Monday, October 29, 2007

Loose Change - 12 -31-89 (Chris Hicks From The Outlaws)

1. The Wheel
2. Never Know Why
3. Keep It Together
4. Love Is On The Line
5. Nobody knows

What was your first big break in music?

My first taste of the real thing was a band I had together called Loose Change. That was high school buddies that had a band that had changed faces and names and all that a few times through the years, but really a lot of the same guys played together for a long time. We started doing original music as well as some covers to get into the clubs and all. We started opening for bands, like Charlie Daniels, and The Atlanta Rhythm Section, and The Outlaws. We were kind of the hot band in town, so we always got the opening ticket for a few years, as well as killing them in the the clubs. We built us a little reputation and went to Muscle Shoals, Alan Walden was our manager then, and we recorded our album. We actually got an album on vinyl before they stopped doing that. It was released regionally and did okay, it didnít break no records but it did okay. We did a single that was going to be on our second album, by this time we were doing some pretty good shows, playing The Cotton Club in Atlanta and things like that. The song was used in a Jim Varney movie called ìFast Foods.î That gave us a little spark and we got a little air play. It was called ìLove is On the Line.î It wasnít an ìErnestî movie, but heís always the same type of character. It was a college type movie. And 96 Rock jumped on us and played us because of that.

So we opened for The Outlaws a bunch at that time. At the time, Alan was also Hughieís (Thomasson) publisher, so I had known Hughie for a few years during this time and weíd get together and jam, and Iíd sit in with The Outlaws. And when weíd go down to Muscle Shoals to record, Hughie and them would be down there a lot too, so I would play on some of their tracks and theyíd play on some of mine, mainly Hughie. We got to be big buddies and everything, which eventually lead to him asking me to join The Outlaws in 1989.

So we hooked up, and I still did a few dates that year with my band while playing with The Outlaws, and then we got going real well with The Outlaws and I ended up having to dissolve my band. I stayed with The Outlaws full time right up until the time I joined Marshall Tucker, really. I guess that was 1996, but we had kind of dissolved The Outlaws the year before that when Hughie joined Lynyrd Skynyrd. But weíre still going to do a couple of more records. - Taken From an interview from Gritz Magazine.

A Request From Skynfan

I am Looking for any recorded material from Ruby Starr and Blackfoot!!!! Any Help You Guys Could Give Would Be Appreciated.


1. Ruby Starr (vocals), Rickey Medlocke (guitar), Charlie Hargrett (guitar), Greg T. Walker (bass), Jakson Spires (drums)

2. Rickey Medlocke (vocals / guitar), Charlie Hargrett (guitar), Greg T. Walker (bass), Jakson Spires (drums)

In 1977 BLACKFOOT approached BLACK OAK ARKANSAS manager Butch Stone for representation. Although Stone could not oblige he did hook the band up with solo artist and ex-BLACK OAK ARKANSAS singer RUBY STARR (real name Connie Mierzwiac). The band, now billed RUBY STARR AND BLACKFOOT, toured America throughout late 1977. BLACKFOOT would generally open the show before performing a second set with Starr singing. In 1978 Starr fell in love with guitarist Fred Hodnik from a guesting band LUCY GREY and quit to remould this band into GREY STAR.

Alias - Live - Atlanta GA. 11-24- 1979

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1. Intro
2. Cafe Deluxe
3. Dagger in The Night
4. Holiday
5. Devils Bride
6. Can't Dry Up
7. Dead Giveaway
8. True Love
9. Child Of Fortune
10. Street Fighter
11. Who Do You Love
12. True Love
13. Outro

Chuck Colby - Drums
Skip Batelon (sp.?) - Guitar
Chuck Cassidy - Keyboards
? Ricky Powell ? - Bass

Here is a real gem. Alias Live!!!!!! I just got my hands on this and let me tell ya it kicks ass!!! Thank God for the internet. I'm not sure who all is in the band. I know that the three key members are. I don't belive that anyone from Skynyrd is with them as they talk about the formation of the Rossington Collins Band. Intro is by Robert Nix from Atlanta Rhythm Section.
This one is RARE!!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Blue Lords - 3 song EP.



