First-place winners of the reality television show Dansbandskampen 2009, the Playtones are a Swedish dansband with a rockabilly style who made their chart-topping album debut with Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party.
Founded in 2008 in Kallinge, Sweden, the band is comprised of Stefan Jonasson (vocals, piano), Andreas Carlsson (guitar), Peter Andersson (steel guitar), Mattias Schertell (bass), and Per Sennerhall (drums). Their influences include Chuck Berry
, Jerry Lee Lewis
, Ray Price
, and Johnny Cash
. Prior to founding the Playtones in 2008, Jonasson was the bandleader of Boppin' Steve & the Playtones, a rockabilly cover band that released a couple albums independently in the mid-2000s. These albums, I'm on Fire (2002) and Mr. Big (2004), were later reissued. The Playtones rose to fame on the show Dansbandskampen 2009, on which they finished in first place with 39 percent of the vote, well ahead of second-place runners-up Titanix
. In association with Universal Music
, the band made its full-length album debut with Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party in 2010. A mix of Swedish- and English-language songs, Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party topped the Swedish albums chart for four weeks. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi