Allright, I wont bother you with a long introduction, you've got plenty to read below with Rachel and (especially) Barbara, singers of the Honeybees. Let me just tell you this girls can sing. They'll have a new album very soon on Spanish label El Toro. As if it wasn't enough, both of them sing in the great Rhythm'n'blues band The Wuannabees (you'll find some of their recordings on the "Lake Rattle And Roll" compilation album and it seems there's an album in the pipeline). Barbara even finds time to team with Mars Attacks to perform a Johnny Cash / June Carter tribute. And what does she do when she has spare time? She sings backing vocals in The Vincent Black Shadows. She even finds time to answer interviews...
This is the digest version, now read the details below, don't hesitate you're in good company with this two lovely girls.

by Fred "Virgil" Turgis

What kind of music did you grow up with?

Barbara - First I grew up with a lot of vocalists. My dad used to sing lounge so there was a lot of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. There was also a lot of jazz and bebop. I can’t remember who were the artists but I know I used to dress up in my mom’s fancy outfits and pretend to swing dance and jive. But there was also the Elvis RCA white album around the house. Always! And I loved to listen to it and dance by myself. I really liked the sound of Elvis. I have 2 older brothers and 2 older sisters but one sister was really close to my age. The other 3 were much older. By my pre-teen years, my older brothers and sister listened to a lot of soul and R&B. Pop stuff like Earth, Wind and Fire, Peaches and Herb, Ohio Players, anything you can do the Hustle to. Both my brothers were in bands. My oldest brother still is. They played trombone and trumpet. And at one time, my father started…well, tried to start a record label and both brothers were in the band. It was also an R&B pop band. They only made 1 record and it never went anywhere. When my sister and me hit our teens, were first introduced to owning our own records. Our first buy was “Turning Japanese” by the Vapors and “I want you to want me” by Cheap Trick.
When I discovered my own, I was into 80's new wave/punk. B-52's, Go-Go's, Duran Duran, The Cure, Plimsouls, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Heaven 17, Blondie, Ramones, Violent Femmes, The Polecats and of course The Stray Cats! That ran pretty much through high school but I never stopped the swing/jazz/jitterbug music fascination. I always loved it and wasn't ever sure what it was called. Just knew it was "old people" music that my dad owned. It wasn't on the radio and I figured it was a dead culture, so how could I investigate where else it was played/heard? Who else knew who it was? Cheap Trick was on the radio all the time??? But I really liked the 80’s music. I stuck with that for a long time.

Rachel - I grew up in a really small town and most of the radio stations were typical boring rock/pop music. However, my mom had lots of records, and I would spend hours and hours listening to them. The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Elvis, lots of great R&B and 60s garage rock. My brother had a bunch of Weird Al tapes, too. Those were great.

What are your earlier memories concerning the music?
Barbara - Like I said, I always was fascinated with the sound. Anything you can jitterbug to. I knew it was from the 50's or somewhere around there. But I didn't know what it was called. When I was 6 or so, my sister and I were put into dance school. Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and more. Two of my dance recitals involved this music I still wasn’t sure what it was called, but the songs we danced to were ’American Bandstand’ (Barry Manillow) and ‘Jail House Rock’ (Elvis). Then I had my dad’s records to listen to. After that, it was usually Stray Cats and the usual suspects, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash maybe on an oldie station? Actually, I became close to Cash because he wore all black and in high school, the punk/goth “black clothes” look was hip and I liked Johnny Cash because he wore black! When 'Grease' the movie came out and OH Man! Was I happy. At least now there were new songs to pretend I knew how to dance to it! Where can I learn that kind of dancing? But as the oldie station on the radio continued to play top 40 oldies, I only had the Stray Cats to look to and the movie ‘Grease’; I was still stuck at a wall. I mean I like Rock Around The Clock and Pretty Woman. We all know the top 40 songs, really, don’t get me wrong! But even the oldie station had its limits. There has got to be more!!!! Well, my sister, when she turned 21, so did I! The drinking age was 21 at that time. I had a fake ID made and went to the bars. Her friend told me about an ad in the local music paper that said something about 'swingin to' or 'jitterbuggin to' and said that sounded like my interest. I went expecting to see the same dance scene in the movie Grease, with girls being tossed in the air with flowing skirts, people dancing all over, and lots of boys! But to my disappointment, there were like 10 people there, including the band!!!!!! But I found it! It was a monthly rockabilly night in Chicago called "Rockabilly Night". How boring! It's now called The Big C Jamboree, which is much better but still, I found others like me! I've always been into the arts - dance, drama, vocal, piano...I went to a performing arts school here in Chicago (just like the movie "FAME" for those of you who know it!) and I had to take one of each art (vocal, instrument, acting, dance) all 4 years in addition to my regular classes. I wanted to sing. Once I was in the 80's music scene, I wanted to sing LIVE. I saw a video of the B’52’s “Legal Tender” and I knew that’s what I wanted to do! So, I joined my 1st band, The Bedbugs, and they covered most of the 80's songs/music. It’s funny because it’s similar to the Honeybees. 2 female lead singers, just like the B-52’s, with bass, guitar, drums, and keyboards. We did it all! It was great but I still wanted to sing rockabilly or roots of some sort. I wanted to play at Big C Jamboree. I still continued to attend that monthly event to get my monthly dose of roots music.

