Rockabilly Workshop (Part V) Rock Around the Clock!

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  1. northstarvintage

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    <b><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" color="#00CC00" size="5">Origins
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    <div align="center"><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">Rockabilly
    was inevitable. The world of western swing and country music, and the
    world of rhythym and blues were progressing side by side, brewing like
    a storm over the earth, until a lightening bolt cracked down from one
    to the other. <br>
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    The Saddlemen (featuring Bill Haley)</font></b></p>
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    Jackie Brenston</font></b></div>
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    <p align="center"><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">That
    lightening bolt, according to Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Studios, was
    Jackie Brenston's Rocket 88, released in 1951 on <a href="http://www.history-of-rock.com/chess_records.htm" target="_blank">Chess
    Records</a>. It had a strong rhytyhm and a raucous guitar (which was a
    mistake according to guitarist Willie Kizart - the amp fell off the car
    and broke the speaker cone). It was dark, it was sexy, and the kids loved
    it.</font></b></p>
    <p align="center"><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">Teenagers
    heard that blues beat and combined it with the country and western swing
    sound of the country/swing musicians, like Fred Maddox's slapping bass
    style which drove the Sound of the <a href="http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/music/artist/listenwatch/0,,461892,00.html#artist_name" target="_blank">Maddox
    Brothers</a>.</font></b></p>
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    <div align="center"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3"><b>Rockabilly
    is the rhythm. Generally nothing more than an 8-to-the-bar boogie with
    a heavy "back beat." This is created usually by a snare drum
    , on the 2nd and 4th beats (or the 4th and 8th beats of the boogie rhythm).
    Hard to explain, but you know if it you hear it - it's like a train. On
    top of that add wild vocals about girls and cars, a guitar and slap bass,
    all played by kids who grew up listening to country music. That's about
    as good a description as I can come up with.</b></font><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3"><br>
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    Elvis Presley - 1954<br>
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    Jerry Lee Lewis<br>
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    <a href="http://www.sunrecords.com/" target="_blank">Sun Records</a> was
    the architect of rockabilly. Sam Phillips had started out by recording
    blues artists. But when he realized that white artists performing blues
    influenced rockabilly songs would sell better, he concentrated on that.
    His roster included <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000003492/qid=1108864200/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_2/104-7169657-4527126?v=glance&s=music&n=507846" target="_blank">Carl
    Perkins</a> (Blue Suede Shoes), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000032D0/ref=pd_sim_music_3/104-7169657-4527126?v=glance&s=music&n=507846" target="_blank">Jerry
    Lee Lewis</a> (Great Balls of Fire), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00001QGRU/qid=1108864276/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-7169657-4527126" target="_blank">Johnny
    Cash</a>, and most famously - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00025L41W/qid=1108864308/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-7169657-4527126" target="_blank">Elvis
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    <div align="center"><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">It
    was Presley's success which allowed Phillips to spend money and concentrate
    on the lesser known artists, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000001AW9/qid=1108864347/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-7169657-4527126" target="_blank">Johnny
    Burnette,</a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000036A7/qid=1108864380/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-7169657-4527126?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">Barbara
    Pittman </a>and<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00000369O/qid=1108864418/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-7169657-4527126" target="_blank">
    Carl Mann</a>. It was in recording these artists in his Memphis Studio,
    that Philips created the sound that defined the sound of early rock and
    roll, with wild vocal performances, and a big sound that was simultaneously
    clean and sparse.</font></b></div>
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    Johnny Burnette</font></b></p>
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    Gene Vincent - 1956</font></b></p>
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    <p align="center"><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">Through
    extensive touring as well as radio and television appearances, Elvis and
    others spread rockabilly throughout the country. Little indepdendent studios
    all over the country started picking up local bands with that sound and
    recording all this stuff. Starday Studios in Texas, <a href="http://www.bear-family.de/tabel1/neuheit/spring2004/bcd16440_e.htm" target="_blank">Event
    Records</a>, and Mar-Vel in Indiana recreated the sound and the energy.
    The records sold well, and rockabilly hit the big time. Even the straight
    country artists did rockabilly records - for example a very reluctant
    George Jones performing as "Thumper Jones." (sorry, can't find
    the song online!)</font></b></p>
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    And as larger labels began promoting rockabilly, it inevitably became
    a watered down commodity - lacking the energy of the initial collision
    between rhythm and blues and country western swing.</font></b></div>
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    <p align="center"><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">But
    rockabilly music is a process, an organic genre that was founded on the
    intersection of two sounds. Its revival in the 70's created a whole new
    group of listeners and performers, with an entirely new spectrum of musical
    influences....</font></b></p>
    <p align="center"><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">Next....The
    Revival and Now</font></b></p>
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  2. Patentleathershoes

