That rockabilly sound wasn’t as simple as I thought it was. – Carl Perkins
by Walter Price
I know, I’ve covered this rockabilly topic before. The sounds and culture have been a part of my being since the first time I heard Elvis, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. These cats were played in my parents house on the regular. As I grew older and the deep history of this genre, hillbilly and blues fused rock n’ roll, did I relelise how very essential it was to all things future of music. A cemented belief with the popularity of Stray Cats, The Cramps, Blasters and Reverend Horton Heat in the 8ß’s and further into the 90’s.
The rockabilly movement has deep roots further back than Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins and the before mentioned Elvis. Back to Bob Wills and the master himself Hank Williams. (FYI: big band swing isn’t roackabilly but it rocks just the same)
The post war cultre and it’s love affair with the automobile and it’s two wheeled brother esculated these sounds. Nothing better than sitting around the driveway working on that soon to be souped up sled, jalopy or motorbike with some cans of brew and the rednecked rockiin’ sounds that were trnsforming a restless nation.
[And for another time, the time things got commercially and fashion magazine weird in the mid to late 1990’s.]
I thought it cool to check out six more sounds that have helped propel this culture intio the permacool it is. And I find endless joy in the subject…
Jimmy Rogers – “In The Jailhouse Now” 1928 (writer ???)
Elvis – “Blue Moon of Kentucky” 1954 (writer Bill Monroe) (Remastered)
Carl Perkins – “Movie Magg” 1954 (writer Carl Perkins)
Chuck Berry – “Maybellene” 1955 (adaptation of “Ida Red“)
Stray Cats – “Runaway Boy” 1981 (wrriters Brian Setzer / Jimmy McDonnell)
Reverend Horton Heat – “Eat Steak”1990 (writer Jim Heath)
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