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31.08.2011.

*** Upcoming rockabilly gigs around globe

29.08.2011.

*** The Devil Wrays debut album info

Breath-taking debut album from this Brighton-based 4-piece band. Amazing songs and great musicianship throughout. A must have for fans of Psychobilly. Interestingly, the band features the ex-Krewmen drummer.

1. Take a Ride
2. Don’t Come Back
3. Tear It Up
4. Not The One
5. Blue Turns Black
6. Disgrace
7. Hollywood
8. Wildman Of The Navidad
9. Hard Times
10. In The End
11. Caught Up
12. Valley of The Dead



http://www.western-star.co.uk/western-star-releases_36/hard-times---the-devil-wrays_91.aspx

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Devil-Wrays-Official/202213189804613

26.08.2011.

*** Rockabilly Podcast from Canada

Hi folks ...  here is an very good rockabilly podcast which is posted on our forum (http://rockabilly.freeforums.org) from user.

Here is a link to a radio show I just produced in Canada.... it's an hour of rare '50s rockabilly from all around North America. None of these tracks ever appeared on a LP or CD, only on 45 records some 50-60 years ago. I hope you enjoy! click on the blue MP3 link to play or right click and save to save for a later time."
by terryfitzgerald

Link: http://feed.dailysplice.com/CHLY/riot-act/rss
26.08.2011.

*** Picture Of The Week

26.08.2011.

TOO HOT TODAY !!! ONE BEER WILL SAVE MY DAY"

26.08.2011.

Viva Las Vegas 2012 Line Up

AT THE CAR SHOW
Big Headliner will be announced before December
Big Sandy & Flyrite Boys
The Polecats

Buzz Campbell

INSIDE THE ORLEANS
ORIGINAL 50s STARS OF ROCKABILLY
Royce Porter A Woman Can Make You Blue
Billy Harlan I Wanna Bop
Lee Dresser El Camino Real
Larry Donn Honey Bun
Don Woody Barking Up The Wrong Tree

DOO WOP LEGENDS
The Calvanes Crazy Over You

IN THE BALLROOM & BIENVILLE ROOM
Big Sandy & The Original Flyrite Trio
The Planet Rockers
The Jive Aces
JD McPherson
The Big Six

Si Cranstoun
Space Cadets
Nick Curran
Wayne Hancock
Jack Baymoore & Bandits
The Orbitunes

Luis & The Wildfires
Voola & The jayhawks
Omar & The Stringpoppers
Restless
Rumble King
Ruby Dee & Snakehandlers

25.08.2011.

*** MAD SIN + LATEX WILLER (Cro) Live Gig in Zagreb, Croatia

24.08.2011.

The Head Cat video ::: NEW ALBUM "Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk" IS OUT

23.08.2011.

Jerry Leiber R.I.P.

Preminuo Jerry Leiber, autor "Jailhouse Rocka" i "Hound Doga"

Foto: leiberstoller.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerome "Jerry" Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) were American songwriting and record producing partners. Stoller was the composer of the duo and Leiber the lyricist. Their most famous songs include "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City", "Stand By Me" (with Ben E. King), and "On Broadway (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil).

Their first successes were as the writers of such crossover hit songs as "Hound Dog" and "Kansas City." Later in the 1950s, particularly through their work with The Coasters, they created a string of ground-breaking hits that are some of the most entertaining in rock and roll, by using the humorous vernacular of the teenagers sung in a style that was openly theatrical rather than personal, songs that include "Young Blood", "Searchin'", and "Yakety Yak."They were the first to surround black music with elaborate production values, enhancing its emotional power with The Drifters in "There Goes My Baby" and influencing Phil Spector who worked with them on recordings of The Drifters and Ben E. King. Leiber and Stoller went into the record business and, focusing on the "girl group" sound, released some of the greatest classics of the Brill Building period.

They wrote hits including "Love Me", "Loving You", "Don't", "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole", among others, for Elvis Presley.

The pair was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

23.08.2011.

Visiting the Rockabilly Gangs of Tokyo's Yoyogi Park

 by JetSetCD 

Harajuku. What does that word conjure up in your mind? Chances are it's Gwen Stefani, or girls dressed as Gothic Lolitas, but the correct answer is an area of Tokyo, in which cosplay is smiled upon and the Rockabillies rule the roost.

