Founding Member Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Dies In Car Crash

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Robert Burns Jr, former drummer and a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hat/Tip to Fox News.

Robert “Bobby” Burns Jr had left the group known as Lynyrd Skynyrd by the early ’70s because he grew “overwhelmed” by life on the road. None-the-less, he helped to make a phenomenal impact on Rock Music for generations to come.

The former drummer and a founding member of the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., died late Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Georgia, police and his father said.

Burns’ vehicle went off a road just before midnight as it approached a curve near Cartersville, striking a mailbox and a tree, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. Burns, 64, was killed in the wreck. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The single-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and Watson said further details were not immediately available.

Robert Burns Jr founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd 003Burns was one of five musicians who founded the band in Jacksonville, Florida. While Burns was with the group, it recorded “Sweet Home Alabama,” ”Gimme Three Steps,” and “Free Bird.” He left the group in 1974.

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He continued to play for fun or in guest appearances nationally, said his father, Robert Burns Sr. Early on, the group played in the Burns’ family garage.

“He was a product of his mother, so far as manners is concerned,” the elder Burns said. “He had the manners that would suit the King of England. Very soft-spoken and extremely well-mannered person to come out of that kind of industry.”

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Must See Video: Drumming In A Snow Storm – Candy Cane Drumsticks, Elf Shoes And All!

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Hat/Tip to Drum Talk TV.

Awesome video, fun to watch and the drumming is pretty snazzy, too.

Here’s a bit of holiday spirit for you, courtesy of Drum Talk TV fan Joey Muha! Please don’t pile on because he played the drums in a blizzard. No drums, cymbals or hardware were injured in the making of this video!

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Midnight Music Post – 10/23/14

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Alejandra on Bass, Paulina on Drums and Daniela on Guitar

I stumbled across these very talented young ladies on Facebook. They don’t have an official website, but they do have a Youtube channel. The little lady on Bass Guitar is Alejandra, and she is 9 years old. The 12 year old drummer is Paulina and she also shares the lead vocal duties. And last but not least, on lead vocals and Guitar, is Daniela who is 14 years old.

These girls have the technical aspects down of playing. They’re pretty tight and I’m thinking they just need that all important “experience.” It will be interesting to see how they’ve progressed in 10 years.

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Here are two videos of some classic rock covers by The Warning:

 

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Hey ISIS, I’m an American with a Remington

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Hat/Tip to Larry Gatlin and Fox News.

Conservative Hideout 2.0 brought you the YouTube video of Billy Dean and Larry Gatlin’s response to ISIS, entitled “An American With A Remington.” That video went viral, garnering over 15 million hits in only a handful of days. Yesterday they were on Fox and Friends to sing their song.

Here is Larry Gatlin’s open letter to the fans, along with their performance at the bottom of the article:

Dear Fox Fans and world at large,

When I do master classes in songwriting, I open the class by saying, “It was either Plato, or Socrates, or…(pregnant pause) Johnny Cash, who said, “Take me not to those who write your laws, for they will lie. Take me to those who write your songs, for they will not.”

Then, after another pregnant pause, I confess to my class the neither of the three above-mentioned great philosophers said that. Rather, it was a not so great philosopher, but a fairly decent songwriter who said it…me!!

That brings me to another songwriter, a great songwriter, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, and a great friend, Billy Dean.

We sat down with our two guitars, our two hearts, our two God given talents, and our singular love for America, and poured our two hearts out in a song, “An American with a Remington.”

Last week, in Joplin, Missouri, Billy, my brothers Steve and Rudy and I, along with our buddies T.G. Sheppard and Leroy Van Dyke did a benefit for the tornado victims of Joplin.

Backstage Billy said, “Hey L.G., I have a song idea I want you to help me write.” When he sang the “hook line” I said, “I’m in. Let’s do it.”

So, last Tuesday night, at the Starlight Theatre in Branson, in the dressing room that Billy and I share, we sat down with our two guitars, our two hearts, our two God given talents, and our singular love for America, and poured our two hearts out in a song, “An American with a Remington.”

The response has been unbelievable — more than 15 million hits and thousands of “hurrahs” from like-minded Americans — in only five days.

Please know that neither Billy nor I are trigger happy cowboys lookin’ for a fight. We just know that the fight is looking for us and for all Americans.

So we decided as 2 of “those who write the songs” it was up to is to write the truth, because so many of those who write our laws will not.

