David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe
David Allan CoeLike Merle Haggard before him, David Allan Coe served time in prison before setting his dreams on becoming a country music star. Coe headed to Nashville in 1967 and found his first big success over five years later — as a songwriter. As a singer, his biggest hits were “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile”, “The Ride”, “You Never Even Called Me by My Name”, “She Used to Love Me a Lot”, and “Longhaired Redneck”. 
 
David Allan CoeHis best-known compositions are the No. 1 successes “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)” (which was covered by Tanya Tucker) and “Take This Job and Shove It” (which was later covered by Johnny Paycheck and inspired a hit movie; both Coe and Paycheck had minor parts in the film).
 
Early in 1970, Coe released his debut album, Penitentiary Blues, followed by a tour with Grand Funk Railroad. In October 1971 he signed as an exclusive writer with Pete and Rose Drake’s publishing company Windows Publishing Company, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee, where he remained until 1977. Although he developed a cult following with his performances, he was not able to develop any mainstream success, but other performers achieved charting success by recording songs Coe had written, including Billie Jo Spears’ 1972 recording “Souvenirs & California Mem’rys” and Tanya Tucker’s 1973 single “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone),” which was a number one hit, and responsible for Coe becoming one of Nashville’s hottest songwriters and Coe himself being signed by Columbia Records. Coe recorded his own version of the song for his second Columbia album, Once Upon a Rhyme, released in 1975. AllMusic writer Thom Jurek said of the song, “The amazing thing is that both versions are definitive.” The album also contained a cover of Steve Goodman’s and John Prine’s “You Never Even Called Me by My Name,” which was a Top Ten Billboard hit, and was followed by a string of moderately successful hits.
 
Coe was also a featured performer in Heartworn Highways, a 1975 documentary film by James Szalapski. Other performers featured in this film included Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young, Steve Earle, and The Charlie Daniels Band. In 1977 Johnny Paycheck released a cover of Coe’s “Take This Job And Shove It,” which was a number one hit and Coe’s most successful song.
 
During the 1980s, Coe enjoyed a resurgence in mainstream popularity, twice hitting the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart with “The Ride” (1983) and “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile” (1984). “The Ride” recounts a drifter’s encounter with the ghost of country music legend Hank Williams. “Mona Lisa” is a mid-tempo ballad about a broken love affair, featuring allusions to the iconic Da Vinci painting. He also just missed the top 10 in early 1985 with “She Used to Love Me a Lot.”
Throughout the 1990s, Coe had a successful career as a concert performer in the United States and Europe. In 1999, Coe met Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell in Fort Worth, Texas, and the two musicians, struck by the similarity of the approaches between country and heavy metal, agreed to work together, and began production on an album.
In 2000, Coe toured as the opening act for Kid Rock, and in 2003, Coe wrote a song for Kid Rock entitled “Single Father,” which appeared on Kid Rock’s self-titled album, and was released as a single, which peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. Rebel Meets Rebel, with Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown, recorded sporadically between 1999 and 2003, was released in 2006, two years after Dimebag Darrel’s murder.  AllMusic described it as a “groundbreaking” country metal album.
Coe’s first country album, The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy, has been described as alt-country, “pre-punk” and “a hillbilly version of Marc Bolan’s glitz and glitter.” Credited influences on the album include Merle Haggard.
In his early career, Coe was known for his unpredictable live performances, in which he would ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle onto the stage and has also performed in a rhinestone suit and a mask which resembled that of The Lone Ranger, calling himself the “Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Coe’s musical style derives from blues, rock and country music traditions. His vocal style is described as a “throaty baritone.” His lyrical content is often humorous or comedic, with William Ruhlmann describing him as a “near-parody of a country singer.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes Coe as “a great, unashamed country singer, singing the purest honky-tonk and hardest country of his era …… He may not be the most original outlaw, but there’s none more outlaw than him.”

The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker

The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker

Lee RockerRocker and the Stray Cats sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered twenty three gold and platinum certified records worldwide, and made them a mainstay on MTV.  In addition to Stray Cats, Lee Rocker and Phantom Rocker and Slick albums, Rocker has recorded or performed with Carl Perkins, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, and Scotty Moore. Rocker was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1982, as was his father, they are the second father-son duo to be nominated for a Grammy in the same year.