Rachel - One of my earliest music memories was of my mother playing a Sam Cooke record. I fell in love with his voice and the passion that was in his songs. Another record I remember listening to over and over was an Animals compilation record. I couldn’t get enough of it! I actually stole it from my mom a couple of years ago. Hope she doesn‘t see this and want it back.

How did you discover “roots music”?
Barbara - Again referring to The Big C Jamboree in Chicago, that's when the door opened soooo wide. I learned terms like blues, jump blues, jazz, swing, big band, rockabilly, hillbilly, hillbilly swing, western swing, country, etc. it was overwhelming but I started buying one cd after another. Or should I say album after another. Back then it was still vinyl. I went to this monthly thing and listened and studied and I was hooked! I, at first, was confused. Wasn’t jazz and swing the same? Wasn’t rockabilly and hillbilly the same? What’s the difference between Memphis Blues and Chicago Blues? What’s the difference between country swing and western swing???? Over time, you meet people who know. And tell you! And teach you. And that’s where it all happened. Ah! Now I know my dad was into lounge and exotica singers. And Elvis was rockabilly turning black rock and roll and hillbilly into a cocktail. So I heard some roots music in the home but learned it after meeting people at this monthly event.

Rachel -
My mom and dad, although I didn‘t really know it was roots music at the time. And I still feel like I’m discovering it - there’s so many lesser known musicians that have great songs.

When did you figure you could front a band as a singer?
Barbara - I didn’t. Well, I sang a lot in high school. I did 3 musicals - Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, and a Christmas Opera called Amal and The Night Visitors. I played the lead, a little crippled BOY! Then I knew I wanted to sing but always in groups or plays. At one of my college jobs, my supervisor played keyboards in a band. He invited me to see them play. I went and they were the Bedbugs. They did all my favorite 80’s cover songs. I wanted to do that! Somehow, I managed to become part of the band. Again noting the Honeybee similarities - 2 female lead singers. That was my first band. After my first band, The Bedbugs, I learned all my stage frights and fears. Although the other girl was more the lead and I was a harmony. I wanted more of a lead spot and eventually, developed into the lead singer for The Honeybees.

Rachel -
My first solo was when I was in 2nd grade. Ever since I heard that audience clap for me, I knew I loved being a singer.

What kind of stuff were the Bedbugs?
Barbara - College rock. Mostly the 80's stuff like Go-Go's, 10,000 maniacs, B-52's, Blondie, but there was the Beatles, Cheap Trick, Rolling Stones, stuff that goes over well in college bars because that's where the money was! We also played our own originals but the crowd always wants the popular stuff. So if we had to do Iggy Pop’s “Candy” (with Kate Pierson from the B-52’s on it) then we learned it. Our stage show/set usually consisted of opening with girls set, then we’d take a break and the guys would do a block of songs. They probably did Beatles, David Bowie, Ramones, or some other male artist. We ultimately brought the bass player’s wife on stage to play tambourine or sing a little bit but mostly for dancing reasons.