Make sure your trip to Tokyo includes a wide-open Sunday, and pray the weather is nice. Walk towards the entrance to Tokyo's famous Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Jingu shrine near Harajuku Station, and you'll encounter a plaza dominated by three distinct gangs, each dressed as if they just stepped out of the film Grease. They have 1950s poodle skirt and greaser Americana nailed down to the last detail, from the brands of handkerchief they stick in their Levi's pockets to the way they comb back their hair. It's all so cool.

The Rockabilly gangs don't just stand around and hang out, either. They each have their own stereos and CDs mixed with vintage tunes for dancing—some of it choreographed and much of it polished from countless hours of studying old American films. All in all, this is a scene that goes on for hours (we stayed for nearly three, taking 100s of photos) and which you won't find anywhere else in the world.

They're here every Sunday afternoon, barring bad weather or other issues, and they're not doing it for cash tips. This is simply how they choose to spend their free time, much as others enjoy a weekend evening playing video games or BBQing in a backyard.

What's more is that the gangs welcome onlookers and photographs; it's not rare to see other locals out here practicing their photography skills, tripods and all, while the steady flow of western tourists heading to Meiji Jingu only briefly give the gangs a glance.

What they really deserve is a documentary.

yoyogi-rockabilly-8003

22.08.2011.

*** Rockabilly Gigs Around The Globe

22.08.2011.

Klub Foot 2011 Reunion Gig

KLUB FOOT REUNION 2011

10.09.2011 - The Relentless Garage / Ticket 15GBP adv

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The Klub Foot was a highly influential London nightclub in the Psychobilly scene of the early and mid 1980s.

It was hosted at the Clarendon public house in Hammersmith until the pub was demolished as part of the redevelopment of Hammersmith Town Centre. It regularly showcased the rising stars of the scene, including The Meteors, Demented Are Go, Guana Batz, Batmobile, Long Tall Texans, Caravans, Klingonz, Coffin Nails, Skitzo, The Highliners and many others. On all the Klub Foot posters the address stated was "Clarendon Hotel Ballroom, Hammersmith Broadway W6". The Clarendon itself was a very large 1930s public house with attached function rooms built in the Art Deco style, and it stood on the corner of the Hammersmith one way system until its demolition in 1988. The Klub Foot was held in the main ballroom on the first floor, which held around 900 people.

As well as hosting concerts, the Klub Foot promoter released a series of live recordings, titled Stomping At The Klubfoot on ABC records. Six volumes were released on vinyl and CD.

After the Clarendon closed, attempts were made to relocate the club at various locations including the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park, and the Town and Country Club in Kentish Town, but the dying Psychobilly scene in the UK in the 1990s made it difficult to attract crowds. Since 1999, subsequent Klub Foot Reunion concerts at the Relentless Garage in Highbury have been more successful and it is now a yearly event featuring original 1980s bands with newer support acts.

20.08.2011.

High Rockabilly 2011

18.08.2011.

*** Picture of the week

17.08.2011.

Elvis Aaron Presley

East Tupelo, 8. siječnja 1935. - Memphis, 16. kolovoza 1977

16.08.2011.

2nd Psychobilly Earthquake line up and ticket prices

The M3T3ORS, Mad Sin, Rapids, Spellbound, Pharaohs, Griswalds, Swampys, 
Stressor, Sir Psyko and his Monsters, Thee Flanders,
Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space, Evil Devil, Monster Klub,
Tom Toxic und die Holstein Rockets, Beat Devils, Howling Wolfmen, The Radioactive Catz

Location: Schuppen 2 - Hoerneckestrasse 23 - 28217 Bremen

date: 01. & 02.10.2011 - doors open: 5.30pm - start: 6.00pm

Prices:
Weekend - pre-sale: EUR 50,00 - door: EUR 55,00
Saturday - pre-sale: EUR 27,00 - door EUR 30,00
Sunday - pre-sale: EUR 27,00 - door EUR 30,00
16.08.2011.

Today about Louis Prima

Louis Prima was a well-known 1930s and 1940s trumpeter and singer who had a moderate series of hit singles at that time. He initially gained popularity in his homecity of New Orleans and later in New York. By 1954, Prima had joined a Louisiana band led by Sam Butera. With Prima's stage partner and wife Keely Smith, he, Butera and the Witnesses secured a gig at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They soon became the most popular act in that city.

