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Feb 16th 2018 @ Rocka-Boogie Bop w/ Carl Sonny Leyland

Huntington Beach, CA
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Rocka-Boogie Bop withSonny Leyland, Ashley Kingman and Kay Marie
Friday, February 16th, 2018
8:00 PM
KAY MARIE: Raised on the sounds of Louis Prima, Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and more, Kay Marie has an inherent appreciation for each genre that defines American Roots music. As an artist, she melds several genres into her repertoire. Kay Marie continues to share her remarkable talent in the roots music world alongside her friends Ashley Kingman and Carl Sonny Leyland with a show combining rockabilly and boogie woogie. This rare appearance in SoCal by the NoCal resident is her first in two years when she last performed at Don the Beachcomber. In 2014, Kay Marie released a self-titled debut CD which has enjoyed airtime on radio stations across the United States and Europe. 
 She was nominated in the Female Rockabilly category for the 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards and performed at Viva Las Vegas 18 and the New England Shake-Up in 2015. 
 ASHLEY KINGMAN Joining her onstage is the rockabilly guitar-slinger Ashley Kingman of Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys, who celebrates 25 years with that band a week later on Feb. 24, also at Don the Beachcomber's Tiki Ballroom. Ashley has performed with Kay Marie several times in the past - and that guarantees this is a show to experience. 
 CARL "Sonny" LEYLAND Performing his boogie woogie music is pianist Carl "Sonny" Leyland, who brings his trio for the occasion. Nobody plays better than Leyland, who was born & raised on the South Coast of England, growing up close to the city of Southampton. As a child he was drawn to the American music which he heard on LP records his father would play. It was here that he developed an appreciation for Dixieland jazz, the rock & roll of the 1950s & the country music of Jimmie Rodgers & Hank Williams. At age 15 Leyland discovered boogie woogie when he heard a school friend working through a written arrangement of a tune called JD's Boogie Woogie. In 1988 Leyland had the opportunity to come to New Orleans, which inspired him to relocate to that city where he would spend the next nine years. During that time he was active on the club scene, quickly gaining a reputation for his authentic blues & early rock & roll stylings. Also, he toured with the Dallas based band Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets whose line up included blues great Sam Myers. In 1997, feeling the need for a change, Leyland relocated to Southern California. He joined Big Sandy & His Fly-rite Boys, the well known rockabilly & western swing group and toured with them for over three years. By this time his repertoire had expanded to include ragtime & early jazz styles which enabled him to become part of the traditional jazz scene around Los Angeles & San Diego. In June of 2003 the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio was formed with drummer Hal Smith & bassist Marty Eggers. Their versatile combination has proven successful over the years. They have recorded seven cds to date. Whether playing solo or with his trio, Leyland's playing displays an infectious spontaneity, providing plenty of surprises for the listener.