Who is Your Favorite Rockabilly Guitar Hero?

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  1. Duo Slinger

    Duo Slinger Synchromatic

    Sep 11, 2020
    California, USA
    The Rev isn't just my rockabilly guitar hero (and he's so much more than that), he's my all time guitar hero. He is, dare I say, one of the best guitar players alive.
  2. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Link Wray

    An of course Poison Ivy if she's considered rockabilly.
  3. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Eddie Cochran
    Boz Boorer (Polecats)

    Not strictly Rockabilly…. Link Wray & Poison Ivy
  4. NJDevil

    NJDevil Country Gent

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    I flip and flop between Brian Setzer and Paul Pigat.....love 'em both.

    I think it would've been Cliff Gallup if he continued his career into solo material but I just felt like I never heard enough of him.

    Sleeper picks: Holger Bogen and Darrel Higham

    Jeff Beck made one of my favorite Rockabilly albums with "Crazy Legs" in the early '90s........I swear his abilities has no boundaries.
  5. rocker

    rocker Electromatic

    Sep 3, 2009
    Generation 1: Cliff Gallup, Grady M.
    All generations after: Mr Brian Setzer. Yess!
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  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I won't repeat any of the choices above, so I'll offer Sleepy LaBeef. RIP. (He's not quite in the other guitarists' league, but I wanted to avoid duplication. Plus I like saying Sleepy LaBeef!)

    (Cousin Kenny Vaughan on a White Falcon too! He deserves his own mention.)
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  7. Butch Ammon

    Butch Ammon Gretschie

    Jan 3, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    Scotty Moore. :cool:
    "Everybody wanted to be Elvis - I wanted to be Scotty" --- Keith Richards.
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  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Brian was my first Rockabilly hero,but Scotty taught me to finger pick later on.
    But then there's Cliff and Grady ,and Mr Gatton blew my mind on first listen,I hate having to pick favourites ,they're all my fav's!
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  9. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
  10. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    I was fortunate to see/meet Sleepy at a very rare small club gig in Sacramento shortly before he passed and it was one of my best times. He was in his 80's and could still wield a mean axe! it was a flame painted Epi Wildcat!;)
    I did a thread called Rockabilly original Sleepy Labeef with some cool pix, i dunno how to import it so look it up.
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  11. MentalTossFlycoon

    MentalTossFlycoon Gretschie

    Dec 22, 2018
    I really like Ben Kushner of the Mezcal Brothers.
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  12. Lucky Jim

    Lucky Jim Gretschie

    Oct 16, 2020
    Kent, England
    Cliff Gallup was always my #1 but Gene and the Blue Caps were considered more rock ‘n roll than rockabilly at the time - at least in GB they were.

    Sonny Curtis deserves a mention too, not only for his lead guitar on Buddy Holly’s early recordings (Midnight Shift, Ollie V, etc) but a whole catalogue of later work.
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  13. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Most of my favs listed, I owe a certain debt of gratitude to 'em all!

    The only guy I might add is Luther Perkins, and some might think it a stretch to call Johnny Cash's early stuff rockabilly, but it was to me.
  14. gretschbigsby

    gretschbigsby Gretschie

    Nov 21, 2009
    Thanks for mentioning Sleepy! I remember seeing him at Johnny D's in Somerville, MA in the early 90's. Awesome performer.

    James Burton for me.
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  15. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Country Gent

    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City
    Without Scotty Moore and Eddie Cochran, we wouldn't have Brian Setzer and Darrel Higham who I think are best modern players.
  16. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Very cool you got to see him.
    Just fyi, Epiphone’s official model designation called it a “Flamekat”.
    Apart from the striking finish it featured mini-humbuckers.

  17. Charles Conner

    Charles Conner Gretschie

    May 19, 2016
    I read or heard somewhere; When the big wiggs at RCA realized that they had just paid Sun Records $40,000 for this Guy (Elvis) ... They said, " Oh, He's not the one who wrote & recorded, Blue Suede Shoes? Are you telling me, we bought the wrong guy??"
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  18. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The guy who did that probably got fired! :D

    Kind of like the guy who decided not to sign the Beatles, saying, "Guitar groups are on the way out!"
  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    As a Minnesotan, I have to like Sonny:

    Here's a CBS Sunday Morning interview:

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