On April 19, 1956 the band gathered at the casino lounge to record tracks for the album. Capitol Records attempted to retain Prima's "in person" performance and spirit to capture what he referred to as "three o'clock in the morning at the Sahara" with the group. One of the songs recorded, "Jump, Jive, an' Wail" would become a hit through Brian Setzer's cover version in 1998.

The Wildest! was reissued on August 13, 2002 by producer Michael Cuscuna. The album contains four additional tracks recorded on September 13, 1956 as well as new liner notes by the producer.

Allmusic expressed that "The Wildest! is the gem of Louis Prima's catalogue. None of his other efforts transcend its raunchy mix of demented gibberish, blaring sax, and explosive swing, which rocked as hard as anything released at the time." The album is considered a collection of Prima's signature recordings.

The Wildest! is noted in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In it, critic Will Fulford-Jones states, "this is simply irrepressible music that more than matches its cover shot. Prima is joyous, rumbustious, and irresistible."

Louis Prima - Just a gigolo

 
15.08.2011.

*** Remembering Elvis Presley - Belgrade 13.08.2011

 


Huge thanks to Mika and Charlie from Belgrade on this video
15.08.2011.

Rockabilly magazine Crackerjack no 39

No 39 IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE!

PLEASE NOTE: CRACKERJACK CONTAINS NUMEROUS FULL COLOUR IMAGES AND MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO LOAD.

LINK: http://www.crackerjackmag.co.uk/crackerjack39.pdf

15.08.2011.

Hicksville Bombers: News

New album - OUT

The Hicksville Bombers new album 'Ready to Rumble' is  released on 8th July at the Americana, it features the new drummer Shaun and has him singing a few tracks, a song written and sung by Paul, and 7 originals by Dave and 8 covers in the Bombers own style.

Lab3352: After my first listening can say that album is very good with nice production. Only cover of the album is from "Rockin'  Bones" Rhino box set, but that is not a problem. First song "Ready To Rumble" is really good and here is full tracklist:

1. Ready to Rumble,
2. Why Don'tcha ever listen,
3. Anger Blues
4. Making love to my record machine
5. I've changed my mind
6. Ballad of Lucy Jordan,
7. Bop with me
8. Alone and Forsaken
9. House of the rising sun,
10. I can't dance
11. What now? what next? where to?
12. Let your hair down baby
13. That's alright mama,
14. I never had the one i wanted,
15. Domino
16. Loveoholic

 

15.08.2011.

*** Upcoming gigs

Epileptic Gig

11.08.2011.

Upcoming 5-CD Elvis Presley Box Set Celebrates 1956

A new 5-CD Elvis Presley box set -- Young Man With The Big Beat -- will be released September 27 by RCA/Legacy. The set celebrates 1956, the year that transformed Presley from a promising regional performer to the most popular figure in the world.

Young Man With The Big Beat includes Presley's complete 1956 masters as well as never-before heard interviews, performances and outtakes. It will be released with a deluxe, 12"x12", 80-page book featuring rare photos, memorabilia, plus RCA and Elvis Presley Enterprises documents.

The package also includes a day-by-day 1956 timeline that includes several detailed entries, including:

August 4, 1956: Presley traded in his graffiti-plagued lavender Lincoln for a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II (pictured on the right) during a Florida tour attended by upwards 15,000 people.

Young Man With The Big Beat is available for pre-order at elvis1956.com.

  • CD 1, 1956 Studio Recordings:
    17 tracks recorded in New York, Nashville, and Hollywood, starting with the 12 songs on the debut LP, Elvis Presley (‘1254’), followed by non-LP single A-sides and B-sides, and EP tracks.
  • CD 2, 1956 Studio Recordings:
    22 tracks recorded in New York, Nashville, and Memphis, starting with the 12 songs on the second LP, Elvis (‘1382’), followed by non-LP single A-sides and B-sides, and EP tracks;
  • CD 3, Live Recordings:
    Venus Room, Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, May 6, 1956.
    Live at the Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.
    Live at the Hirsch Youth Center, Louisiana Fairgrounds, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1956, previously unreleased.
  • CD 4, The Outtakes: 
    Four outtakes from the first historic RCA session January 10-11 segueing into the complete session of February 3rd plus the first of the interviews – the complete Warwick Hotel (NYC) interview by Robert Brown in March. 
  • CD 5, The Interviews:
    The Complete TV Guide Presents Elvis interview (Elvis interviewed by Paul Wilder backstage at the Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida, on August 10th);
    Colonel Parker and Oscar Davis (interviewed by Paul Wilder backstage at the Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida, on August 10th);
    The Truth About Me (Original spoken word 45 rpm disc included in Teen Parade magazine. Recorded on the set of Love Me Tender, August 22nd);
    The Truth About Me Interview (Recorded on the set of Love Me Tender, August 22nd);
    RCA Victrola radio ad 1and 2 (both ads never before released commercially).