    Patentleathershoes Registered Guest

    I second that emotion
    :headbang:

    Chess records is a legend in the blues mythology. I never really associated it with Rockabilly.

    My question is - did they CALL it rockabilly back then or just rock n roll, or is that the name it was given in retrospect.
     
  3. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Woo hoo! Thanks!

    According to "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins, in the early 50's Southern DJ's spoke of "'rocking' a hillbilly band." By 1955 the term was being used to describe the music, and in 1956 it appeared in two music magazines - "Cashbox" and "Billboard" where it was used in Ruckus Tyler's "Rock Town Rock,:

    It was used in the songs of the time i.e. "Rockabilly Boogie" by Johnny Burnette. But according to the late Ronnie Dawson, it was not common. Those involved with the music, like Sam Phillips, prefered the newly coined term "rock and roll."

    In looking at records from now and then, it does seem that rockabilly is much more common in current records - probably to keep the music from being lumped into the dreaded "oldies" category!

    Susan
     
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    <div align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">Europeans
    were always fascinated by America, and romanticed the aspects of American
    culture that were not found in their own. The Wild West, cowboys, jazz,
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    <div align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">And
    in the late 70's, as a result of the re-emegencyeof the Teds, it was rockabilly.
    Teddy Boy were a subculture that rose out of the working class suburbs
    of London during the 50's. They mimicked the look of the upper class by
    wearing exaggerated versions of pompadours, Edwardian coats, very straight
    trousers (drain pipe), and thick soled creepers. Rebellious 50's rockabilly
    was the perfect soundtrack for the revival of this retro lifestyle.</font></div>
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    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001MZ7SW/qid=1108912808/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music&n=507846" target="_blank">Billy
    Haley & The Comets</a> had continued to be successful in Europe through
    the 60's. An ardent fan, Richard Weize, was compelled start his own record
    label, to help draw attention to original rockabillly artists. <a href="http://www.bear-family.de/indexframes/index_english.htm" target="_blank">Bear
    Family Records </a>was started in Germany 1975 and has become "the
    world leader in record reissues." The re-releasing of the records
    of earlier, lesser known rockabilly artists, helped fuel the revival of
    such artists as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000187V/qid=1108912855/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">Ronnie
    Dawson</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00000HX5K/qid=1108912886/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_parent">Billy
    Lee Riley</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002WZE/qid=1108912916/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Hank
    Snow</a>.</font></p>
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    Bill Haley & The Comets - 60's<br>
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    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">
    A new generation of rockabilly artists evolved, including <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006SSRLK/qid=1108912948/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">Levi
    Dexter</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005KHFF/qid=1108912975/sr=2-3/ref=pd_ka_b_2_3/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Robert
    Gordon</a>, Billy Zoom (later of the punk band X), and most notoriously,
    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000042OHB/qid=1108913044/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">The
    Stray Cats</a>, who although American, hit it big first in the UK, and
    then brought the sound back to the U.S. where they had several top ten
    hits.</font></p>
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    Rockabilly was originally the combination of blues and country and western,
    and musicians continued to combine influences. Through the 80's the sound
    was often merged with punk, another emerging subculture, by such bands
    as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000001I0E/qid=1108913065/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">The
    Cramps</a> (who covered obscure older rockabilly songs), and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000DIJOH/qid=1108913084/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">The
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    The Cramps</font></font></font></font></font></font></font></font></font></font></p>
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    Reverend Horton Heat<br>
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    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">Despite
    a small blast of popularity in the early 80's, due to the Stray Cats'
    success, rockabilly remained largely an underground phenomenon. Then in
    the early 90's Nirvana exploded, ripping the lid off the underground and
    exposing all sorts of musical subcultures to the masses. Rockabilly influenced
