This Friday, the Dex Romweber Duo hit the Rex Theater, alongside The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Dexter plays with his sister, Sara, who is actually his sister, unlike Jack and Meg White. But speaking of Jack White, he's one of Dex's biggest fans. White called Dex "one of the best kept secrets of the rock n roll underground," and in 2010 he helped produce a live album for the Duo on his Third Man Records label.
I don't know if it's fair to label Dex as underground. Yes he performs raw, unbridled rockabilly, but he's been around since the late 80s. That was when he was known as half of the Flat Duo Jets, the Athens, GA-based band who first gained national exposure touring with The Cramps in 1990. That same year they performed a frenetic set on Letterman, which you can watch part of below. The footage comes from Two Headed Cow, a documentary about Dex and the Flat Duo Jets that took nearly ten year to make.
Currently, the Dex Romweber Duo is touring in support of their new album, Images 13. It's got all the rollicking guitar you expect, and Dex's voice still alternates between Johnny Cash croon and Iggy Pop snarl. Here's "Roll Out," the lead single from the new album: https://soundcloud.com/bloodshot-records/roll-on-by-dex-romweber-duo
Dex is opening for The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. They play down-home, country blues from a bygone era. There's three of them: the Reverend Peyton plays rusty old National guitars from the 1930s, Breezy Peyton plays the washboard, and "Bird Dog" Bussell counts a five-gallon bucket as part of his drum kit.
Tickets for the show, which is 21+, cost $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Lucky for you we have two to giveaway. Email us at pghmusicreport (at) gmail.com with "Dex Romweber" in the subject line for a chance to win.
– B. Conway