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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12/18/23 Thomas Cavanagh has joined Smokestack Lightning blues band. The band is legendary blues guitarist Dee Harris, Niles Hughes on drums, Kenny Kearney on bass and Cavanagh on guitar. Their debut gig will be January 26th at Mr Beerys in Bethpage NY. 

12/17/23 Thanks to everyone who came out to the Milleridge Walking the Line Christmas show this weekend. We all had a great time and truly appreciate you being there. 


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