Las Vegas, April 2003 - Photo courtesy Dave Hermsen
Roman Self was born June 10, 1963 in Springfield, MO, to singer/songwriter
Ronnie Self and wife Dorothy. At the age of 8 when his parents divorced,
Roman started playing guitar and writing his own songs. By the time he was
12, he had his first band that played at Rec Centers and boys clubs for
charities. Roman moved to Nashville, TN when he was 15 to live with his
Although only a short 6 months,
this period had the greatest impact on Roman's music. He performed with
his father at the famous Tootsies Lounge. From then on, everywhere he went
he played the local clubs and honky tonks.
While in CA during his enlistment
in the United States Air Force, he continued writing and performing along the
west coast in the early 80's. After the USAF, Roman joined up with his
brother Ronnie in the Florida Keys where they created R&R Express. Playing
and packing the house everywhere up and down the East Coast through the late
80's and early 90's.
As with most muscians, a second job is needed. Roman
then moved to Hampton, VA where R&R Express contiued to pack the house and
worked as an electician during the day. There he met his wife, Lynne.
While residing in VA, Roman started recording singles with several independent
lables, giving him exposure to an invitation to perform for the American
Cancer Foundation Fund Raiser held at the Hampton Coliseum in the early 90's.
After a short period of performing back in his hometown, he and his wife
moved to Nashville, TN where he now resides and continues to write and
Roman's Vegas 2003 Photos
Burns, TN, May 10, 2003
Comments on Roman's CD
I've never reviewed any of the CD's put out on the Rockabilly Hall of Fame label before,
because I always thought it would smack of nepotism. I never thought that would change when
this one dropped through the mailbox, but once it was blasting through the speakers, I
thought, bollocks, I'm gonna write about this one whatever people think ... Shaun Mather
Click for Shaun Mather's full review on this CD.
Roman's CD is a treat from beginning to end. A true "chip of the old
block", yet he brings he own talents to the microphone. -Johnny Vallis
Roman, son of the rock 'n' roll originator Ronnie Self, has turned in one
heck of a rockin' treat as a fitting tribute to the music of his old man. It
cooks, it rocks, it excites, it is music! -Tony Wilkinson
See Tony's Complete Review of Roman's CD.
To a true rocker, a true friend. May god bless you Roman, and
your music career. You have so much talent, as a singer, song
writer, and live performer. This tribute to your dad is like a time
warp out of the 50s, so real, and from the heart. The feeling expressed in this
cd is outstanding. Ronnie would be so proud
of your performance. Its thumbs up for this cd. Try it and you
will love Roman too. P.S. Thumbs up for Bob Timmers also.
Great Work!! My best -C.Hardy III
Roman Self is the son of savage wildcat rocker RONNIE SELF, and, lucky for
us, it sounds like the son took from the old man!
This is wild balls-to-the wall Rock'n'Roll / Rockabilly stuff with a raucous
aggressive vocal backed by a strong combo, where Bob Timmers plays an intense
growlin' lead guitar.
"Pretty Bad Blues", "Big Town", "Flame Of Love", "Aint Am A Dog", "Aint I
Dandy", etc., wow what a voice this Roman Self!!
One of the best CDs in a long time. Get it! www.rockabillyhall.com
-Rockin' Ronny Weiser
I just got my copy. "Bop A Lena"
is great and is just like Roman's daddy. 13 songs of great music. #1
"Ain't I A Dandy a fine song". #7 "Ain't I'm A Dog" so good and new. #12 "Sweet
Nothins" - the girls may like Roman's version better than Brenda's. A great work.
No piggies here. I am glad I got it. -J D Cooper, Memphis
Yesterday February 13, 2003 I received my Roman Self CD "A Tribute to Ronnie Self". I readily admit
I was unaware of Roman's abilities but felt compelled to purchase this CD as a show of support
for the music we all love. I was pleasantly suprised that Roman's endeavours, as well as the superb
support musicians, have produced an impeccable embodiment of true Rockabilly music. If this album
had come out in 1956 it would have been an instataneous hit on the record charts.
It is chock full of high energy well written tunes. Bravo to Roman. I'm sure wherever Ronnie
Self is. he's saying "That's my son and I'm darn proud of him." If you are a true Rockabilly fan
this one is a no brainer folks. Buy this CD. It will go down in history as a classic.
-Glenn J. "The Ambassador Of The Bakersfield Sound" Pogatchnik
I think Roman has done a pretty darned good job. It's quite a task, realigning what were such
classic recordings in the first instance, but Roman does indeed inject more than a modicum of
the "Self" warmth into the tracks. I particularly enjoyed "Ain't I'm A Dog" and "Big Fool".
... I highly recommend that Roman heads in the direction of the rockabilly festival circuit in the
UK. He would be a wow over there. -Stuart Colman
It was a joy working with Roman on this CD and I thank him and his wife Lynn for giving me the
opportunity to pick lead guitar on the project. It was an honor recreating Ronnie's songs -
still gives me a chill just thinking about it. Roman is great person and very talented. This CD is
one folks will play again and again ... it's got that special magic thanks to Roman.
ROMAN SELF (Dec. 30, 2002) visits Burns Station Sound and the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame office making plans to record his CD.
Photo: Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Rockabilly Hall Road Band
Carol Hicks and Roman
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