Rio and the Rockabilly Revival
Acoustic, Blues, Country, Gospel, Rock
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Information about Rio and the Rockabilly Revival
Fronted by Rio Scafone, niece of Rockabilly pioneer Jack Scott
Rio is an actress, and member of the SAG/AFTRA, and has been featured in several movies and television shows
Rio was offered her first major label recording contract at age 12, which she turned down “to be a regular kid.”
Rio was offered her second major label recording contract at age 22, but they were looking for “sex kitten with a breathy voice.” She completely contradicted the image they wanted her to portray, so she turned it down.
Band Co-founder/Bassist Junebug Harris was also a member of The Atomic Fireballs, Louis Prima Jr and the Witnesses, and many others.
Awards & Recognition
Best Original Band, 2014 Hour Detroit Magazine “Best of Detroit” annual readers’ poll
Best Original Band, 2015 Hour Detroit Magazine “Best of Detroit” annual readers’ poll
Best Original Band, 2016 Hour Detroit Magazine “Best of Detroit” annual readers’ poll
Outstanding Americana Act – 2015 Detroit Music Award
Outstanding Americana Act – 2016 Detroit Music Award
Outstanding Americana Recording for “Testify” – 2016 Detroit Music Award
“Hot 100 Unsigned Artists of 2014” Music Connection Magazine (Los Angeles, CA)
“How’d You Get So Sweet” (single) – February 2017
“Big Bad Santa” (single) – December 2016
“Testify” – April 2015
“Then Scafone’s on stage, twisting, gyrating and owning every inch like some sort of possessed evangelical-satanic dervish. It’s at once nostalgic performance art, killer show band and a rock ‘n roll wonder.”
Brett Callwood. “Her name is Rio: Jack Scott’s niece shows us how it’s all in the genes.” MetroTimes, 7 March 2012. Print & Web.
“Rio & The Rockabilly Revival hit the stage with “Runaway Train.” They started at 100% and never backed down. Rio’s show is full of energy and action (…) but this is rockabilly like we haven’t heard before. Scafone is a vixen on the stage. She’s a passionate performer who really knows how to bring the audience in. While she is a powerhouse, what makes this band fantastic is that each member holds their own on the stage. With her velvety, sultry voice and powerful cries, you couldn’t keep up with [Rio]. Clad in her red polka-dot dress, she brings a hard rock edge to her rockabilly revival (…) By the time they hit their finale with “Save My Soul,” everyone was up on their feet. If you haven’t seen them yet, jump at the chance when they return. You will not regret it, they are like nothing you’ve seen before.”
Sami Lipp, “Rio & the Rockabilly Revival Bon Voyage Show at the Token Lounge in Westland, MI on 19-Jun-2015.” National Country Review, 21 June 2015. Web.
“On a 100 degree Sunday afternoon … Her raven hair was set off by a bosom glistening with sweat like a Gypsy woman ragged on crank, and when she kicked off her number “Save [My] Soul.” I must report that despite the pervasive swelter, goosebumps raised on both my arms, and a chill shot up and down my spine.
(…) Rio Scafone is a firebrand, a hell-spitting minx whose core, however, is hope and salvation. And, frankly, enough earthy sex appeal to move tectonic plates. Whipping an audience into a frenzy worthy of a revival tent is akin to water rolling off a duck’s back for Rio and company.”
Tom Stevens. “It’s Called ‘Riockabilly,’ Fool.” MetroVibe, October 2012, Vol 1, Issue 2: Pages 12-13. Print.
“In the case of Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, we have watched them over the last couple of years kinda’ come from nowhere to being like the face of Detroit …”
John VanderTuin. “Interview with Rio Scafone.” Shakin’ Katz Radio broadcast on CHRW, London, Ontario, Canada, 18 December 2013. Radio.
“Rio & the Rockabilly Revival are not so much about reviving the past as they are about giving today’s rock a swift kick in the ass. Rio Scafone is dynamic, vivacious, sexy, seductive and a genuine talent. Her fellow revivalists have this classic show band vibe that harkens back to decades past when an act left all their blood, sweat and tears right there on the stage. This group does all of that and would be appropriate for a variety of venues, including (…) casinos, festivals and arena events.”
Eric A Harabadian. “Live Review: Rio and the Rockabilly Revival.” Music Connection, 20 August 2014. Print & Web.
