After the rock ‘n’ roll fans, Phil and Lynette Morgan from Fleet, Hampshire, England, were married, they decided to form a band. They did not want to perform straight rock ‘n’ roll but they loved the country boogie and swing of one of its sources, Rose Maddox. The couple formed the Tennessee Rhythm Riders (‘Europe’s most colorful hillbilly band’), which features Lynette on lead vocals, Phil on steel guitar and Steve ‘Willy’ Briggs on lead guitar, who is the main songwriter. Their first few releases were low-budget affairs, but 1999’s Little Red Wagon included two enhanced video tracks.
In the early 00s, along with Jim Morrison (fiddle), Al Saxby (bass) and Randy Richter (piano), the band renamed and became the Blackwater Valley Boys. They still perform with their joyous blend of hillbilly, western swing and rockabilly.