What made you come back to good ol’ rockabilly music?
Barbara - It was just in my blood since I was a kid that didn't know it was called rockabilly music. I wanted to jitterbug and swing dance mostly. I wanted to enjoy that time or era. Nobody danced like that anymore! Over 6 years, I had a falling out with the Bedbugs. I had some tension with the other singer and it made my passion fade for that band. After the Bedbugs, I just wanted to be passionate again about music. I love ALL music, and I loved the band I was in, but I knew I'd be happier and better at the rockabilly stuff! So I met Theresa and our 1st bass player, Lisa Crowe, and we started The Honeybees.

How did the Honeybees get together, how did you meet?
Barbara - I used to hang out with this guy Rob Crowe often. He and I went to roots and rockabilly shows together. He was one of the ones who took me in under his wing. He’d been dating his now wife, Lisa, and she played electric bass. All 3 of us got along great. Rob has always been into the music although not a musician in a band but he liked to organize events and put shows on. So he says to me, “You and Lisa should start a band. She’s been wanting to play more.” She had played bass for a few bands but nothing serious at the moment. So we talked and we were excited about it. We looked for a drummer and ended up being a female. Not on purpose, just happened Theresa was a girl. So now it’s leaning toward a more feminine sound. We borrowed a male guitar player, Bob Barajas, and our goal was to just play the Big C Jamboree.

Could you explain what is The Big C for those who are not from Chicago?
Barbara - The Big C is a jam night. A host band opens for 30 minutes, then they run through the sign up sheet (open to anyone) and each person gets 3 songs, then the host band goes on again, then the sign up sheet, then if there is time, the host band closes the show. The point is to grab people there on the spot and play but it’s now turned into a band showcase. Well, anyway….we wanted to just play that.
So Rob researched songs and thought we should lean toward more bluesy stuff like Ruth Brown or Wynona Carr. So we picked about 10 songs and off we went! Can you believe we wanted to just play 3 songs each month at Big C!?? Now look at where we are!? Crazy. So after we played the first time, we got such applause and it got to us. Then we wanted to play sets and we started getting small opening gigs. Just as things were moving, Lisa dropped a bomb. She was pregnant. We were happy for them but now we need a bass player and a singer. She actually stayed with us for the first part of her pregnancy and we got an upright named Pete O’Leary, who also played rhythm guitar. They took turns playing bass (electric to upright) and she sang if not playing bass. We were never a duo vocal band completely but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be solo or not. There are so many solo female bands out there and I think I wanted to be different. And I only knew of The Ranch Girls and The Casey Sisters doing a double vocal sound. And coming from The Bedbugs, I knew it was a bonus and a treat to have 2 voices and I like harmonies. So when Lisa moved on, Pete left us as well and we found Phil Rainey. Lisa actually recommended him. He was an upright player so our sound went to the hillbilly & rockabilly side because the loss of the electric bass. I sang solo for a while but we ended up getting another singer, Lisa Frye. Lisa was really into the scene. She was everywhere and I knew she could sing because I heard her all the time. So we invited her to sing and she accepted the job. Bob, the guitarist, was only temporary anyway but I think when Lisa Crowe quit, he lost his motivation since they were closer friends. Eventually, he moved on so to replace him, we found Todd Longfellow who saw us play once and approached Theresa, (I think) about if needing a guitar player, he was available. So we called him and he was great! He knew his stuff.

