A Celebration of Rust and Grease

The 11th Kustom Kills and Hot Rod Thrills show took place last weekend under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

It's been reported in the New York Times as being the biggest and best of their annual shows, gathering "rat rodders" and other customizers, along with rockabilly bands to Union Street.

The usual mix of rusty and matte-black cars was supplemented with gleaming, freshly painted retromobiles and elegant hydraulically suspended models. At the show, rust is no longer a must.

Amid the burble of undermuffled engines and the bleating of horns from the highway ramp, a variety of vendors proffered more than just the usual T-shirts and hot dogs. Three dollars would get you an engine bolt — and a complimentary beer. Female rockabilly models signed autographs and posed for pictures. Men had their hair cut by a barber on the spot.

Rockin': The Rockabilly Scene

For those that love it, rockabilly isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life.  In Andrew Shaylor's latest book, Rockin': The Rockabilly Scene, the photographer has been granted exclusive access at events in the UK and US to  capture the raw energy and the commitment of the rockabilly community to authenticity. Featuring the history of the subculture by rockabilly legend Jerry Chatabox, the  book evokes the passion and intensity of a scene that is as exciting today as it was more than 50 years ago.

My Central Jersey says the book is the best and most comprehensive of its kind. 

It's a brilliant story in photographs of an historic period in rock 'n' roll that has been souped-up and repolished for a new counter-culture movement.

In the book’s foreward, UK Rockabilly Rave organizer Jerry Chatabox cites the wild stage show and brightly dyed hair of Sonny Burgess, the then-racy songs and dress of Charline Arthur and the hard drinking, hard partying lifestyle of the “world’s first real rock star,” Hank Williams, as just a few examples of how far back these tenets of punk rock really go.

Rockabilly Hair and Make up

Sara Ashouri is a Make-up Artist who blogs on make up, with the latest reviews and how-tos.

She recently posted that one of her favorite styles to experiment with and wear is the rockabilly look.  Sara says a bandana in the hair is one of the edgier, yet easiest looks to achieve.

Here's what she says you need to do:

Line the bandana up like a triangle. You can fold the bandana to make it smaller for when it goes around your head. You hold it by the two ends, and while your hair is up in a bun, you place the bandana underneath, closest to your next, with the two ends at the very top of your head. Then you just tie it and secure with bobby pins if needed.

As for makeup she says for her it's all about the eyes, full lashes, carbon black eyeliner  - and the lips.

Keep in mind you can always experiment with look in your own way. A red lip isn’t the only color you have to do to achieve the look, especially if its worn during the day. Other colors I love playing around with are baby pinks, mauves, corals, and hot pinks. Just make a semi-bold statement with your lips! And be sure to have that clean looking winged liner. Two of the main important things of the make-up.

It's Elvis Week

It's Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee - the annual commemoraton of his death.  As part of celebrations, British musician pete Best (the Beatles' original drummer) and several rockabilly artists will kick things off with a concert at Levitt Shell in Overton Park, where Presley performed in 1954.

Other activities include a tribute artist contest, riverboat cruise, gospel singing, memorial service and candlelight vigil. In addition, Elvis Presley Live: The King in Concert at the Orpheum theater will feature Presley's vocals from the film, Elvis: That's the Way It Is, accompanied on stage by a band and harmony singers.

Elvis Week guests will include Presley's musical director Joe Guercio and guitarist John Wilkinson, biographer Peter Guralnick, longtime friend George Klein and photographer Alfred Wertheimer.

Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977.

Adele Up for Rockabilly

While British singer Adele has had huge success with her album, 21, she's revealed that her latest influences are country, rockabilly and bulegrass thanks to her recent US tour.

Adele told The Sun that the melodies and to-the-point lyrics she's found in a lot of American styles of music is something she definitely wants to pursue from now on.

"I want to spend some time in Austin in Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, and learn about it," she said.

Adele will be touring the UK and US through until October 21 and is then likely to start work on a new album. 

Her breakthrough sophomore LP, 21, reached number one in album charts in 17 countries. In the UK, Adele has spent more time at the top of the charts than any female artist in history.

Check out Adele's "Rolling In The Deep"

Chloe Moretz Goes Rockabilly

Drew Barrymore has directed the video for Best Coast's single "Our Deal".  It's now out and kind of what you'd expect from a  hipster West Side Story featuring Chloe Moretz, Miranda Cosgrove, Donald Glover, Tyler Posey and Alia Shawkat.

Chloe Moretz says she loved her greaser-hip wardrobe.

"I never dress like this in real life so it's fun to embody something else and become a different person and get to rock out a little bit, you know?" she says. "I love my fight look with the red leather pants. It's really cool and it's crazy! I've never worn red lips before on screen so it's very exciting. I absolutely love it."

The entire cast dons an ingeniously styled wardrobe boasting a taste of every decade — 50s rockabilly, 70s punk and 80s attitude and all make an appearance in the myriad of torn-up jeaned vests, Converse high-tops, chains and applique wolf-head leather jackets.