Rockabilly is a sort of music that emerged in the fifties when Rock and Roll came together with Hillbilly Music as Country music was often called at that time. But it’s more than just a mash of those types of music as it sometimes veers toward Swing, Rhythm and Blues, and Blues. The current featured artist of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame website is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bo Diddley[/lastfm], a Chicago R&B/Blues legend. Rockabilly is also Sun Records artists like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis Presley[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Carl Perkins[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Jerry Lee Lewis[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Johnny Cash[/lastfm]. Rockabilly saw a revival in the late seventies punk era when Robert Gordon had success with his album, Fresh Fish Special which starred Rock and Roll guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Link Wray[/lastfm]. Soon after along came [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Stray Cats[/lastfm] and The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Blasters[/lastfm] further popularizing Rockabilly and winning the music new fans. In the late nineties Swing Dance saw a revival that was related to Rockabilly and now a young singer from the U.K., [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Imelda May[/lastfm], is having success in the States with her third album, Mayhem, released earlier this year.
Today in Chicago there are two notable, live Rockabilly events.
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are performing early this evening not a one of their usual Chicago haunts like Martyr’s or FitzGerald’s, two great clubs where Rockabilly often shows up, but at The National Museum of Mexican Art on W. 19th Street. Make plans quick as this performance goes from 6PM to 8PM.
Later tonight the party moves to the Northside to Martyr’s on N. Lincoln Avenue. The “Big C Jamboree will be led by a band fronted by stand-up guy and stand-up bass player, Jimmy Sutton.
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Now let’s go out and have some fun!