SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL. Model Jake Lauria for Ponyboy.
SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL. Model Jake Lauria for Ponyboy.
Minetta Lane 57′ menswear editorial starring model Casey Jackson.
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Ponyboy considers twenty-five year old Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim to be part of the next wave of up-and-coming rockabilly musicians to take the world by storm. With a rural midwestern upbringing and classic good looks, Josh signed with Reb Kennedy’s Hollywood based Wild Records and now considers California his new home. We met up with Josh in Las Vegas where he was booked to play the “Young and Wild” musical showcase for Wild Records at the annual Viva Las Vegas 17 Rockabilly Weekender.
PONYBOY: Josh, tell us about your upbringing in Minnesota.
JOSH SORHEIM: I grew up on a small, hobby farm in very rural Minnesota. My family owned a small concrete business where I had worked since I was a small boy. We are a very close family and we love working and hanging out together. It’s great that they are so supportive and are behind me 100 percent.
PONYBOY: How did you get into music?
JOSH SORHEIM: We had a piano in the house and I used to play little tunes I heard on the television. One time my mom noticed this and she asked me if I wanted to play an instrument. I chose the violin and took lessons, but abruptly quit because I hated them so much. So, I moved on to the piano and quit again because I hated taking lessons. I gave up music until my senior year in high school, when I found a piano under the bleachers. On my free hour I would go plunk on that piano and eventurally I got addicted. I looked up everything musically and I stumbled upon rockabilly. Naturally, I saw that upright bass that Bill Black was playing and I just had to have one! I got an upright and taught myself how to play, then eyeballed that guitar player. Needless to say, I got stuck on the guitar.
PONYBOY: Would you say your music inspiration is primarily 50’s rock-n-roll?
JOSH SORHEIM: Well, 50’s rock-n-roll is a big part of the music I love and play. My true love is American music from the 1890’s to the 1960’s. I love western swing, jazz, ragtime, jug bands, rock-n-roll, rockabilly, blues, swing, gospel, country, and honky tonk. I like to pull from every which way, so everybody gets something they like and some people can get introduced to music styles and songs that they haven’t heard before.
PONYBOY: How would you describe your sound?
JOSH SORHEIM: I’d say fast, fun and you can dance to it! I like songs that have a good boogie beat and people can really cut a rug to it. It’s all about having a great time at a show, so I like to play songs that are a lot of fun. I try and mix in some boogie woogie, western swing, blues, rockabilly and rock-n-roll in my songs because that’s the stuff that I think we all get a real kick out of.
PONYBOY: You relocated to Los Angeles recently. How has that been for you?
JOSH SORHEIM: It’s been a blast, besides the traffic and earthquakes. The friends I’ve met out here have been instant family and there is something fun to do every day and night. I was terrified being a country boy from the mid-west moving to the big city, but so far, I’ve loved every second. It also helps having Disneyland and the movie studios down the street. For a Disney, history and movie buff this is practically heaven for me.
PONYBOY: And, you also signed with Wild Records. Tell us how Reb Kennedy discovered you.
JOSH SORHEIM: One of the Wild guitarists saw some of my videos I was posting online, showed them to Reb and the next day I got a call. He asked me if I could fly out to LA for a tryout show and I said heck, yes! I flew out, did the Wild Weekender, and I was accepted into the Wild Records family. It’s been a real honor to meet, hangout and play with all the amazing and talented musicians on the Wild label.
PONYBOY: Is playing music your primary occupation?
JOSH SORHEIM: I’d say music is one of my occupations. I can’t sit still, so currently I’m starting my own business. I also freelance in handyman services, as well as being a car mechanic that makes house calls. And, I do restoration and sales of all kinds of vintage goodies. I have big plans in the works for other ventures, as well.
PONYBOY: Who would you say are your favorite musicians?
JOSH SORHEIM: That’s like asking what breath is my favorite to breathe. I love them all because each one is different and keeps me going.
PONYBOY: How many instruments do you play?
JOSH SORHEIM: I dabble in guitar, piano, clarinet, upright bass, harmonica, accordion, and lap steel.
PONYBOY: Do you have a release date for your Wild Records album? And, do you have any touring planned?
JOSH SORHEIM: We just recorded some tracks for a new 10 inch record coming out, as well as having a new 45 in the works. And I have a few European tours coming up this year, which I’m really excited about!
PONYBOY: Will you settle in California or eventually go back to Minnesota?
