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I called it Rockabilly 'cause I was rocking the strums, which you're not supposed to do.
I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids.
That rockabilly sound wasn't as simple as I thought it was.
I didn't realize how many true Rockabilly fans there were here in America.
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 me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better.
I was born in San Francisco. I was raised in Oakland, so I'm, like, super Bay Area born, and, you know, it's just really multicultural up there, and there's a lot of subcultures just from, like, anything, like from rockabilly to, like, crazy punk scenes to, you know, a huge rap scene, and there's just all kinds of things you can do out there.
I obviously had my reggae, but I got quite into rockabilly when I was a kid, because I was trying to find something that represented me as a white person.
For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas.
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.
If you went to school in Nashville, you were aware of all those '60s rockabilly people.
I didn't say I wasn't gonna do rockabilly. I just said I ain't gonna sing no song that ain't a country song. I won't be known as anything but a country singer.
We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the standard rockabilly look. We also took a lot of different musical influences that were part of that era.
I guess my favorite artists are The White Stripes or Tom Waits. The more theatrical the music is, the more I get into it. I also like the quieter folk music, that kind of old-school rockabilly or country. I'm not really picky when it comes to music, as long as it's honest.
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