What kind of guitarist was he?
Barbara - Huge, HUGE Stray Cat fan. If you have a copy of our EP, he’s the guitarist on that recording as well as Lisa Frye’s voice. This outfit lasted for quite a while. Lisa even played rhythm guitar at most of our shows, which was even cooler! This group was our first push. Then another bomb came about. Phil announced he was leaving to get married and have a family. So, Michael, being Theresa’s husband, ended up filling in until we decided what to do. We wanted to stick with upright bass because we wanted to stay rockabilly/hillbilly but seemed not the right time to fuss about it. We kept the electric but then had to somehow turn the sound to fit that instrument. So we tried more country and blues again but it wasn’t quite fitting in with the voices or goal. But we left it for the moment. Then a bigger bomb after a few years, Todd announced he was leaving and I guess Lisa had been thinking about it too. So 2 at once! I thought the Honeybees were over. I was getting tired of finding new, waiting until they caught up, then trying to move forward.

This is when Rachel came to the scene...

Barbara - I convinced myself to give us 2 weeks to find another singer. If not, I was going to move on myself. So we looked in the scene, couldn’t find a good match, and I tried the ad in the paper. I got several calls and met several people but only 3 came back with the homework assignment and 2 were not right. Then Rachel showed up, I played one chord on the guitar that the song was in, I think it was Cherries Jubilee, we sang acapella and the auditions were over. I found her.
Rachel -
I wasn’t looking for any particular type of band , but Barb’s ad was the only one that looked interesting to me. I called her, we met at her coffee shop, I had one practice with the rest of the band and then we got up in front of an audience! I was pretty nervous the first couple of times out. I feel very lucky to have found the Honeybees. I’ve gotten to see a lot of places, meet a lot of people and have tons of experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Were you in other bands before?
Rachel - Nope. I’ve worked on various projects and recordings here and there, and I’ve had plenty of experience on stage through - ahem - musical theatre. No bands, though.

Back to The Honeybees story...
Barbara - Mark had come along and offered to play guitar until we decided what to do. Mark had a bonus though, pedal steel! He wasn’t a lead guitarist alone but a great guitar player and it helped us maintain our name. And then we found Shawn Koch for guitar through another musician friend. Shawn was really into the R&B blues style. Like rockabilly blues or Ike Turner type stuff and that would go well with the electric bass and that was the original sound we were going for in the beginning of the band. He wasn’t up on all the genres but he learned a lot and fast! That was the line up that got us to where we are today - Shawn, Rachel, Mark, Michael, Theresa and me. We really played out and round the world and made a real CD (The Bee Sides) finally. Then just in the last year or so, Shawn announced he was leaving. Again, I was worried we were done but Manny wanted in so here he is. You will be seeing him more soon. We spent most of our first year with him writing the new CD that’s about to come out called Hive Jive. He’s very anxious to play out. And this is where the Honeybees are today.

Wow, it has changed over the years...
Barbara - Yes, changed tons! As I’ve mention above, we went from various bass players and guitarists and rhythm guitarists. If you are familiar with Randy Rich and The Poor Boys (Germany), Randy lived in Chicago for a couple of years and was my roommate. After Todd left us, Randy even filled in on lead guitar. Randy was a Honeybee for about 6 months. And that would have been great! But he returned home to Germany, came back and announced he was in love and went back to Germany. Of course, only to the Honeybees! Can’t keep a band member long enough to move forward. And my ex, Mark Linday (who was my boyfriend at the time) was even in the band for a while. He was a rhythm guitar player. After he and I ended, he moved on from the band. But basically, with each new member we get better and better. And I think Rachel is definitely in for the long haul. So as long as we keep both singers, we should move on quite well. Theresa and I being the only 2 original band members are not going anywhere!

