[align=center] Well you can burn my house, steal my car Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar and do anything that you want to do But ah ah honey lay off of my shoes and don't you step on my blue suede shoes You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes Carl Perkins ~ Blue Suede Shoes ~[/align] From the sounds of it, ol' Carl was pretty darn serious about his blue suede shoes. But these were serious times for the founding fathers of what would become known as Rockabilly. They didn't yet have an image to uphold - they had an image to create. It's not easy giving birth to lasting style. To help me present today's workshop, I am once again calling on a few old friends. You will meet them as we go down the lane known as Rockabilly for men. (If anyone feels that I haven't quite hit the mark, please feel free to jump in and make corrections. I am a grade A novice of men's fashion - no matter what genre. I won't be insulted. I'll be grateful!) "Well hiya Big E! Are you here to help me out today?" "That's right momma. Whaddya think of my creepers." [align=center][/align] "Your what?" "My creepers baby. My shoes." "Oooooh, you want us to look at your SHOES!" "That's right momma. I love these creepers. No self-respecting cool cat would be without em' momma." As always, The King is right! Creepers were the hep shoes for the hep cats in the 1950s. And you know what? They still are. Fortunately for today's cool cats, shoes are a bit more user friendly on the feet. And while the sole of the shoe has been slightly modified, the heart of the creeper remains the same. [align=center] [/align] "Even The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis, loved his creepers!" [align=center][/align] "Ok, so a man's going to need to wear something besides just shoes. Who's got a suggestion for me?" "Hello, my name is Johnny Cash." "Johnny! I am so glad you are here. I'm stuck. What does a hep cat need besides a cool pair of creepers?" "Well, I kinda like my red jacket." "Hey! I thought you were the man in black?" "Don't believe everything you read. They also said I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." [align=center] [/align] "Whoa, that's kinda a wild jacket you've got there Carl. Isn't that a bit loud?" "Hey, this is Rockabilly not a Pat Boone sing-a-long. Loud is good, especially if you want to be seen." [align=center] [/align] "Ok, shoes, jacket but that still doesn't cover everything. What else do you guys got?" "I know! I know! I know!" [align=center][/align] "Why young Mr. Nelson. I wasn't expecting you to show up today!" "Yea, well shucks, I'm kinda a Rockabilly kid in a pop sorta way." "Ok, I'm willing to stick my neck out for you Ricky. Whaddya got for us?" "Shirts! Lots of cool shirts!" [align=center] [/align] "Hey Roy! When did you get here?" "Oh why, I just sorta been hanging out. Checking out the sharp threads." "Do you have anything you'd like to add to our Rockabilly closet?" "Indeedy I do. You know sweaters and light jackets have always been some of my favorite threads." "Sweaters? For Rockabilly? You wouldn't be pulling my leg, would you Roy?" "Now, don't knock a cool sweater little girl. Let me show you." [align=center][/align] "Is that you Roy? I almost didn't recognize you!" "Handsome devil, wasn't I!!" "Yes Roy, handsome. That's the word I was looking for..." [align=center] [/align] "Yea, I see what you mean. The right sweater or jacket can be Rockabilly! But something's missing? What am I missing here guys?" "Step aside young lady and let a pro show you how it's done." [align=center][/align] "Hello Killer. What did I miss?" "Hey kitten, every self-respecting Rockabilly cat needs the right suit, see?" [align=center] [/align] "Wow! We did it!! We covered everything the Rockabilly cat needs to be cool!" "No, not quite everything." "What are you talking about Big E.? We looked at shoes, jackets, shirts, sweaters and shirts. I don't get it. What did we leave out." "Ah honey. Take a look." [align=center][/align] "Oh Elvis!" Be sure to visit: The Rockabilly Hall of Fame The Official Johnny Cash Website The Official Roy Orbison Website The Official Elvis Website The Official Jerry Lee Lewis Website The Official Ricky Nelson Website I am dumbfounded that there is not an Official Carl Perkins Website. You can however visit his page in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame The Carl Perkins Tribute Page I wonder who one needs to contact to correct this great oversight! For more on the fashions of Elvis, try Elvis Fashions For more information on the Cuban Guayabera shirt, Cigar Aficianado is a good place to start.