Gods, I love Rockabilly music! Rockabilly is extremly eclectic musical genre that has been around for a surprisingly long time. It is the mixture of 1950's 12 chord rock and roll and country/honky tonk music. It was pretty influential in the 60s and 70s before kind of fading into the background during the pop-craze of the 80s (it didn't go away completely). Interestingly enough, it came back due to punk rock of all things. Nearest I can tell, as punk rockers grew up and grew out of thrash, they began to experiment and created a spin all genre called psychobilly/punkabilly and dammit if it didn't work. The song writing and musicality got better/mature and created a pretty unique sound unlike anything else out there. I kind of new about the genre earlier but I didn't pay much mind to it but a couple of months ago I started getting into it and now I am hooked. I love the aesthetic of it. 'Billy fans dress up in 50s clothing and hair dos, leather jackets, bikes and vintage cars. The women are raven haired tattooed beauties that look like they belong painted on the side of a WWII bomber. It is loads of fun. Here are a couple of recommendations to get you started:
Lead singer for Social Distortion, a band that has been playing since the 70s! Probably the most popular and quintessential example of the genre, though many would disagree me on this point. Mike Ness has done some really good solo work that is good entry level stuff into the genere, but don't mistake what I am saying, the music is awesome. This guy's song really speak to me. The Punk grew up, took his hits from life, but is swinging back.
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A newer band with an interesting pedigree. Two British punk rockers and a Swiss woman comprise this trio and yes, I know that sounds weird but rockabilly is pretty damn popular in Europe. I guess they really like the time period and even though it is fun house version of Americana there are channeling, it is still some great tunes. This particular song is one of their most popular and I really dig it.
Another European band (Danish), they embrace the 50s horror noir themes that influence some parts of the genre (The Misfits are probably the most well known of these ilks). They haven't put out a new album in several years though they are still touring which is a shame because the lead singer, Patricia Day, is amazing! She totally rocks the Electric Double Bass.