Dibbs Preston and the Detonators
Based in Glenside, PA, rockabilly party band Dibbs Preston and the Detonators has played all over the U.S., both as opening act for The Brian Setzer Orchestra and as club headliners. With a choice blend of rockabilly, classic country and out-and-out rockers, Dibbs and the Dets’ explosive style keeps the fans dancin’ and partyin’. Joining singer/guitarist Preston in the band are Marco Destino on drums, Ralph Miller on piano and Johnny Lingo on bass.
Born and raised in London, England, Stephen “Dibbs” Preston, beginning in the late 1970s, was a founding member and lead guitarist for neo-rockabilly band Levi and the Rockats, and then, throughout the 1980s, served as lead singer with the Rockats, with whom he toured nationally and internationally (including Europe and the Far East), both as headliners and opening for the likes of Kiss, the Pretenders, the Clash, David Bowie and Daryl Hall & John Oates. The band created quite a stir world-wide with their revved-up, but still pure, version of the early rockabilly sound. With the Rockats, Preston also appeared on such TV programs as The Midnight Special, American Bandstand and The Merv Griffin Show. During the ‘80s, the Rockats also recorded for the Island and RCA labels.
The Rockats still reunite periodically for shows and recordings (most recently for Lanark Records).
Dibbs’ original songs have been featured in major movie releases (with the Rockats, he appeared in Where the Boys Are ’84) and are available for download on all of the well-known download sites.