JOSH SORHEIM: I love California, but I also love a good road trip. I have plans to get a 1940’s trailer and hit the road for a while. I have family and friends in Minnesota, New Orleans, Texas, Arizona, and Wisconsin, as well as on the East Coast. So, my home is all over the United States. There is way too much to see and too many people to meet to settle down anytime soon.
We can never get enough of Tom Ingram’s Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender. Year 17 was chock full of tremendous music! Classic favorites of Ponyboy’s were the 80′s neo-rockabillies legends including Robert Gordon, The Rockats and Tim Polecat. The original “teddy boy” band Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers played for the first time in the US in over 30 years…well worth the wait. The next generation of UK Teddy’s known as Furious were a smashing success with their debut VLV performance. And we are sure that many more are to follow for these extremely talented gentleman. Imelda May, the Irish export that has risen to rockabilly fame more recently, played to a packed lot at the Viva car show. We are extremely passionate about anything that is brought to us by the genius of Reb Kennedy’s Wild Records. The heavily anticipated Australian trio known as Pat Capocci did not disappoint, the boy can play guitar like no one else can. Other Wild Records standouts included the elegant Mary Simich on guitar and vocals, the angst-ridden youth of The Desperados, wholesome new comer Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim, soulful 60′s garage band The Hurricanes, the always electrifying Luis and The Wildfires, the young emotional lead singer from The Blancos, and we also must mention the intensity of rebelious rock-n-roll known as Will & The Hi-Rollers. Also, Wild Records “buzz” band The Rhthym Shakers kept the crowd invigorated with the strong willful voice of lead singer Marlene Perez , swinging that big beautiful red hair all over the ballroom stage. The Wednesday night pre-party had Japanese legends Stompin Riff Raff’s; we’ve seen them before and just can’t get enough, with an exhilarating lead singer whom seems high on music, and three kick ass female musicians singing backup and playing instruments. Of course we also love The Rip’ Em Ups with the newly svelte Javier tearing up the stage and Jittery Jack’s slapstick moves. BUT one plea from Ponyboy: PLEASE bring back Bloodshot Bill next year! By MARIA AYALA. Photography Alexander Thompson.
Designer Lola Devlin photographed & interviewed for Ponyboy.
We are fanatics of Tom Ingram’s Viva Las Vegas rockabilly event and all of the terrific style that it brings every year. One thing we’ve noticed on social media in the last few years is the abundance of critics that claim that it’s all about the clothing and not the music. Well, we agree that it can be a bit of a fashion show at this annual bash, but we are infatuated with the top-notch attire that many attendees don. We applaud music fans for expressing themselves through the art of dressing.
That being said, we noted many vintage classics for both men and women. For the women, we are passionate about the following: floor length gowns, full skirt dresses, leopard, gold lame, oversized hand bags, elaborate updos, spring-o-lators, lucite purses, bakelite jewelry, floral patterns, bold sunglasses, head wraps and false eyelashes. For the gentleman, we applaud: fleck suits, gabardine shirts, tuxedo jackets, teddy boy drape coats, rayon hawaiian shirts, spectators, colorful argyle socks, 1940’s ties, knit pullovers, western wear and closely cropped pompadours. Viva la Rock-a-billy style! By Maria Ayala. Photography Alexander Thompson.
Model Doris Mayday for Ponyboy, with hairstyles by Tony Medina.
Ponyboy photographed top male model Samuel Roberts from the Fusion Agency in New York City for our 1950’s Ivy League themed men’s editorial. Samuel was the perfect model for our story with his blonde-haired, blue-eyed waspy good looks. Styled by Xina Giatas, we mixed vintage and modern designers to give our model a bit of that tattered well-bred look that is so de riguer on East Coast Ivy League college campuses and prep schools. Our favorite traditional pieces had to be a vintage Brooks Brother’s fisherman sweater, a Ralph Lauren madras blazer, and of course the classic Bass Weejun, which NEVER goes out of style in any prep’s wardrobe.
Upon first meeting Bloodshot Bill at the 2006 Drop Dead Festival in New York City, we were enamored by his musical talent. A Montreal-based rockabilly one man band, Bill has a raw and wild 50’s style, which has often been compared to the great legend Hasil Adkins. Shortly after that festival, Bill was no longer able to gain admittance into the United States, in fact, for five long years. Luckily for all American rockabilly fanatics, he is now able to tour freely throughout the U.S. Bloodshot Bill is also now on the Norton Records label.
PONYBOY: Bill, please tell us about your background.
BLOODSHOT BILL: I’m Trinitalian (half Italian, half Trinidadian, that is) and born and raised in Canada. I started playing music in high school – the drums first – and only started playing guitar in my early 20’s. I play with many bands, as well as doing my own solo/one man band shows. I have many recorded releases and hope you pick one up.
