Welcome to the official website for
The Memphis Rockabilly Band
Memphis Rockabilly in 2013. L to R in photo: PJ Justice, Bill, Judd and Roy
Playing songs that range from rockabilly, surf instrumentals, rock & roll, hillbilly to rhythm and blues, Memphis Rockabilly Band is a great dance band and a favorite of swing dancers.
Billy Coover on lead guitar, sax and vocals
Roy Sludge on keyboards, guitar and lead vocals
Jim Boisclair on bass and vocals
Judd Williams on drums
Memphis Rockabilly Band in 1978
(L to R): Bill, Hank, Jeff and Terry
The Memphis Rockabilly Band was formed by Jeff Spencer and Bill Coover in 1978. The band quickly became one of the most popular bands in Boston and New England, as well as other destinations up and down the east coast. MRB traveled to Europe in 1981 and 1982 and recorded for France's Big Beat Records. The band also released an album on Blind Pig Records in 1986.
Between 1979 and 1989, MRB was privileged to play with artists such as Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Link Wray, Jack Scott, The Persuasions, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checkers and others. They were the backing band for Link Wray and Chuck Berry frequently. Carl Perkins called them “the best rockabilly band I have ever seen.”
Memphis Rockabilly Band in 2005
(L to R): Milt, Jeff, PJ and Bill
Jeff Spencer and Bill Coover again teamed up in 2005 to create a new incarnation of The Memphis Rockabilly Band.
The band returned to Europe after a 23-year absence, playing to crowds of adoring fans, and establishing themselves at the forefront of the American roots music scene in Europe.
Lead singer and beloved friend, Jeff Spencer passed away on February 11, 2009. The "Memorial Concert to Celebrate Jeff Spencer's Life" was held on February 21, 2009 at The Parish Hall, Old Ship Church, Hingham, MA.
Memphis Rockabilly Band in 2008
Story and photos of the memorial concert here >
(L to R): PJ, Roy, Jeff and Bill
Milt Sutton was their drummer for a few years and toured with MRB in Europe in 2006. He passed away early 2011. Remembering Milt Sutton
As in the past, the band's repertoire includes original and cover songs drawn from rockabilly, surf instrumentals, rock & roll, hillbilly and rhythm and blues. Memphis Rockabilly Band has always been known as a great dance band and a favorite of swing dancers, and that tradition continues.
Memphis Rockabilly Band, Coffeehouse Off The Square, Hingham, MA, Jan. 2013
(L to R): PJ, Judd, Bill and Roy