Rockabilly originally only ran about five years and by 1960 seemed to be just a flash in the pan.
Today, Rockabilly is hotter than ever with legends of hard core fans living in retro houses, driving rat rods, sporting classy tattoos and of course, rocking with a side of country and blues thrown in.
It’s something we should have expected. After all, it was driven by some of the biggest names in the business — Johnny Cash, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Bob Luman, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Then in the mid-70s there was a rocking revival led by The Stray Cats who ruled the charts with songs like “Stray Cat Strut,” “(She's) Sexy + 17,” “Look at That Cadillac,” “I Won't Stand in Your Way,” “Bring it Back Again,” and “Rock This Town.”
My friends at Virgil Films sent a documentary It’s a Rockabilly World which shows the new upswing in the musical style and the people who continue to make Rockabilly a cultural phenomenon.
For those of you in Lee County or nearby who love rockabilly be sure to mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Dogtrot Rockabilly Festival which will be Oct. 15 at the Oren Dunn Museum. For more information, give the museum a call at (662) 841-6438.