“Rio was so captivating that it didn’t matter if you were male or female, your eyes didn’t want to leave her for a second. I was completely locked in on her. Watching the band play felt like an honor, like we should be thanking them. I was convinced that I was witnessing a legend being born, seeing next generation icons.”
Vera Khzouz. “ROCKABILLY REVIEW: Rio and the Rockabilly Revival.” HEAR Magazine, 11 March 2012. Web.
“Rio is the genuine article (…) as is her claim to rockabilly heritage. The niece of Rockabilly legend and pioneer Jack Scott, she is steeped in the traditions of the genre. However, Rio brings not only the music, but an entire performance. A veteran actress of both motion picture and television, she is a consummate entertainer to the core.
(…) [The] music of Rio and the Rockabilly Revival is unique within the genre of rockabilly as is its broad appeal. Young people in today’s rockabilly scene can be found in the audience, right next to folks that enjoyed the music when it was new. The show is both traditional and contemporary, authentic, but definitely not “old fashioned.” The brilliant usage of traditional Southern Gospel [themes] combined with roots rock and soul produce an experience that is not to be missed.”
Gary McFarland. “Rio and the Rockabilly Revival with the Carolyn Striho Band at Callahan’s in Auburn Hills, MI on 18-July-2014.” National Rock Review, 6 August 2014. Web.
“Even in a red polka-dotted dress, looking like Bettie Page, Scafone was pure rock ‘n’ roll and out to say that no, this – the rockabilly genre – doesn’t need to be a man’s world. Detroit was bustling from a Lions game that just let out, but inside the city’s U Detroit Cafe was a gritty, soulful voice – much like an amalgam of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin. Except her name is Rio Scafone (…)”
Sam White & Chris Azzopardi. “Rio Rocks On: Royal Oak actress finds her calling in a new rockabilly band.” Between The Lines News, 01 September 2011. Print & Web (on PrideSource.com)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rio Scafone, niece of rockabilly pioneer Jack Scott, returns to Chicago with her award- winning band, Rio and the Rockabilly Revival. Brand new live show slated for Reggies Music Joint.
Local favorites, Barbara Clifford And The Shakin’ Tailfeathers as special guest.
Detroit, MI – February 25th, 2017 | Rio and the Rockabilly Revival will be returning to Chicago with local favorite Barbara Clifford And The Shakin’ Tailfeathers, Saturday, April 15th. Tickets available now from http://www.reggieslive.com for $10.
Rio and the Rockabilly Revival is fronted by Rio Scafone, niece of rockabilly pioneer Jack Scott and she carries on the family name. The raven haired beauty is known for leading her band through a roof raising show that often times feels like an old fashioned, sweaty revival tent. It is not uncommon to see fans fall to their knees, some in tears. Rio taps into her acting chops on live shows which creates a fun arc to every show.
“We are so glad to be coming back to Chicago, starting with Reggies on April 15th. It’s a great town and the fans always give us amazing energy!” says Junebug, co-founder and bassist of the band.
The band will be celebrating the release of their latest single, “How’d You Get So Sweet?” The track is on the swingier side for the band, inspired by Louis Prima style swing and boogie woogie vocal harmonies and available on all major digital distributors world wide.
“I love Chicago, it’s all about energy and the music scene is exciting and alive. We’re going to debut the new song at Reggies. Chicago fans will be the first to hear it live!” says Rio Scafone.
“Then Scafone’s on stage, twisting, gyrating and owning every inch like some sort of possessed evangelical-satanic dervish. It’s at once nostalgic performance art, killer show band and a rock ‘n roll wonder.” –Brett Callwood, MetroTimes
“Rio & the Rockabilly Revival are not so much about reviving the past as they are about giving today’s rock a swift kick in the ass. Rio Scafone is dynamic, vivacious, sexy, seductive and a genuine talent. Her fellow revivalists have this classic show band vibe that harkens back to decades past when an act left all their blood, sweat and tears right there on the stage.” -Eric Harabadian, Music Connection Magazine
Rio and the Rockabilly Revival will also be in the Chicago area this summer, and have plans for two more shows in 2017, including a special holiday concert tour late in the year. More information is available on their website, http://www.rioandtherockabillyrevival.com, including tour dates, information about other releases, and links to live performances.
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