    bands like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000035ES/qid=1108913112/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Reverend
    Horton Heat </a>(psychobilly), J<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000008GZY/qid=1108913133/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">ason
    and the Scorchers</a> (western rock), and<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000005EMY/qid=1108913162/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">
    Social Distortion</a> (rockabilly influenced punk) were discovered and
    their audience grew.</font></p>
    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">In
    the mid to late 90's the Swing Dance revival,which included band bands
    like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000004ATE/qid=1108913211/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Squirrel
    Nut Zippers</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000007SAV/qid=1108913233/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">The
    Brian Setzer Orchestra</a> (formerly of The Stray Cats) introduced the
    retro sound to an even more widespead audience.</font></p>
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    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">One
    mainstay of the rockabilly revival has been the "weekender."
    Usually held at a hotel or resort, these feature rockabilly acts every
    night - often including older original acts, established current acts,
    and some up and coming bands. It's a full on immersion - car shows are
    held, vintage/repro clothing and record vendors set up booths, even <a href="http://www.robschopshop.com/index2b.html" target="_blank">old
    school barbers </a>put up a chair, all helping the attendees maintain
    their vintage lifstyle.</font></p>
    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">In
    the UK the <a href="http://www.robschopshop.com/index2b.html">Hemsby Weekender
    </a> is the granddaddy (I was lucky enough to go to one in the 90's -
    I am still hungover!), and in the states, it is <a href="http://www.vivalasvegas.net/" target="_blank">Viva
    Las Vegas</a>. Other events include the Indy Weekender in Inndianapolis,
    and the massive <a href="http://www.oneidabingoandcasino.net/PrintPage?item_id=456&calendar=1" target="_blank">Rocking
    50's Fest</a> to be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which looks to have
    booked every rockabilly band EVER.</font></p>
    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4">Ironically
    it's the technology of the internet which has allowed the rockabilly culture
    to flourish, with chat room and websites creating a vast network.</font></p>
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    Chop Shop Rob at Hemsby - 2000<br>
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    Big Sandy & The Flyrites</font></font></font></font></font></font></font></font></font></p>
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    Rockabilly bands of today reflect the numerous influences upon the music
    through the decades. Western Swing - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001XAS30/qid=1108913564/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Big
    Sandy & The Flyrites</a>; Blues - ; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000009ZJ/qid=1108913603/sr=2-3/ref=pd_ka_b_2_3/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">The
    Paladins</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002ABT3U/qid=1108913629/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Nick
    Curran</a>; 50's Rockabilly - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000000FEV/qid=1108913650/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">High
    Noon </a>and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00002518Y/qid=1108913670/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">The
    Barnshakers</a>; Punk (Psychobilly) - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00000B3JW/qid=1108913725/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Hillybilly
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    is so much cool rockabilly out there - both old and new. I have only scratched
    the surface! For your listening pleasure here are a few of my favorites
    that haven't been mentioned above. Many of these link to other bands and
    I can't encourage you enough to surf around and listen, or go out to a
    bar and see it. It's highly addictive stuff.</font></p>
    <p align="center"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="4"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004UDEG/qid=1108913748/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-8636582-0392831?v=glance&s=music" target="_blank">King
    Memphis</a><br>
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    Clay</a><br>
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    Jackson</a><br>
    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00000DCW7/qid=1108913809/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831">Deke
    Dickerson</a><br>
    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000009DO/qid=1108913833/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-8636582-0392831" target="_blank">Ray
    Condo & The Riccochets</a><br>
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  5. PodVintage

    PodVintage Trade Member

    WOOO WHOOO!!!:clapping:
     
  6. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Sorry about the crazy HTML! It worked much better in Dreamweaver!
     
