Cars and Guitars: Rockabilly music and car shows are a match made in rock ‘n’ roll heaven

Cars and Guitars: Rockabilly music and car shows are a match made in rock ‘n’ roll heaven

This is natural. Cool cars combined with hot guitars. The rockabilly music scene and the car show circuit have become inseparable over the past few years. Any good car show these days will be enhanced by a rock band or two to keep the car nuts’ engines going during the event.

It’s no surprise that car show organizers tend to love rockabillies. After all, if a cat’s into old cars, then she’s probably into old rock ‘n’ roll too, and nothing is more gorgeous than red-hot rockabilly music. Hanging out at car shows is like entering a different world. Car owners showing off their prized possessions, gazing at each other’s beauty, swapping stats and specs, looking for the missing piece or piece of knowledge about their car that will finally allow them to take it from perfect to pristine. And all the while, vintage car fans wander through the chrome monsters, modern hotrods, unassuming classics and custom-modified beasts that are the pride and joy of their owners.

And one thing they like almost as much as their lovers on four wheels is the steady beat, the pounding rhythm, the jingle-filled lead tracks and the hiccuping vocals of a good rockabilly band. And love flows both ways. There’s nothing quite like being on stage and playing in front of a group of fans who really appreciate what you’re doing and you can see the energy boost a rockabilly band gets just by standing there and getting ready to rock in front of a crowd car enthusiasts. Listening to rockabilly just makes looking at old cars more meaningful. And the presence of old cars just makes rockabilly music that much more authentic, relevant and energetic.

As I write this, it’s about 20 degrees below zero here in the American Midwest (and I’m talking Fahrenheit!). With this kind of brain-numbing cold, you need something to warm you up. The thought of a nice spring afternoon wandering around a parking lot full of muscle cars while a rockabilly guitar solo screams in the background…well, nothing gets the blood pumping like that!

Plans for upcoming car shows are made early and rockabilly bands will start booking as early as the end of the car show one year for the same event the next. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the summer in colder climates and throughout the year when the weather is warmer year-round to catch a car show, whether it’s a small local event or a huge high-profile car show extravaganza. And you can bet that if it’s a show worth attending, a rockabilly band will take the stage at one point or another!

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