Rockabilly is really part of our background, ... It's a cousin to the blues and country. And it's that important.
My friend sent me the song, which I hadn't heard before, ... It faded in toward the middle, and I thought the computer file was broken. But we did research and found out that a tape fragment is all that exists of the song.
He was just thrilled, ... He said, 'Oh my gosh, you want to record that old song? I think I got it up in the attic!'
He said it was too long ago for him to put himself back in that mind-set
I never really did rockabilly exactly like they did it in the '50s, ... We always kind of updated it. But I didn't need to go blasting crazy, wild guitar solos around this stuff. I tried to keep it authentic.
When I was a kid, I found out about Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent through the Beatles and the Stones doing covers of rockabilly songs
The inspiration for this was my son, who's 18, ... I was playing some old Sun Records, and he and his friends rushed into the room and loved it. I thought that if I did a Sun tribute record I could get more young people to listen to it.
I wanted to keep it authentic, ... I even went as far as copying the original drum parts. I felt that was an overlooked part of those recordings. Now when people play rockabilly they ignore the little fills and tricks they used.
Stairway to Nowhere.
A lot of people put all that stuff on a pedestal, and they won't touch it. But I don't think that's the reason they did that. I think they played that stuff out of pure joy.
I can't tell you how many people have asked me to show them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards. I don't know what possessed me to do that, but I did.
People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and some of those Sun Records blues guys.
The jazz chord substitutions in a country song... that was another thing that bent people's ears. I guess that my favorites are the unique ones. It's not how fast you play. It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of.
It is hard to play Blue Suede Shoes. I know everyone has heard it 10 million times, and that makes it even harder to play it, but there's a very laid back tempo on that. I was surprised at how slow it really was.
Since the big band started I'm just always swamped with movies and things. It certainly pays the bills and it's very satisfying, because I get to write all these big charts and all this crazy music.