The term rockabilly is a portmanteau of rock and hillbilly. The former is short for rock ‘n roll and the latter is a semi-derogatory reference to country music. As one of the earliest styles of rock ‘n roll, rockabilly music reveals a lot of about rock ‘n rolls origins developing out of blues, r&b, country, and gospel music. There’s always been a few styles associated with the movement — the gaudy stage clothes of stage performers, the clean cut pastel suits as those performers started to perform on television, and of course the “retro” style of the bad boys and pinup girls from the 50s. Because back then rock ‘n roll was just starting to be accepted by the masses as acceptable for the youth of the country. Here to reminisce with me is Achariya Maktoum of achariya.net. I don’t think I can classify her to a single style, since every time I go to her page I see a new one — she seems to have em all covered. Either way, that just makes this throwdown more challenging and fun.
Express Zenovka – Momma’s Boy
When I was a lil boy we didn’t have much. My dad left home when I was two, leaving me and my momma to fend for ourselves. Momma worked hard to put enough on the table for both of us, and though I didn’t realize it then, food and roof over our heads was essentially all we could afford. All the other kids used to watch tv and play video games, but Momma and I made our own entertainment together.
After we got home every day, Momma would turn her radio on and the music would start. Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Commodores, and of course Elvis — they were the soundtrack of my life at home. Momma used to sing em to me everyday and as soon as I was old enough I chimed in. When I was eight, momma scrounged up her savings to get me a guitar and a teaching book for my birthday. Other kids got other toys, but that guitar was my favorite present growing up. I used to practice it for hours, learning the chords so I could play along with momma and radio.
Momma used to tell me my dad was a music man. Maybe that’s why I want to sing, and why his clothes fit me. And that’s why I disappeared after college. But 2 years later, I have a recording deal. I let myself in with my spare key, and started to cook dinner. I’ll be on the radio next week, but I still want to sing for my momma first. I guess deep down I’ll always be a momma’s boy. Do you think she’ll forgive me?
>TRUTH<- Damien – Chocolate-Maple (225L)
~TV~ Flecks: Copy/Large/Hazel (95L)
efectiva: – Conor Skin -Light- – Choppa (300L)
FNKY! Cigarette II (long ash) (200L)
/artilleri/ classic shirt – red panel chiller (125L)
Draconic Kiss – White Tank (0L)
GoK – RockIt (300L)
Gibson Island – ES335 Fat Neck (0L)
=BG= V8 Belt Buckle (75L)
“S” – belt-free! (0L)
*LikeA* – Std BLUE 2TYPE (150L)
*LikeA* - Skirt STB-L/R03 (35L)
(Shiny Things) – Old Shoes – black (300L)
Achariya Maktoum – Rockabilly
Billie-Bob, I’m gonna make it big someday, you hear? Just like that book Gramps read me when I was a kid. “Rags to Riches” or somethin’ like that. It’s the American dream, right? Get famous, get rich, get a girl, but stay humble…just like Elvis.
My horse can’t talk back to me, of course, but that there’s Billie-Bob. We live in Silent Sparrow, a town so small this is the biggest street. Don’t matter, though, cause I grew up on some fine music. My Pop said that if I wanna play guitar, the best thing to do is listen to Elvis, so that’s what I done. Now his music’s in my blood!
I’m gonna move to Austin and make me a band. We’ll call ourselves the Buckshot Buckaroos and we’ll take the town by storm. I got me some lyrics I made too, let me dig ‘em out of my brain…
Well you said you can’t live without me
I can only hope that’s a fact
‘Cause I’m kicking you out on the side of the road
And if you’re dead then you can’t come back.
(Note: With thanks to the Meat Purveyors for letting me snitch.)
We’re gonna get out of this one-horse town, Billie-Bob, and I’m gonna take you with me. …That’ll make it a no-horse town, but… Well, maybe the train will get here someday, although I ain’t seen it yet.
I’ve got plans. First thing is, figure out where this road goes. Second, hitch up Billie-Bob to a wagon and stick Maggie back there. That’s my guitar, Maggie — Pops got her from the Sears catalog for me just last year, best thing he ever done for me. I gotta remember to be grateful when I’m a big star like Elvis!
Right Billie-Bob? I wonder if they have stables in Austin, and if they’d let me sleep there too…
I got some fine music in my head, though, so I gotta keep strong even if it seems like I’ll never get out of here. If Elvis is with me, I know I’m gonna be okay.
I got wishbone in my pocket
I got a rabbit’s foot ’round my wrist
You know I’d have all the things these lucky charms could bring
If you’d give me just one sweet kiss…
(With thanks to Elvis for inspiration and ~silentsparrow~ for the use of the lovely setting)
Naith Smit’s (NS) Cigarette-animation (80L)
Umeboshi Little’s Rock Rockabilly style Hair code: SleepWalk Unisex Male Famale (Gold set) (200L)
~silentsparrow~ Jangling Jack in Summer (150L)
/artilleri/ Jonas Jeans (130L)
/artilleri/ Buddy glasses (130L)
SLink Jane Cowboy Boots Signature Series American Eagle (400L)
Vette’s Boutique shemagh scarf in black (130L)
Shu Watanabe ++Shu’s Music Factory++ Electric Guitar LP (400L)
Boneflower Designs Whispers of Night Deathly M (Lost Dusk Stalker) (700L)
Total cost: 2,320L
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