An exlusive deluxe, 12"x12", 80-page book offers rare photos, rare memorabilia, priceless RCA and Elvis Presley Enterprises documents, Billboard news clippings; and a unique factual overview featuring 12-month day-by-day chronology of Elvis' iconic year.

Memorabilia Envelope contains reproductions of the following items:

RCA’s original Elvis poster–YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT
Mosque Theater Poster
Venus Room, Las Vegas Flyer
Original RCA Hartbreak Hotel Order form
Cotton Bowl ticket stub
5 8” x 10” rare photographs suitable for framing
 
Exclusive replica 7" vinyl of RCA EPA 747 – Elvis' first 45rpm EP for RCA Records.
The original EP released on the same day as the album in March 1956, both titled Elvis Presley.

  1. Blue Suede Shoes
  2. Tutti Frutti
  3. I Got A Woman
  4. Just Because

Disc 1

  1. Blue Suede Shoes
  2. I’m Counting On You
  3. I Got A Woman
  4. One-Sided Love Affair
  5. I Love You Because
  6. Just Because
  7. Tutti Frutti
  8. Trying To Get To You
  9. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
  10. I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)
  11. Blue Moon
  12. Money Honey
  13. Heartbreak Hotel
  14. I Was The One
  15. My Baby Left Me
  16. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  17. Shake, Rattle And Roll

Disc 2

  1. Rip It Up
  2. Love Me
  3. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  4. Long Tall Sally
  5. First In Line
  6. Paralyzed
  7. So Glad You’re Mine
  8. Old Shep
  9. Ready Teddy
  10. Anyplace Is Paradise
  11. How’s The World Treating You
  12. How Do You Think I Feel
  13. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  14. Hound Dog
  15. Don’t Be Cruel
  16. Any Way You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)
  17. Too Much
  18. Playing For Keeps
  19. Love Me Tender
  20. Let Me
  21. Poor Boy
  22. We’re Gonna Move

Disc 3
          *Recorded At The Venus Room, Frontier Hotel,
           Las Vegas, May 6

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Long Tall Sally
  3. Blue Suede Shoes
  4. Money Honey

    * Recorded At The Robinson Memorial Auditorium
    Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16
  5. Heartbreak Hotel
  6. Long Tall Sally
  7. I Was The One
  8. Money Honey
  9. I Got A Woman
  10. Blue Suede Shoes
  11. Hound Dog

    * Recorded At The Hirsch Youth Center, Louisiana
    Fairgrounds, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15
  12. Heartbreak Hotel
  13. Long Tall Sally
  14. I Was The One
  15. Love Me Tender
  16. Don’t Be Cruel
  17. Love Me
  18. I Got A Woman
  19. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  20. Paralyzed
  21. Hound Dog

Disc 4 – The Outtakes
First RCA Session Outtakes

  1. I Got A Woman – take unknown
  2. Heartbreak Hotel – take 06
  3. I’m Counting On You – take 13
  4. I Was The One – take 02

    The Complete February 03 Sessions
  5. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – take 01
  6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – take 03
  7. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – take 04
  8. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – take 05
  9. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – take 06
  10. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – takes 07, 08, 09
  11. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – take 10 (master)
  12. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – takes 11, 12
  13. Shake, Rattle And Roll – takes 01, 02
  14. Shake, Rattle And Roll – takes 03, 05, 06, 07
  15. Shake, Rattle And Roll – take 08
  16. Shake, Rattle And Roll – takes 09, 10, 11, 12, 12 (undubbed master)
  17. The Complete Warwick Hotel Interview          

Disc 5 – The Interviews

  1. The Complete TV Guide Presents Elvis interview
  2. Colonel Parker Interview
  3. The Truth About Me
  4. The Truth About Me Interview
  5. Victrola Radio ad 1
  6. Victrola Radio ad 2
11.08.2011.

Current Featured Video


Ronnie Dawson: Interview / "Rockin' Bones"
11.08.2011.