Based out of Norfolk, Virginia this hard driving band makes no bones about where their roots lie. With a blistering twin-guitar attack, coupled with an undeniable authenticity, the BLUE LORDS have parlayed their rollicking, hell-raisin' sounds into appearances with such notable acts as: ZZ TOP, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, 38 SPECIAL, DOOBIE BROTHERS, CHARLIE DANIELS, PETER FRAMPTON, THE OUTLAWS, BLACKFOOT, PAT TRAVERS, BLUE OYSTER CULT, KANSAS, JOHNNY WINTER, MOLLY HATCHET, STEPPENWOLF, & JEFFERSON STARSHIP, among others.

Consistently entertaining, with a healthy dose of humor, the BLUE LORDS have caused legions of people to exclaim, "Damn, I didn't think there were any bands like this left!"

1. Open House

2. Southbound Train

3. Walk The Walk

This is a friend of mine's band. I met him while he was playing in Jimmie Van Zant's Band. He was a real good friend of Alan Collins and can kick some ass on guitar. This Guy is the real deal and this is a kick ass band. - Skynfan Check Out There Website


Tony With Allen Collins

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ace Moreland Talks about Steve Gains

Leon Wilkeson

Jam For George McCorkle

From: Jam for George

Date: Oct 15, 2007 4:23 PM

Jam 4 George - Line-Up

Updated Lineup (as of 10/15/2007)

Hello Folks ! It's been a Long Hard Ride, but there's good news...the Jam For George McCorkle Benefit Concert is once again rollin' forward. Due to some scheduling conflicts with both performers and venues, the date for the concert is now November 3, 2007. The location will be Barnet Park in Spartanburg, SC. ** LINE-UP **
Past and Present Members of The Marshall Tucker Band
Tommy Crain & The Crosstown Allstars
The Winters Brothers Band
The Chris Hicks Experience
Paul Hornsby
Johnny Neel
Henry Paul
Jimmie Van Zant Band
Candy Coburn - George performed his last show with Candy
JoJo Billingsley, Lesley Hawkins and Artimus Pyle (formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Steve Grisham
Southern Boys Band featuring Justin McCorkle & Bruce Wall
Brad "The Animal" Lesley
Michael Buffalo Smith Band
Winters/Heatherly Project
Jackson Crossing
Silver Travis Band
Mark Emerick
Ragged Jack
Freddie Vanderford
Cadillac High
Sonny Edwards
Freddie Wooten
Monica Perry
Whiskey Brown
As always, THANKS for the continuing support and encouragement from all the fans and friends of George and the original Marshall Tucker Band.

If anyone's going to this and is passing threw Illinois let me know this Brother needs a ride!!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Blackfoot - Shapes of Things + Fillers

I received this labeled Maxi Live 1985. There are some Studio and some live. I just threw this together so you could download Shapes of Things.

From About Shapes of Things: It's taken from a home recording from back in our memorable "bar band" days,
recorded at the Searchlight Lounge in Stanhope, New Jersey in the winter of 1974
(just before we started recording our first album).

1. Dry Country (Studio)
2. To Hard To Handle (Studio)
3. On The Run (Donington 1981)
4. Train Train (Live ?)
5. On The Run (Donington, Same Damn Track as 3.)
6. Shapes Of Things (Live 1974)

Travis Wammack - Not For Sale (Capricorn)

1. Cookin' on the Front Burner
2. A Lover's Question
3. Shotgun Woman
4. I Forgot to Remember
5. Looking for a Fox
6. You've Got Your Troubles
7. Love Being Your Fool
8. Easy Evil
9. Love Rustler
10. Greenwood Mississippi

I was sent this one from fellow blog reader skydog. I'm very glad he did this is a very good record. Thanks go out to him I needed this gem.

