The Molars have triumphantly returned to Rick Gethin's "Cat Club Podcast."  You can hear the results by clicking the link below or by copying and pasting it into your browser.

Come share our madness. 

Are you a Rock ‘n’ Roll-loving adult with no plans for Halloween of 2019?  This year, the Rumba Café may have your answer.  The evening of Thursday, October 31, the music venue teams up with Secret Song Records and Witch Doctor Music to present PUNKABILLY HALLOWEEN.

The evening show, running from 7:00 to 11:00 PM, presents a festive night of live bands who mix up Punk, Rockabilly, Alt Country, and Americana all in the name of good fun.

The bill includes Punkabilly from The Molars, Alt-Country from Jesse Blankenship, and Electric Americana from Betty Bangs.

Modern music journalism seems reluctant to compare current artists with the past, but that is sometimes the best point of reference.  The Molars are a hybrid of Eddie Cochran and The Ramones in a mix that evokes Dr. Feelgood or Social Distortion.  With his Country baritone, Jesse Blankenship is the heir apparent to Waylon Jennings.  Betty Bangs rocks various Americana styles, like Rockabilly, Blues, Soul, and Country in a totally original way with amazing musicianship to boot.

The night will also be an unofficial release show for The Molars’ recorded debut, the EP “Cavity Search.”  Copies will be available for sale at the show.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and music starts shortly thereafter.  Cover is a mere $5.00.  Costumes are welcome but not required.

The Rumba Café is at 2507 Summit Street in Olde North Columbus.

With anticipation of The Molars' recorded debut, "Cavity Search," we have another announcement.  Digital downloads are coming soon through CD Baby.  Please watch this site for further details and links.

By now, you are likely aware that The Molars' recorded debut, "Cavity Search," will soon be available as a 7" EP.  It will also be available as a CD or download. Both of the latter come with a surprise bonus.  Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming "Cavity Search."

The Molars are proud to announce that our recorded debut is on the way. We will soon release a four-song EP, "Cavity Search." It will contain three originals and one interpretation of a Folk classic.  Please watch this site for more details.

The Molars officially welcome drummer Shane Olson into the band.  He made a smashing debut at Bossy Grrl's Pinup Joint on March 23, 2019 for a celebration of the bar's sixth anniversary.  Shane adds his personal touch to the band with his solid beat.  He has already helped us reimagine our take on Carl Perkins' "Matchbox" into more of a Motorhead mold.

Shane hails from San Luis Obispo, California, and has lived in Ohio for nearly 20 years.  Salute!

Shane at Bossy Grrl's

This Saturday, December 1, 2018, The Molars will be part of a special streaming concert, being webcast from three studios at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.  A total of 25 local bands are slated to play 4 songs apiece for a total of 100 tunes.

Fans can catch this performance at the following sites:

The Molars will play at 11:00 AM EST.  Please log on and check us out.

Even more new music by The Molars is up on the internet.  Please click the "Listen" link on this website to hear our latest creations.

The first is Jimmy's original surf-punk instrumental, "Stockholm Surfer."  The second is John's imaginative rearrangement of the folk classic, "Big Rock Candy Mountain."

Of course, our old "classics" may be here there, too.

These same tunes may be heard on our Reverbnation page,

Listen and enjoy!


The Molars give thanks to Columbus-area promoter Rick Gethin, who invited us to be part of his October 22, 2018 podcast, "The Cat Club."  Gethin, the founder of Music in Motion Columbus, interviewed the band and played five of our recordings, including one original tune each from John Colarossi and Jimmy Razor.

To tune in, follow the link below and scroll down to the "Play" button.  You will enjoy Rick talking with John, Mike, and Jimmy and quite possibly, hear some Molars' songs for the very first time.

Left to right: Rick Gethin, Jimmy Razor, John Colarossi, and Mike Folker looking quite elated after a very enjoyable and insightful interview.

The Molars have finally made it to Radioland this week, as their songs are scheduled for play on two Columbus stations, 99.7 The Blitz and CD 102.5.

The first play will be on the new 99.7 The Blitz "Local Stuff on Demand."  The program airs Sunday, October 15 at 10:00 PM EDT.  Central Ohio listeners can catch it live on 99.7 FM.  In other regions, The Blitz streams at  It will also be available for downloaded podcast.

Many thanks to Misha Rickard and Courtney Stone from The Blitz for this fine opportunity.  More music is on the way.

The second play will be on CD 102.5's "Front Stage 102.5" on Friday, October 20 1t 9:00 PM EDT.  It is highly likely that host Tom Butler will spin original songs by John Colarossi and Jimmy Razor.  Central Ohio listeners can tune in at 102.5 FM. Unfortunately, WWCD 102.5 FM is not available through streaming.

We invite you to tune in either night and sample some Molarized "punkabilly."  We think you will enjoy.

