The Press is Talking…


“Then Scafone’s on stage, twisting, gyrating and owning every inch like some sort of possessed evangelical-satanic dervish. It’s at once nostalgic performance art, killer show band and a rock ‘n roll wonder.”

Brett Callwood. “Her name is Rio: Jack Scott’s niece shows us how it’s all in the genes.” MetroTimes, 7 March 2012. Print & Web.


“On a 100 degree Sunday afternoon … Her raven hair was set off by a bosom glistening with sweat like a Gypsy woman ragged on crank, and when she kicked off her number “Save [My] Soul.” I must report that despite the pervasive swelter, goosebumps raised on both my arms, and a chill shot up and down my spine.

(…) Rio Scafone is a firebrand, a hell-spitting minx whose core, however, is hope and salvation. And, frankly, enough earthy sex appeal to move tectonic plates. Whipping an audience into a frenzy worthy of a revival tent is akin to water rolling off a duck’s back for Rio and company.”

Tom Stevens. “It’s Called ‘Riockabilly,’ Fool.” MetroVibe, October 2012, Vol 1, Issue 2: Pages 12-13. Print.


In the case of Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, we have watched them over the last couple of years kinda’ come from nowhere to being like the face of Detroit …

John VanderTuin. “Interview with Rio Scafone.” Shakin’ Katz Radio broadcast on CHRW, London, Ontario, Canada, 18 December 2013. Radio.


“Rio & the Rockabilly Revival are not so much about reviving the past as they are about giving today’s rock a swift kick in the ass. Rio Scafone is dynamic, vivacious, sexy, seductive and a genuine talent. Her fellow revivalists have this classic show band vibe that harkens back to decades past when an act left all their blood, sweat and tears right there on the stage. This group does all of that and would be appropriate for a variety of venues, including (…) casinos, festivals and arena events.”

Eric A Harabadian. “Live Review: Rio and the Rockabilly Revival.” Music Connection, 20 August 2014. Print & Web.


“Rio was so captivating that it didn’t matter if you were male or female, your eyes didn’t want to leave her for a second. I was completely locked in on her. Watching the band play felt like an honor, like we should be thanking them. I was convinced that I was witnessing a legend being born, seeing next generation icons.”

Vera Khzouz. “ROCKABILLY REVIEW: Rio and the Rockabilly Revival.” HEAR Magazine, 11 March 2012. Web.


“Rio is the genuine article (…) as is her claim to rockabilly heritage. The niece of Rockabilly legend and pioneer Jack Scott, she is steeped in the traditions of the genre. However, Rio brings not only the music, but an entire performance. A veteran actress of both motion picture and television, she is a consummate entertainer to the core.

(…) [The] music of Rio and the Rockabilly Revival is unique within the genre of rockabilly as is its broad appeal. Young people in today’s rockabilly scene can be found in the audience, right next to folks that enjoyed the music when it was new. The show is both traditional and contemporary, authentic, but definitely not “old fashioned.” The brilliant usage of traditional Southern Gospel [themes] combined with roots rock and soul produce an experience that is not to be missed.”

Gary McFarland. “Rio and the Rockabilly Revival with the Carolyn Striho Band at Callahan’s in Auburn Hills, MI on 18-July-2014.” National Rock Review, 6 August 2014. Web.


“We wear all our emotions right on our sleeves. It’s not a lot of effects or smoke and mirrors. It’s just you, the microphone and the truth. We come to testify and I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it.” –Rio Scafone

Erik Harabadian. “Rio and the Rockabilly Revival.” Detroit LIVE, Summer 2014: page 16-17. Print & Web.


“Even in a red polka-dotted dress, looking like Bettie Page, Scafone was pure rock ‘n’ roll and out to say that no, this – the rockabilly genre – doesn’t need to be a man’s world. Detroit was bustling from a Lions game that just let out, but inside the city’s U Detroit Cafe was a gritty, soulful voice – much like an amalgam of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin. Except her name is Rio Scafone (…)”

Sam White & Chris Azzopardi. “Rio Rocks On: Royal Oak actress finds her calling in a new rockabilly band.” Between The Lines News, 01 September 2011. Print & Web (on


“Well, the music is described as ‘Rockabilly,’ this will be rockabilly like we haven’t heard before.”

Jim Parsons. “Boomer Bandstand.” Shake Rattle Showtime, 17 May 2014. Radio.