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ADILITAS WAY Las Vegas Rockers Putting the Slam Down

Digger, Twisted Todd and L.C. Glazebrok

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Tributes

8 9/11 Tribute Page NYC Fireriders MC Honored...

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7 Open Road Rides for the Open Road...

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EDITOR’S CORNER

A Letter From The Editor Dear Readers, This seems to be the year for high profile people passing away. Micheal Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon and now Les Paul. All high profile people, and all gave something to their audience-smiles. This was huge for the music scene because he touched so many with his music and guitars. He will be mised by most everyone in the music industry. Les Paul left but his legacy will shine onward with his guitars. Shifting gears now. Football is here, and boy do I love my football. My fantasy teams are getting set, my camera is ready to do some shooting, and I am ready to tailgate. Bring on another title! Bring out your best music, I am. Let us know what your favorite tailgating tune is and we will list it in October’s isue. My favorite tune is Back In Black by AC/DC. CrankIt Up, people, and rock on!

A Tribute To Les Paul You Will Be Missed

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The 4-day, 1000-mile Iron & Steel 9/11 Memorial Run to Hit Spartanburg September 14 by Dawn Glencer

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the ASD’s office and made a mental note to leave by 9:45 am in order to make it to the other side of the building to the General’s office. A plane, which had departed from Dulles International Airport, hit the Pentagon at 9:40 am. I received a phone call that night at 9 pm, stating that I was considered “essential personnel” and had to report at my regular time at the Pentagon the next morning at 7 am. Once I got within 10 miles of the Pentagon, the blue skies turned grey. (The Pentagon was still on fire until 3 pm that afternoon.) All the exits to the Pentagon were shut down that morning, so I had to get off at the Mall exit and take River Rd., the back way into the Pentagon. I remember passing Macy’s at the front of the Pentagon City Mall – I could barely read the department store’s huge sign through the smoke – it had a huge tank on its front lawn, surrounded by soldiers armed to the teeth. I felt like I was back in a third world country – it was pretty surreal.

Local Firefighters, Law Enforcement, former and current military, and anyone who considers themselves a true patriot of the United States. Do you remember the extreme pride that flowed out of every one of us following the infamous day of 9/11? I was in the Pentagon that day, doing my job, like everyone else, running the training center for OSD/Policy. I had just snuck out to pick up my new Dyna Wide Glide (which had come in a few days early) from Patriot Harley Davidson (ironically) in Fairfax, VA. I just couldn’t resist. As soon as I got back to the Pentagon, I was called to a new ASD’s (Assistant Secretary of Defense) office on the “E” ring for some desk-side training. I grabbed my backpack before I left – I also had a pretty special appointment at 10 am. The day before, there had been an announcement that General Richard Myers was to become the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His bio mentioned I first met the New York City Fire that he was an avid motorcycle rider and Riders MC at Myrtle Beach during bike loved to collect biker t-shirts. We had a week a few years back, when covering the little hole-in-the-wall biker bar called rally for the Carolina Cruiser show. One “Apehangers” out in Southern Maryland. of their club members had noticed my 9/11 I did the website for the bar, and I thought, tattoo and struck up a conversation. He in“How great it would be to have a photo troduced me to his friend Rob Carlo, their of General Myers wearing one of our t- club’s Vice President and a recently retired shirts!” I found his e-mail address in the NYC firefighter. Rob had lost his younger global address book for the Pentagon and brother Michael, also a firefighter, in the zapped him an e-mail offering a free shirt. Twin Towers on 9/11. Michael had been I assumed it had a snowball’s chance in hell on the phone with Rob, who was also in – his military assistant probably screened the process of responding to the tragedy. his e-mail, and not exactly being of work- The brothers were supposed to leave the related importance, it’d probably end up in next day on vacation, riding their motorhis virtual trash can. I cycles to Key West – a was pretty shocked when long-planned trip with the General himself ethe club. Rob was feaThere will be a HUGE mailed not five minutes tured in the Cinemax welcoming party for the later – saying he’d heard documentary “Brothmembers of the ride at Hootof the bar from Tommy ers Who Lost Brother’s of Spartanburg, which Thompson (then the Secers” a few years after retary of Health and Hu9/11. The camaraderie will kick off at 6 PM. man Services) who had of that club is amazcome to one of our bike ing – they’re all funny shows a few weeks back. The General said as hell, and are never at a loss for a great he’d love a t-shirt, but would be happy to story…and trust me, they have plenty of purchase one, and asked if he could also them. I had them on the show several buy enough t-shirts for his entire security times and always make sure to hook up team (the General rode, so his hand-picked with the guys during every bike week. security detail also had to be motorcycle A few months ago, I received a call riders as well). I was pretty blown away from “Spock” (aka Greg Alspach), the Di– I called our bar manager that minute and rector and Casual Hero of the run. He said swung by the bar after work to pick up the that there was a huge ride being planned shirts. So, armed with both t-shirts and my for the 9/11 Memorial and that several new digital camera, I couldn’t wait to meet firefighter motorcycles clubs were going the General AND get some great photos for to be involved. They wanted to plan an the website. It was 9:15 am – I headed to overnight stop in the Upstate, and he asked