From Wikipedia:
Travis Wammack (born 1946) is an American rock and roll guitarist from Memphis, Tennessee. A child prodigy, Wammack's first record was issued when he was twelve years old, and at 17 he hit the American charts with "Scratchy", an instrumental which peaked at #80 in 1964. Wammack got work recording at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals in the 1960s, and in 1975 released a solo album which generated two hits in the US, "Easy Evil" (#72) and "Love Being Your Fool" (#38). Wammack never stopped performing, working in the 1990s with Little Richard among others.

From Allmusic:
A guitarist, singer, and young instrumental genius from Memphis who cut his first record at the tender age of twelve, Travis Wammack is one of the great unheralded guitarists of rock & roll. A contemporary of Lonnie Mack, Wammack was simply the fastest guitar player in a town bursting at the seams with great guitarists. By the time he was 17, he appeared on the national charts with "Scratchy," a speed-burner instrumental featuring incredible distortion and dazzling technique. Several incredible singles followed, but none charted. By the late '60s, Wammack had moved into session work at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, playing on countless hits. He continues recording and touring to the present day (recently working as musical director for Little Richard), his hot and speedy guitar chops

Travis Wammack is mostly known for his work in the 60's, instrumentals with fiery guitarworks and r&b infused rock. But he's made two great southern rock albums during the 70's. Both very much r&b influenced and both very much worth getting your hands on. The first (Travis Wammack on Fame 1972) is the most rare. It's a very fine record. But the second album (Not For Sale on Capricorn 1975), though still fairly easy to find as a used album, is the better of the two. Easily one of my all time favorite southern rock albums of the 70's. -Skydog

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Street Survivors Sessions

1. Whats Your Name
2. That Smell
3. One More Time
4. I Know A Little
5. You Got That Right
6. I Never Dreamed
7. Honky Tonk Nightime Man
8. Aint No Good Life
9. Georgia Peaches
10. Sweet Little Missy
11. One In The Sun
12. When You Got Good Friends
13. Four Walls Of Raiford
14. Whats Your Name (Alt.)
15. You Got That Right (Alt.)
16. I Never Dreamed (Alt.)
17. Jacksonville Kid
18. Four Walls Of Raiford (Alt.)

pt. 1

pt. 2

30th Anniversary of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash

Today is the 30th anniversary of the plane crash R.I.P.

Ronnie Van Zant
Dean Kilpatrick
Cassie Gains
Steve Gains

I thank these guys for the sacrifice they made for the music we love. I'll see you at that big concert in the sky.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Earl Scruggs Revue Anniversary Special Vol 1

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One-half of the legendary banjo duo Flatt & Scruggs, Earl Scruggs formed his eponymous Revue upon the demise of his longtime partnership with Lester Flatt in early 1969, and promptly began unleashing a stream of excellent albums. Anniversary Special arrived in 1975, marking the banjo man's 25th anniversary of signing with Columbia/CBS Records. It was a guest star-laden affair, with Scruggs and his two sons, the core of the Revue, joined in the studio by a host of country, folk, and other far-flung luminaries. Johnny Nash, Joan Baez, Billy Joel, and the Pointer Sisters are just a handful of the guests, an aggregate so eclectic one longs to know just how Scruggs knew them all. The booklet supplies the answers, introducing the cast and explaining their surprising links to Scruggs (most more interesting than any degree of separation Kevin Bacon can lay claim to). But as far removed as some of these people are from the banjo star, the set is solidly grounded by the members of the Revue, as they joyfully pick their way through a series of astutely chosen covers, a number related to or written by the guests involved. The album's star power certainly garnered attention, but it was the set's jubilant atmosphere, joyous eclectic flair, and inspired arrangements that pushed the band to its highest placing in the pop chart (just outside the Top 100). Inevitably, then, a second-anniversary set followed the next year. Less is known about this album, with annotator John Tobler suggesting that six of the tracks were initially begun for the first volume, but not, for unknown reasons, completed at the time -- these were subsequently finished off with only four new tracks recorded. He makes a good case, but only the most anal of fans will really care. In fact, Tobler raises more questions than he can answer, unstrung by his authoritative take on the first set. But the music is what's important, and although the name cachet was not as star-struck as its predecessor, the album was equally eclectic and entertaining. Considering the pair's history, and being -- as they are -- two parts of a whole, it's been a long time coming until they were finally reissued together on one disc. Delightfully defying genres, and proving yet again that country music doesn't necessarily start or end with a twang, this very Special set's appeal far exceeds the parameters of bluegrass, country, folk, or any of the other typical tags the Revue had earned. ~ Jo-Ann Greene, All Music Guide