In closing, I don’t know how my friend Billy Dean was brought up, but my dad, the Marine, Curly Gatlin, taught me to shoot with a Remington 12 gauge pump shotgun out in West Texas.

We ate what we shot. That was, and still is the deal for the Gatlins. If you trophy hunt, that’s your business. The Gatlins eat what we kill, or we make damn sure that someone who needs the meat gets the quail, dove, or venison.

So that’s the story about the song “An American with a Remington.” Billy and I hope you like it. If you don’t, that’s none of our business, but I will say this, a lot of good men and women have fought and died or have been wounded to preserve and protect your right to disagree and say so. Is America a great country or what?!

Yours truly,

Larry Gatlin, an American with a Remington 

P.S. And Billy Dean, an American with a Remington

P.P.S. One thing J.R. Cash did say to me long ago was, “Pilgrim, if something makes you mad enough boy, you’ll damn sure write a song about it.” Well, J.R., Billy and I are mad as hell about those cowardly, beheading bastards, so we did just that!!

Larry Gatlin is a country music singer and songwriter.  


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Gene Simmons Announces the Death of Rock and Roll

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Gene Simmons, never to be silent on an issue upon which he strongly feels, provided the mother of all death announcements.  He declared Rock and Roll to be dead.  Here is more from Esquire, via LoudWire…

Gene Simmons is making headlines again, this time for burying rock ‘n’ roll. The outspoken artist says “Rock is finally dead,” in an interview conducted by his son Nick for Esquire magazine. The Kiss singer-bassist also shares his thoughts on the failing record business and how he would not want to be an up-and-coming artist today.

“The death of rock was not a natural death,” Simmons offers. “Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.”

He continues on about how he feels for this lost generation of kids who will not have the same opportunity that he had with Kiss. “It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance.” Simmons remarks. “If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible. You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs, and just singing in the shower and auditioning for ‘The X Factor.’ And I’m not slamming ‘The X Factor,’ or pop singers. But where’s the next Bob Dylan? Where’s the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators?”

What do you think about  what Gene Simmons said?  Drop a comment and let the planet know.

 

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The Star Spangled Banner Rocks! Must See Video

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Madison Rising is one of those bands that you just can’t say enough about. They are consummate musicians and they love this country. You don’t have to be a Veteran to appreciate them, you just have to understand that they not only love America, but they love and cherish the ideals it was founded upon. Take a few minutes and watch the video below. It is their interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner, and it ROCKS.

I’d like to personally dedicate this version to President Obama who said our National Anthem was too ‘war like.’

What do you say to that? Well, I’ll just borrow a line from him, “Um, Mr. President, that was the point.”

Madison Rising brings great rock music back to the forefront of popular culture. With songs ranging from the guitar heavy opening track “Right To Bear,” to the hauntingly epic sounds of “Honk If You Want Peace,” to the beautiful violins of “Hallowed Ground,” it is clear that this band is on a mission to not only make great music, but also send a message that American culture is alive and well.

Madison Rising promotes the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility.

 

Meet the band…then stop by their website and buy their CD. Let’s help spread the message that it is still cool to be a patriot and love your country.

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Midnight Music Post – 6/8/14

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A bit of fun –

The Awesome Threesome: 70+ year old Leisure World residents honor Michael Jackson by preforming a dance in Seal Beach, California.

Michael Garland 67yrs & Carol Constant 68yrs, were the Texas State Dance Champions in their earlier years and, are still showstoppers at all the best Dance Clubs in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area, as they WOW audiences with their dance styles from Hip Hop,Jazz,Swing,& Ballroom. They are truly an amazing Senior Citizens Dance couple that everyone loves to watch.

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Midnight Music Post – 6/5/14

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On tonight’s roster of rock and roll, it’s one of the best bands to come from the Midwest during the ’70s, REO Speedwagon.

Three bands were the undisputed arena rock kings of the early ’80s — Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon — yet all weren’t overnight success stories (in fact, each group began pursuing different musical styles originally — prog rock, fusion, and straight-ahead hard rock, respectively, before transforming slowly into chart-topping mainstream rockers). REO Speedwagon first formed in 1968, via a pair of University of Illinois students, keyboardist Neal Doughty and drummer Alan Gratzer. After graduation, the group signed on with then-unknown manager Irving Azoff (who would later guide the careers of such multi-platinum acts as the Eagles and Steely Dan), which led to the outfit building a devoted following in the Midwest due to nonstop touring. By the early ’70s, Doughty and Gratzer had welcomed aboard guitarist Gary Richrath, who would soon prove to be the group’s spark plug (and one of rock’s more underrated players), in addition to bassist Gregg Philbin and singer Terry Luttrell. It was this lineup to be featured on the quintet’s 1971 self-titled debut recording for Epic Records.

