I was a little kid, like six or seven years old, when the Beatles came out. I remember hearing their music and I couldn’t imagine where that sound was coming from. Then I saw a picture of the Beatles, and George [Harrison] had an electric guitar, and I was like “That’s it!” It was that sound—the sound of George’s guitar—that first captured me when I was really young. It all goes back to that sound.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new Stray Cats DVD, Live At Montreux 1981 on November 6. The concert, which has been restored with DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo, features 15 songs, almost equally divided between original compositions and vintage rockabilly classics from 1956 to '61.
Reverend Horton Heat has been named the headliner at this year's Revival Festival, an annual rockabilly and Americana festival in Austin, Texas. This year's event, the fifth annual show, takes place May 26 at 7th Street and Trinity Avenue in downtown Austin.
In 1991, I was invited by my girlfriend to see a band she thought I would enjoy. I was very into 1950s rock 'n' roll. I wore blue jeans and rolled-up white T-shirts and I had just bought myself a 1956 Buick Special, red with a white top, four doors, a little rusty but the original tube radio still worked…I was sold.
No matter how long you’ve been playing guitar, one thing never changes: the desire to acquire the perfect tone.
It's a constant, never-ending quest. There’s always a new pedal, amp, pickup, speaker, tube, set of strings, pick or some other new development that promises to deliver the sound of angels singing as we strike our guitar strings.
If you haven’t heard the word rockabilly before, first let me say shame on you for not knowing your music history. But you’re in good company, because radio stations don’t seem to know the genre, either.
Lemmy conjures thoughts of Motörhead. Slim Jim Phantom is pure Stray Cats. Throw in Danny B. Harvey, the Texas-born, Chet Atkins-loving guitarist/pianist from the Lonesome Spurs, and you've got a unique — but rocking — mix of musical styles and backgrounds.