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Rockabilly anyone?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I just joined a 3 piece Rockabilly group a couple weeks ago. Its great. The leader/singer/guitarist has got the genre nailed. The chops, the style everything. His gritty voice and a little distortion on the guitar really give the music an "edge" and keeps from being too cornball. The great thing is that music is very danceable and has a nice little niche that seems to be somewhat untapped. There are alot of classic rock cover bands out there and this is something different. Besides which, I always found it difficult to find classic rock songs to cover that are really appealing to dance to. And those that are danceable are played by many classic rock cover bands.

    One challenge with the rockabilly thing is that many songs share the same "boogie woogie" bassline. I'm setting out to rectify that in my band to keep it fresh. Some songs really need it though.

    Here's the start of our setlist...

    1. I fought the law - Buddy Holly
    2. that's alright mama - Elvis / Carl Perkins
    3. 20 flight rock - eddie cochran
    4. say mama - gene vincent
    5. cocaine blues - Johnny Cash
    6. folsom prison - Johnny Cash
    7. rumble -Link Wray
    8. misrilou - Dick Dale
    9. little sister - Elvis
    10. secret agent man - Johnny Rivers
    11. rock this town - Stray Cats
    12. summertime blues - Eddie Cochran
    13. love potion #9 - ?
    14. pipeline - The Ventures
    15. blue suede shoes - carl perkins
    16. rubber neckin' - Elvis
    17. memphis tennesee - Elvis / Carl Perkins
    18. who do you love - Bo Diddley / G. Thoroughgood
    19. carol - chuck berry
    20.laudy miss claudy - the buckinghams / elvis
    21. ramblin' man - waylon jennings
    22. mystic eyes - them
    23. baby, please dont go - them
    24. born on the bayou - ccr
    25. honey don't - Beatles / ?
    26. get rhythm - Johnny Cash

    Anyone have suggestions for other songs we can add?

    Anyone have experience in a Rockabilly band that they would like to share?
  2. I play in a psychobilly band, it is ALOT of fun. People really don't get alot of that old vibe from alot of modern music.
  3. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    What's the difference b/n psychobilly and rockabilly?
  4. ERIC31


    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    That's a sweet setlist! I'd totally be into going to see a band playing that stuff. Good luck with that. I was/am a big Stray Cats/Brian Setzer fan.:D
  5. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Last year I started practicing the slap technique for rockabilly double bass inspired by Mark Winchester from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, who made my jaws drop since I've never seen the technique before. I practiced a lot, but unfortunately I only have one DB with one set of steel strings and my right hand fingertips were severely injured, no matter how much I worked for building stronger calluses (mine are pretty strong, BTW). I'd like to know what Lee Rocker's fingertips are made from, since he's the only rockabilly DB player that uses steel strings AFAIK. If I ever get another DB with gut strings, I'll start practicing again. You should check that video from the BSO live in Tokyo. Awesome show!

    BTW, the photo below is pretty scandalous (that's not me), but it will give you an idea of the problem. My fingertips squirted blood several times.

  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Surely this should be on the DB side of the board??!!

    I must say that apart from a few Stray Cats records, I have hated everything from this genre I have ever heard!! :p
  7. VanillaO

    VanillaO Poop?

    Oct 14, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    My guess would be more of a punk influence in the former.. At least that's my understanding from listening. Tiger Army is fun.
  8. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    I play in a band that does a lot of rockabilly.

    Check out any of Brian Setzer's solo stuff, as well as his bass player's solo work (from the Stray Cats...can't think of his name off-hand right now).

    Brian Setzer stuff we do...

    Dirty Boogie
    This Old House
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Other songs that aren't strictly rockabilly but are kind of cool and in somewhat the same vein, by other artists...