He considered to be an influential upright bassist in Rock n’ Roll.

"The Stray Cats" Lee Rocker

Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts.

This year kicked off with Lee joining the cast of the Broadway’s hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” Rocker stepped in to guest star for 12 performances in January. “Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the legendary recording session that took place Tuesday December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The session was an impromptu jam session among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and additional musicians. Rocker played the role of Carl Perkins’ brother and bass player Jay Perkins. “The story is especially close to my heart,” says Rocker, who was a close friend and musical collaborator of Carl Perkins up until his passing.

2011 also saw the release of Lee’s newest recording, The Cover Sessions EP. The Cover Sessions is a side project that Rocker has been working on for the last 18 months, this record includes banjo’s, harmonica’s, dobro, mandolin, washboards and all types of folk american instruments. Lee put his americana twist on classic 1970′s radio hits such as the Lennon/Mc Cartney song “Come together”, Elton John’s, “Honkey Cat’ and the Allman Brothers song “Ramblin Man”.

Currently, The Stray Cat Lee Rocker and his band are in the USA touring and preforming at Fairs, Festivals and venues. These concerts promise to have him preforming Stray Cats hits including “Rock this Town”, “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and 17″ as well as slamming renditions of songs from his many solo albums The Chicago Tribune described Rocker’s playing as “muscular and passionate.” The Washington Post says his show consists of “impressive, catchy, driving songs, frantic romps, finger-snapping swing and brooding slow blues.” Rolling Stone declares, “Lee Rocker’s singing naturally captures the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Rockers band consists of guitarist Buzz Campbell, guitarist/slide player Brophy Dale, and San Francisco’s maestro session drummer Jimmy Sage, The Stray Cat Lee Rocker delivers an incredible concert experience for all.

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DAVID VICTOR formerly of BOSTON

DAVID VICTOR formerly of BOSTON

David VictorDAVID VICTOR formerly of BOSTON

An Evening of the Music of BOSTON

Former BOSTON vocalist/guitarist DAVID VICTOR joined the legendary multi-platinum band on two U.S. and Canadian national tours and at the “Boston Strong” Boston Marathon bombing benefit in 2013 in front of a sold-out 20,000 fans at the Boston Garden. David also sang BOSTON’s #1 classic rock hit single, “Heaven on Earth” from BOSTON’s 2014 album “Life, Love & Hope”.

Now in 2017, a brand new show debuts starring DAVID VICTOR, dedicated to the enduring music of BOSTON and featuring the band’s greatest hits, including:
More Than a Feeling  *  Don’t Look Back * Peace of Mind  * Amanda  * Foreplay / Long Time

David Victor is a classic rock tenor vocalist and renders the soaring vocals of BOSTON’s lead vocalist Brad Delp as his band masterfully performs these intricate songs with power, precision and flair.

The music that made BOSTON classic rock superstars:

DAVID VICTOR delivers it all in one powerhouse performance!

John Ford Coley

John Ford Coley

There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling.  You associate those good times to the group that made them famous.  Songs like “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You” and “Love Is The Answer” have that kind of effect on people. Those songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley a singing legend. He has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing.

John is most revered as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, John loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters.

With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists. Most recently, he co-produced several sides on Eddie Money. Country musician, Vince Gill added vocals along with John to give the sessions a country feel.  Additionally, John has produced CD’s on Country Artist Tom Wurth and another talent, Lynn Bryant.

Of late, John recorded a live album while he was on tour in the Philippines with many of the hits. It is available on the internet, and at concerts. John is currently going into the studio to record new material for an acoustic album.

Some of John Ford Coley’s hits are as follows: “Love Is The Answer”, “Gone Too Far”, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight”, “We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again”, “Nights Are Forever Without You”,  “Soldier In The Rain”, “Come Back To Me”, “Sad To Belong”, “Simone”, “Westward Wind”, “Part of Me, Part of You.”

Discography:

Albums

  • Smell of Incense – Southwest F.O.B., 1969
  • England Dan and John Ford Coley – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1971
  • Fables – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1972
  • I Hear The Music – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1976
  • Nights are Forever – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1976
  • Dowdy Ferry Road – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1977
  • Some Things Don’t Come Easy – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1978
  • Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1979
  •  Just Tell Me You Love Me – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1980
  •  The Best of England Dan and John Ford Coley – England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1980
  • Live from the Philippines – John Ford Coley, 2009

Peter Beckett’s Player

Peter Beckett’s Player
Peter Beckett's Player

Peter Beckett –  Lead Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer and Original founding member of Player.

