The excitement could still be detected in Brian Nickerson’s voice this morning, one day after it was announced that The Rockabillys had won the CBC Radio competition Mainstreets School of Rock Fall 2011.
The Rockabillys, featuring talented teens from Yarmouth County, won the CBC Radio competition Mainstreets School of Rock Fall 2011. Thea Atkinson photo
“I don’t think it really sunk in with them until the judges went in to make their decision. Up until then they were just playing and having fun,” he said.
Nickerson manages the young band and is the father of Cameron Nickerson.
Alex Surette, Spencer Muise, and Matt Wilkinson are the other members.
Voting started on Oct. 28 with fans permitted to vote once daily till Nov. 3. During the final stage, the Rockabillys had to perform their song live on Mainstreet.
Wilkinson broke a string during the live performance, picking up extra points from the judges for coping smoothly with that setback.
The youths, who are 16 and 17 years of age and students of Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, say they are fans of all types of music but have recently become fans of country rock.
The band, which formed in May of this year, writes and produces all of its material.
They recorded a five-song EP this summer and say that the song Hicks from the Sticks (played for the competition) represents who they are: four guys who like the outdoors, driving their 4-wheel drive trucks and having a good time.
When asked about future plans for the band, Brian Nickerson laughed and said “School’s kind of in the way right now, but they do have 10 songs in the works and will be releasing a CD in the spring.”
YCMHS principal Brent Jamieson says he and the whole school are proud of the group.
“It’s absolutely wonderful. Anytime we can showcase students from our school being successful and showing their talents, I think we can all benefit from that.
“We ride their coattails. They’re not guys that are boastful, they’re just really into their music. They’re good students and good role models. We hope they have much continued success.”