The debut failed to break REO through to the mainstream, as the band’s future was thrust into uncertainty shortly thereafter, when Luttrell left the band. Newcomer Kevin Cronin got the gig, he was a folksinger/guitarist beforehand, with little to no experience fronting a loud rock & roll outfit. The Cronin-led lineup appeared to be headed in the right direction though, judging from 1972’s R.E.O. T.W.O., but the other members grew impatient with their slow progress toward a commercial breakthrough, and gave Cronin his walking papers. Up next as REO’s frontman was Mike Murphy, whose debut with the band, 1974’s Ridin’ the Storm Out, was their first album to chart on Billboard and spawned a concert standard with the rocking title track. Murphy stayed onboard for a couple of more releases — 1974’s Lost in a Dream and 1975’s This Time We Mean It — but neither managed to push REO to the next level.

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Once more, a frontman change was required, and instead of searching for a fresh new face, REO welcomed back Cronin. The move paid off almost immediately, as REO found their niche by streamlining their sound and focusing on melodic rockers aimed at radio, as well as power ballads aimed at teenage girls’ hearts. Released in 1976, R.E.O. signaled the beginning of the veteran group’s winning streak, as both 1977’s Live: You Get What You Play For and 1978’s You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish were REO’s first to earn gold and platinum certification. Another live album, Live Again, was also issued in 1978, followed up a year later by another gold-certified hit, Nine Lives. Although REO was slowly inching their way to big-time success, no one (not even the band) could have predicted the massive hit that their next album turned out to be, Hi Infidelity. Issued at the tail end of 1980, it became one of 1981’s biggest albums — spawning one of the best-known power ballads of all time, “Keep on Loving You,” as well as such popular rock radio hits as “Don’t Let Him Go” and “Take It on the Run.” Hi Infidelity would eventually go on to sell more than nine million copies — catapulting REO to arena-headlining status.

Read their full bio here.

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And for anyone out there interested, this is my favorite REO song. Not much in the way of a video, but if you like the song, hit play, sit back and crank it up. It was before their arena rock days and more polished sound, but at the same time you can just get that hint of the REO to come.


 

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Midnight Music Post – 6/4/14

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Okay, we’re taking a break from all the comedy songs that have been featured as of late and I thought we’d look at one of the best hard rock/glam rock/arena rock bands ever, and that is Queen.

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The epitome of pomp-rock in the Seventies and Eighties, Queen rocked radio and sports stadiums alike with booming, highly produced anthems like “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.” Onstage, the English quartet used elaborate sets smoke bombs, and flashpots — none of which were quite as captivating as the band’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, whose preening and over-the-top vocals helped make Queen wildly popular.

Queen’s roots go back to 1967, when guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined singer Tim Staffell in a group called Smile. Staffell soon left to go solo, and the remaining two Smiles

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teamed up with Freddie Mercury (from a group called Wreckage) and later bassist John Deacon. They played very few gigs at the start, avoiding the club circuit and rehearsing for two years while they all remained in college. (May began work on a Ph.D. in astronomy; Taylor has a degree in biology; Deacon, a degree in electronics; and Mercury had one in illustration and design.) They began touring in 1973, when their debut album was released. After a second LP, the band made its U.S. tour debut, opening for Mott the Hoople.

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Queen’s sound combined showy glam rock, heavy metal, and intricate vocal harmonies produced by multi-tracking Mercury’s voice. May’s guitar was also thickly overdubbed. A Night at the Opera included “God Save the Queen” rendered as a chorale of lead guitar lines. (Until 1980’s The Game, the quartet’s albums boasted that “no synths” were used.) Queen’s third LP, 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack, featured “Killer Queen,” its first U.S. Top Twenty hit. The LP also became its first U.S. gold.

Heavy-metal fans loved Queen (despite Freddie Mercury’s onstage pseudo-dramatics, which had more to do with admitted influence Liza

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Minnelli than with Robert Plant), and the band’s audience grew with its breakthrough LP, 1975’s A Night at the Opera. It contained the six-minute masterpiece “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which featured a campy, operatic section in which Mercury’s voice was spread over dozens of tracks. “Bohemian Rhapsody” stayed at Number One in England for nine weeks, breaking the record Paul Anka had held since 1957 for his “Diana.”

