Garage-rock veterans, New Jersey’s Doughboys have received an extraordinary amount of attention of late from Little Steven Van Zandt via his XM Sirius channel, the “Underground Garage.” Van Zandt named their 2012 album Shakin’ Our Souls“Album of the Year,” and the album track “It’s A Crying Shame””coolest song in the world” this past November, which Underground Garage listeners voted #8 coolest song in the world for the entire year. In addition, on the “Underground Garage” Facebook page Little Steven posted (on January 3) his top 5 albums of 2012, and Shakin’ Our Souls topped the list!
Shakin’ Our Souls features 14 tracks of raw rock ‘n ‘roll mania deeply rooted in 60’s Garage-rock tradition, chopped and channeled to get 21st Century audiences out of their seats and on their feet! The album features guest performances from proto-Punk legends like Paul Revere & the Raiders’ lead singer Mark Lindsay and Goldie & The Gingerbreads’ Genya Ravan.
The Doughboys’ formed in 1963 and were very popular in New Jersey throughout that decade. They gigged incessantly, won a battle-of-the-bands on Zacherle’s Disc-o-Teen TV show, opened for many of the top acts of that era, including The Beach Boys, and released two 45’s, “Rhoda Mendelbaum” and “Everybody Knows My Name” on Bell Records before going their separate ways. Myke Scavone wound up fronting hard rockers Ram Jam who scored an international hit with “Black Betty”; Richie Heyman played drums for the likes of Link Wray, Brian Wilson and Jonathan Richman while simultaneously pursuing an acclaimed career as a singer/songwriter under his full moniker, Richard X. Heyman; Mike Caruso had a successful career as a session player, including work with legendary producers Bo Gentry and Kenny Laguna and a stint with Jimi Hendrix.
In 2000, Richie Heyman’s wife organized a surprise one-off reunion of The Doughboys for Richie’s birthday, which went so well that they decided to officially revive the band. With the untimely passing in 2005 of founding member Willy Kirchofer, guitarist Gar Francis (of Stones tribute band “Sticky Fingers,” as well as recording sessions with Billy Idol) joined and began contributing new originals to the group. 2007’s Is It Now? featured material by both Gar and Richie, along with a savvy selection of covers – staples of the live show. The lead-off track “Black Sheep” caught the ear of Little Steven, who made it one of his “coolest songs in the world,” and gave it heavy airplay on the “Underground Garage.” The Doughboys received further “coolest songs in the world” status for “I’m Not Your Man,” “Why Can’t She See Me?”and their surprising remake of the Moody Blues chestnut “Tuesday Afternoon” from their second album, Act Your Rage. In 2011 they released the Rock N’ Raw DVD+CD set, a combination documentary/live performance package.
Since reforming in 2000, The Doughboys have played the Musikfest & The Drive Invasion festivals, opened for The Pretenders, The Yardbirds, Robin Trower, and Electric Prunes among many others, and perform regularly at regional venues like Asbury Park’s Stone Pony, NYC’s B.B. King’s and Starland Ballroom among them.