Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
For those of you that need a refresher, Ameripolitan is the moniker given to “real” country music. It encompasses such categories as honky tonk, outlaw, rockabilly, and western swing. All of the four food groups are represented. These awards are very important because this is the ONLY forum to recognize the men and women that have, and are, dedicating their lives to preserving these forms of music. This isn’t a revivalist movement at all because that would mean that these musical genres went somewhere. Not true. They have been here all along, it just needs to be returned back to the people.
Here are the nominees for Rockabilly Female 2018:
Rockin’ Bonnie Rockin’ Bonnie is spreading her Gospel throughout Europe. She is a honky tonk missionary from Italy. Her music is as genuine the cheese from Parma and the vinegar from Modena. This talented lady has done her homework and does her genre proud. The music is pure late 50s rock and roll.
Bailey Dee More akin to the rhythm and blues and smooth old timey jazz sounds than true rockabilly. This Chicago native’s smooth and silky vice will be in place regardless of which genre of music she is belting out. With a Billie Holliday-esque voice, I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of Bailey Dee.
Lindsay Beaver Singer, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lindsay has been leading her band The 24th St. Wailers across North America and Europe for the past several years. She plays her own blend of rock n’ roll, soul, punk, and blues.
Anita O’Night Anita is another artist that is spreading her brand of old time rock n’ roll and rockabilly across Europe and beyond. O’Night and her band mates hail from Barcelona, Spain. Ameripolitan is alive and well across the pond and Anita O’Night is a big reason why. She is spreading the good word of the bock of rock.
Lily Locksmith Lily hails from the town of Mockfjärd in the heart of Sweden. She first entered the stage in the mid 00’s, back then in the name of Lily Mae. Lily has a very strong and lovely voice that is perfect for belting out the blues infused rhythm and blues. Any fan of early electric blues will love this.