Post-2000 Decent to Excellent Rockabilly Songs/Albums

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This came into discussion with a friend of mine earlier this night. I imagine there has to be good nu-rockabilly (along with swing and surf but that's probably material for another thread) albums/songs worth listening to from the past decade but I couldn't come up with any concrete examples. Are there any Rockabilly revivalists worth checking out from the past 13 years?

Moka, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 06:49 (four years ago) Permalink


buzza, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 06:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Not rockabilly.

Moka, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 07:16 (four years ago) Permalink

it's been fairly dire since the century turned, hasn't it?

Dexter Romweber has kept it going well. His albums "Chased by Martians" and "Blues That Defy My Soul" in particular.

I like this track by Hillbilly Moon Explosion, which somehow does the aging flamey-shirt thing without degenerating into Guy Fieri-isms

Exene's first Original Sinners album was great

...the followup was a snooze

All that is 80/90s leftovers tho'. Can't think of a young band that has manipulated the cliches in an inspired manner.

Jahar, Sebastain Bach (bendy), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah I assumed the lack of participation on this thread meant there are none.

Moka, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Kim Lenz has been around for a while, but apparently never mentioned on ilm. I like her brand new album a lot.

Same old bland-as-sand mood mouthings (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Vampire Weekend are not rockabilly but their song "Diane Young" kind of is.

o. nate, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 17:17 (four years ago) Permalink

none of this is at all straight-up rockabilly revivalist - but there's been some 50's doo-wop-influenced stuff in garage rock recently

King Khan & BBQ:

King Khan + Bloodshot Bill = The Tandoori Knights:

BBQ + Bloodshot Bill = The Ding Dongs:

Shannon & The Clams:

Dirty Beaches does a kind of Suicide arty 50's greaser schtick:

And this is way more of a 50's crooner thing - Richard Hawley:

Richard Hawley goes more full-on rocker in his side project Teenage Werewolf:

brio, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 17:31 (four years ago) Permalink

"Vampire Weekend are not rockabilly but their song "Diane Young" kind of is."

lock thread your genre is officially dead.

scott seward, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 18:26 (four years ago) Permalink

These recommendations are actually pretty good! I'm familiar with most of them, the Kim Lenz is new and it sounds pretty good, will check her out.

Diane Young isn't a bad example is it? I love that song and it does have rockabilly thrown in for good measure, at least it tries to push the genre into a new territory. I would actually love if more 'indie' artists tried it out, it would probably be awful for the most part but if at least 3 good songs came out of the revival I'd be happy.

Moka, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 21:10 (four years ago) Permalink

I mean the indie garage revival has given us some brilliant acts and music.

Moka, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 21:10 (four years ago) Permalink

Check out Thee Merry Widows Moka!

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 21:52 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm assuming Imelda May has crossed your radar, so I won't post a vid. Asskicking live show, but I haven't bought anything by her.

Same with Devil Doll, I'm not familiar with most of her stuff, but love "Liquor Store."

Same old bland-as-sand mood mouthings (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 22:16 (four years ago) Permalink

These gals are getting kinda big in Minneapolis. I'm not 100% sold, but the video is great:

Same old bland-as-sand mood mouthings (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 22:23 (four years ago) Permalink

crossover success aside, i enjoy the imelda may albums.

just picked this up in the cheap bins :

and of course, there is the jim jones revue crew are are not averse to adding some piano heavy rock-n-roll swagger to their pumped garage rock

mark e, Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:20 (four years ago) Permalink

* are are = who are

oh, and loving the john moore album.

mark e, Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:29 (four years ago) Permalink

It's interesting how garage rock has been so lively over the last decade, but with very little 50s Memphis influence. Of big players, Mr. BBQ/Sultan probably uses rockabilly licks and melodies the most, in a way the reminds me of Buddy Holly more than Sun Records

bendy, Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:01 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I'm currently making this playlist robbing some suggestions from this thread.

Moka, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 22:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I like Dan Sartain, not straight up rockabilly but in the ballpark for sure.....

m0stlyClean, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 02:35 (two years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

I'm late to the party on Shannon & the Clams, just clicked that link above yesterday and I'm in love. Just bought a ticket to see them next month (my first show in 7th Street Entry in years...)

Half as cool as Man Sized Action (Dan Peterson), Friday, 11 September 2015 19:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Ooh, maybe I should check them out

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 September 2015 21:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Like Amy Winehouse fronting Southern Culture on the Skids. Looks like it's gonna be big fun in a small club.

Half as cool as Man Sized Action (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:35 (two years ago) Permalink

This was in Milwaukee earlier this year: Slim Jim Phantom's Rockabilly Circus - rolling into the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino tonight at 8 - is a full cavalcade of rock and rhythm and blues with a lineup that features the Stray Cats drummer along with Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Deke Dickerson and Kim Lenz and Wanda Jackson

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 September 2015 14:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Circus 2 coming October 9: Jack Scott, Narvel Felts, Huelyn Duvall, Marti Brom. And I may be there! Consolation prize for missing Ponderosa Stomp.

Half as cool as Man Sized Action (Dan Peterson), Monday, 14 September 2015 14:04 (two years ago) Permalink

A nice consolation prize. I like Marti Brom

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Chris Casello Trio on the bill too. He's up there with Bill Kirchen in my book.

Half as cool as Man Sized Action (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:50 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Reviving this thread (although it seems like there's minimal interest) to say I'm really loving The 24th Street Wailers. They're R&B revival, not rockabilly, and for a band of young Canadians they nail the vintage Etta James sound extremely well. Catchy songwriting too.

You're going to see a lot of love. Okay? Thank you. (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

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