Bonneville 7 History
Bonneville 7 was originally formed in 1999 with Becky Russell, Mike Bonilla, two members Pip Hancox and Jonny Bowler of the British band, ‘Guana Batz’. The Guana Batz a Psychobilly Band did a South West Tour with Becky Russell on Drums. They decided after that tour they should start up a new band here in the US and call it ‘Bonneville 7’ since only two Batz lived in the US. Bonneville 7 was named after the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle and lucky number 7. The band disperced do to the fact the Guana Batz continued to play more often.
In March of 2018 Becky reformed the band and needed the right combination for what she wanted to do. Becky didn’t just want to play Rockabilly anymore, but everything. Glenn Trenchard, Bonneville 7’s manager, had Becky call Bryan Kelly of ‘Hard Fall Hearts’ to see if he wanted to be a part of B7. To Becky’s surprise Bryan said, “YES”! She brought Eddie Montoya over from a previous band, ‘Flipside Burners’. Later came, Ian 'Rocket' Watson on bass who played with Bryan in the early days of ‘Hard Fall Hearts’.
At the end of May 2023, Rip Carson stepped in as lead guitar and vocals. Rip has played with Beck and Rocket in the past.
Bonneville 7 is a high energy Rockabilly Band that plays all over San Diego/ Riverside and Orange County's. Rip Carson plays with crazy cool licks. He has played internationally and brings a lot of energy to the band.
Becky Russell on drums keepin’ it all together who is endorsed by Pork Pie Percussion, T-Cymbals, Los Cabos Drumsticks, Drum Flip and a Pro Deal with Aquarian Drum Heads. Becky is a true professional who has played from Nashville to San Diego and beyond.
Rocket Watson slaps that big upright bass like it so easy. Rocket has played internationally and all over the USA.
The story continues.