1 Banjo Man (2:30)

2 Swimming Song (2:21)

3 Gospel Ship (2:32)

4 Bleeker Street Rag (5:00)

5 Royal Majesty (3:41)

6 Rollin' in My Dreams (4:59)

7 Song to Woody (3:06)

8 Third Rate Romance (3:27)

9 Hey Porter (2:57)

10 Passing Through (5:06)

anniversary special, vols. 1-2 - album credits

David Malloy Engineer
Jody Maphis Percussion, Group Member, Drums
George McCorkle Guitar (Electric)
Leon Pendarvis Organ, Piano, Guest Appearance
Ron Reynolds Engineer
Gary Scruggs Harmonica, Percussion, Group Member, Vocals, Bass (Electric)
Randy Scruggs Guitar (Acoustic), Group Member, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Banjo
Steve Scruggs Piano (Electric), Group Member
Lisa Silver Vocals
Wendy Suits Vocals
Ben Tallent Engineer
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Diane Tidwell Vocals
Florence Warner Vocals
Tim Wipperman Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Rusty Young Dobro, Guest Appearance, Guitar (Steel)
Nick Palladino Assistant Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
David Gahr Photography
Gerard Huerta Lettering
Sandy Speiser Photography
Slick Lawson Photography, Cover Photo
Irene Harris Photography
Tracey Nelson Vocals, Guest Appearance
David Nelson (Dahveed Ben Israel) Guest Appearance
Bonnie Bramlett Vocals, Guest Appearance
Skip Battin Guest Appearance
Pete Drake Pedal Steel
Alvin Lee Guitar (Electric), Guest Appearance
Don Nix Vocals, Guest Appearance
Billy Swan Organ
Tony Joe White Guitar (Electric)
Jim Keltner Drums, Guest Appearance
Larry Gatlin Guitar (Acoustic), Guest Appearance, Vocals
Ron Cornelius Guest Appearance
Ron Bledsoe Producer
Kenneth A. Buttrey Drums, Guest Appearance
Charlie Daniels Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Guest Appearance, Slide Guitar
Shane Keister Piano, Moog Bass
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Jerry Eubanks Saxophone
Willie Hall Drums, Guest Appearance
Teddy Irwin Guitar
Bob Johnston Organ, Vocals, Guest Appearance, Producer
Sheri Kramer Vocals
Johnny Cash Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Guest Appearance
Michael Martin Murphey Vocals, Guest Appearance
Joan Baez Vocals, Guest Appearance
Leonard Cohen Vocals, Guest Appearance
Buffy Sainte-Marie Vocals, Guest Appearance
Loudon Wainwright III Vocals, Guest Appearance
Dan Fogelberg Vocals, Guest Appearance
Billy Joel Piano, Guest Appearance
Kenny Loggins Percussion, Guest Appearance, Vocals
Jim Messina Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Guest Appearance
The Pointer Sisters Vocals, Guest Appearance
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Group Member, Vocals
Doug Kershaw Cajun Fiddle, Guest Appearance

Sharebee wasn't working tonight so I'll post it under sharebee later.