RockabillyView – Delta Bombers

The Powerful Delta Bombers
By Jennifer Allsup
When the weather gets hot, it is time to turn up the heat on Modesto’s most famous music. Ever since 1938, Rockabilly has been a part of our music culture. Back then it was called Hillbilly Boogie, and this music lives on in living color. Big slappin’ bass, driving guitars, great looks, pinups, tattoos and more. Yes, this is our music, let’s go party at the Central California Boogie featuring the Delta Bombers on Aug 11. We caught up with lead singer Chris Moinichen while he is on tour in Europe.

Jenn Allsup. How did you and your fellow band mates come together?
Chris Moinichen: In 2008, Andrew and I found one another on MySpace through a listing to start a rockabilly/rock n’ roll band. We found our first drummer and bass player that same year.

JA. Since being together in 2008, what was the most memorable journey touring?
CM. They are all memorable in their own way, but I’d have to say the first time going to Europe to play back in 2011. I fell in love with a small town called Bruges in Belgium. All of the original buildings are still standing from the 1100s!

JA. Chris, as the power-front man of the The Delta Bombers, what was the reason to start singing?
CM: I started singing when I was about 3 years old when my father would put on Elvis records and would sing for the neighbors. I used to play a plastic guitar and sing next to him, it’s been that way ever since.

JA. Why the name Delta Bombers?
CM. To be honest, we didn’t really know at the time. We all have a love for blues music and especially delta blues.

JA. Can you tell us what songs you have written that describe your life?
CM. There are a lot of them really. Most of them have something to do with something that has happened in my life, but “Run and Hide” is always a close song to me I’d say.

JA. What was your most memorable party traveling on the road and why?
CM. All of them really…it’s hard to pick just one for this question. We’ve always loved weekenders where we can actually have a chance to hang out and relax with friends and fans around the world like Psychobilly, via Las Vegas, The Rave, and Nashville Boogie. Those are always the best times and we make the best memories!

Presented by: GSC Centcal, Ace of Spades Tattoo and Trevino’s Barber Shop.
Wild Records – Delta Bombers & Special Guest!
Hi Ho Silver Records – Rockin’ Rick & The Rhythm Wranglers, & Kontra



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.