Friday, June 30, 2017 was something of a milestone for The Molars.  Thanks to our internet promotions on Reverbnation, we were selected to be part of an international webcast on Hartford, Connecticut-based Radio Buzz 101.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Ron Osbourne of Radio Buzz 101 for including our recent recording of "Strychnine" on their Reverbnation Friday 5 at 5 program.  We were in the company of bands from New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities.

Knowing how tight media access is for unsigned bands, especially those outside of the current "mainstream," we fully appreciate the importance of our inclusion.  We thank Ron Osbourne of Radio Buzz 101 for taking the time to expose The Molars to a wider audience.

Mr. Osbourne actually introduced The Molars as being from "a suburb of London, England."  As fans of British rock ranging from the 'sixties invasion to glam to first-wave punk, we are very flattered.

Our song will be in rotation this week.  Please set your browser to so you may listen and enjoy.

After making promises for several months, we finally have new music.  Please check out the embedded audio player to sample and enjoy rough mixes of songs by The Molars.

You can finally hear Jimmy Razor, John Colarossi, Mike Folker, and Chris Parker playing together.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

We are punk.  We are rockabilly.  We are garage.  We are power pop.  We are greasy rock 'n' roll.

When Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer Chuck Berry recorded the future classic “School Day” in 1957, it is certain he had no idea that his music would be revered sixty years later.  When he wrote the line, “Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” it was more of a defiant and cocky boast than a prophecy.  Surely, he and this trendy teenaged music would be forgotten fads in a few years—at least that was the opinion of mature adults who “knew better.”  In time, those unruly teens who loved the likes of Chuck Berry would be mature adults themselves, and in their advanced age, still carried a passionate love for the man who “could play that guitar just like a-ringing a bell.”

Charles Edward Anderson Berry left us on March 18, 2017, leaving behind one of the richest legacies of American music.  A dynamic performer, he not only sang and played guitar better than many, he also wrote his own songs.  In a time when Rock ‘n’ Roll singers were merely youth at the mercy of their label’s A & R staff, Chuck Berry was a grown man who knew how to spin an alluring tale and set it to catchy music.  Unlike the pimply-faced hyperbole thrust upon teen idols, Berry’s words meant something.  Whether it was empathizing with teen frustrations, boasting of sexual conquests, or obliquely reflecting upon racism, the artist was perhaps the most literate of early Rock ‘n’ Roll.  His writing inspired younger performers, including Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen, to tell unforgettably relatable stories and to make them rock.

Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 18, 1926.  After a troubled youth, he began working as a guitarist in a Rhythm and Blues band led by pianist Johnnie Johnson.  Berry’s immense talent eventually stole the show, and in 1955, the musician signed with Chicago’s Chess Records.  There, he scored his first hit with “Maybellene,” fusing fast Blues with Country into this new style called Rock ‘n’ Roll.  More hits, including “Roll Over, Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode,” followed, gradually winding down as the first Rock ‘n’ Roll explosion lost momentum by 1960.

The new decade did not start well for Chuck Berry.  Arrested on a morals charge, he went through two years of legal hassles before finally being sentenced to prison in 1962.  When he regained his freedom at the end of 1963, the timing could not have been better.  Young English musicians who idolized Chuck Berry, like The Beatles and Rolling Stones, began having international success, bringing positive attention back to the man himself.  Riding this wave, Berry scored a handful of minor hits like “Promised Land” and “No Particular Place to Go” in 1964 and ’65.  Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, this Rock Godfather continued to be a major concert draw, often performing with the very musicians he inspired, including Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton.

If one looked at the mainstream pop charts from 1980 forward, it almost seemed that Chuck Berry’s influence was on the wane.  The most popular sounds seemed to be Arena Rock, Hair Metal, Synth Pop, and recycled Disco.  Beyond the Top 40, his legacy inspired underground and cult artists like Rockpile, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and The Stray Cats.  As the 1990’s became the 2000’s, strains of Chuck Berry DNA could be heard in “alternative” and “indie” rockers like The Replacements, The White Stripes, and Jet.

Chuck Berry continued to perform well into his golden years, avoiding long tours by entertaining at his own nightclub in St. Louis.  Just weeks before his death, the singer-guitarist announced plans to release his first new album since 1979!  If it is up to the standard of his earlier work, it will be the perfect epitaph for a man who touched hearts and inspired many to rock, including The Molars.

We continue to play several Chuck Berry songs, including “Maybellene,” virtual twin “30 Days,” the classic “No Particular Place to Go,” and his take on “Route 66.”  More will be added as The Molars grow and redefine these magnificent songs with our own brand of Punkabilly.

God bless Chuck Berry for being there, making great music, and inspiring us to do the same.

Three valuable lessons I have learned from the music business:

1. Be a class act.
2. Take the high road.
3. Always rise above the occasion.

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