Peter Beckett was born on August 10, 1948, in the Aigburth section of Liverpool, England. As a youth, he would sneak into The Cavern lunchtime sessions to listen to the local bands. One day a young band called the Beatles performed and Peter was hooked. He got a cheap guitar and taught himself to play, and by the time he was 17 he was touring Britain and Europe with his first professional band, The Thoughts.

He moved to London, and after some success with the British progressive band Paladin, he was invited to come to the United States to form a group called Skyband. That band was short-lived, but during a Hollywood party, he met J.C. Crowley. They began writing songs together. A short time later they were joined by Ronn Moss and John Friesen, and Player was born.

In January 1978, the band had an international number one hit with their first single “Baby Come Back”, which was co-written and sung by Beckett. The self- titled album went platinum and the band toured extensively. These classic outings included Boz Scagg’s Down Two Then Left Tour, Eric Clapton’s Slowhand Tour, Heart’s Dog & Butterfly Tour, and Kenny Loggin’s Nightwatch Tour, playing always to sold-out arena audiences. Four albums followed rendering four more top forty singles, including “This Time I’m In It For Love” which reached number ten on Billboard’s top 100 chart.

Peter Beckett has written hit songs for many artists including: Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rodgers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and more recently Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” fame.

 

He has also garnered many movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer. These include: The Karate Kid, Two of a Kind, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Major League, St Elmo’s Fire (Grammy Nomination), Frankie and Johnny, Rock Star, Terminator 3, Basic, Beyond Borders, Life or Something Like It, Dirty Dancing 2 and Transformers to name a few.

Written and produced by Peter, Player‘s last CD “Too Many Reasons” was released on Frontiers Records in 2013.

In mid-2017, Peter and Ronn Moss parted ways and Peter is now in the process of writing and recording songs for his next CD under Peter Beckett’s Player.
 
Current band members of Peter Beckett’s Player
Peter Beckett (Original lead singer/guitar/songwriter)
Rob Math (Lead guitar and Vocals) 
Buster Akrey (Keyboards and Vocals) 
Mark Winley (Bass and Vocals) 
Burleigh Drummond (Drums)

Joe Lynn Turner

Joe Lynn Turner

Joe Lynn TurnerJOE LYNN TURNER

Joe Lynn Turner, is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock bands Deep Purple & Rainbow.

Career

In a career that spans nearly 30 years and includes over 60 album credits, Joe Lynn Turner (“JLT”) remains one of rock and roll’s most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists. Born August 2, 1951 in Hackensack, New Jersey (U.S.A.), he played the accordion as a child, grew up with an appreciation for classic Rhythm and Blues (R&B) and became an accomplished guitarist in his early teens. In fact, his first band, Filet of Soul, featured singer J.T. Taylor who would later have success with Kool and the Gang. While in high school, Joe formed Ezra, performing original material and cover songs by artists who were a great influence on him: Jimi Hendrix, Free and Deep Purple.

In 1976, JLT enjoyed his first taste of national success with Fandango, a band described as an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, country, jazz and melodic rock. Turner sang and played guitar on all of the band’s four albums. Fandango toured with numerous artists including The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel.

Joe Lynn Turner

After Fandango split, in the first of two incredible twists of Fate, JLT received a phone call from legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Turner’s work with Fandango prompted an audition and Blackmore was so impressed that he immediately enlisted Joe in Rainbow, a band that he formed after he left Deep Purple. Ironically, Joe spent his formative years covering Deep Purple songs and now he found himself fronting a band with two former members: Blackmore and Roger Glover. Rainbow, while popular in Europe and Japan, had not garnered the same level of notoriety in the U.S.A. It was Turner’s contributions that helped catapult the group to a new level of success. Several JLT-infused album tracks reached the Top 20 on rock radio charts. “Stone Cold” was Rainbow’s first Top 40 pop radio hit and the band’s innovative videos were in heavy airplay rotation on MTV (Music Television). Turner co-wrote and/or sang on Rainbow singles that helped define the melodic rock genre: “I Surrender,” “Can’t Happen Here,” “Jealous Lover,” “Death Alley Driver,” “Street of Dreams” and “Can’t Let You Go.”

