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Dave Robel was born
on March 7, 1948 at 2:44 p.m. in. Omaha, Nebraska. Two years later
the Robel family moved to Lincoln. In 1956 Dave watched Elvis on the
Dorsey Brothers TV show. Later that year Dave and his dad made a crystal
radio and much to Dave's surprise the damn thing worked. The song that
was playing when little Davy put on the headphones was "Hound Dog". Dave
proudly proclaimed that was his favorite song.
Every Saturday in 1957
Dave swept the floors of his dad's electric motor shop. One
particular Saturday, one of the motor winders was listening to the radio
while working on a burned motor. Suddenly "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry
Lee Lewis came roaring out of the speaker and just as suddenly the motor
winder stopped winding and started rocking! While Dave's dad was not
amused at the spectical, Dave was! Dave had felt the power and wild
abandon of Rock n' Roll. Cool!!
Dave made a haul during
Christmas that year. Among the many gifts was a "Sputnik" radio that
worked without batteries and bed springs were used as an antenna. From
that night forward Dave listened to the KLM5 Nifty Fifty until the wee
hours of the morning. Many other late nights would follow. Dave bought
his first 45 rpm record, "Beatnik Fly" by Johnny and The Hurricanes in
1960. Surf Rock, The Ventures, etc. filled out Dave's small, but rockin'
record collection to the mid 60s.
Thanks to his mom, Dave
bought his first set of drums in the summer of '65. Thanks to mother
nature, Dave discovered girls in that summer. What a year! Drums, beer
and girls, not necessarily in that order! That fall, Dave's dad bought a
small PA system for Dave's first group "The Minutemen" who played Surf,
Garage and British Invasion Rock'n'Roll. In 1966, Dave's dad bought a
bar in downtown Lincoln and Dave started playing Country and Western
with a group called The Acquired 5. Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Patsy
Cline and Johnny Cash were some of the artists the band
From 1967 until 1971 Dave played in a number of
Rock'n'Roll and Country and Western bands. On one occasion he backed up
Bobby Lord on the back of a flatbed truck in Beatrice, NE. Another time
he opened a show starring Jeannie C. Riley, and opened up for Kenny
Rogers. Dave was introduced to Charlie Burton. Charlie wrote record
reviews for Rolling Stone and later Country Music magazine. Charlie
needed a drummer for his rockabilly, country and western swing band,
"The Star Spangled Wranglers." This was the start of a long string of
bands that Charlie had Dave play drums with.
Charlie started a rockin' R&B band called the "Megatones." Musical
influences included: Roscoe Gordon, Joe Turner, Freddie Fender, Jerry
Bryne, The Burnette Brothers, Elvis and Ray Charles. The Megatones were
one of the first bands to play regularly at the Zoo Bar and also the
first to draw a regular crowd there. The following year, The Megatones
opened up for Willie Dixon and Freddie King at Pershing auditorium. A
couple of months later, Dave and guitar player Bill Dye were asked to
sit in and play the entire last set with Willie Dixon and the Chicago
All Stars in Omaha, NE. The All Stars at that time included: Willie on
bass, Buster Benton, guitar, Layfette Leak, piano and Cary Bell
Harrington on harp!
Dave sat in with Magic Slim on
his first trip to the Zoo Bar in 1975. In 1976 Dave was asked to sit in
and play with J.B. Hutto and The Hawks. In the fall of that year Charlie
Burton started a band called "Charlie Burton and The Solid Senders."
Solid Senders was soon dropped for the name of "Rock Therapy". This band
played rockabilly, rock'n'roll and a few Burton originals.
Charlie Burton "Rock Therapy" band released their first 45 rpm
record "Rock and Roll Behavior" in 1977. The 45 got much critical
acclaim from Robert Christau (Village Voice - NYC) calling it "hard
rockabilly". The record landed number four in the "Jazz and Pop"