  7. Patentleathershoes

    Patentleathershoes Registered Guest

    Now that you mention the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Brian Setzer's swing sound, I wonder about the crossover in modern times between the nouveau swing style and rockabilly. A lot of times there is a crossover, that people like both. But there are folks who dare not let them selves be confused with the other. I have observed that the swing crowd goes a bit older when drawing on their fashion - the fedoras, the granny shoes, the 30s/40s dresses versus 40s/50s. I saw a concert that was on satellite where everyone was in zoot suits versus the retro cowboy, circle skirts, and the pinup kitten looks that one might expect. It looked like a Guys and Dolls convention just let out.

    probably to keep the music from being lumped into the dreaded "oldies" category!

    Perish the thought!
     
  8. Fabulous job Susan!!!!

    ~~ AND, for those that don't know~~ Matthew Robbins is Susan's very talented photographer husband!! His photography is AMAZING!!

    Can you post the link to his website so that we can see more of them????

    I have to laugh everytime I hear the name of Hank Snow. Many, many years ago - back in the stone age of the 1970s - I was watching one of the music award shows. Hank Snow won an award (don't ask me which one) and during his acceptance speach he was going along, thanking all those one normally thanks. When he got to the end he said, "...and I'd like to thank my wife, Mrs. Hank Snow." I just about fell out of my chair with laughter and it's still a running joke in my family to this day. God bless is old fashioned heart, Mrs. Hank Snow didn't have her own name!! :duh: Now when ever we can't remember someone's name we say, 'Oh you know, Mrs. Hank Snow.'

    Thanks for such a wonderful presentation Mrs. Matthew Robbins!!

    :cool2: ~Maureen
     
  9. dibs2002

    dibs2002 Registered Guest

    Oh wow - I never knew there was ANY connection between punk and rockabilly! And I never knew what the Teds were - very informative Susan - thanks! Well you know, come to think of it - the Sex Pistols did "Rock Around the Clock" and Sinatra's "My Way" on their Friggin' in the Riggins album (I have it on vinyl, oh, and 8-track :BAGUSE: ). But I never got the connection. On the surface, punk and rockabilly would seem to be mutually exclusive!

    Deb
     
  10. vintagecurves

    vintagecurves Member

    Great job!
    Didn't Barbara Pittman and Elvis date at one point? I think I might have read that in "Last Train to Memphis".

    I :wub: Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
     
  11. gaildavid

    gaildavid Trade Member

    :clapping: :bouncy: :clapping::bouncy: :clapping:

    Thank you Susan!!! Wonderful information!!!

    Gail
     
  12. Susan,
    WOW!!!
    VERY WELL DONE!!!

    I didn't know about the Teds either...this has been SO INFORMATIVE and SO MUCH FUN!!!

    I guess I have ALOT of NEW MUSIC to PURCHASE and LISTEN TO.
    MUSIC is SO DIVERSE yet it ALL SEEMS to STEM from the SAME NEED to EXPRESS ONESELF.
    How INTERESTING that EXPRESSING ONESELF through CLOTHING follows RIGHT BEHIND!!

    And YES, PLEASE DO put a LINK to YOUR TALENTED HUBBY'S PHOTOS...WE would LOVE to SEE MORE!!
     
  13. route66gal

    route66gal Registered Guest

    EXCELLENT job, Susan!!!! And I do love oyur hubby's photos - great stuff! Truly one of my favorite topics on the planet.

