Jem Crossland and the Roadrunners open Rockin Route 66
Jem Cossland, bringing a rockabilly style out of North Carolina for the past twenty years with his band the Roadrunners. Singing many of his own compositions along side interpretations of classics to get everyone dancing or at least toe tapping. Performing in a traditional style that echoes the greats of the past. This music transcends time and is timeless sounding as fresh as it did back when.
Jem is no stranger to Tucumcari, New Mexico. His first visit was playing during the Rockabilly on the Route festival created by Simon Cantlon and Ungie Davila. Since that time, nearly a decade ago, Jem has fallen in love with Tucumcari, and all the hidden treasures of Route 66.
Jem Crossland plays Carl Perkins
Just prior to heading west to kick off the inaugural year of Rockin’ Route 66, Jem played the part of Carl Perkins in a musical playwright called, the Million Dollar Quartet, at the Little Theater of Gastonia in North Carolina.
“On December 4, 1963 four young musicians by the names of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins recorded together at Sun Records in Memphis creating one of the most amazing all-star jams in music history. This Tony Award winner features 4 rock legends and 1 incredible night of music!”
This year, Jem Crossland returns with the Roadrunners comprised of upright bassist, Randall Hickman, and drummer, Karra Booher. Jem will be the opening headliner of Rockin’ Route 66 with a unique new stage installation at the Odeon Theater on Thursday night, June 25th. You will also be able to catch Jem throughout the entire weekend at various locations including Watson’s BBQ for an intimate setting during the festival’s “lunch wagon” sessions. To make sure you get the complete line-up of the event, you can check out the detailed schedule on-line and in Grease Inc. magazine, available at the festival and on-line.