rockabilly with blues, rhythm'n'blues,
swing and rock'n'roll, Russell Scott and
his band, the Red Hots, delivers an
highly danceable and enjoyable musical
cocktail since the 90's. Gifted with a
real talent of songwriter and singer,
he's one of the rare living artist (the
only other who comes to my mind is Jame
Intveld) to have seen an album released
on the German label Bear Family on 10"
(released later on cd).
He has also lent his talent of gut bass
player to Dee Lanon, Big Sandy and Rosie
The Red Hots' line up came through a lot
of changes across the years (including
Loyd Martin, Dave Stuckey, Gene Jamarillo)
but original members Philippe AUbuchon on
drums and Archie Vowell on guitar are now
by Fred "Virgil"
and Dave "Long Tall" Phisel
How long have you
been doing music ?
My father taught me to play
guitar 34 years ago and started
my first band at 15 years of age.
How did you get started ?
Playing old songs with my Dad and
Did you grow up in a
musical family ?
Yes my Mom and Dad both love
music and I had full use of thier
Do you remember the first
record you bought and/or the one
that made you think "
Woahhh, thats what I want to do !
I bought Be Bop A Lula for a
Quarter, but Elvis was the one
who inspired me to play music.
What are your influences
as singers and songwriters ?
As far as singers: Elvis,Little
Richard,Little Willie John,Ray
Charles and Clyde Mc Phatter
among others. As far as
Lieber and Stoller,Buddy
Holly,Willie Nelson and too many
others to name.
Do you remember the first
show you played ?
The first Paying show at a club
was with Jamie James and the
Kingbees at the Palomino in North
Hollywood, California back in
About your album, was it
your first experience in the
studio. Did you release anything
before that ?
My first record was recorded in
1984 and released as a 45 in 1985.
I wrote the music and lyrics to
both songs. The tracks were
"Gonna Rock n' Roll"
and "If You Loved Me".
The band was called the Rockn'
Was it done live in the
Yes, we recorded and mixed eight
songs in eight hours.
What is the most
memorable gigs you played and/or
went to ?
There are a lot of gigs that come
to mind like opening for Jerry
Lee Lewis or Willie Nelson with
my own band Russell Scott and his
Red Hots, but I've also played
Bass with the Blue Caps, Wanda
Jackson, Big Jay McNeely, James
Intveldt, Rosie Flores, Glen
Glen, Candye Kane and Roy Gaines.
The first big Rockabilly show I
went to was in 1983 on the bill
were Collin Winski and the
Westernaires, Levi Dexter, The
Rockn' Rebels, James Inveldt and
the Rocking Shadows, with special
guest Larry Collins and Charlie
Feathers. That show changed my
When can we expect a new
release ? What about your future
plans? Some gigs?
Yes we are in the process of
recording and hope to have a new
cd. soon. we have gigs all the
time but haven't been to Europe
since our Bear Family record
came out in 1997.
What do you think about
the rockabilly and country scenes
I think it's Great. There plenty
of great new bands out there and
many of my old friends are going
strong. The internet is and
exciting new frontier in the
promotion and distribution of
music and I'll continue to Rock
and Roll till I can't no more.
A last word ?
Thanks for your interest and Keep