Rhythm X Revival

Representing Australia in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis as the 2018 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Band of the Year


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Rhythm X Revival is an energetic rockin’ country blues band formed through songwriting and the friendship of duo John-Luke Shelley and Johnny Tesoriero. April saw the release of their nine-track debut self-titled album recorded at The Teskey Brothers’ studio by Sam Teskey, with Ben Wicks on bass guitar, which soared to #4 on the Australian Blues chart.

This energetic rockin’ country blues band formed through song writing and the friendship of duo John-Luke Shelley and Johnny Tesoriero has been reincarnated as Rhythm X Revival from their previous bands JLS & Co, High Speed Steel and The Three Tones. They have performed in festivals around Australia including the Queenscliff Music Festival, Bendigo Blues Festival, Echuca Blues Festival, Broadbeach Blues Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Mordialloc Food and Wine Festival and Guitars across the Bay.

Featuring John-Luke as the lead singer playing lead and rhythm guitar, Johnny Tesoriero on drums, Chris Rourke on bass and Jeremy Neumann on keyboard, Rhythm X Revival has soulful tones of country and blues with modern melodies, catchy lyrics and captivating harmonies.

‘If there was a simple way to explain the album to any Country or Blues fan, you would say that Rhythm X Revival is purely the reincarnation of the deep, old-school Tennessee sounds we all know and enjoy’, as quoted in Amnplify. ‘This fast-paced electric-drenched blues, is fun-filled, energy-packed and keeps you guessing’ as quoted by The Rockpit.


John Luke Shelley

John-Luke Shelley

Hailing from Geelong, John-Luke Shelley began playing guitar at the age of 16. JL takes great pride in performing not only his own original material and cover songs. John-Luke has supported Chris Wilson, James Reyne, Geoff Achison, Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows, Screaming Jets, John Paul Young, Mike Brady, The Masters Apprentices. John-Luke and Johnny have teamed up to play in a few bands - JLS & Co, High Speed Steel and The Three Tones. They have played regularly around Victoria and in festivals around Australia including the Broadbeach Blues Festival, the Queenscliff Music Festival and Guitars across the Bay.

Johnny Tesoriero

Johnny Tesoriero

Johnny Tesoriero has been signed to Albert Productions, EMI and independent record labels as a professional drummer and has played in live original and cover bands since the age of 15. His career highlights include TV appearances on Vizard, Rove, Channel V, MTV and The Basement; supporting Oasis, Foo Fighters and The Killers; performing with the former lead singer of The Easybeats, Stevie Wright and appearing in his book, ‘Hard Road’. Johnny joined John-Luke to play with High Speed Steel in 2012 and he has also played in the rhythm section of The 3 Tones. Johnny has played in different music genres including blues, rockabilly, rock, jazz and heavy metal.

Chris Rourke

Chris Rourke

Chris discovered his love of music in his teenage years initially playing the drums before making the switch to bass guitar. Versatility as a musician has seen Chris adapting to genres such as blues, soul, funk, hard rock, jazz and musical theatre. As a sideman, Chris has had the pleasure of supporting Max Sharam, Lucca Franco, Annie Wall, and the Justin Yap Band. He has also toured and recorded with Arcane Saints, Artist Proof, Beautiful Beasts, Brian El Dorado and the Tuesday People, Dark Earth and Overproof Groove.

Jeremy Newmann

Jeremy Neumann

Jeremy Neumann has been playing the keys since the age of eight. Growing up, he was exposed to artists such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, BB King and Buddy Guy. Jeremy has toured with Natty Wailer (Bob Marley and the Wailers) and has appeared at numerous festivals around Australia with various artists including Stevie Paige at the Broadbeach Blues Festival. Jeremy also professionally plays blues harmonica.



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