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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