Rockabilly bands and musicians are the vanguard of rock 'n' roll. My rockabilly collection includes music that I have discovered through reading rockabilly histories and biographies, talking to fans at rockabilly shows and through the many great rockabilly compilations that are available. 20% of my Big Surf Radio show is devoted to rockabilly music!
Here are some roots and rockabilly veterans that I enjoy listening to. There are also many great obscure rockabillies that can be found on rockabilly compilations. If you want more comprehensive listings, then check out the WWW Rockabilly Hall of Fame Inducties pages and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Rockabilly Heaven page.
Roy Acuff, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry, Bill Black's Combo, The Blue Caps, Sonny Burgess, Paul Burlison, The Johnny Burnette Trio, James Burton, Jo Ann Campbell, Ray Campi, The Carter Family, Johnny Carroll, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Joe Clay, Patsy Cline, Eddie Cochran, Jackie Lee Cochran, The Collins Kids, The Comets, The Crickets, Mac Curtis, Ronnie Dawson, Bo Diddley, Johnny Dollar, Fats Domino, Larry Donn, Big Al Downing and the Poe-Kats, Huelyn Duvall, Duane Eddy, Jerry Engler, The Everly Brothers, Charlie Feathers, Narvel Felts, The Fendermen, The Fireballs, Red Foley, Lefty Frizzell, Cliff Gallup, Glen Glenn, Charlie Gracie, Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell, Hardrock Gunter, Bill Haley & his Comets, Dale Hawkins, Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Ron Haydock and the Boppers, Buddy Holly, Glenn Honeycutt, John Lee Hooker, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, Johnny Horton, Howlin' Wolf, Wanda Jackson, Elmore James, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Robert Johnson, Benny Joy, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Robert Johnson, The Jornanaires, Bob "Git It" Kelley, B.B. King, Freddy King, Sid King and The Five Strings, Buddy Knox, Sleepy LaBeef, Brenda Lee, The Killer - Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Carl "Sonny" Leyland, Bob Luman, Lonnie Mack, Maddox Brothers & Rose, Joe Maphis, Janis Martin, Johnny Meeks, Jerry Lee Merritt, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys, Red Moore, Bill Morrison, Muddy Waters, Moon Mullican, Cliff Nash, Rick Nelson, Jimmy Nolen, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, Paul Peek, Carl Perkins, Barbara Pittman, "Groovey" Joe Poovey, Johnny Powers, Elvis Presley, Marvin Rainwater, Billy Lee Riley, Jimmie Rodgers, Tex Rubinowitz, Santo and Johnny, Jack Scott, Ray Smith, Warren Smith, Hank Snow, Frank "Andy" Starr, Gene Summers, The Sun Rhythm Section, Vince Taylor and his Playboys, The Teen Kings (featuring Roy Orbison), Hank Thompson, Hayden Thompson, Ike Turner, Conway Twitty (Harold Jenkins), Kip Tyler and his Flips, Ritchie Valens, Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps, The Wailers, T-Bone Walker, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Sonny West, Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, Hank Williams' Big Joe Williams, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Don Woody, Link Wray, Malcolm Yelvington