Old-School Rockabilly Psychosis Night 2011 (official flyer)

19 November

09.08.2011.

5th OLD-SCHOOL ROCKABILLY PSYCHOSIS NIGHT

PROMOTION VIDEO:


Line up:

BATMOBILE (NL)

THE RICOCHET (UK)

TALL BOYS (UK)

SKITZO (UK)

COFFIN NAILS (UK)

THE GRISWALDS (UK)

09.08.2011.

The Go Getters new DVD

Great The Go Getters have their first DVD out. Gig is recorded on Rockabilly Rave festival and contains following tracks:

Mexi-Go * Loud Pipes and Lead Feet * Hip Shakin' Baby * Secret Agent Man * I Wanna Rock * Like A Wolf * Junkyard Dog * I Fought The Law * Black Magic Women * Sheena Is A Punk Rocker * Teenage Kicks * No Heart To Spare.

For more details check on Raucous Records online shop

08.08.2011.

*** Psychobilly news

7 December

11.09.17 Meow Club 15 - Luna Vegas, Dick Venom And The From Hells

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Two new songs from finest Finland The Stringbeans for listening from their new upcoming album. Songs produced by Boz Boorer.

The Stringbeans - Tarzan // Drugs or Roulette 7"
Produced by Boz Boorer
Woo-Hoo Records 801
rel.date 17th August 2011

http://soundcloud.com/woo-hoo-records/stringbeans-tarzan-edit
http://soundcloud.com/woo-hoo-records/stringbeans-drugs-or

05.08.2011.

*** Upcoming rockabilly gigs

05.08.2011.

Adele plans to produce bluegrass and country album

British singer Adele is set to record a country and bluegrass follow-up to her smash-hit album, 21.

 

British singer Adele says her US tour has influenced her new direction toward country music.

According to the UK's Sun on August 4, Adele revealed that her latest influences are country, rockabilly, and bluegrass, thanks to her recent tour in the US.

"The melodies and to-the-point lyrics I have found in a lot of American styles of music is definitely something I'm going be pursuing heavily from now on," she said in the interview. "I want to spend some time in Austin in Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, and learn about it."

Adele added that discovering new American country musicians is "like a four-year-old in a candy shop who's discovering sweets again." Adele tours the UK and US through October 21, and then is likely to begin work on the new album. According to NME, the album is rumored to feature collaborations with Tinie Tempah and Jay-Z.

Her breakthrough sophomore LP, 21, reached number one in album charts in 17 countries. In the UK, Adele has spent more time at the top of the charts than any female artist in history.

http://www.adele.tv

Watch Adele's clip for her massive hit "Rolling in the Deep": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw

03.08.2011.

Rockabilly Never Died: An Interview with Imelda May

The big-voiced Dubliner may be almost as recognizable for her chic retro stylings as for her rollicking fusion of blues, jazz and rockabilly, but make no mistake: the success she has enjoyed over the last few years is the hard-earned product of 20 years’ experience as a touring musician. Shooting to UK fame in 2008 in no small part due to an appearance on the TV show Later… with Jools Holland, since then she has finally begun to receive the attention she deserves. Happily, these are busy times for May. Her third album Mayhem—originally released in Ireland and the UK late last year— is about to see a US release, which calls for an extensive tour with the Imelda May Band, which includes her husband Darrel Higham on guitars. While preparing to play the legendary Isle of Wight festival, May found the time to talk to PopMatters about her myriad influences, her long road to success, and how to come across well in a traditional Irish sing-song. First though, came the story of one of the biggest moments of her musical career so far ...

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Recently you played for US president Barack Obama—that must have been a pretty special experience. Can you tell me a bit about how that came about?

I got a call when we were in the middle of a German tour and the date just happened to be [on] the one day we had off, which was great, so we were able to play and to go over. It was a very exciting day—we got there with only just enough time for me to sling my makeup on and everything, we just about made it. Backstage security was crazy, with Secret Service guys everywhere but they were all very nice people. We were all in a room together—it was like a holding pen with some fantastic bands—The Coronas, Sharon Shannon. I got to meet some great actors—Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, a lot of fantastic people there. We were all excited. After, I got to perform which was a great thrill and the crowds were in great spirits, stretching out as far as I could see down the road, a sea of people. It was just the one song, [and] we came off stage and we were watching the President’s speech which was terrific and everyone was cheering and screaming. Then we were brought inside into this huge regal room and all of us sat giggling because it was very exciting and it was like getting ready for an old school photo except with the President! We were in rows and lines and then he came in and shook hands and I got to speak to him for a little while. I introduced him to Katie Taylor and had to butt in and explain that she’s our world champion boxer; she’s so pretty and tiny, you’d never think, you know? And the two of them starting mock-boxing each other ... I chatted to Michelle Obama for a while. I asked her if she’d ever visited Chess Records in Chicago—I went to Chicago and that was the first place I wanted to go to. It was a Mecca for music lovers, where Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon and Etta James had recorded and it was in their home town. She hadn’t been, but she knew of it.

