Marshall Lytle Rocks This Joint

Rockabilly pioneer headlines the Continenal's three-day Rock Baby Rock It festival.

"Marshall is such an inspiration, to be 77 and still have it," says Williams. "He's like a walking piece of history, but he's just the nicest guy and he still wants to rock, to do it right."

Noting that 2012 represents Rock Baby Rock It's twelfth year — the first two were at the now-defunct Satellite Lounge on Washington Avenue — Salazar says he puts the festival on to support what is a healthy local rockabilly scene.

"Rockabilly is Americana, let's face it," he says. "The music, it's not going anywhere, but it's something most people are familiar with. You have to try hard not to like rockabilly music.

Marshall Lytle played on the first rock and roll song to reach the Billboard pop charts.
Courtesy of Marshall Lytle
Marshall Lytle played on the first rock and roll song to reach the Billboard pop charts.

Location Info


Continental Club

3700 Main
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Music Venues

Region: Downtown/ Midtown


Rock Baby Rock It

8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20; 12 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-528-9899 or For more information on the festival, see

"If you are into the whole rockabilly phenomenon, it becomes a lifestyle," adds Big E. "First you like the music, then it's the hair, then the clothes. And the next thing you know, it's your furniture, then it's hot rods.

"And the whole thing is just completely American," he concludes. "Somebody explain to me what's wrong with that."

Saturday's midday musical program — coinciding with the hot-rod show — will feature Dayton, who has just returned from recording a rockabilly album in Helsinki and will be doing most of the new album for the first time in the States.

For his part, Lytle is "thrilled to be on this show," and says he has no plans to slow down or quit touring.

"We're gonna rock till we drop," he vows.

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