rock·a·bil·ly | \ˈrä-kə-ˌbi-lē \

Definition of rockabilly 

: popular music marked by features of rock and country music

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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 The structure has been variously described as a rockabilly coif and an aluminum corset (thanks to its skin of 16,000 hexagonal reflective aluminum tiles). Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Discovering the Culture of Mexico City," 18 Oct. 2016 The brave men and woman of Maze didn’t sacrifice their lives for Frankie Beverly’s right to wear a white painter’s cap only to have his legacy marred by rockabilly bands who want to remix our music for a rodeo after-party. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Don’t Disrespect Our Anthems: 6 Black Songs Off Limits to Taylor Swift and Other White Musicians," 16 Apr. 2018 Much of their sound is rooted in the past, with influences like punk rockers the Cramps, avant-garde singer-songwriter Scott Walker and the surf-rock and rockabilly of the 1960s and ’70s. Robert Spuhler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Buttertones respect those who came before," 12 Apr. 2018 The rockabilly musician has long been rumored to be the illegitimate child of music legend Jerry Lee Lewis. Fox News, "Jason D. Williams didn't want to pursue new DNA test to prove Jerry Lee Lewis is his father," 26 Mar. 2018 In 1978, Ripsaw, a Pennsylvania record label, approached Mr. Hancock about recording in the rockabilly style. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Billy Hancock, rockabilly performer with outrageous style, dies at 71," 27 Jan. 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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