Can you tell us about the other ‘Bees? Their background… Do they all come from the rockabilly scene?
Barbara - Theresa has been in the scene long before me. She’s always lurking in the background too. She’s drummed for a surf band for a while called The Greaseballs and she also drummed for the Mummies. She’s been doing stuff like that but never really country or rockabilly that I know of. She’s drummed since high school. She’s married to our now bass player. They’ve been married forever. I’m not even sure. I know she’s the coolest. She loves the music.
Michael has played bass always but not in the rockabilly scene. He’s been around it because he’s married to Theresa but I think he really had a crash course when he moved into the Honeybees. He’s not an upright player, still isn’t, and has played jazz bass for most of his life. We had tried to get him to learn upright so we can have a more authentic sound, but then again, we still hadn’t really “found” our comfort zone until just this upcoming album.
Mark has played in various bands. I know Theresa and Michael brought him in through another country project they were doing on the side. I’ve never seen him in the ‘scene’ but he’s very familiar with the music. He’s really familiar. He volunteered to play guitar when we had no guitarist but wasn’t planning on staying with us. But once we found Shawn, he had grown to love us and wanted to stay. So we kept him and his pedal steels.
Manny has also played in various bands. He plays with Theresa in the Greaseballs as well. He’s been around the scene but dropped out for a while. I’ve met him before but never really knew him. He also played guitar for a band called The Git Gone Boys and they did traditional rockabilly like Elvis. He’s a classical guitarist and can emulate any guitar player/sound. He’s good.
Rachel was green. I found her through and ad in the paper in Chicago. She responded and she knew her instrument but not the music. She didn’t know what rockabilly was or any of the well known. After a year, she had a crash course as well. She’s still learning but I think she’s gotten a good grasp for the most part. She’s about 4 years away from being a true historian. She’s never been a fanatic like Theresa and I. Until now but she is really having fun.

Your bio says “she brings that rockin’ twang to the mix”. Are you the rockin’ gal of the gang?
Rachel - Hell yeah! But don’t tell Barb. She’d kick my ass. :) (Just kiddin.) Actually, I’d bet on Theresa. I think she wins by default as the drummer.

What are your influences? I can hear some Miller Sisters in the Honeybees…
Barbara - YES! Definitely the Miller Sisters, Everly Brothers, Jimmy and Johnny, Sam and Dave, Don and Dewey, even the Andrew Sisters. Any group or artist that has harmonies is a big influence. I get inspiration even from 40’s vocal groups like The Boswell Sisters and The Cat and The Fiddle. As you see from the constant line up changes we’ve had in the band, our sound went from R&B blues, jump blues, blues with the electric bass then to country and rockabilly when our first upright came in. And we liked that sound but I think we all like the later 50’s, early 60’s rock n roll the best. It’s all about the electric bass since it can’t really perform traditional stuff like an upright. So it limits us in some ways. I’m definitely most influenced by black rock n roll and jump blues. Theresa and Manny have a lot of Surf in them and all of us have wide variety of musical interests. We just end up bringing whatever we know to the table and mix all together. The older 3/4th are from the 70’s era. (Without exposing their true ages) and there’s a lot of good from that. But there is also a constant path we tend to take because of that influence. I remind them we are trying to hold on to the early 60’s at most. But everyone in the band likes so many genres! All of us! Punk and hard rock are my thing early, I love contemporary stuff too, I listen to it all!

Rachel - Jeez, there’s a lot of them. In terms of song writing, it really depends on what type of song I have in mind. I love R&B and blues - Howlin Wolf is one of my favorites. Etta James, Aretha, Ruth Brown, Sam Cooke, the usual suspects. Of course, there’s Johnny Cash. I love punk and garage rock - Social Distortion, The Clash, Agent Orange. I really shouldn’t start listing all the bands that I love and that influence me because I’ll be going on for a hundred pages.

You released two records until now. A mini cd and a full length. I believe there’s a third one on its way. What can we expect?
Barbara - Greatness! The mini-EP was because we needed something to submit with our bio sheet to get jobs. It was 2 originals and 3 cover songs. With The Bee Sides, it was 50% cover songs. We again had been about 5 years old and no product to sell to our fans. And during the constant line-up change, we never progressed with our original material. So under pressure, we just recorded what originals we had and filled the rest up with our best cover songs. And although, The Bee Sides is a great introduction to the band, it was a multitude of genres and mixed choices that really doesn’t put us in a single category. It’s still a good buy but it has “Just Because” which is typical and everyone knows it, then we have “Hip Shakin’ Baby” which is a black rock n roll song but we do it more how The Go-Getter’s cover it, then “Little Jonah” which is a Brenda Lee song, “Teardrops from My Eye” which is Ruth Brown but done how Ray Condo covered it, we just added a harmony, a country original “A Fool Like You”, a rockabilly original “Cherries Jubilee”, “Seeing Green” which is totally in the other direction, so it shows us off well covering a wide variety of styles but leaves people confused still on what we are.