PONYBOY: At what age did you start getting into music?
BLOODSHOT BILL: I was pretty young. My best friend in First Grade had an older brother with cool records, and an older cousin who actually played in a rockabilly band. We thought it was pretty cool. I recently played a show with the older cousin (George Stryker). It was the first time I’d seen him in about 30 years! Also around that age, when my family would go on little weekend trips in the car, we’d always have this one Conway Twitty tape on. And we’d all sing along! I knew all the words and never got sick of it. I guess I was 6 or 7 years old.
PONYBOY: You toured in the United States for a while, then were forbidden to re-enter the U.S. Please tell us a bit about that.
BLOODSHOT BILL: I crossed into the States without a proper work visa. That’s it. And I was banned for 5 years. Now, I’m allowed back in and have the proper visa, etc. All is well, but what a pain it is to get that visa going. Eeef!
PONYBOY: Did you feel it set your career back at the time?
BLOODSHOT BILL: I don’t know. My expectations aren’t too high considering the kind of stuff I do. I was really bummed to not be able to play, see friends, travel, etc
PONYBOY: Since you’ve been able to enter the States and play, it seems like you are now touring more than ever. Is this correct?
BLOODSHOT BILL: No, I used to tour much more than I do now. I still get around. I’m just more selective of where I go. Before, I used to just hop in the car and be gone for months and months at a time. Now, I try to just head out on weekends, or for two weeks tops.
PONYBOY: You are now signed with Norton Records, a great American label. How has that been for you? It seems a perfect fit.
BLOODSHOT BILL: It’s a really great feeling to be on my favorite record label, and a huge honour to be one of the very few modern acts to release albums with them. I love everything they’ve done. And they really are the greatest people, too.
PONYBOY: How many records have you done with Norton? And many have you done in total?
BLOODSHOT BILL: With Norton, I’ve released 5 albums (as Bloodshot Bill, Ding-Dongs, and Tandoori Knights), 7 singles/EPs (as Bloodshot Bill, Tandoori Knights, and Bollywood Argyles), and have a new album planned for release this year with them. In total, with various labels (and not counting tracks on compilations), I have had 40 releases.
PONYBOY: That’s quite an extensive music library at a young age. We also love that you have your very own Bloodshot Bill Pomade Nice’N’Greasy. How did that come about?
BLOODSHOT BILL: I played a weekender in Kansas City years ago called Greaserama. The organizers also ran American Greaser Supply. We hit it off really well, and they sponsored me. They made me my own Frankenstein blend of their greases. It was the best. I still have some left but am hanging on to it hoarder-style, since they sold the company years ago.
PONYBOY: You now have a family. Please tell us about your daughter.
BLOODSHOT BILL: My daughter is the best! I love her so much. Her name is Penny Lee. She’s turning two next week. I smile everytime I look at her.
PONYBOY: What are your plans as far as recording and future touring?
BLOODSHOT BILL: I’m gonna “keep on keepin’ on”. I’ve got lots of new recordings coming out this year and plenty more touring. I’m heading to Florida next week, France, Belgium, and maybe the Yukon at some point this year. I’ve got lots of fun stuff planned.
We were thrilled to photograph beautiful classic pin-up model Doris Mayday in sunny Las Vegas. Miss Mayday is a legendary presence in the pin-up/rockabilly world. Her new lean California figure looked spectacular in form-fitting dresses and capri pants. The stunning redhead had her signature glamorous 1950’s look, all from her own exquistite vintage collection including lurex pieces and outrageous over-the-top sunglasses. Our lovely model Doris was shot on location at the magnificent mid-century home of Yoceline “DJ Maybelline” Lizarraga.
PONYBOY: You hail from Las Vegas originally?
DORIS MAYDAY: I was born and raised in Las Vegas until I was 21. It may may seem odd that I left at the crucial ‘Vegas’ age. But when you grow up in that city, I had been 21 since I was 16 and was ready for a change.
PONYBOY: How did you get into pin-up modeling?
DORIS MAYDAY: I was heavily into the rockabilly scene and got asked one day as a favor to be in a calendar since they needed a blonde who already had that aesthetic. I had never thought about modeling before and didn’t think anything would really come from it. After it came out though, I started getting really great response from retro clothing companies and shoots kept coming up. I went along for the ride since I thought it would just be temporary and it would be nice to have some good photos of me to show my grand kids one day – that was almost 8 years ago!
