Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Dexter Romweber 

With Ghost Writer. Friday, April 9, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Former Flat Duo Jets frontman Dexter Romweber is the Godfather of this generation's guitar/drum renaissance. And Jack White, for one, is more than willing to pay tribute.

"It's nice of him to do so," Romweber says. "I mean, we played a gig with the White Stripes about nine months ago, and he was telling me that he had basically slept with Go Go Harlem Baby."

Like Superman and his telephone booth, Romweber's mild-mannered, nearly naive reserve metamorphoses into celebrated fury once he takes the stage. So why is this Silvertone-slinging wildman still confined to relative anonymity? Well, when Dexter stole the proverbial show in the '80s documentary Athens Inside/Out, the Duo Jets had yet to release their first record. When the major labels finally teased a smile (in the form of 1998's Scott Litt-produced Lucky Eye), Romweber and longtime drummer Crow enacted a less than amicable split, and Romweber's first post-Jets solo offering was released on September 11, 2001, when America had other matters on its collective mind.

But a new disc, Blues That Defy My Soul, will come out in June, and a Dexter documentary, tentatively titled Rocker, will travel the film festival circuit this fall -- another chance for Romweber to escape the tight-lid box of influence and reap what he has sown.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Rob Trucks

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Clayton English @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Windborne's the Music of Queen @ State Theatre

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Cleveland Pops: All That Jazz @ Severance Music Center

    • Sat., Jan. 22

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation