I put a metronome up to all the songs, and I tried to really keep it true to the original tempos.
With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.
To keep creating something with this type of music, you have to take it out of the box.
Veteran performers are dying off, and new acts simply aren't emerging on the national scene.
It's not about how loud you turn the amp up. That's not what makes it sound big. What makes it sound big is fooling around with different delays and reverb settings.
I can't tell you how many people have asked me to show them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards. I don't know what possessed me to do that, but I did.
To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better.
Mark Winchester has left the band. He's decided that he's tired of the road and just wants to concentrate on his career in Nashville. I don't blame him at all. He'll certainly be missed.
Normally, you go into the recording studio, make a record and then take it on the road and you think... wow... I could have done THIS to it, or something.
People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and some of those Sun Records blues guys.
There's a fine line between pleasure and pain. Love me like a ball and chain.
Since the big band started I'm just always swamped with movies and things. It certainly pays the bills and it's very satisfying, because I get to write all these big charts and all this crazy music.
McCartney! Haven't met him and haven't played with him. I would LOVE to. He needs to make a kick-ass rockabilly record.
Don't be afraid to take liberties with this music. Try and put some of yourself into it.
As a genre, rockabilly's post-Elvis profile has seldom been lower in the United States. Many labels that produced fresh bass-slappin' sides during the '90's are now out of business.
For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas.
I basically sat down for a month, with all the Sun stuff I could find and just picked out my favorites. I didn't think that they were indicative of '54 to '57, although I tried to stay within that period.
I mean, what 16-year-old is going to listen to Doc Watson?
I didn't want to take the guitar solos down note-for-note, but more or less use them as a map, and keep all the hooks from the guitar playing, and let myself come through.
It's really funny, I think to myself... I've got my same guitar and amp, it's just a bigger room now! Some things don't change.
I thought it would be cool to take flat-picking and put it in overdrive. I thought it would bend the ear.
My D'Angelico is a jazz archtop guitar. That guitar was made for Glenn Miller's guitar player in 1939. It's a '39 D'Angelico New Yorker.
I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten.
I wanted to go back to Sun. Unfortunately, most of the gear is gone from Sun. The way I take it now, it's almost like a tourist destination. So, it would have been pretty difficult to have brought all the gear into Sun to make it like it was in the '50's.
I got cat class and I got cat style
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