Originally Posted by DrumBob
I think rockabilly has become a caricature of itself, a cliche. IMHO, I find most of the musicians who are seriously into playing rockabilly to be just as concerned, if not more so, with their clothing, hair styles, tattoos and their girlfriend's Bettie Page looks. You have to play the "correct" guitar, have the "correct" style, look and attitude. I have spoken to rockabilly musicians who played around LA years ago, and because they didn't dress in '50's style rockabilly clothing, they were shunned and booed by the rockabilly crowd. Their look was more punk, and they took sh** for it. What does that tell you?
I saw a photo of a European rockabilly band on this board last year. The standup bass player was wearing a tanktop style white undershirt on a gig. No rockabilly musician back in the '50's would have been caught dead onstage dressed looking like a lowclass bum. Those guys back then looked sharp.
Today's rockabilly musicians need to move forward and stop living in the past.
Very well said. The "new rockabilly" (now pretty old itself) with the tats, t*ts, foul mouths, tough guy prison hard time inmate looks, punky mad at the world, ugly angry lyric songs, etc. etc. I originally thought they were just no talent skin head punks on rehab.