In 1984, Blackmore reunited with Deep Purple. This gave Turner freedom to work on his first solo album, “Rescue You,” produced by Roy Thomas Baker, known for his work with Queen and The Cars. JLT co-wrote most of the songs with keyboardist Al Greenwood (Foreigner). The first single, “Endlessly,” received extensive airplay on radio and MTV. A tour with Pat Benatar and acting role in the movie, “Blue Deville” followed.

Turner also proved his versatility by working with a diverse array of artists, including Billy Joel, Cher, Michael Bolton, Mick Jones (Foreigner), John Waite (The Babys). Bolton also encouraged him to enter the lucrative business of singing and doing character voices for radio and television. This would afford Joe a steady income that was not reliant on the commercial success of any band or project he decided to get involved with. In 1987, JLT became a member of Yngwie Malsteen’s Rising Force. Their union resulted in “Odyssey,” the most commercially successful album for Malmsteen up to this point in history. A follow-up world tour was highlighted by ten “sold out” shows in Russia that were recorded for the “Trial By Fire: Live in Leningrad” album and video.

In the winter of 1989, Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple needed to find a lead singer to replace Ian Gillan. Several high profile vocalists were considered. In a second ironic twist of Fate, Turner was invited to audition and found himself fronting one of the major bands he was influenced by as a teenager! They released the album, “Slaves and Masters” and launched an extensive world tour in the midst of The Gulf War. While many bands cancelled their tours, afraid to travel during turbulent times, Purple and JLT forged on. Turner wrote and sang on several tracks for a follow-up album that were never officially released. To this day, Blackmore maintains that “Slaves and Masters” is his favorite Deep Purple record since his reunion with the group in 1984.

Joe took on many projects after leaving Purple. He joined Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne), Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne) and Jeff Watson (Night Ranger) in the progressive rock band Mother’s Army. He toured the U.S.A. with his own “JLT All Star Band.” He eventually returned to the studio for his second solo effort, “Nothing’s Changed.” In 1997, JLT recorded the first of two of his own tribute CDs, paying homage to his rock and roll roots with his versions of songs by Bad Company, Marvin Gaye and many others. With the release of his third solo venture, “Hurry Up And Wait,” the worldwide demand for his material increased dramatically. His next three solo albums—Holy Man,” “Slam!” and “JLT”—subsequently enjoyed critical and commercial success.

Turner continues to record and collaborate on a massive number of other artist’s CDs and tribute albums. He is one of the key members of Brazen Abbot, a project spearheaded by Bulgarian guitarist/composer Nikolo Kotzev. JLT co-wrote and sang tracks on several albums and is spotlighted on the DVD “A Decade of Brazen Abbot.” His schedule is constantly booked with studio session work. It’s difficult to listen to the radio or watch TV in the U.S.A. without hearing his voice coming out of the speakers on a commercial. In fact, one of his beer adverts in Japan, “Challenge Them All,” became a popular rock radio anthem.

Turner has recorded and performed with the Voices of Classic Rock (VCR), Rock and Pop Masters (RPM) and New York’s Hit Squad. These groups feature some of rock and pop’s elite: Hugh McDonald (Bonjovi), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Larry Hoppen (Orleans), Spencer Davis, Bobby Kimball (TOTO), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), Liberty DiVitto (Billy Joel) and many others. They have played festivals and concerts in South America, Japan, France, Asia, Hawaii, Central America, Mexico and in many major U.S.A. cities.

Very notable is JLT’s collaboration with another former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist, Glenn Hughes. Turner asked Glenn to tour Japan in support of his “Holy Man” disc. They enjoyed working together so much that they were inspired to form the Hughes Turner Project (HTP). HTP released two studio CDs and one live disc. Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), John Sykes (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy), Steve Vai (Frank Zappa/Whitesnake) and other artists made guest appearances during the recording sessions. The single, “Time And Time Again” (“HTP2”) spent over 3 months in the Top 30 on the World Modern Rock Chart. HTP generated a lot of fan and media interest, worldwide, appearing on national television and radio in many countries, including the U.S.A. and Russia. And, after 2 successful tours of Japan and Europe, HTP remains a memorable and significant part of JLT’s career history.

