What is this thing we call "rocking"?
A sound, a state of mind, a beat....More than the stomp of ragtime or the backbeat of jazz, rocking is the sound of a perpetual downstroke. Not 1-2-3-4, but 1-1-1-1. All drive drive drive; all go go go.
But like anything else in the history of American music, the idea of "rocking" emerged from somewhere and went someplace else.
This episode of Down In The Flood is dedicated to the fine art of "rocking" from Papa Charlie Jackson to Ronnie Montrose.