 

Queen had eight gold and six platinum records. The group’s U.S. Top Forty include “Killer Queen” (Number 12), 1975; “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Number Nine), “You’re My Best Friend” (Number 16), and “Somebody to Love” (Number 13), 1976; “We Are the Champions” b/w “We Will Rock You” (Number Four), 1977; “Fat Bottomed Girls” b/w “Bicycle Race” (Number 24), for which the group staged an all-female nude bicycle race, 1978; “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (Number One), 1979; “Another One Bites the Dust” (Number One), 1980; “Under Pressure” with David Bowie (Number 29), 1981; “Body Language” (Number 11), 1982; and “Radio Ga-Ga” (Number 16), 1984. At first their hits were march-like hard rock, but in the late 1970s and early 1980s the group began to branch out. In 1980 they released The Game which featured two big hits in the rockabilly-style “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the disco-style “Another One Bites the Dust,” a close relative of Chic’s “Good Times,” that went to Number One pop and R&B. The Game became Queen’s first American Number One album.

 

Queen ceased to be a commercial force in the States; its next two LPs didn’t even go gold. Yet all over the world the group retained its regal status. The gold Innuendo, which went to Number 30 here, shot to Number One in Britain in early 1991. By then rumors were rampant that Mercury was ill with AIDS, something the group continually denied. That November he released a statement from his deathbed confirming the stories. Just two days later he died of the disease in his London mansion at age 45.

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Midnight Music Post – 5/30/14

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Here are some videos from artists that were taken from us far too early.

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Otis Redding 1941 – 1967

 

 
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Ronnie Van Zant 1948 – 1977, Steve Gaines 1949 – 1977, Cassie Gaines 1948 – 1977

 

 
Bill Haley 1925 – 1981

 

 
Harry Chapin Carpenter 1942 – 1981

 

 
Karen Carpenter 1950 – 1983

 

 
Marvin Gaye 1939 – 1984

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Midnight Music Post 5/28/14

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Steve Cropper has led a long and prosperous music career. He of course, is best known as the guitarist in Booker T and the MG’s and also in the Blues Brother Band. He was in both Blues Brothers movies and he went on tour with them as well. But what a lot of folks don’t know is that he is a pretty darned good song writer and worked extensively as a producer as well.

Steve Cropper made his musical debut on American Bandstand in 1961. Thus the legend began.

Just one year later, along with Booker T & the MG’s, Cropper wrote the #1 smash hit “Green Onions.” In the years to follow he co-wrote some of music’s biggest classics such as “Knock On Wood,” “Midnight Hour,” “634-5789,” and in 1967 the legendary “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” with friend Otis Redding, establishing Cropper as a songwriting genius.

Producing soon became second nature as “The Colonel” turned out timeless tracks by such renowned artists as Wilson Pickett, Tower of Power, John Mellencamp, Jose Feliciano, Poco, John Prine and Otis Redding. Cropper’s exemplary guitar work can be heard on the albums of Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, Art Garfunkel, Booker T and the MG’s, Ringo Starr and Wynonna to name a few. He has toured with such greats as Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett.

In the late 70’s Steve began his now famous work as an original of the Blues Brothers Band, appearing in both major motion pictures and numerous TV shows. He continues traveling with them today as well as touring with Booker T all the MG’s. He currently resides in Nashville and participate an All Stars Band, composed of Cropper, Billy Preston, Rascals Felix Cavaliere and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad.

In a recent issue of MOJO Magazine a list was compiled of the top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time with Cropper being named number two, whose “playing is lean and mean, sympathetic and imaginative … he finds a hole and compliments what everyone else is doing, leaving a hole or two in the process”. Only Jimi Hendrix rated higher.

Cropper has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004 he received Tennessee’s Arts and Humanities Life Time Achievement Award. Booker T and the MG’s received the Governors Award in March 2005, saluting their contribution to the cultural life of Tennessee.

Undoubtedly, Steve Cropper has successfully covered his bases as songwriter/producer/guitarist. And lucky for us all-the legend continues. – Source

So here are some videos of Steve and his music. I couldn’t find a good quality video of him performing Knock On Wood, so I posted a video of Eddie Floyd, who Cropper wrote it for.

 

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