2006 turned melodic rock fan on to the Sunstorm project. Serafino Perugino (Frontiers Records President) and Mario de Riso (Frontiers Label Manager) used to exchange tapes as fans. One day, Mario gave Serafino a cassette he had from a journalist, with the “unreleased Joe Lynn Turner” second solo album demos. This tape featured some songs originally slated for release on the follow-up to “Rescue You” in the mid-1980s.

Taking inspiration from the material available, Perugino reconnected Joe Lynn with Jim Peterik, the legendary songwriter (ex SURVIVOR) with whom he collaborated with several years ago in Deep Purple. Turner went through some of the material sent by Peterik, along with a few other tracks submitted by Perugino and agreed to give birth to a project that could rediscover and highlight his melodic rock roots. “Sunstorm” was released worldwide in the Fall of 2006 and it has received rave reviews from critics as well as fans. The follow up, “House of Dreams,” was released in 2009.

Joe has also been co-writing songs, lending his pipes to various projects and increasing his stateside visibility with more live shows than he has ever played since 1996. The year 2006 was highlighted by a return to working with Blackmore on a redux of the Rainbow classic “Street of Dreams.” It’s a duet with Candace Night (Blackmore’s Night). Turner also sang on all tracks on “Fire Without Flame,” a disc he collaborated on with Blackmore-inspired Japanese guitarist Akira Kajiyama.

If all of this is not enough, JLT performed with the New Japan Philharmonic and went on tour with Turkish guitar virtuoso Cem Koksal. He also traveled to Nashville to form and record some video with Big Noize, a band that includes: JLT, guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), drummer Vinny Appice (Dio/Black Sabbath), bassist Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne/Billy Idol) and keyboardist Gary Corbett (Cinderella/Lou Gramm).

In 2007, he released his 10th solo album, “Second Hand Life” in Japan, Europe and the USA. Among the highlights on the record is a song he wrote with Blackmore and Glover in the early 90s during his Deep Purple days called “Stroke of Midnight.” Other tracks include collaborations with Jim Peterik (Ex-Survivor), Martin Briley, Jack Ponti (who wrote several songs for Bonjovi) and former TV star, Deanna Johnston (Rock Star: INXS).

JLT recently hooked up with Rainbow alumnus Graham Bonnet for a sold out tour of Japan in 2007 and had several more dates with Bonnet in 2008. Another memorable highlight of 2007 was a Command Performance for the Prime Minister of Russia’s cabinet and a USA tour with Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams of ACDC along with The John Entwistle Band as a member Classic Rock Cares (www.johnentwistle.org).

JLT’s Big Noize supergroup project played several dates in the USA in 2008. In the Fall, they traveled to Iraq and Kuwait to entertain Multi National forces. To read more about Big Noize go to: www.myspace.com/abignoize. The Fall of 2008 saw the release of his first ever live CD, “Live In Germany.”

Discography

Solo

With Fandango

  • Fandango (1977)
  • Last Kiss (1978)
  • One Night Stand (1979)
  • Cadillac (1980)
  • The Best of Fandango (1999, Japan only)

With Rainbow

With Yngwie Malmsteen

With Deep Purple

With Mother’s Army

With Brazen Abbot

  • Eye of the Storm (1996)
  • Bad Religion (1997)
  • Guilty as Sin (2003)
  • A Decade of Brazen Abbot (2004, live album)
  • My Resurrection (2005)
  • Live at Berkrock (2008, DVD)

With Hughes Turner Project

With Sunstorm

With The Jan Holberg Project

  • Sense of Time (2011)
  • At Your Service (2013)

Other projects

Guest appearances

Little Anthony and the Imperials

Little Anthony and the Imperials

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little-anthonyLittle Anthony and the Imperials is a rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from New York, first active in the 1950s. Lead singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice, influenced by Jimmy Scott. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, 23 years after the group’s first year of eligibility for induction.

In 1957, a doo-wop group known as the Chesters existed with members Clarence Collins, Tracy Lord, Nathaniel Rodgers, and Ronald Ross. Anthony Gourdine, a former member of the Duponts, joined as lead vocalist. Ernest Wright took over from Ross, and the group recorded briefly for Apollo Records.