To have been involved in that must have been a great feeling because it shows that you’re thought of as being a great example of Irish music.

I was very flattered to be asked, delighted to represent my country—I was very proud of that. My family were very proud, but you couldn’t bring lots of visitors with you. Normally I bring my family with me, but I couldn’t bring anybody backstage because the security had to be tight. So my dad stayed at home and took some great photographs of the television! I was talking to Daniel Day-Lewis and he asked if my family were around and I said “No, my dad’s taking photographs of the telly!” And I said it must be a big occasion because he got the tripod out. Then he decided he actually wanted to be there so he went all the way down—which is not far—to where the President was and battled his way to the front and told everybody who his daughter was! They were great photographs, he showed me when I got back, it looked like he was with Obama all day! At the end, we were all given a little box with the Presidential seal on it, and it was a special Presidential box of M&Ms. We were trying to work out what colour they were; Brendan Gleeson opened his and of course they were red, white, and blue.

You play rock and roll, rockabilly and the blues—what is it about these kinds of music that you love? What is it about the way they make you feel that you get hooked into?

Oh, that’s a nice question. First of all they make me feel good. I love music that makes you feel great, and it really does. For me, rockabilly is very, very exciting music. It’s electric and kind of wild, you know? It’s make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck kind of music. I also listen to country, and blues and jazz and so on. Rockabilly is connected to country in that it’s basically American roots music; and then of course something like bluegrass is influenced by traditional Irish music. They’re very very similar, carried over by immigrants with a fiddle under their arm. It makes sense to me, that music. When we go and play, American audiences tend to go crazy for it, which is great. Also, in traditional Irish music you have to put your heart and soul into it. If you’re sitting in a traditional session and you just sing a song, it’s not really acceptable. It wouldn’t go down well if you’re messing around or singing it for no reason. When you’re in a pub in a traditional session or if you’re with family having a traditional party it doesn’t matter if you’re not a fabulous singer but you have to close your eyes and put your heart and soul into it. My mother used to tell me, “You’re telling a story, you have to speak the music. You have to tell the story of that song.” And she’s absolutely right. It’s similar, I suppose, with singing the blues in that you have to tell the story, close your eyes and give in to the music. So they’re linked, in many ways. I do love the music—it sends me flying, actually. The adrenaline I get ... I love it. I love to see everyone going home after a gig, happy. When I’m writing, I mean what I’m saying—there’s a lot of me in each song. But I do want people to feel good.

You talked a bit about how American audiences respond to your shows and you have a US tour coming up soon—how does it feel to promote the US release of the new record Mayhem when for you, it’s been around for quite a long time?

The record originally came out just before Christmas and we’ve already been touring around the world—when it comes out in places it tends to do really well. What I do is not mainstream music, so a lot of countries will say “No, we don’t think it’s for our audience” and then the record companies come to a gig and they see places packed solid and then they go, “Actually, we will release it!” So we go from country to country as it comes out, and it seems to be doing pretty well. In France they just released the first album, which was recorded four or five years ago but they’ve just decided to release that now because songs have been used on adverts and things over there. So I’m looking forward to going over to America—we’ve already been there, we’ve toured with Jamie Cullum and then we toured with Jeff Beck. We’ve played some small gigs over there for the fun of it and met some great people so I’m looking forward to getting back. We’ve toured with some lovely American artists so hopefully we’ll get to see them—like Meat Loaf. It’s terrific to be over there because the audiences do get it really quickly. I remember once doing a gig in Ireland and there was a woman jumping around and screaming, “I don’t know what this is but I love it!” I thought that was a nice compliment.

You’re sometimes called a “revivalist” of the kinds of music you play. Do you think that’s a fair term? And either way, do you ever feel a responsibility to “do right” by rockabilly and communicate it to people as well as you can?

