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How do you define Rockabilly??

Discussion in 'Songs in the key of Gretsch' started by GVDobler, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    In Go Cat Go! - Rockabilly & Its Makers, Craig Morrison starts the book this way:

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    I think he gets to the heart of the matter by showing how it was viewed at the time, a synthesis of country and R&B starting with Elvis.

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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Some erroneous parts to the posts above though. It was not called rockabilly at the time, most called it rock n roll. It was surprisingly little played on a Gretsch in the 1950s. It was more likely to be played on a Tele or a Gibson hollow body initially. The association with our favorite guitar company really started with Brian Setzer, who channeled Eddie Cochran's 6120.
     
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  3. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Friend of Fred

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Bass, Drums, and Guitar... that is all you need. Heart and passion fill in the rest.. Everything else is sprinkles on the doughnut.
    Take it from from Sonny
     
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  5. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
  6. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Friend of Fred

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    well... I was gonna say listen to tavo but tony beat me to the self promotion table! :)

    ohhh dang here I goooooh

     
  7. yamjuice

    yamjuice Electromatic

    19
    Jan 6, 2017
    California
    Fundamentally dance music, foot-stompin' party time. 12 bar blues chords with a swing and a twang. Lyrics spat out with reckless passion.
     
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  8. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta

    Hahahaha! Either you're first or you're last Ricky Bobby!!
     
  9. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Friend of Fred

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    trademarked!

     
  10. Byron

    Byron Gretschie

    202
    Sep 4, 2009
    uk
    Oooh, this one! A mighty slab of desperate, relentless rockabilly
     
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  11. organic

    organic Gretschie

    435
    Jan 22, 2011
    Worcester UK
    I think the real problem comes, not with the recordings from the 50s, but with new stuff. It may be heavily influenced by vintage rockabilly but the listener will no doubt categorise it depending on to what degree they're a purist. As such we have a plethora of derived labels such as psychobilly, punkabilly and just-about-anything-you-can-think-of-abilly. I've taken to calling my own stuff 'electrosurfbilly' for lack of an adequate label.
     
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  12. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

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    Croatia
    wow, Tavo this is great!
     
  13. StJohn

    StJohn Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2008
    North Louisiana
    nice tracks, Tavo and Tony!
     
  14. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Feb 12, 2009
    Wisconsin
    That brings to mind Justice Stewart's famously subjective definition of obscenity, "I know it when I see it."
     
  15. Stefan

    Stefan Synchromatic

    762
    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Country, Hillbilly, Blues and Bop. All together with a bit more tempo. Play that with a twang guitar and a double bass.
     
  16. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Gretschie

    225
    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Like Blues, Rockabilly is more a state of mind that anything.
     
  17. JHowdy

    JHowdy Country Gent

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    51
    Nov 16, 2013
    Finland
    I don't.

    You can put up a band filled with good musicians and make them play the correct chords, in correct order and tempo, with the correct licks and vocals, but you still won't get rockabilly.

    As a hack player and terrible singer I'm nothing to valuate anything, but as a listener I say that I can not listen through an album where everything is so perfect that the end result means nothing! There has to be some passion and sweat too, not just good looks and errorless playing.

    Original, rough, okie-ish :). That's rockabilly.
     
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  18. heinzman

    heinzman Gretschie

    In my opinion, the most important thing to get handled as "Rockabilly".... is a fistful of dirt !!!:rolleyes:
     
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  19. dankas11

    dankas11 Synchromatic

    Age:
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    Jul 6, 2014
    Croatia
    this is rockabilly for me

     
  20. bigchetfan

    bigchetfan Electromatic

    49
    Dec 6, 2016
    Huntsville, AL
    To me, it's "Baby, Let's Play House" (Elvis), "Matchbox" (Carl Perkins), "Cry, Cry, Cry" (Johnny Cash), A big ol' Gretsch, a doghouse bass,
    drums lite......Go, Cat, go !
     

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