Changing their name to the Imperials, they signed with End Records in 1958. Their first single was “Tears on My Pillow”, which was an instant hit. (While playing this song, D.J. Alan Freed came up with the name “Little Anthony”.) The B-side, “Two People in the World”, was also a hit. The group followed up with “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko Ko Bop” in 1960.

Blackfoot

Blackfoot

Blackfoot“Rewind back to 1979, you hear FM staples like “Train, Train” and “Highway Song” and profess your love for Southern rock and the dudes that are hammering these tunes out of the radio. One such musician, Rickey Medlocke, who wrote said songs and formed said band, Blackfoot, and now plays for the end-all-be-all of rock from the south, Lynyrd Skynyrd, has now become an impresario of sorts for the sound he helped create. Hoping to find a new audience to revel in smokin’ guitar solos and wave the confederate flag, Medlocke has enlisted a hearty bunch of young men to carry the torch for Blackfoot.

For the kids just getting into diapers in the late 80′s, this band exposes them to a genre perhaps their daddies told only them about. Loud, raucous and irreverent with a twang, rock ‘n’ roll served southern style is as outlaw as it comes. What better to entice this generation of troubled youth? Modeled after Blackfoot’s live band of the early 80′s, these young guns look the part, flowing blonde locks and all. But even more impressive, these guys sound the part… precisely. Guitar-led rock lyrically-driven by the stories of authentic America is what grabs you about this Blackfoot, and what caught all of our attention more than 30 years ago. Featuring members hand-picked by Medlocke, this is his baby and he’s just born a wild child! Stay tuned for new tunes too under the Blackfoot moniker, sure to please the rebel in all of us.”

~Michelle Picardo~

Black Oak Arkansas

Black Oak Arkansas

Black Oak Arkansas

In the year 1963, some high school pals decided to get together to form a group because of their love of music. After 43 years, several dozen albums… three of which became gold, one of which became platinum, and one gold single from a song known as “Jim Dandy To The Rescue,” which was told to them to record by none other than Elvis Presley himself (!), this group of friends still manages to stay together. (After talking to Elvis, Black Oak Arkansas was told the following week by their producer Tom Dowd and by their label president Ahmet Ertegun that these two industry giants were also about to ask BOA about recording that same tune! Ahmet himself only personally signed 5 groups to recording contracts in his long, long recording history… and Black Oak Arkansas had the honor of being number 5!) Many testimonials and awards have been presented to this band by everyone from Bill Graham, (who founded and ran Winterland Ballroom and both the Fillmore East and West), to Wolfman Jack from the Midnight Special; from First Lady Betty Ford to President Bill Clinton!

In their long musical history, the BOA boys have shared a stage with the likes of James Gang, Kiss, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Segar, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Black Sabbath, Foghat, Bad Company, Bruce Springstein, Boston, Iron Butterfly, Grand Funk Railroad, B.B. King, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, The Outlaws, Deep Purple, 38 Special, Marshall Tucker, Buddy Miles, Billy Preston, Jerry Lee Lewis, BTO, Robin Trower, Humble Pie, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Eagles, Blackfoot, Credence Clearwater, Johnnie Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Stepphenwolf, Allman Bros., The Doobie Brothers, Z Z Top, Chuck Berry, Lynard Skynard, Charlie Daniels, James Brown, Steely Dan, J. Geils Band, Cheech and Chong, Steve Martin, Danny Thomas, Evil Kenevil, and the list goes on and on and on! Warner Bros. has released a DVD on the early years of the band, and recently charged forth with a release of a Black Oak Arkansas DVD live at Royal Albert Hall in London. BOA has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities in their career, and the governor of the State of Arkansas even declared a “Black Oak Arkansas Day” on October 6th. There is now a permanent display in the Arkansas State Museum and the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock dedicated to the band.

Black Oak Arkansas – Jim Dandy to the Rescue

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor and television host. Born in South Dallas, and raised in Texas and South Florida, Ice released his debut album, Hooked, in 1989 on Ichiban Records, before signing a contract with SBK Records, a record label of the EMI Group which released a reformatted version of the album under the title To the Extreme. Ice’s single “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts.

Spokesman for Habitat for Humanity, Vanilla Ice also supports The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Little Smiles Organization, and the Toys For Tots Organization.