Rockabilly Head to Toe
Rockabilly music came of age in America in the 1950s. The style evolved out of post-war country-boogie, hillbilly, and rhythm & blues. Between 1945 and 1954 these disparate musical styles crossed paths and developed the hybrid known as rockabilly. While many people are familiar with the early artists of the genre, such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, there were literally hundreds of lesser known artists who enjoyed regional fame through the music. This presentation looks at the history and development of Rockabilly, the social conditions that created it and the people who made it what it was in the 1950s. Samples of the music from the era are used to illustrate the form of the music and its varying styles. The Rockabilly revival of the 1980s is discussed along with the present-day Rockabilly scene in the United States and around the world. Willie Nelms draws on his training as a historian, his 35-year career as a public library director, and his 40+ years as a musician to provides an entertaining, first-hand account of the past, present, and future of Rockabilly music.