Since Red Neckerson sent me the picture above some days ago, I was always thinking about how famous and popular Billy Lee Riley was in the rockabilly music scene, but also outside of it. This poster announces a tribute show to Riley on August 30 in Newport, Arkansas.
The line-up for this show ist just amazing, old rockabilly legends as well as new top artists will pay tribute to one of the last rockabilly legends. Sonny Burgess & the Pacers will appear along with former Johnny Cash drummer W.S. Holland and band and, another Sun (or: Phillips Int.) artist, Carl Mann. Other 'legends' will be Larry Donn, Dale Hawkins, Jimmy Van Eaton (Riley's long-time drummer and staff drummer for Sun) and Smoochy Smith, also known for his piano work with Riley and other Sun artists like Kenny Parchman.
I hope (and I'm quite sure) that this concert will remember Billy Lee Riley as it should be. I would be there, but Arkansas's far far away...
Welcome to Mellow's Log Cabin. This blog's purpose is to supply information on a diversity of American southern music - ranging from country, blues, old-time and folk to R&B, rock'n'roll and rockabilly. I regularly present my research results about artists, labels, shows and also give guest writers a chance to publish their texts here on occasion.