Stray Cats to Record 1st Album in 25 Years

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Stray Cats (Photo by Suzie Kaplan, used with permission)

The Stray Cats will mark their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and tour, the trio has announced. Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom—the original founding members of the American band—are heading into a studio in Nashville to record their first new album in 25 years.

Set to be released on Surfdog Records, the album will be produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, the Brian Setzer Orchestra) and engineered by Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys). Watch Best Classic Bands for more details and an official release date.

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The group, known for hits such as “Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17” and “Rock This Town,” are also mapping out plans for a tour, with dates to be announced. The trio this year marked their first North American shows in 10 years, with four concerts including sold-out headlining shows at Viva Las Vegas and the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, Calif. (August 16 and 17).

Related: A look back at the Stray Cats’ debut album

Said Setzer, “Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, rockabilly music. Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”

The Stray Cats (Photo by Suzie Kaplan, used with permission)

Phantom added, “Making a new Stray Cats album for 2019 in Nashville seems like the exact right thing, right time, right place, and right band for the gig! We have an album’s worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always. In other words…a Stray Cats album.”

And Rocker said, “They say history repeats itself and I now know that’s true. Forty years after Brian, Jim and I formed the Stray Cats, we are back! I’m so excited to be in the studio with my brothers. I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made. The time is right, the songs are great and we’re ready to rock.”

Watch the Stray Cats perform in Vegas in April 2018

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  1. Mike L
    #1 Mike L 17 October, 2018, 03:25

    Finally. Yes!!! Been aching to see them for ages. Great news!!

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