Old School Rock and Roll is Making a Come Back
Why Old School Rocks
Having a grandma that is still obsessed with Elvis today really impacted my music tastes as a child. I never knew that other people had Christmas albums other than The King growing up and the only thing I knew about records was that Elvis generally came out of them.
The music was provocative for its time, but tame compared to the generation of music I was growing up in. It had rhythm and metaphorical lyrics. It started a revolution that would lead to The Beatles, Woodstock, Kiss, Nirvana and so on.
It certainly did come from African American music and it became an American staple, which is a trend that has continued throughout the years.
But, the first stuff was some of the best. Not only was it exciting for the generation that lived through it, but it is exciting for later generations to hear what inspired their favorite bands.
The New Comers in Old School
The Black Keys- This band has become increasingly popular over the past few years. They have a sound that is reminiscent of the bluesy roots of rock. They have heavier bass and some more than traditional vocals.
The Mumlers- The Mumlers go a little farther back than Elvis when it comes to inspiration. They have the pre-Elvis industrial feel that makes for very unique, contemporary music.
J.D. McPherson- This man from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has gone full Elvis/Jerry Lee Lewis. He has the stand-up bass, the electric guitar and the soulful voice to match. His style also represents the 1950s period with denim, slicked back hair and leather.
Why This is Important
Well, it's important to always remember the past, whether it's wars or tunes. Now, we shouldn't remember wars by repeating them, but music can be repeated and manipulated into new, great things.
The use of older sounds is what created American music and will continue to create it throughout generations. This generation just seems to be digging a little deeper to find inspiration. Folk music has also become increasingly popular with this generation. So, to all you wacky musicians out there... don't forget who came before you and what they did for music.