Saturday, December 29, 2018

Singer/guitarist Johnny Ramos debut album Johnny and Jaalene... blues and roots/rockabilly

19-year-old singer/guitarist Johnny Ramos is making the scene all over Orange County, L.A. and beach cities alike, even hitting Viva Las Vegas this year and making quite a splash. As son of blues guitarist Kid Ramos, Johnny has been surrounded by music all his life. From blues to rock, jazz, rockabilly, punk, disco, even classical and Broadway, he has been living a musical life since he was in the womb. When he was young, Johnny started out with the piano. When he was old enough, his dad handed him his very ­first guitar, never to be put down again.

The handsome 19-year-old actor/choirboy musician is tearing up the music scene with his blues and roots/rockabilly band, Johnny and Jaalene. His super talented co-front girl Jaalene DeLeon is a 16-year-old beauty from East L.A. who sings like a bird and looks like a doll. Jaalene is a theater girl and choir student turned rockabilly diva, given the moniker “The Queen of the Teens.” Jaalene played many a lead role in musical theater before joining Johnny with her timeless voice. She has won ­first place in many singing competitions and performed the national anthem for a variety of prestigious events.

Their debut album, “Johnny & Jaalene,” on Rip Cat Records, features Kid Ramos, Tommy Harkenrider, Brent Harding and Kip Dabbs, the best of the best of the SoCal music scene. This album has 12 songs featuring roots, rockabilly, Chicano rock ’n’ roll and Americana. The future holds many great things for these two rising Mexican-American teen idols.

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Marty's review: this debut release from Johnny Ramos and Jaalene DeLeon is a most upbeat and "feel-good" delight that will have you singing along and tapping your toes from the first notes. These talented young artists have taken the roots music of rock and roll, rockabilly, doo-wop and Americana to create a vibrant and ecstatic mix of tunes that not only pay tribute to the original performers but also allow them to be heard by a whole new audience. Their simply rousing version of Eddie Cochran's "Teenage Cutie", Wanda Jackson's "Let's Have A Party" and the classic Everly Brothers ballad "Let It Be Me" are definite highlights and they deliver each track with an excitement and passion that is refreshing to hear.