rock·​a·​bil·​ly | \ ˈrä-kə-ˌbi-lē How to pronounce rockabilly (audio) \

Definition of rockabilly

: popular music marked by features of rock and country music

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Volbeat brought a rockabilly style to the metal scene and the night as their soaring choruses and catchy riffs were a good way to sit back and appreciate all that the genre really provides. Houston Chronicle, "Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow ends on high note in Houston," 10 Sep. 2019 But girls had always focussed on Micah, thanks to his good-looking rockabilly style, which went with his pompadour and his moves. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, "Wide Spot," 16 Sep. 2019 The label hired Men at Work producer Peter McIan to mine radio-ready pop hits out of the Unreal Gods’ mixture of rockabilly, ska and straightforward rock ’n’ roll., "Billy Rancher and the Unreal Gods, ‘kings of downtown Portland,’ streaked toward 1980s rock stardom -- until tragedy struck," 8 Aug. 2019 At Manly & Sons, my mustachioed barber raved about the Rose City Round-Up, a kustom festival featuring a drive-in theater, rockabilly bands and a flamethrower-exhaust show. Smithsonian, "Take a Trip to America’s Hot Rod Heaven," 10 July 2019 And the dynamic crowd is one of the best surprises here—a multigenerational mix of hipsters, ranchers, rockabillies, and bikers convene nightly. Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 There's an almost rockabilly undercurrent to the sound of No Volcano's latest video, with a bassline that bounces its way through the groove like Bruce Thomas of Elvis Costello's Attractions. Ed Masley, azcentral, "These are the best songs of 2018, so far," 12 July 2018 His flashy guitar style also got him work with a white rockabilly singer, Eddy Bell, who outfitted Mr. Clearwater with a leopard print for his guitar to match his tiger print jacket. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Eddy Clearwater, boisterous bluesman, dies at 83," 5 June 2018 His band, Johnny and Jaalene, recently performed at Viva Las Vegas, a rockabilly festival. Ben Brazil,, "Son of famous Orange County blues guitarist graduates from Oxford Academy despite obstacles," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of rockabilly

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rockabilly

rock entry 2 + -a- (as in rock-a-bye, phrase used to put a child to sleep) + hillbilly

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English Language Learners Definition of rockabilly

: a kind of popular music that combines rock and country music

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