Fans to Choose One Great New Rockabilly Song
Worldwide, Public Voting Opens 7/19/21 in Global Rockabilly Song Competition
Nashville, TENN — The Rockabilly Artists Alliancehas announced the 16 finalists in The Rockabilly Rumble Original Song Contest, a global song competition open to unsigned artists and songwriters worldwide (where not prohibited). Entries came from more than 20 countries for the online competition. The winning song will be awarded a studio session with Rockabilly icon and Stray Cats drummer, Slim Jim Phantom, [pictured] and more.
The Rockabilly Artists Alliance teamed up with top producers, digital event specialists, and legendary music icons to present the biggest online Rockabilly original song competition ever. The Rockabilly Rumble began accepting submissions in April through its online portal, and a selection committee of industry executives chose 16 finalists for a single-elimination bracket tournament. The competition will be open to public fan voting starting Monday, July 19th to determine the winners of the head-to-head battles.
“The newly formed Rockabilly Artists Alliance honors the roots and history of Rockabilly and the Rockabilly Rumble is great way to highlight artists and songwriters who continue to preserve the Rockabilly style,” says Jeff Cole, Executive Director of the RAA.
Billed as “an epic search for the world’s best new rockabilly song,” the online contest pits songs entered against one another in a multi-week contest. In cooperation with Blow Your Mind Productions, the contest was open to unsigned artists and songwriters worldwide and required the entry of one original song.
A panel of celebrities critiqued the Top 16 finalists, but ultimately it is fans who will choose the winners by a public, online vote. The panel included Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats (who will produce the winning song); living legend and guitar master, James Burton; and versatile, multi-award-winning singer/songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member, Lorrie Morgan.
The Rockabilly Artists Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy and lasting cultural influence of Rockabilly music; one of American music’s most unique styles. The organization has plans for a Hall of Fame Museum to recognize the music makers and the personalities; those who pioneered the music and those who perpetuate the sound and culture today.
“Rockabilly has never lost its edge,” Cole says. “We want to shine a well-deserved light on this great music and culture. It’s fun and vibrant and just plain cool.”
Here are the 16 finalists in the ROCKABILLY RUMBLE ORIGINAL SONG CONTEST. The contest garnered entries from more than 20 countries.
Worldwide, public voting (where not prohibited) opens Monday, July 19th.
Check out the songs! www.therockabillyrumble.com
Songwriter: Will Cooley
Be Your Man
Songwriter: Ian Cook
Big Black Dog
Songwriters: Thomas Ewing, Chantelle McAteer and Christopher Logan
Songwriters: Jared Petteys and Daniel L. Johnson
Songwriter: Josh Keeney
Every Moment Could Be My Last
Songwriter: David-Gwyn Jones
Hot & Bloody
Songwriters: Joseph Newbon and Mark Weaver
Songwriter: Willy Ferrer
Pedal To The Floor
Songwriter: Jonathan C. O’Neal
Songwriter: Glen A. Foster
Rockabilly Woman and a Hillbilly Man
Songwriter: J. D. Cox
Short Short Skirts
Songwriter: Tommy McEwan
Songwriter: Tony Baker
Walkin’ In Circles
Songwriter: Elliot Jones
Songwriters: Colin Jones, Ollie Hickson and Miranda Jones
Songwriters: Ray Noel, Chrystine Polzin and Greg Polzin
For more contest information, visit www.therockabillyrumble.com
WIN A STUDIO RECORDING SESSION WITH THE STRAY CATS’ SLIM JIM PHANTOM, PLUS A PART OF $5,000 IN CASH & PRIZES
The Rockabilly Rumble ORIGINAL SONG CONTEST provides each of the 16 band/artist finalists with a one-of-a-kind, global promotional experience — but in the end, only one will walk away with the Grand Prize:
FIRST PRIZE : Winning song produced by Slim Jim Phantom with you in a world class recording studio plus $3,000 (USD)
SECOND PRIZE : $1,000 (USD)
(2x) THIRD PRIZE : $500 Music Merchandise Gift Card
ABOUT ROCKABILLY MUSIC Rockabilly is one of the great roots music genres: a blending of Bluegrass, Western Swing and Country sounds with Rhythm and Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Jump Blues and other influences that emerged in post-World War II America, shaping world music and culture in lasting ways to this day. The Rockabilly influence remains vibrant to this day, woven through music, cars, clothing styles and more.
Rockabilly is an upbeat, unsentimental form of American roots and rock music; unique its capturing of both the white and black American experience in one raw, exuberant musical form. Woven through its early history in the 1950s are trailblazing figures like Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Wanda Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips, and the legendary Sun Records music label.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Rockabilly enjoyed a revival with artists like The Reverend Horton Heat, Stray Cats and an interest in the genre endures into the 21st century as a musical style and a culture that includes hot cars, tattoos, clothing brands, hairstyles and more. Rockabilly has extended well beyond the US borders with artists like Imelda May of Ireland, UK band, Restless, and many more. The term Neo-Rockabilly is often used to describe the music of those artists who rose during the Rockabilly revival and who continue to play in the vibrant style today.