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School Me On Rockabilly Music

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by FenderGyrl, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. jarpat

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    There were many, who "tried to be rockabilly", when it came and it was a new thing. Many were even pretty good at it. Grady Martin was of course a big part of it, playing in the "Nashville A-team" backing up many many singers like Johnny Burnette, Roy Hall, Johnny Horton etc. Was Buddy Holly a rockabilly artist? Well yes, in those few songs that he recorded at Bradleys barn Nashville, and Grady Martin on the guitar once again.
    I've read that when Gene Vincent got his chance to record with the A-team, Cliff Gallup played one intro and those guys on the studio took and put their guitars in their cases and said that they won't be needed that day...
     

  2. DougF

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    Holly was a great early rock and roller but I wouldn't say the majority of his work would be considered rockabilly.
     

  3. Junkyard Dog

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    I'm not sure you even need one! Rockabilly guitar players seem to focus more on delivering an energetic performance than looking down and fiddling with pedals. In fact in many of the videos posted so far I didn't see a single pedal on the stage at all!
     

  4. fendertx

    fendertx Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Go see the Delta Bombers live, they tour constantly. I've seen them twice and they are great. Once, I saw them on a rainy weekday night at the Continental Club. They played to about 50 people, but they performed like it was packed

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  5. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    One of my favorites - Joe Clay. This one has Mickey Baker on guitar. Scorches.
    Check out all his stuff!

     
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  6. fendertx

    fendertx Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Johnny Horton should get more Rockabilly cred than he does


     
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  7. jarpat

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    Deke Dickerson "treats nicely" the old stuff. I've seen him use Red Repeat too.
     
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  8. LGOberean

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    I'm not one to "school" anyone else on Rockabilly. But it struck me as counter-intuitive to ask about the "Original stuff" while also speaking to the idea of a "Rockabilly pedal board." And others have already spoken to and confirmed my impressions that the effect used back in the day was tape echo/delay, and that was in the studio. Live they plugged straight in. And the guitar players of Rockabilly (Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley, et al.) in the early to mid 1950s were using guitars with P-90s, and I'm sure in some cases teles.

    Now I'm one to take a minimalist approach anyway; I haven't really gotten into pedals. I almost always perform plugged straight in. And though I don't do Rockabilly shows, per se, I throw in some early Elvis, Perkins, Haley and Cochran. Plugged straight in, with my teles. One of my teles has a P-90 in the neck position, a la Eddie Cochran.
     

  9. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

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    The majority isn't rockabilly, but he has a lot of songs that sound like Gene Vincent.
     

  10. slinger

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    wild west

  11. slinger

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  12. slinger

    slinger Friend of Leo's

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  13. LocoTex

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  14. slinger

    slinger Friend of Leo's

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    wild west

  15. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

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    My current band is pretty Rockabilly(prob 60%) as it’s the leader/guitarist/singers fav genre. We do some Stray Cats, Gene Vincent, Johnny Burdette, Southern Culture on the Skids, Rev Horton Heat, to name a few. (I play upright bass) But we also do a bit of surf, Americana type country, and 60s rock. We’re doing pretty well and gaining a local following with a cross section of young and old. Primarily I think because the music has energy and is very danceable.
    Here’s the obligatory brick wall photo.
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  16. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

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  17. jarpat

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    Yes, the slap back was made in the studio, but there were also amps with tapedelay. Scotty Moore bought one 1955.
    http://www.scottymoore.net/echosonic.html

    And please, stop linkin Johnny Burnette videos - they are just ridiculous. Those recordings are just pure dynamite, but those few videos with "whatever" song, they are horrible...
     

  18. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    From what I've seen and read, Strats were actually more highly represented than Teles in the genre. Roland Janes, Buddy Holly, Ronnie Dawson...
     
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  19. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

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    Our guitarist started with a Cabronita w Bigsby, went to a Pro Jet, and has finally settled on a good ol Mex Strat. Into a Hot Rod Deluxe. Pedals are OCD, and an old Dano Tremelo and delay. Nothing fancy at all.

    But if you want to get boutiquey this guys stuff is the bomb.
    https://www.thenocturnebrain.com/

    Also this looks very nice
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