Jonathan Stuart: guitar, vocals
Kirsten Ballweg: bass, vocals
Tom Forster: drums, vocals
Formed as a backing band for Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, The Black Crabs only intended to be together for a short time. As veterans of several Northwest bands - The Donettes, The Footstompin' Trio, The Hot Rollers, New York Jimmy and The Jive Five, and Nobody Home - Kirsten, Tom, and Johnny were all busy musicians. But the success of touring with Wanda, The Black Crabs kept on going.
Drawing heavily from their background in Roots and Rockabilly, the trio performs upbeat music full of harmonies, quirky turns, and danceable beats. While they may slip in an obscure cover with an authentic feel,they also mix in rich doses of Garage, Surf and Western Swing to their originals. Wielding the doghouse bass, Kirsten Ballweg forms the backbone of the sound with her hard-edged slap, while drummer Tom Forster keeps a solid beat. Up front, Johnny 7 happily abuses his guitar and microphone to complete The Black Crabs sound.
The Black Crabs released their first full-length album, The Black Crabs Blast Off!, at the 2005 Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball and will be returning to the studio late Summer 2006. They are playing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. Catch them soon!
Booking: 206.255.9301 | booking
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