Creedence Clearwater Revival
Honey Don’t : Carl Perkins
I Got A Woman : Ray Charles
I’m Tired : Savoy Brown
I’m Walking : Fats Domino
It’s All Over Now : Rolling Stones (from Bobby Womack)
Little Queenie : Chuck Berry
Love is My Business : Cliff Gleaves (rare Sun label rockabilly)
Mary Lou : Ronnie Hawkins (from Young Jessie)
Nadine : Chuck Berry
One After 909 : Beatles
Poison Ivy : Coasters
Rocket In My Pocket : Jimmy Lloyd
Say Mama : Gene Vincent
Sweethearts or Strangers : Carl Perkins
This Time : Troy Shondell
Those Lonely Lonely Nights : Earl King
True Love : Carl Perkins
Willie & the Hand Jive : Johnny Otis

blues
Big Boss Man : Jimmy Reed
Born in Chicago : Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Born Under a Bad Sign : Albert King
Can’t Judge a Book : Bo Diddley
Got My Mojo Workin’ : Muddy Waters
Hey Bo Didley : Bo Diddley
Hoochie Coochie Man : Muddy Waters
One More Mile : Paul Butterfield (from James Cotton)
Pretty Thing : Bo Diddley
Pretty Woman : Albert King (not the Roy Orbison song)
You Don’t Love Me : John Mayall (from Willie Cobbs)

country
Act Naturally : Buck Owens, also Beatles
A Fool Such As I : Elvis Presley (from Hank Snow)
Blues Stay Away From Me : Delmore Brothers
Freight Train Boogie : Delmore Brothers
Ghost Riders in the Sky : Vaughn Monroe
Hey Good Looking : Hank Williams
I Am a Lonesome Fugitive : Merle Haggard
Jambalaya : Hank Williams
Last Date : Floyd Cramer’s instrumental with lyrics by Conway Twitty
Playboy : Wynn Stewart
Steel Guitar Rag : Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys instrumental with lyrics by Merle Travis
Sure To Fall : Carl Perkins
Sweethearts or Strangers : Carl Perkins (from Gene Autry)
Three Days : Faron Young

instrumentals
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
Green Onions : Booker T and the MGs
Hideaway : Freddie King

in the photo : Pat, Craig and Scott, backstage at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. Photo by Linda Rutenberg

CRAIG MORRISON
is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, author, and musician
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Nights Music Communications, 2006