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

Examples of rockabilly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An early rockabilly and rock and roll innovator, Cochran was one of the first artists to experiment with multitrack recording and special effects on his songs. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 Austin guitarist and singer splits the difference between rockabilly and punk. Shawna Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2021 The gallery will host a concert featuring local rockabilly band Hoodoo BBQ, with food available to order from The Starry Fry food truck. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 15 Oct. 2020 At a commercially rich time for folk music, Mr. Lopez drew on the beauty of the genre’s tunes while souping them up with the sharp rockabilly beats employed by hitmakers like Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins. Jim Farber,, 12 Aug. 2020 His record sales were never huge, but his live performances helped energize a resurgence of rockabilly music in the 1970s and ’80s. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2020 The trend, reminiscent of the rockabilly and western-wear fads of the 1980s and ‘90s, cuts across genres. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2020 Sleepy LaBeef, who rose to prominence as a rockabilly artist worldwide and shared bills with the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, died Thursday at his home in Siloam Springs. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, 28 Dec. 2019 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, 10 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of rockabilly was in 1956

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“Rockabilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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