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What's the story with The Young Ones?

  Scott Lyons and Johnny Carlevale, Jr. were a song writing collaboration since the winter of 1999.  The two began writing rockabilly based tunes and were playing acoustically until they met upright bass player Bob Mac in the late winter of 2001.  Johnny, Scott, and Bob began band rehearshals as a three-piece until Sean Faling (drums) joined the band in the spring of 2002.  With this compliment of personalities, instruments, and a passion for rockabilly, The Young Ones were born.  From there they took Providence's local music scene by storm! 
  In their short existance they shared the stage with New England rockabilly greats, The Raging Teens,  San Antonio, Texas rockabilly phenoms, Cave Catt Sammy, Austin, Texas's Nick Curran & The Nitelifes, Detriot rockers, The Twilight Drifters, Providence's own roots greats such as Jeri And The Jeepsters,  Sasquatch And The Sick-A-Billies, and Providence's "must see" rock n' rollers, The Haymakers! 
  With The Young Ones "let's just have fun attitude," the Providence based racket played with pure rock n' roll energy. 
    In December of 2002, tenor sax player Rod Caron from Steve Smith And The Nakeds was added to the line-up.  Rod joined the band from time to time on his off nights from The Nakeds.  Rod made his debut performance with The Young Ones on Thursday, December 26, 2002 at The Green Room, in Providence, Rhode Island. The line-up that night consisted of The Pull-Tabs, The Mai Tai Serenaders, and Louisianna Hayride.  The night was a great success.  His addition to The Young Ones had made them a more diverse and unpredictable rock n' roll band.
  The Young Ones started out 2003 the same way they ended 2002.  With a bang!  They opened up The Charms cd release party on Friday, January 10, 2003 at TT The Bears in Boston, Massachusetts.  The line-up consited of The Coffin Lidds and New England rockabilly greats, The Raging Teens.
  On Saturday, February 8, 2003, The Young Ones rocked Schmedley's pub in Storrs, Connecticut with 9TH Wave.  That was The Young Ones break through onto Connecticut soil.
  On Monday, February 10, 2003, The Young Ones made their New York City debut at The Rodeo Bar with country western swing greats, The Jimmy Nations Combo.
  In April of 2003 The Young Ones were nominated in The 2003 Providence Phoenix's Best Music Poll for best local roots act.  The Young Ones finished at second runner up in the voting.
  In May of 2003, original lead guitar player Scott Lyons left the band for better opportunities out west.  But before he left, The Young Ones managed to record fourteen of their original songs and three covers at Track Farm Studio in Portland, Maine.  The tracks were engineered by King Memphis guitarist Matt Robbins and produced by Johnny "The Colonel" Maguire formerly of The Amazing Royal Crowns and The Lucky Diamonds.  To date the record has not been released.  Scotty was swiftly replaced by "The Colonel".  The Colonel made his debut performance on Sunday, June 29, 2003 at The Plough And Stars in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  On the bill with The Young Ones were good friend's, 2003 Providence Phoenix's Best Music Poll, Best local roots act winners, The Sick-A-Billies.
  The Colonel returned to Providence with The Young Ones on Saturday, July 12, 2003 for Jake's Bar & Grille's local music showcase "Think Globally, Listen Locally".  The line-up that evening was power packed and consisted of Randy Pinto & The Galactic Boots, The Young Americans, The Sick-A-Billies, The Dino Club, and The Haymakers.
  On Friday, July 18, 2003, The Young Ones took part in The Road Agents Hot Rod And Custom Car Club's 5TH Annual Rockabilly Rumble.  The bands on the bill that night were The Sick-A-Billies, The Starlight Drifters, and Nick Curran & The Nitelifes.
  In August of 2003, after a full year of gigging, The Young Ones decided they would take a break and that the four members should go their seperate ways.
  Johnny Carlevale, Jr., in August of 2003, went on to play rhythm guitar in an authentic New England style rockabilly racket out of Boston, Massachusetts called Dana Stewart & The Old Howards featuring Dana Stewart from Boston's own The Racketeers.  Shortly thereafter, Sean Faling had a small stint with Boston's Eric & The O-Matics and then moved to Destin, Florida and is now relocated in Boulder, Colorodo.  Bob Mac and Johnny "The Colonel" Maguire continued to play together and started a "jazzabilly" band called The Cobra-Matics.
  On Friday, May 28, 2004, The Young Ones reunited with the band's original line-up for two shows at The Green Room in Providence, Rhode Island and an encore performance at Cafe ZUZU in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sunday, May 30.  To help celebrate the reunion show at The Green Room was The Demon Truckers and Dana Stewart & The Old Howards.  Johnny "The Colonel" Maguire sat in for a few tunes on both occassions and Nate Gibson was invited on stage at Cafe ZUZU to sing a country version of Elvis Presley's classic, "That's All Right Mama", making him an honorary member of The Young Ones.

The Young Ones Were:
Johnny Carlevale, Jr. - vocals/rhythm guitar
Scott Lyons - lead guitar
The Colonel - lead guitar
Bob Mac - acoustic bass
Sean Faling - drums
Rod Caron - tenor sax