I do, in that I communicate it as well I can. I’m not going to do it if I can’t do it justice, I’ll always do it to the best of my ability. But in the same way I don’t feel like I’m a revivalist. I don’t think the music that I do is nostalgic in any way, I don’t think about going back to nice old-fashioned music. I’m certainly influenced by old music, but I want to bring it slap-bang up to today. There are great, pure rockabilly bands out there but I’m not pure rockabilly but a mix with blues and jazz and a punk vibe ... I love the Clash, the Cramps, the Pretenders, all these great bands and I think you can hear that in there too. There’s great bands out there like the Arctic Monkeys and the White Stripes which have said they’re heavily influenced by the past but they keep it for today. I’m not saying I’m the White Stripes or the Arctic Monkeys—I don’t think the music is similar—but the influences are similar. I hope the music speaks to people of today.

I suppose the term “revivalist” implies that a certain type of music has died, whereas what you’re saying is that these styles are living music.

They’ve never died. They go in and out of fashion, and I think it’s absolutely dreadful that certainly rockabilly has been shunned for so long. I don’t get it. There’s always been an underground following, and it’s nice and strong now. But I was once told, “get rid of the rockabilly and you’ll go flying”. But like a good typical stubborn, fiery Irish bird I put it in even more. It’s so influential ... people come up to me and say they love rockabilly, and that it’s so good to hear it. Jeff Beck has said it, Jimmy Page has said it, Meat Loaf—all these great people have come up and said they loved rockabilly. Even Gary Moore said that if it wasn’t for rockabilly, he wouldn’t have got into music at all. Even in the interview the Beatles gave saying they wanted to be Elvis, they wanted to be rockabilly. For music that’s so influential, I don’t see why it should be shunned, it should be revered. To be listened to, at least. Music should never be shunned. There’s room for everything, most people have a varied taste and at gigs people have come up to me and said that since I was talking about rockabilly in this or that interview, they’ve gone out and bought one record and now thanks to me they’re broke, because they’ve bought every Johnny Burnette record they can get their hands on. I got a great chance to work with one of my idols—Wanda Jackson—and that was a huge thrill for me. She’s an absolutely phenomenal woman and she’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at last. She just recently released an album that Jack White produced. She’s like the ultimate girl power; if you look at old YouTube footage of her she’s so beautiful, and you think she’s going to come out and sing a nice soft number, and she just rocks it, you know? She played guitar, was a good songwriter and a great talent. It’s great to see her doing well, as well.

You’ve had so much success in the last few years, you’ve got a lot of influential admirers, and you’re taking music like rockabilly into the present. Where do you see yourself in the future?

I don’t know where I’ll be in the future. I’ve been a musician for 20 years now, I’ve been gigging since I was 16 years old, and it’s only in the last three years or so that everything’s gone crazy. It’s really since I started with my own band, as I’d been in other people’s bands for many years and I’ve been writing songs for many, many years. It was only three or four years ago I decided to start my own band with my own songs and that’s when it kicked off. As I said, I was told to get rid of the rockabilly but I put more in, because I wanted to put in the influences I loved. I’m not going to stop listening to records I love because somebody tells me not to. You have to listen to what you like and for me, I have to write what I like as well. Hopefully, after this crazy year I’m going to get a little break, write another album, make another album and tour all over again. I’m a big believer in working hard and enjoying yourself ... I’m lucky that I get to do what I love, that I get to play the music that I love and to be a working musician. The labels used to say, “We like it, but we wouldn’t know where to put it.” But bit by bit, audiences came to gigs and with each gig, the audience would be double the size, record companies start to keep an eye on you and of course Jools Holland was a huge help. He put us on his TV show and people went crazy, but each place you go around the world it’s the audience who come and the old-fashioned way of doing that is by word of mouth, as opposed to some big, mad campaign. It’s a nice relationship. Hopefully, that’ll happen in America as well—we’ll go over, see how things happen and hopefully people will enjoy the music.

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INTERVIEW BY ANDY JOHNSON (source: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/144519-rockabilly-never-died-an-interview-with-imelda-may/)

A Masters student at Keele University, Andy Johnson began writing about music in earnest in 2008, when he became a staff writer for the UK alternative music site The Line of Best Fit. He came to PopMatters in search of a new outlet for his reviews, interviews and features, which he documents on a blog, Wordcore. He has been known to tweet.

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