Bluesbreakers: The Rhythm Shakers
Meet California’s premier rockabilly band
“I started singing when I was about five or six, perhaps younger, and would sing along to Selena around the house. The more my parents told me to shut up, the louder I sang,” says Marlene Perez, the fiery frontwoman of Los Angeles band The Rhythm Shakers.
While her first inspiration was the Mexican- American pop star Selena, Perez and The Rhythm Shakers blast out red-hot rockabilly and R&B. “The band got together by accident really,” says Perez. “Victor [Mendez, bassist] and I were at our friend’s house one day and he had recording equipment in his room, so we decided to mess around with some covers.”