PONYBOY: You really resembled Anna Nicole Smith when you were a blonde. Did other people see the resemblance?
DORIS MAYDAY: I never really saw the Anna resemblance. The first people to bring it to my attention were Micheline Pitt and Laura Byrnes from Pinup Girl Clothing. Micheline said that the resemblance was the reason why I was chosen to model for them in the first place. Hah! After she passed away I would hear it pretty regularly. But when you’re a blonde rockabilly girl, you get everything shouted at you. Marilyn! Anna!! Mansfield!!! Lucy!!!! Bettie Boop!!!!! (that one still baffles me).
PONYBOY: Your newer red hair is BEAUTIFUL. Do you plan on keeping it for awhile?
DORIS MAYDAY: I love having red hair! I keep bouncing in between shades of orange, copper and burgundy trying to find the one I love the most. But that’s the great thing with red hair, you can change the shades easily without destroying your hair – usually by just washing it. I don’t’ think I’ll be changing it anytime soon.
PONYBOY: Have you always been into 50’s glamour?
DORIS MAYDAY: I have been completely enthralled with 50’s glamour for as long as I can remember. From old movies, album covers, magazines, old family photos, nothing is more sexy and yet classic to me.
PONYBOY: You recently relocated to the west coast. Tell us how that’s been.
DORIS MAYDAY: I surprisingly am enjoying living in California. Growing up in Vegas, I would come out to LA every month to visit, model, shop and go to theme parks. I had a laundry list of reasons why I would never live here including the traffic, overpopulation, pollution and the expense. A terrific job would be the only reason I would make the big move. Then I got the offer to manage the Pinup Girl Boutique in Burbank. Since living here, you understand how to avoid or accept the faults of LA. You start finding all the charm it has to offer and the rich diverse culture. You can totally be okay with traffic after getting a Disneyland season pass.
PONYBOY: Any aspirations to be an actress? You certainly have the face for it.
DORIS MAYDAY: I have never had a desire to act before. I always believed that was a career and commitment you had to make for yourself when you are younger and that I just missed that boat. Since moving to LA and seeing how things really work though, apparently you don’t need to quote Shakespeare or have go to theatre camp since 5 years old. But it pops into my head from time to time. To be honest, I’m terrified of rejection. I cry easier than I care to admit. That industry is filled with 99 “No’s” before you here a “Yes”. I’m pretty sure I would need to get much thicker skin first before signing up for acting lessons.
PONYBOY: Who are your role models? Who inspires you?
DORIS MAYDAY: Walt Disney, Jim Henson, and my mother Cindy. It is impossible to not be inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Disney. I am also practically green with envy of creative people and Jim Henson made magic out of felt and ping pong balls for goodness sake! The older I get, the more my mother impresses me. My respect grows for her with every new chapter in my life. How did she do it? She married her high school sweetheart and is still happily married after 36 years, with three successful daughters, a college education and a great job. As an adult, going through my own struggles, I have realized the amount of work it all takes. She gave me such a happy supportive childhood that it all seemed so effortless. I love coming to her for advice. She really has the “mother’s touch” and I hope one day I can be the woman she is.
PONYBOY: Your favorite shoot so far? And worse?
DORI MAYDAY: I can’t pick just one! Shooting at Cicada Club for Pinup girl Clothing and Rick Baker’s studio this year is definitely up there, as well as getting to shoot with Shannon Brooke in Palm Springs. Years ago I shot with Formento + Formento in downtown Vegas and those images are still some of my favorites. Alexander Thompson shoots are obviously the best, too! Though the first shoot with Alexander could of easily been the worse shoot of my life, due to some personal issues that were happening. Instead he turned my drama and emotions I was going through into some truly beautiful and raw photos that I cherish. The worst shoot hands down was a catalog shoot for Bettie Page with a new photographer. He constantly was telling the other models to “Be like Doris! Why can’t you look like her? You’re doing it wrong!” He was making me coach them and using me as the example. It was incredibly aggressive and negative, not to mention awkward and made the other models cry. I grew up an ugly fat kid. I will NEVER be comfortable with someone telling me that I’m “perfect” or putting me on a pedestal. I’ve never wanted to leave a shoot so badly. God he was the worst! Needless to say we never hired him again.
PONYBOY: You’re still quite young. Any plans for taking over the world? Or will you be content to be married with kids in an apron…50’s style?
DORIS MAYDAY: I want both, dammit! I would love to make more of an impact on the world with whatever path I choose to take. But I know family life is an ultimate goal for me. I plan on doing business meetings while wearing my apron.