Anyway, that's a great one, I really like "A Fool Like You" and "Outta Gas" too for that  kinda Mystery Train feel in it...
Barbara - HIVE JIVE will be great. All original songs except for 1 “Leave My Kitten Alone”. Little Willie John but we do it the way the Sonics covered it, again adding a harmony. All the originals are definitely what WE are which is really 50’s/60’s sounding. More twist than we were but we really like where we are now. This is us. Rock and Roll and we kinda dropped the rockabilly/hillbilly sound. We really like to rock out. There are a few traditional sounding songs like “I Was Your Dream” and “What A Bee”, but the rest is good strong stuff. It’s been a great writing experience. I’ve pulled out the best ideas and wrote some pretty personal stuff. Some I wrote over 10 years ago but didn’t get a chance to record them. Some are very recent experiences. And Rachel wrote a few for this album. We’ve got a couple of ballads and a twist and a rumba and it’s all ours. It’ll be release on El Toro like our last album. So it can be bought worldwide.

Rachel - I think the whole band is pretty happy with "Hive Jive". I personally feel like it’s much more of our own “Honeybees” sound. There’s a lot of different stuff on it - slow songs, upbeat songs, straight rock’n’roll, rockabilly. Billy Horton did a good job of tying everything together, though. When there’s more than one person writing songs, it offers a lot more diversity in what kind of tunes we can put out there. The CD's gonna be great. Everyone should buy one!

Barb, tell us about your side project : the Johnny Cash/June Carter tribute with Mars Attacks?
Barbara - Well! …Back at the last Green bay festival (2005 Rockin’ 50’s Fest)
I met Martin from Mars Attacks. We talked and discovered we are much the same when it comes to managing our bands, same music fanatics, and always wanting to play. We’ve become great, great friends since then. Blue Lake Records owner, Juan Rodriguez, was at Green bay also. He found out The Honeybees were going to play Screamin’ Fest and invited us to come record in Switzerland since we were going to make a vacation out of it. When I told him all Honeybees were not going the whole time, he invited us anyway and said he’d get a backing band for us in the studio. Out of that, we needed a name that wasn’t The Honeybees so we chose The Wuanabees, which has multiple meanings. Juan is his name but he didn’t want it spelled Juanabees (my choice). So we changed the J to a W. A wannabee means to want to be something you aren’t. Just like we wanna bee Honeybees. Ha, get it?
Anyway, Martin wrote us a song for our recording session called “Lush”, a slang word that means someone who drinks a lot and all the time. A name I often called Martin. We recorded it with Martin but he also decided that Mars Attacks wanted to record it. (It is on their ‘Circle of Love’ CD) Okay, you with me so far? The joke about it is we never released it, only Mars Attacks, and it was supposed to be for The Wuanabees. Well, at the 10th Rockabilly Rave, Mars Attacks played and they invited me on stage to sing harmony with Roland on that song. We discovered we sound really good together and it went over really well! Then, this past October 2006, Martin invited the Honeybees to play at the Rockabilly Bombardment 3 but again, the whole band couldn’t go. It was supposed to be Rachel, Theresa and myself but Theresa didn’t make it. With the 3 girls, it passed as The Honeybees, without her, it should have been The Wuanabees but it was too late. They had already printed and pressed posters with Honeybees on it. Mars Attacks ended up being our support band for the show. In the process, they were trying to add another band to the bill and Martin and I came up with the idea of a duet show. I loved it. I researched 10-15 songs of which only 1 was Cash/Carter. The rest was Louie Prima & Keely Smith, Tennessee Ernie & Kay Star, and Frank & Nancy Sinatra, and more. I wanted to do a variety of duets but Martin changed it to an all Cash/Carter set without me knowing. The movie “Walk The Line” had just come out over in Europe but it had been out for a while in the US. I didn’t want to do all Cash/Carter stuff because I thought people would just think it was a copycat act. But it turned out really well! People really liked it and wanted more! So I wrote 4 original duets to satisfy my need of not being all copycat and we learned the rest of the songs on both parts of the world. Thank goodness for MP3’s and the Internet! I arrived in Austria early and we rehearsed twice together before the big show. Amazing band they are. Really professional and learned both Honeybees songs and the Cash/Carter songs and knew them all. They really are good, those boys. And since Mars Attacks is coming to play Green bay again, they wanted to tour before it. We thought we should play the Cash/Carter show since we’re going to be together again. So we put a tour together starting May 3rd in Austin, Texas working our way back to Chicago. We actually recorded more Wuanabees stuff after the Bombardment and in the same night, we recorded a demo for the Cash/Carter show. I’m not sure when that’ll be done but it will also be on the Blue Lake Record label. As well, I think Juan is releasing a Wuanabees CD that should be ready and for sale at Green bay. We have enough songs recorded.

