Levi Dexter

           Levi Dexter.. internationally know and respected for his development of the music style called Rockabilly. A mixture of Blues and country music from the mid to late 1950's. During the 1970's Levi Dexter recorded the rockabilly sound in a more modern recording setting. This important development produced the Neo-Rockabilly style that Levi Dexter is so well known for. His live shows are always energetic and fun with lots of dancing. The music is clear and vibrant.

The 1970's
           Levi Dexter formed the legendary band Levi & the Rockats in 1977. Having completed the "Eddie & Sheena" tour of the UK In 1978 Levi headed to Los Angeles where he performed sold out shows at many of the larger clubs in Hollywood including the Whiskey-a-gogo, the Starwood and the Roxy. Levi has been seen on TV programs and news shows across Los Angeles, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and New York. Levi & the Rockats were the first unsigned band to perform on the national shown Merv Griffin Show and Wolfman Jack's "Midnight Special" TV show. Levi & the Rockats performed on the Louisiana Hayride Show. Levi Dexter is featured on the Andy Warhol TV show and are also featured in Andy's Interview magazine. Levi & the Rockats are featured on the 20/20 TV special on New Wave music. They toured Canada in late 1979 ...

The 80's
           After Levi & the Rockats broke up Levi auditions Brian Setzer of the Straycats for his new band "Levi Dexter & the Rip-Chords". Brian declines but the new band makes it's Debut at the Metropol Ballroom in W. Berlin, Germany and they are featured on German news shows and then tour England again before touring the U.S.A. While in New York Levi plays sold out shows at The Ritz, The Peppermint Lounge and The Mudd Club. Then Levi Dexter & the Rip-Chords perform another sold out show at Bond's Casino with The Clash. They are featured on the L.A. Style TV show. Levi Dexter records are some of the most important recordings of his style Rockabilly. He works with legendary record producer Richard Gottehrer who had just produced a number 1 album by The Go-Go's. Levi Dexter settles down in L.A. and forms Levi Dexter & the Tribe who would play shows in California and New York. Levi is featured on nation wide TV commercials for 7 UP and American Airlines.

The 90's
           Levi Dexter is performing as a solo artist and performs live shows around the U.S.A. His reputation and popularity grows through all of Europe, Australia and Japan. In 1993 Levi Dexter joins the Japanese band "Magic" to record the outstanding Levi Dexter & Magic CD for the Meldac recording company in Japan. Levi plays live shows throughout the U.S.A. including The House Of Blues in Los Angeles.

2000 (and beyond)
Levi still continues to perform as a solo artist in the U.S.A. Based in California with his wife Bernie, Levi Dexter can be seen performing headline shows and festivals throughout America. He performed live, introduced headline acts and was MC, DJ and performed live at such events as The Indiana Rockabilly Weekender and The Oneida Rockabilly Festival and the Las Vegas Rockaround.
           As new generations of young people discover the music style of the 1950's and the neo-rockabilly sound of the 70's and 80's Levi Dexter's fan base grows larger. His live Bop-Hop 2003 show it Tokyo was a sensation that they are still talking about today. A live CD of the Bop-Hop show has been completed and should be available summer 2004. Levi has produced a forthcoming CD for the band "The 7 Shot Screamers" due to be released in 2005 with 2 added track by Exene from the band X. Levi returns to Europe to perform with the Caravans at the Waldorf Rock 'N' Roll Weekender May 2004 and also at the Finland Rockabilly Weekender in July.
           2005 Levi returns to the U.K. with the Caravans after 20 years away playing the legendary rocker haunt, the Ace Cafe in London and also headlining a psychobilly weekender in Leicester. Levi is MC, DJ and also performs with the legendary band Magic with Slim Jim Phantom plays drums at the Green Bay 50's Rockin' Fest II. The show rocks the house! The whole week was a blast! Summer 2005 Levi will perform at the Hootenanny in California and also the 3rd Hollywood Rockabilly Showdown. Look for 2 new CD releases and a Levi Dexter DVD later this year (including rare 70's appearances on the Merv Griffin Show and Wolfman Jack's Midnight Special T.V. shows.. 80's video's and tour video with Levi Dexter & Magic in Japan and in the U.S).

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