    Zoot Suit Riot
    Seven Nights to Rock
    13 Women
    Pennsylvania 6-5000
    Rooster Rock
    8 Track
  9. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Playing Rockabilly on DB would be the ultimate, but for me I'm sticking with the electric. I may get a 51 Telebass RI at some point down the road.
  10. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    I use my P-Bass and have the action kind of high. And I am using a similar "slap" technique to what you use on a DB. Of course it doesn't sound exactly the same, but it does give it more of that rockabilly feel that straight finger plucking.

    I found the key is to set your action relatively high on an electric bass. That's why I have two basses and use my P-Bass mostly for the rockabilly stuff.
  11. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Hey Smash, yeah there is a very good chance you'd be able to see us live. Our first gig will probably be in late Jan / early Feb. at The Heritage Pub & Grill on Columbia St. in New West.

    This band is being approached as a 3 piece money making machine and we plan to gig a min. of 4 times a month. Hot Rod shows, Show & Shines, pubs, corporate parties etc.

    The leader really has it together and has a great vision. Plans in the works to have t-shirts made, buttons, stickers etc etc.

    Its sure a refreshing change from my former band which took its last dying breaths a couple weeks ago. The replacement guitarist quit and it was like, "okay, I'm done."

    The basslines are very simple and I'm probably going to want to spice them up a little, but the leader does want a straight ahead bassist sans busy-ness.

    The name of the band is DICK CASH.

    Leader calls friend on the phone...

    Friend is at the casino and says, "I'm leaving. I've got dick cash."

    One idea for a t-shirt is...

    First there was Elvis, then Johnny. Now we have Dick.
  12. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Thanks for these suggestions! Definitely going to look into those.
  13. LeftyJack


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Carlos, CA
    Check out Rev. Horton Heat. Awesome rockabilly band and they put on one heck of a live show. Brian Setzer is the man when it comes to modern rockabilly, I have never seen a tighter band.
  14. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    Rockabilly with a little Surf stuff thrown in for good measure ... Yeah I did it for a short while ... but on a P bass, it did really help me learn some good techniques to get a very upright sound on an electric bass ...

    :eek: ... Few out there can pull it off like these guys ... http://www.thedempseys.net/... they were the band in the ........... ....... Johnny Cash movie " Walk the Line"
  15. mrmoonjam


    Apr 17, 2006
    Here, Now
    Great song list!!!...a few I wouldn't consider rockabilly, but the label doesn't matter if the crowd digs it. And if it's a good song [eg Love Potion #9 which was first a R&B/doo-wop song] played rockabilly style...Presto! it's now :bassist: rockabilly. Going back to my band in high school in th 60's, I've played lots of rockabilly songs, and I naturally gravitate to playing any good song in a rockabilly style. I played in a 50's-early 60's band in the late 80's and we're back together now. IME, crowds love this music and this style of playing. IMHO, it's the heart of rock & roll.
    Check out these guys: they're still playing [I saw them last month, great show and great crowd response...bass player played a LP bass] and some of them go back to Sun Studio in the 50's. www.legendarypacers.com .
    GOOD LUCK :D . I predict much success.
  16. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Setzer and Horton are both huge influences on the band's singer/guitarist. I like 'em too.
  17. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I really like the beginning of that movie when they are waiting for Johnny to come on stage, chuggin along in the prison setting. Such a tight, sonically pleasing sound.
  18. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I agree with you. I think the audiences are going to love this music, especially since we are targeting the "red-neck" circuit.

    To me, being new to the Rockabilly scene, I find it a bit perplexing defining what Rockabilly is. I mean I know Setzer is definitely Rockabilly, but some of it is country, some of it is the blues, some of it is just 50s rock and roll. The leader mentioned he wants to the Springsteen song Fire, but the way Robert Gordon does it... Rockabilly style. Should be interesting since that song definitely doesnt fit the Rockabilly definition to me.
  19. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Check out Southern Culture On The Skids. Their stuff has that redneck/surf sound.


    One of my very-most-favorite bands!

    I love Rev. Horton Heat, too. We got to see him at The Hole In The Wall, in Austin. *AWESOME* show!

    Cherie :)

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