How do you work with one part of the band in Europe and you in the USA?
Barbara - I don’t know. Really. I ask that same question. How the heck do we rehears? But it’s possible. I recorded my originals on my laptop with my old guitar player, Shawn, playing along. Then I email or mail a disc to Martin, he learns them, plays them for Mars Attacks, and they learned them over there. Then email or mail me back a disc from the practice and I can sing along here at home. So far, it’s been working. If we get more opportunities to play, it’s a lot easier for me to tour solo. It’s cheaper and I am a flight attendant (in addition to a café owner) for a domestic airline that I get great international benefits from.

Is this an all cover project or do you write songs and try to get the spirit of Cash & Carter?
Barbara - I’ve written 4 songs that we did play LIVE and we recorded in Switzerland. And I have more in my head. I am writing them to sound like Cash/Carter. Although, they probably will be a few rockabilly and blues songs, it’s still the point of being duets. I’d like to add more originals but I love the covers. I love singing with Roland. And Martin and I are always challenging each other to write more so we may collaborate on some too. We’ll see.

Do you have plans to release some stuff with that band?
Barbara - YES! Like I mentioned, we did the demo but I’d love to make a full thing out of this. It’s so good because it can crossover. We can get into the rockabilly events and into the common venues that other genres hosts. Even country shows. It’s so widespread, the name CASH.

You've mentionned The Wuan-a-bees which are in a more rhythm’n’blues vein.
Barbara - Wuanabees will be one-shot turned into a full on thing. We did a few songs and Juan released 2 on his “Lake, Rattle, and Roll” compilation CD. We did about 8 songs in total and this last October visit, we did another 7 I think? So he should have enough for a full-length album. After that’s done, if anyone over there wants to hire us, Rachel and I will come over and play! It’s more black R&B and R n R. Saxophone and upright bass which is what differs us from The Honeybees.

Rachel -
Mainly, I think that they are really powerful recordings. The band was rockin', and I think Barb and I have pretty strong and balanced harmonies. It'll be interesting to see what Juan does with it. I'd love to tour around with it someday - those songs are just fun to sing!

Would you like to add something, or do you have something to say to our billions of readers ;-))
Barbara - Yes, please request us at your next weekender, ask for us to be invited over. Whether the Honeybees, The Wuanabees or The Johnny Cash/June Carter Tribute Show. Buy our CD’s, support your local band, visit us at, ask me to dance, tell DJ’s about us, spread our music around, and we love you all who do listen to us. Cash/Carter show is coming to you soon! Oh, and don’t forget, my other project (uhhh! I know, how do I do it?) The Vincent Black Shadows (not to be confused with Vincent Black Shadows. They are quite edgy and contemporary and doing well. Don’t know how we’ll deal with the name. I think the even played at the last Hootenany here in the USA.) I’m a back up singer for this project. Talk about girl group! We’re on too!

Rachel - I look forward to meeting EACH AND EVERYONE of you!! And oh yeah, do you have a couch we can crash on when we‘re in your neighborhood?

Thanks a million to both of you...

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The Vincent Black Shadows
The Johnny Cash - June Carter Tribute Show