    Deb, if it weren't for X, I would have never gotten into rockabilly. X was my link between punk and rockabilly. Billy Zoom is one of the unsung rock gods of all time, IMO. X had a wonderful side project along with Dave Alvin of the Blasters and Jonny Ray Bartel, the Knitters. They did just one album, Poor Little Critter on the Road (check out the online clips here!) in the mid-80s - but they're coming out with a new one this year! I'm beside myself with excitement. Their first record literally changed my life. I probably wouldn't be living the life I'm living now if I hadn't picked that record up in the late 80s.

    Just a side note on The Blasters - their first album came out the same week that the first Stray Cats album came out. They're another band that totally changed my life. Not as good-looking as the Stray Cats, but just as influencial here in the states. They were deeply embedded in the LA punk scene at the same time that X was - and often played double bills with punk bands.

    Actually, there was a great time when punk bands shared the stage regularly with rockabilly and country acts. Don Walser a local yodeling legend used to open for the Butthole Surfers and Ministry here in Austin regularly.

    Again, it's just more of the wonderful mix of influences amongst the music, clothes, people, etc.

    I've heard that the Green Bay festival is the ultimate for the music - focusing more on the music and less on "what am I going to wear during my five daily changes today" that weekenders like VLV tend to include. Don't get me wrong - I *love* that about VLV! But I've heard from so many people that at Green Bay, you don't stop to fix your hair or makeup - it's all about the music, because you're afraid to miss anything, which is pretty doggone cool, I think!

    Again, Susan, wonderful job!

    -Melanie
     
  14. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Trade Member

    To all the Rockabilly workshop presenters:

    THANKS! I'm really enjoying this, and I'm learning a lot too.

    Great stuff!
    Lizzie
     
  15. hipvintage

    hipvintage Registered Guest

    OMG! When did Ronnie Dawson die??? I saw him play about 4 years ago - I THINK.

    Great presentation! I know a lot of band people and many have Rockabilly, etc, bands. I've seen or heard of a lot that you mention. Nice to see the Cramps mentioned, too. Just saw them a few months ago!

    I thought the Teddy Boy thing was an early 60's thing, sort of pre-Mods.

    Speaking of Austin, the SXSW festival draws a LOT of Rockabilly culture, including car shows and stunning fashions, in addition to the bands. I saw Don Walser play a restaurant there about 10 years ago!

    Great work!

    Janine
     
  16. vintagecurves

    vintagecurves Member

    I believe Ronnie died just this last year of cancer :(
     
  17. Deb, I personally invite you to attend Adrianne Psychobilly Cadillac on Tuesday!! You are about to discover just how connect they are!! It's the workshop I have been dying to see!!

    ~Maureen
     
  18. cosmiccowgirl

    cosmiccowgirl Trade Member

    Yup, Ronnie Dawson just recently died. He was amazing! Poor Don Walser is also very ill right now. :( He's a really sweet man.

    Mel, listening to Joe Doe sing Silver Wings is just my idea of heaven!

    And I looooooooove the Cramps! Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrre kitty kitty!
     
  19. route66gal

    route66gal Registered Guest

    Ronnie did a show a few months before his death - I was sick and unable to make it, but I guess it was unbearably emotional because everyone knew it was going to be his last show. I think that show was in March or April of 2003, and he died in September, I believe. Apparently everyone, including the band broke down sobbing. I've never seen anything like the way Ronnie and (drummer) Lisa Pankratz played off of each other. Truly stunning to see.

    Speaking of Lisa Pankratz, she has the best quote ever on the Austin music scene - "There's just one band in Austin, and everyone's in it."

    Leigh, I agree 100% with John Doe singing Silver Wings. One of my favorite covers of all time. I seriously *heart* John Doe.

    -Melanie
     
  20. dibs2002

    dibs2002 Registered Guest

    Sorry - the Sex Pistols album was "The Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle" (the memory is starting to go!). Mel I will have to check out X.

    This has been so informative that I WANT TO GO TO VLV WEEKEND! I checked into flights last night. If John wasn't in school right now I tell ya... I'd have to git me some circle skirts and fly to Vegas. I've never been to Vegas.

    Maybe next year!

    Deb
     

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