When A Big Act Gets Dropped From A Festival

This past week, Rocklahoma, the annual Rock festival in Pryor, Oklahoma, announced that two bands, Motorhead and Skindred, would be unable to perform, for reasons beyond their control. Many assume that the reason for Motorhead’s cancelation was due to the health problems that have recently struck their legendary frontman, Lemmy Kilmister. Motorhead also canceled all other U.S. festival appearances for 2014. Although, I’m not familiar with Skindred, many people were disappointed with their cancelation. Personally, I was planning on going to Rocklahoma, because of Motorhead. There are other bands that I like on the bill like Jackyl, Kix, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Mandy Lion, Kid Rock, Twisted Sister, and Skid Row. Normally, that would be enough to convince me, but the ticket prices have been raised to around $100 for general admission tickets, since Rocklahoma partnered with AEG Live. That’s the reason that Rocklahoma has also been booking way too many new bands, but that’s another rant. So, when a big act gets dropped from a festival, SHOULD the festival offer refunds for those who paid just to see that band? My opinion, yes. Although there are many bands on the bill, Motorhead doesn’t play in the U.S. often, and when they do, they rarely hit the Southern part of the country, aside from Texas, so many, like myself, might only go for them. But, when the corporations get involved, there’s less concern for the customers.

Rocklahoma website: http://www.rocklahoma.com
Motorhead website: http://www.imotorhead.com


Carrying Legacies

It’s not very often that you see it, but it’s happening more and more. The children of famous musicians are carrying on their parents’ legacies, while at the same time, trying to make a name for themselves in the music industry, and the world. The first case I ever saw of this was Shooter Jennings. I saw him open for Charlie Daniels and .38 Special, as a part of Volunteer Jam 2008. I had heard his name before, and recall seeing him shortly before the concert on David Letterman, but I wasn’t familiar with his music. Obviously, I was more than familiar with his father, Waylon Jennings’s music. Surprisingly, many of the people at the show were there because Shooter was there. Some people I talked to were fans of Charlie and .38, but they all loved Shooter so much that they had to go when they found out he was coming! In the parking lot, I talked to a couple who said they had been following Shooter on tour, and this was their 12th show of the year. Once he hit the stage, I knew why. He was his own person. He played music that HE wanted to play. It was Rock and Country. He did play one of his dad’s songs, Beale of The Ball. I felt ashamed of myself. Before he even played a note, I stood out there, hoping he would play a bunch of Waylon’s tunes. I would’ve missed out on his own music, which was great! After research, I found out that Hank Williams Jr. started out the same way. People wanted him to be just like Hank Sr., but he refused. Now he’s one of the biggest stars in Country music. A.J. Croce started out being afraid of playing his Dad’s music, then became confident enough in his ability to play it. The standards that society puts on the children of famous musicians make it nearly impossible to be comfortable or to survive in the music industry. If we would embrace them for their own music, like we did for their parents, we would be in for a treat!

Shooter Jennings website: http://www.shooterjennings.com
A.J. Croce interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scToTWBKnM0251643_2149748421857_4435451_n

The Process of Recording A Song

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This photo gallery is a look into the process of how I do basic recording. Starting off with tuning instruments, and checking the gear and mixboard levels. I don’t do a lot of fancy stuff. I plug it in and hit record. Afterwards, like most people, I run it into a digital software to do any final mixing. Then, I burn a CD, design a LightScribe CD label, and etch that onto the CD electronically, for the final product.

Profile: Johnny Sain

Today, I’ll be doing a short profile of Johnny Sain: Creator of the popular online outdoor blog “A View From The Back Roads: Exploring Our Rural and Natural Heritage.”

Johnny Sain was born on March 7th, 1971 in Dardanelle, Arkansas, at the old Dardanelle Hospital. He’s currently attending Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas, where he’s majoring in Journalism, with a minor in Biology. He is also going for an Associate’s degree in Ozark Studies. He has an established online blog called A View From the Back Roads: Exploring Our Rural and Natural Heritage. As its title suggests, it goes in depth into aspects of rural life. Johnny knows all about rural life. He’s had an interest in outdoor life, from a young age. At age 12, he had an extensive collection of Outdoor Magazines.

From the time that he was in high school, Johnny became quickly interested in writing. In a recent interview I conducted with him, Johnny said he really considered himself to be a short story enthusiast.

He says that his family is very supportive of his work as a writer. He has two children. He says that both of them have tremendous writing talent, just from what he’s seen of their writing that they do in school. However, he says he doesn’t feel that either of them necessarily have the drive to do free writing of their own, outside of school. His wife is also very supportive, and he told an interesting story about how they actually met and became a happily married couple. Years ago, while they were both working at a Tyson chicken plant, they met. Once they got to know each other, they dated for one month, and then they made the decision to tie the knot. Even Johnny, himself, admits this is an interesting and uncommon way to get married, but again, he pointed out he is happily married. The couple had their first child when Johnny was 24 years old. They had their second child when Johnny was 30 years old.

Johnny also discussed some of his hobbies, during the course of the interview. Two that seemed to be at the top of his list were music and science. He said he played music while he was in high school, and he would like to get back into it. I was surprised to find that Johnny’s music taste was as diverse as mine. He listens to Country, Rock, 80’s Metal, etc. One band, in particular, that we discussed during the interview was a band called Sound of the Mountain. He had featured the band in one of his articles. Based on his in-depth explanation of the band, I could tell that Johnny certainly had a strong feel for music.

It was great to sit down and talk with Johnny, and find out about the interesting life he leads! As always, for more information, I highly encourage you to check out his online blog, “A View From The Back Roads: Exploring Our Rural and Natural Heritage” at http://aviewfromthebackroads.com/