How did you get
hooked by the music bug and
rock'n'roll in particular?
Well... Some of my older brothers
already listened to this kind of
music for a long time... The
classic Vincent, Cochran, Elvis
stuff. And of course the Tielman
brothers and my mother had some
Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine
records as all mothers have and
we had radio Caroline. They
played this kinda music from day
one. I was hooked at it on a very
the Tinstars your first venture
in a band?
No before that I played bass in
The Longhorn trio with my nephew
Erik and Arnold from the
Hillbilly Boogiemen. We even
recorded 2 songs for an
and how did the band start?
Me, Tjarco and Peter started the
band around 83 as The Tinstar
trio you know : 2 guitars and a
were your influences when you
As my oldest brother is a huge
record collector he quickly came
up with this tapes with obscure
rockabilly on it (White Label and
Redita records stuff) which we
start to cover giving it the
Tinstar treatment. But I would
say Joe Clay and Ronnie Self
knocked me out and still do.
what are you listening today?
Now I listen to a lot of country
music. I always did but more
often lately. Mainly Lefty
frizzel who is my number one hero.
you remember a record or a gig
that changed your life (well its
maybe a strong word but you see
what I mean, something that made
you think Wow thats
Yes seeing the Blue cats in
France in 83 and hearing Don
Cavalli putting his soul in some
Charlie Feathers songs in France
(with 2 Tinstars backing him)
made me almost cry! Nobodys
better than the Don. Yeah and the
Sundowners (Carl Sonny Leyland)
in Slagharen! The Riverside trio
Thats a great band,
I really like them
We played with them on Hemsby...
did you get the name, by the way?
It comes from the movie The
Tinstar with Henry Fonda. Its
from 1956 or 57. And the director
is the same as High Noon although
we didnt realise it then.
When we needed a name i just saw
the movie on television! 20 years
AGO!! I liked the movie and the
so... Tinstar trio and
later we changed that to the
is the current line-up of the
We have another Lead guitarist (Erwin)
and we have Sir Rini Goldini on
Steel guitar who plays everything
with strings on I have to say
even had a trumpet player
Yay! The trumpet player! We had
him to do all the Sonny burgess
stuff. He was a roadie. We did
that 15 years ago... Good fun!
REDHEADED WOMAN...!! Hahaha means
a lot more now then 15 years ago..
did this changes influence your
sound and the evolution of the
Well I dont think the sound of
the band changend that much we
are a lot older so we do a little
less rolling on the floor! Good
thing, it saves me money from the
dry cleaner but we still are
pretty wild I have to say
Netherlands had a very
big rockin scene in the
late 80s with a lot of
psychobilly bands and labels. How
is it today?
Not as big but still very fanatic
in a way I didnt see it
changed that much. I think it is
similar to France you know? Not
as big but sure still there!!
As the Tinstars, you
sometime back rockabilly legends.
How do you approach that? Do you
play the songs note for note or
do you try to bring the Tinstars
Man we sure did so many to name
them, around 16 I guess... We
always tried to lift them up to
go wild the Tinstar way and we
succeed doing it many a times!
You should have seen us with Joe
Clay!! We used 2 drummers, as on
some of his recordings. We were
supposed to back up Jimmy Wages
but he passed away 3 weeks before
you record with some of them?
No only with Ronnie Dawson. As
the Tinstars are not very fund of
recording studios! hahaha
the list of artists you backed,
who thrilled you the most?
I have to say Joe Clay and Rudy
Grayzell. Great guys... We had a
lot of fun with these two
Ive seen a clip on
youtube of The Tinstars playing
with Rip Carson. He seems really
wild on stage, is he easy to work
Jeff (Rip) is a dear friend that
we backed up about 10 times. A
nice dude, talented boy, and fun
to hang out with. If we can reach
him that is hahaha. He is
probably shaving his beard off.
Do you have a particular
artist youd love to make a
duet with or simply meet him?
Yes..with (again) Don Cavalli. He
is my dear buddy and he is the
at least for me that
is. We played with him and when
this guy starts singing and
strums his guitar. MAN! And I
wouldnt mind to hang out
with Jerry Lee to have a drink
with!! (or two).
Tell us a bit about your
records. I know about an album
out as the Tin Star Trio on
Rockhouse now reissued on Rarity.
Do you have any other recordings?
Uuuhh that album is 20 years old
hahaha. We recorded 4 songs for
an upcoming E.P Take me to
that place and we are going
to record an album for Empire
Records soon but right now we are
working on Lil Esthers new c.d.
We recorded the songs for that
already (with songs from Big
Sandy, Don Cavalli and John Lewis
Do you play on vintage
Iam a collector of that
stuff for a long time tube stuff,
amps, recorders, mixers, mikes
etc. Old instruments too but on
stage we use the reissue stuff
for the amplifiers. I packed it
all up now, but going to use it
in the near future for sure.
What are your plans for
To continue what we are doing I
guess... and to concentrate on
A last word?
Thanks for talking to me Fred! I
enjoyed it, I really did.
The Tinstars are still going
strong and that without a
website, myspace or sending this
Newsletters out! Never change a