The dancing. The cars. The pin-ups. The lifestyle.
Together, they paint a well-defined picture of what Rockabilly is; but while local singer/songwriter Cherry Divine is achieving rising acclaim across the UK, Europe and the US, she still finds she needs to explain it to hometown audiences.
Cherry has recently been signed to Ireland-based label Catty Town Records, who re-released her first album of original tracks Ain’t No Fool across the UK and Europe in June; with Cherry set to mount a UK promotional tour in August.
Cherry said while she and her slap bass-playing husband found Rockabilly almost by accident, it’s a perfect fit for her own personality.
“We found Rockabilly through a friend of ours and it suits me because it can be really, really fast or really slow and I like mixing it up,” said Cherry.
“There’s 14 songs on the album. I wrote 11 and my producer wrote three and it’s going pretty mad over in the UK and Europe at the moment.”
The success and label signing has all come from Cherry’s own hard work, promoting the album herself through social media as much as she possibly could over the past 12 months.
“I don’t think anyone goes into music thinking they’re going to be an overnight success, I certainly didn’t. It takes a lot of hard work, and we’re certainly not making a lot of money out of it. But it has taken us to places that we never thought we’d go. That in itself is rich, isn’t it?
“We’ve played all the major Festivals here in Australia and some pretty cool Festivals overseas. This year we were nominated for Female Rockabilly Artist of the Year in the Ameripolitan Awards; there were only 5 in my category and only one from Australia, so we thought that was pretty good. We didn’t win, but it was a good start.”
Cherry Divine will tour the UK throughout August and September. Find the album Ain’t No Fool on all major digital music outlets.