Net Rockabilly revival
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: Mi2N - July 16, 2002
Once, the American regional music scene was vibrant and alive. If you
travelled, you'd hear a special kind of blues in Chicago, and a totally
different variety in Memphis, says Route 66 Rockabilly
(www.Route66Rockabilly.com). Listening to the radio driving east from El
Paso, you'd find country music in Texas was unlike anything called by the
same name in Louisiana. And you'd notice that mountain music in Kentucky was
vastly different from country tunes heard in Nashville.
But everything changed with the consolidation of the music industry and
American regional music has become, "just one more casualty of the 'bigger
is better' mindset of the music industry," says he station.
However, Route66Rockabilly is working hard to change that picture. It says
it, "chronicles the recent dramatic rise of rockabilly music with its
Internet site devoted to the more than 500 bands worldwide, local music
events and regional festivals, the unique clothing styles worn by fans, hot
rods, Route 66 nostalgia and retro collectibles."
It adds, "The fact that radio won't play the music and record companies
won't sign the artists doesn't seem to dissuade the 18-year olds who are
picking up a guitar today. Many rockabilly bands are playing for gas money
at non-traditional venues, such as bowling alleys, just to get on stage and
"Recent rockabilly festivals in Las Vegas, Southern California, Indiana and
North Carolina all drew in excess of 10,000 fans who drove for hundreds of
miles to see and hear their favorite bands, all of which share one common
bond - none of them are played on radio anywhere in America."
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