publication. Rock critic Nick Tosches (author of Hellfire - JLL) sent
the group a postcard that said "Great Rockin' Record" and critic Ed Ward
gave the 45 an A+ in Creem magazine! In 1978 while playing CBGB's in New
York City. Dave met and talked to punk rocker Johnny Rotten. In
September of that year, Charlie Burton and Rock Therapy opened up for
"The Ramones" at the Music Box in Omaha, NE. It was at this time the
group's second 45 was released. "Guitar Case" backed up with "Dolled Up
In 1979 Charlie Burton and Rock Therapy's third 45
"Dead Giveaway" got good reviews in Trouser Press, The Village Voice,
and The San Francisco Enquirer. New York Rocker magazine did an article
on the band. Writer, Andy Schminoff called Charlie Burton Rock Therapy
group the missing link between The Cramps and The Blasters (Dave and
Phil Alvin). The band played with the Talking Heads in Omaha. CBRT also
did a set at the M-80 concert in Minneapolis. (A showcase for unsigned
Charlie Burton and the Cutouts were formed in
1980. This band played rockabilly, rock'n' roll, but mostly originals.
In 1981-1991 the band released three LPs and two
that Charlie Burton Or What?" Reviews: Robert Christgau, Village Voice -
1983: "Don't Fight The Band That Needs You". Reviews:
Robert Christgau, Village Voice - B+, San Francisco Enquirer, etc. -
Dave played drums with rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef at "Larry's" in
1985: "I Heard That" was produced by
Lou Whitney (Morells and The Skeltons) Reviews: B+ Robert Christgau,
Trouser Press Guide, Musician, Chicago Sun Times and Rock & Pop
Narcotic, etc. Dave was introduced to Bobby Lowell, Nebraska's first
rocker. Dave and Bobby recorded four 45s and one LP. The first session
featured a remake of Bobby's first record "Um-Baby, Baby" and a cover of
Joe Clay's hit "16 Chicks." Two other songs were recorded both of which
were written by Bobby. "So In Love With You" and "I'm A Fool." This EP
was on the Mighty Midwest label. The second session produced a biker
anthem called "Iron Pony" and a fifty's style ballad called "Take Me
Back." Session three produced the bluesy "Ice Cold Heart" and an
updated version of Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula." Session four featured
the hard rock in "Independence Day" and slow ballad "It's Been So Long."
The LP "Bobby Lowell - Then and Now" featured all the above songs as
well as ""Race N' With The Reaper" a dark and heavy rock
1985: Shortly after the recording sessions with
Bobby Lowell, Dave did an EP with Janis K, "The Lady Elvis." The EP
featured a cover of "Skull and Crossbones" by Sparkle Moore, "I Was The
One" and "I Beg of You" by Elvis, and an original song by Janis called
"Don't Be A Fool."
In July of 1986 Dave and Sean Benjamin opened
up for The Everly Brothers in Shenandoah, Iowa. After the Everly's set,
Sean and Dave were asked to play a private party where they met Don and
Phil Everly and guitarist Albert Lee.
Burton and The Hiccups tour LA, KC, MN, NY, Chicago, Boston as well as a
million gigs in Omaha.
1990: The Hiccups play the South By
Southwest Festivel in Austin, Texas. "Green Cheese" reviewed in
Billboard, Philadelphia Inquirer.
1991: "Puke Point At The
Juke Joint" live at The Lifticket Lounge. The Hiccups played the SXSW
again. The Austin Chronicle gave them rave reviews. Rock critic, David
Frikie mentioned them very favorably in Rolling Stone magazine. In the
fall of 1991, Charlie got married and moved to Austin. Dave and the rest
of the Hiccups stayed in Lincoln to start a new band called Shithook.
Shithook played a wide variety of rock'n'roll including Elvis, Gene
Vincent, Mack Self, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kinks,
Iggy Pop, Bowie, ZZ Top, Led Zeplin and Prince. Not to mention originals
by guitarist Phil Shoemaker.
In 1993 Dave and Charlie
went on tour with Evan Johns and the H-Bombs. They toured the Midwest,
West Coast and Europe. While in the Netherlands the band recorded a CD
called "Texas Twang." The H-Bombs also played a live set at K.R.O.
Studio in Hilversum, Holland which was later broadcast all over the
Netherlands and Europe. While touring the west coast, Dave backed up
Evan's friend and fellow guitarist Henry Vestine of Canned Heat. The
group also jammed on stage with Roy Lonely (Flaming' Groovies, Phantom
Movers). The H-Bombs also did several; gigs with "Billy Bacon" and "The
1993 - Present. In 1997
Shithook released a CD called "When A Boyscout Gets The Blues." All
tracks on the CD were originals. In 1998 Blues and Rock critic, Cub Koda
reviewed "Boyscout" and said Shithook was "his favorite new band." Cub
also recorded his own version of the title track ("Boyscout") with his
band. In 1998 Shithook played at the Memphis Crossroads Festival and
their song "Boyscout" was chosen to be included on the Crossroads
sampler CD. Later that same year Shithook not only opened up for Bo
Diddly, but backed him up as well. So for the first 40 minutes the crowd
was treated to Shithook and for the last two hours rocked to "Diddly
The following is a list of artists Dave has played
drums with: Bo Diddly, Johnny Olenn, Bobby Lord, Sleepy LaBeef, Willie
Dixon, J.B. Hutto, Magic Slim, Bobby Lowell, Janis K, The LeRois Bros.,
The Tailgators, Evan Johns, Billy Bacon, Henry Vestine and Roy
This is a list of some of the groups Dave and his
bandmates have opened up for: The Everly Bros., Robert Gordon, Ronnie
Dawson, Jr. Brown, The Derailers, BR549, Freddy King, Kenny Rogers,
Jeannie C. Riley, The Beat Farmers, MoJo Nixon, Jason and The Scorchers,
Webb Wilder, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Pero, Joan Jett, X, REM, REO,
The Replacements, The Smitherines, John Cale, Johnathon Richmond, Eric
Burdon, Sugar Blue, and Joe King Carrascoj.
Dave has just recently
done sessions with Bobby Lowell, Jim Jacobi and Bob Timmers. Also an
impromtu tract with Johnny Olenn.