Rockabilly Stretches Across Years and Borders

By Buster Fayte, Featured Author, Sad Man’s Tongue

It’s hard to believe that it’s been around 60 years since musicians first  began to write, perform and record music that could be labeled “rockabilly.” And  yet, the time has certainly flown by! Rockabilly music has stretched across  those years and endured through it all. And over the course of those years,  rockabilly has stretched in another way as well: It has stretched across  borders.

As a result of these stretches, rockabilly has become a tie that binds people  together. It binds young together with old. Those kids who were original  rockabilly fanatics are now a little bit older. Some of the kids that were  performing back in the 50s are in their 70s and still performing today. If you  get the chance to see one of these originals performing, you’ll be heartened by  the mix of ages in the crowd. Everyone from the grannies to the young  whipper-snappers are in the audience rocking out with smiles on their faces and  devotion in their eyes.

And the music binds people together as fans across the world reach out to one  another to share what they know about the music in their area. Rockabilly is not  just an American treasure. In fact, you could say that we Americans practically  gave up our rights to claim rockabilly when we turned our back on it during the  60s and 70s. It was the Europeans that kept it alive–kept the fire burning. Our  rockabilly idols found welcome hearts and arms in Europe long after the fickle  American crowd began to look for other entertainment. When the rockabilly  revival of the late 70s and early 80s came along, there were more great American  rockabilly bands pushing into the scene and they gained some following here on  their home turf. But even the amazing Stray Cats had to leave their native soil  to receive the nurturing from Europe that helped them hone their craft before  they could finally break the American scene wide open again in 1982 with their  first big American release, “Built for Speed.”

Now, modern rockabilly is made by bands all over the world. Lots of American  acts. Lots of European acts. Australian acts. Japanese acts. Everywhere! And  with the Internet, these acts are able to let rockabilly bind them once again to  fans all over the world. Minor acts that never will have a record deal can still  gain fans from across the oceans because they can post their music to Internet  sites that carry that music everywhere.

So, rockabilly not only still survives. It thrives. There were years when it  needed life support. There were times when it didn’t seem it would survive in a  living form–only on records. But the fans kept it going. They’ve stretched  across the years to keep their ties to the pioneers. And they’ve stretched  across the miles to form ties with modern rockabilly acts and fans all around  the world. The stretch of rockabilly is phenomenal. It’s just one of the many  things that make rockabilly music unique and special.

Buster Fayte is an author and rockabilly musician. He Blogs at “Buster Fayte’s Rockabilly Romp” where he writes about the passion he shares with millions of musicians and fans for rockabilly and oldies music. Buster has written several books including the “Complete Home Music Recording Start Kit”. He writes original songs, sings, and plays both guitar and bass.

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About Sad Man's Tongue: Rockabilly Bar & Bistro - Prague

We are a Bar and Bistro where old school meets the new school, dedicated to preserving the roots of rock and roll and it's modern adaptations as well as preserving the cultural identity of our neighborhood through our food, the the principles of the slow food movement. A little bit of rockabilly and retro combine with the kustom kulture of today, in an atmosphere devoid of Pretension.
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3 Responses to Rockabilly Stretches Across Years and Borders

  1. incaunipocrit says:

    Reblogged this on ATA MOTEK.

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