Johnnie and the Rumblers are a “ baby boomers” band. Johnnie states, “We’re a couple of guys in our 60’s. Life has beat us up a bit but we’re still jamming! We discovered our passion for music back in the 60's. Did a lot of gigs..had some great times. Then we had to grow up...jobs, family, marriage, kids, mortgages....(followed later by divorce, cancer, wrinkles...life!).
We keep coming back to what we've always loved though...music and performing. Recently, we retired from our day jobs and released our 1st CD entitled "Dos Equis". Now our 2nd CD is scheduled for release in the fall. Our original music is a concoction of Boston meets the Beatles, meets Tom Petty with a smidgen of Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jerry Reid in the guitar mix. We slip these originals into our performances and they blend well with covers we play by the Eagles, Beatles, Elvis, Eric Clapton....Santana and more. We also slip in a few cool country songs by people like Vince Gill, Brooks, and Dunn, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks and others.”
Band mates William “Dirty Bill” Halstead (bass guitar) and Kip Leon (drums) round out this talented Tucson, AZ trio. Johnnie and Dirty Bill have been performing in Tucson together since the early 1980’s and in 1989 formed Johnnie and the Rumblers along with recently deceased drummer Michael Walsh. “Mike was a great band mate and drummer. Johnnie and I miss him. We’ve dedicated the Dos Equis recording to him” says Dirty Bill.