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 will be performing with his rockabilly band The Backseat Devils on Feb 3rd at 7pm to honor Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Richie Valens at The Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale NY.  

Cavanagh has announced that on February 18th he will appear at Sergios In Massapequa NY doing a set of the Love Songs of Johnny Cash and. June Carter in honor of Valentines Day. Donna Domingo will be performing as June Carter with Cavanagh.The Second set will focus on the humorous "love songs" Johnny Cash performed like Flushed from the bathroom of your heart, Deila and more.

Cavanagh will perform at Sergios on 3.3.18  doing a special Cash show of the songs Johnny sang about trains. Songs like Orange Blossom Special, City of New Orleans, Wreck of 97, Hey Porter and more will be performed for a train theme night.‚Äč

Cavanagh will perform at Sergios again on 3.4.18 doing a special Cash show of the songs Johnny sang about trains. Songs like Orange Blossom Special, City of New Orleans, Wreck of 97, Hey Porter and more will be performed for a train theme night!

Walking the lIne will be doing a special set with the just the trio on 3.24.18. The trio will recreate the music and feel of the 1950s Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two focusing on the early part of Cash's career. This show will be at the Paradise In Hauppauge NY.

Walking the Line will perform at The Long Beach Library on3.25.18at 1pm. The band will perform the greatest hits of Johnny Cash as well as the Live At Folsom Prison album for the 50th anniversary. The 5pc band will perform.

Thomas Cavanagh has been performing solo Johnny Cash shows the last few months doing entire Johnny Cash records from beginning to end as well as nights devoted to themes. On January 5th 6th and 7th Cavanagh had back to back sold out shows at Sergios in Massapequa NY. He returned January 28th to do  a night of Johnny Cash's 50's material followed by a set of greatest hits . On February 18th Cavanagh will return to Sergios to perform the LOVE SONGS of Johnny Cash and June Carter. This show will be a duo with Donna Domingo playing the part of June Carter. March 3 and 4th Cavanagh will do a show at Sergios focusing on Johnny Cash's setlists from his tour of Ireland in 1993.

Walking the Line will pay tribute to Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two on March 24th at The Paradise in Hauppauge NY. The first set will feature songs of the 1950s that the trio recorded and played live and the second set will be a greatest hits collection. 

One of the great things about Thomas Cavanagh and his Johnny Cash Tribute Walking the line is  as critics have mentioned is that every show is different. One night the band will do The Live at Folsom Prison record from beginning to end then the next night they will do a setlist from a tour in the 1970s the night after that a show of focusing on Johnny Cash's Gospel music. So check the events and tour dates page for details.

Thomas Cavanagh will be performing a very special Valentines Day Johnny Cash show with Donna Domingo as June Carter. For the holiday the duo will perform the Duets and love songs of Johnny Cash and June Carter as well as the greatest hits and some of Johnny Cash's unorthodox love songs. February 18th at Sergios. Check the events and tour dates page for details

Thomas would like to thank all the friends and family who came to the Paramount on Jan 19th and saw his band Bad Animals. The Show was sold out thanks to everyone! 


Tour Dates

  • Mar 31
    Walking The Line at Jericho Library Theater,  Jericho
  • Apr 29
    Bad Animals at Debonair Music Hall,  Tea Neck
  • May 19
    Walking the Line Connetquot Library Theater,  Bohemia
  • Jun 14
    Bad Animals at 89 North Music Venue,  Patchogue
  • Aug 24
    Walking the line Johnny Cash Tribute at Long Island Maritime Museum Festival,  West Sayville

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