The Backseat Devils

The Backseat Devils are a traditional rock and roll rockabilly band in the style of Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Brian Setzer, The Stray Cats and other great rock and rollers. The band plays originals and traditional rock and roll and rockabilly tunes.  

The band formed in 2009 after Cavanagh finished a tour of stadiums, festivals and theaters and wanted to just play some old rock and roll in small venues where he could see and hear the crowd. Quickly Cavanagh wrote about twenty tunes and the band went and recorded the debut album 13 ROCK AND ROLL SONGS. The response was better than anticipated and they soon began to gig and eventually were also playing festivals and theaters. In 2011 the band released the second album THE CHROME THE SMOKE THE THUNDER AND THE SPEED. Once again fans of the band and this style jumped at it and sales soared beyond expectations. The band plays regularly and has been on the classic car circuit and 50s revival scene which they love being a part of.

In 2012 The Band had a second Christmas hit with the song Bring me a Gretsch for Christmas. This was the follow up to their 2010 song Rockin lil Christmas.

As of February 2018 the band has been back in rotation performing at events, parties and dances. On February 3rd The Backseat Devils performed as part of the Winter Dance Tribute at The Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. In March 2018 the band will begin a run of some gigs at halls starting with the Polish American Hall in Glen Cove NY. Cavanagh also has written a new album that is much more traditional 50s dance rock and roll that you would hear at the soda shop after school in the 1950s. The first new single "Let's Go Daddy-o will be released in February.


13 Rock and Roll Songs 2009 BP Records

The Chrome the smoke the thunder and the speed 2011 BP Records

A Bent Pussycat Christmas Vol. 8 Bent Pussycat Records

A Bent Pussycat Christmas Vol. 9 Bent Pussycat Records

A Bent Pussycat Christmas Vol. 10 Bent Pussycat Records


Covers that the band is known to play for parties and dances:


Be Bop A Lula Gene Vincent

Put your Cat Clothes on Carl Perkins

Jenny Jenny Carl Perkins

Hound Dog Elvis Presley

Everyday Buddy Holly

Stray Cat Strut The Stray Cats

Rock this town The Stray Cats

Shake Rattle and Roll Bill Haley and the Comets

Get Rhythm Johnny Cash

Frankie ane Johnny Johnny Cash

Everybody's trying to be my baby Carl Perkins

Rave on Buddy Holly

Crazy Legs Gene Vincent

Im Walking Fats Domino

Twenty Flight Rock Eddie Cochran 

Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran

plus many many many more!




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Thomas Cavanagh News

Thomas Cavanagh was on the show DCITY LIVE with Walking the Line March 5th. A Replay of the show is available here:

The debut self titled Emerald Rising Album is available on Vinyl! Limited EMERALD GREEN vinyl. Order yours today at its also available on CD and for download on iTunes and many other download platforms. 

Check out the new Emerald Rising video for the song Going Under here 

Check out has lots of new updates and 2021 show dates. has been updated. New dates and new pictures added. Much more coming. 

Bad Animals appeared on the debut episode of DCITY LIVE. CLICK THIS LINK TO CHECK IT OUT!

The new Jones Crusher album Weird and Strange was produced by Thomas Michael Cavanagh and he even appears as a guest vocalist and slide whistle player. This is an awesome album. Check back for availability. 

The Knottie Boys released a new video for the song Do it again which is from their debut album Modern Day Vampire which was produced by Thomas Michael Cavanagh. Check it out here


The Emerald Rising new video for FAR AWAY can be viewed here


Tour Dates


Thomas Cavanagh W/Bad Animals @ Daryl’s House

Daryl’s House, 130 Route 22,, Pawling, NY 12564

Daryl’s House Date: February 19, 2022 Time:08:00 Location: Pawling, NY Venue: Daryl's House – 130 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564 PURCHASE TICKETS DARYL’S HOUSE

Sat February 19th, 2022 8:00 PM Doors Open: 5:00 PM For More Info Please Visit Founded in 2001, this artistic tribute to Heart is performed by Bad Animals, who are the next best thing to the real thing! For over four decades, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, who were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, have created some of the most diverse music in rock and roll. Bad Animals, an international tribute act based in New York, recreates this incredible authentic Heart experience. This talented group, having received rave reviews, shared their story with the Wilson sisters. Ann told lead vocalist Daena D, “Have fun with it!” Following Ann’s advice, they are having a whole lotta fun playing Heart’s most memorable tunes.Since Heart has such a large catalog of well-known songs, Bad Animals decided to highlight Heart’s biggest hits into a few different show specialties. Their live production shows include a powerful headlining core performance, an 80’s and a 70’s review featuring specific hits from each decade with inspired (by Ann and Nancy) period clothing.Don’t miss your chance to see Bad Animals LIVE !