RockabillyView – The Pendletons are Back

Tony Trevino and the Pendletons
By Chris Murphy

Something wonderful in the local music world has happened. As we talk about Women’s History Month, one of Modesto’s adopted greats is Rose Maddox. In 1938, she and her brothers, Fred and Clay, began a band on KTRB that would be hillbilly boogie, later with her family, pioneering Rockabilly. and over a decade ago, one of our modern pioneering bands was the Pendletons. Rockabilly is Modesto’s sound and over the last few years, we have had a hard time, but now it is back with Tony T and the Pendletons. This hard driving, fun, danceable music is now coming out of 10th St.

We did a cover for ModestoView a few years back, featuring a Rockin 10th St with guitarist Tony T. rockin’ pretty close to where Trevino Barber Shop is today. This new version features Stephan Meeker on bass, Ben Stroughter on drums and Texas Steve on Rhythm acoustic and some of the Wild Records musicians. They are playing a cool mix of electric Rockabilly, voodoo blues and Proto punk sound with some cool 60s psych like improv to get some cool vibes going. When I asked Tony about his excitement for what is happening he said, “We are practicing and progressing our sound in downtown Modesto weekly at Trevino’s or ModSpot. We are playing some local breweries, the Rockabilly Reunion in Arizona and the Greasers Social Club annual BBQ in Vegas. We are having fun Rockin and rolling and looking forward to the future!”
Let’s get Rockabilly, Pin Up and the Western Swing going in Modesto again. It is the most fun you can have with music. It is our sound and it’s beautiful.

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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.