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Shakedown Combo's rockabilly genes

Hay daddio! The Shakedown Combo proves that the family that plays rockabilly together, stays together.


Davey Lee Goode reveals a surprise over the phone. Asked how the members of his band, The Shakedown Combo, met, he chuckles. "That's kind of a closely guarded secret: We're a family." It's tough to figure that out from their website, but Gill Goode, vocalist (pictured), and Davey, guitarist, are married, and they moved to Calgary from Britain with their daughter Kimmi, the band's bassist, more than a decade ago. Davey thinks they've been a cohesive band for the past two years. "We always have [played together], because we're family," he says. "We spend so much time together it was a really tight unit, so that became the thing and that's what we've really honed in on."

And that honing always turns to rockabilly. Davey's had a lifelong love for rockabilly twang, playing with bands in the UK and Calgary, and Gill and Kimmi have found themselves doing the same. (Davey admits that Kimmi is also into the punk scene, but quickly adds that it's usually punk derived from rockabilly.)

The Combo recorded a CD last year, Burnt Out Hot Rod, and while it's yet to be released Davey says he hopes to have some samples of it for Saturday's Reflections show.

Putting time into their own work is something members of the Goode family have been doing more of lately, since making a move to Amherst last year to expand their guitar part company, The Greasy Groove Inc. (A second secret revealed, explaining Davey's 902 area code. ) The Combo just returned from a gig in LA, and travels frequently for business and band.

"Wherever the scene is we go to it," says Davey, adding that the Combo's starting to uncover the rockabilly scene in Atlantic Canada while travelling wherever invited. "We're pretty much a 'yes' band."

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