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"...they kept the house jumping with surging waves of hot New Orleans, Chicago, and Texas rhythms."
--Derk Richardson (Bay Guardian)

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Get your Rhythmtown-Jive music on iTunes... Right Here: download Rhythmtown-Jive songs at iTunes
...of course, you can always get the RJ CDs as well. CD

Our recent "Girl Group & Girl Singers Of New Orleans" Mardi Gras Mambofest show -
with the K-Girls
(Carol Bozzio Littleton, Kathy Kennedy & Keta Bill of Big Bang Beat) at Sweetwater

Photo by Lisa Peloquin

More on the Mardi Gras Mambofest show here Photos from our Mardi Gras Day Street Parade through the Petaluma downtown neighborhood,
with Rhythmtown-Jive Marching Brass
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To see more, look at these images on Mary Mary's facebook gallery (one, two) or Terry Hankins images on

Congrats to our trombonist, Mike Rinta's on his new CD, Eponymous! (Wide Hive Records)

Recent Video:
Fat Tuesday parade through downtown Petaluma :

see the video (couresy of Celebrate Sonoma)
Fat Tuesday parade through downtown Petaluma :
see the video
...see more videos...

The RJs salute the great Johnnie Johnson, historically important and fabulous musician, and humble man. the RJs did many shows with "Johnny B Goode" and our condolences go ouit to all of his family & friends. Here's a shot of JJ and us doing Smith & Bowker's Americana Music Festival in Ukiah, California a while back...
Johnnie Johnson with Rhythmtown-Jive in Ukiah
Johnnie Johnson with Rhythmtown-Jive in Ukiah.
(click for large jpeg)

There are also more photos in our Picture Library
video clips of JJ and us over at Globe Records.

Click here to hear some tracks from the "On The Main Stem." CD featuring Johnnie Johnson. Check the catalog to order or hear sound files (even MP3s!).

We have added a DJs Comments section and a known airplay list for this CD. You may want to check our our list of retail outlets that carry RJ CDs!

RHYTHMTOWN-JIVE is an exciting American roots combo featuring accomplished San Francisco Bay Area musicians recognized nationally for their versatility and outstanding skill. With rich vocal harmonies and tasty saxophone-based instrumentals, they offer infectious dance music, delivering inventive, original '40s and '50s influenced rhythm & blues, zydeco, jump-swing, rock & roll and New Orleans gems. They have a deep sense of the feel and mechanics of the essential grooves of these American roots styles. As a back-up group they are in demand and recognized as journeymen in their field, having worked with, among others: Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, Johnnie Johnson, Earl King, Robert Ward, Long John Hunter and New Orleans rock & roll sax innovator Lee Allen. They were the featured house band at the 15th annual Sacramento Blues Festival. The RJs are fronted by Tim Eschliman (founding member of the Christmas Jug Band), vocalist and bassist, who was formerly with Etta James, Commander Cody, and the Moonlighters, whose "Rush Hour" release was produced by Nick Lowe.

As individuals their credentials also include engagements performing with (not opening for): Dr. John, La Vern Baker, Queen Ida, Rockin Sydney, Al Rapone, Ernie K-Doe, Gary U. S. Bonds, Herb Hardesty, Otis Clay, Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys, Frankie Ford, The Nightcrawlers, Sly & The Family Stone, Allen Tousaint, Richard Berry, Leo Nocentelli, Syl Johnson, Big Jay McNeely, Jesse Colin Young, Boz Scaggs, Don & Dewey, the Temptations, Elvin Bishop, the Coasters, T-Bone Walker, Roy Rogers, Earl King, John Lee Hooker, Swing Session, Joe "Louis" Walker, Little Anthony and Mary Wells. and The Drifters.

Following a fascination with the era of transition from '40s & '50s rhythm & blues to rock & roll, Rhythmtown-Jive is the Bay Area's leading proponent of American roots dance music, featuring driving and syncopated counter-rhythms the feet cannot deny. The "RJ"s, Formerly Five Guys Named Mo, have a refreshing repertoire which goes beyond the typical rehashed "top 40" music of yesterday usually associated with R&B dance bands. In addition to their original numbers, the members of the group draw from a well of obscure and unusual post-world war II saturday night rave-ups and moody relief numbers that offer something different for the dance-inclined public: Louis Jordan & his Tympani Five, Big Joe Turner, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Big Jay McNeely, Clyde McPhatter, Freddie King, Lee Allen, Clifton Chenier, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Reed, Louis Armstrong, Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, Roy Brown, Thurston Harris, Ray Charles, the Meters, Smiley Lewis, Paul Gayten, King Curtis, Sonny Thompson, James "Wee" Willie Wayne, Ella Mae Morse, Lil Millet, Will Bradley, Ray McKinley & Bill Doggett.

There is a list of Upcoming Live Dates on our RJ Live Page.

There is a list of our favorite past shows on our Memorable Occasions page.

Order Now You can order RJ albums right now by secure server.

Live Dates There is a list of Upcoming Live Dates on our RJ Live Page.

Reviews Reviews of "On The Main Stem" as well as the first two albums, "Analog Travelog" and "Retrogroove Artifact", are available.

Videoclips There are short Quicktime movies of the "RJs" and JOHNNIE JOHNSON on our VideoClips Page

Audio AudioSamples of RJ songs and ordering info are available at the Globe Eclectic Music Catalog.

Record Stores that carry the RJs We have a list of records stores known to carry Rhythmtown-Jive albums.

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