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if I could help in putting it together. The word “Absolutely” somehow seemed like a grand understatement. The 1,000-mile, 4-day run will leave Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 7 am, led by the NYC Fire Riders MC. They are planning to arrive in the Upstate on Monday, September 14, at 2:45 pm at Westgate Mall. There will be a HUGE welcoming party for the members of the ride, taking place at Hooters of Spartanburg, kicking off at 6 pm. Now, Monday Night is Hooters of Spartanburg’s regular bike night – but I’m telling you now – if you want to even get into the parking lot – you’d better get there early. Brian Green, the general manager of Hooters, has been coordinating efforts with Diane McAndrews, the marketing director at Westgate Mall. “The mall offers a

great staging area for the bikes, and it’s just right across the street from us. We’re also renting a shuttle bus for those on the run, for easy transportation between their hotel (Holiday Inn Express) and Hooters.” DJ Brillo will be spinning the tunes all night long, and to help entertain the party-spillage of folks in the parking lot, he’s also bringing his awesome 15-foot outdoor inflatable screen for Monday Night Football. There will be a full bar, inside and out, and numerous beer-tub Hooter girls – hopefully limiting delays in obtaining beverages. For more information on this ride, stop in and chat with the managers at Hooters of Spartanburg. If you’re interested in joining the ride from Spartanburg to Ft. Benning for the ceremony, please visit the website for more information: www.ironandsteelnyctofortbenning.org.


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ONGOING EVENTS EVERY MONDAY NIGHT Starting at 6:30pm - BIKE NITE at Hooters in Spartanburg Drink specials, vendors, music.

EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT Starting at 6:30pm - BIKE NITE at Hooters in Anderson Drink specials, vendors, music.

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Starting at 6:30pm - BIKE NITE at Quaker Steak & Lube, next to Greenville Harley. Drink specials, vendors, music. Every Friday, from now to Sept 4th, from 6:30-10pm The last Friday of each month at Greenville Harley Davidson Every Sunday afternoon at the Lake Bowen Country Club, Inman Every weekend at the Tiki Bar, Lake Lure, NC

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Greenville Harley Davidson held its annual Ms. Chrome Drive bikini contest and the beautiful Jennifer MacAbee was the judges coice for 2009. We agree. The contest took place this August 15. Photo by The Breeze

Sept 4 – 6 Cherokee Survivors Fall Motorcycle Rally - For GPS location - 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, N.C. 28719. Vendors, bike show, Miss Cherokee Survivor contest, wet t-shirt contest, live music by Motorhead. $40 weekend pass, or $10 on Sunday only. For more information, call 1-800-483-1601, or visit the website at www.cherokeerally.com. Sept 11 – Harley Drags at Greer Raceway - Top Fuel Harley Drag Racers Tommy Sloan and Armon Furr come back to the Upstate to show how steel bends at 210 mph. Sept 11 – 13 – Thunder in the Smokies - Bike Builders Tour, bike show, vendors, live music. For more info, call 828-246-2101. Sept 12 – American Red Cross Poker Run - Best hand wins a 2009 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster; $500 to worst hand. Ride begins at BMW at 8am with first bike out at 9 am, last bike out at 11 am. Last hand in by 3 pm at Greenville Harley Davidson. For early registration and additional info, visit www.redcrossrally.com. Sept 14 – Welcome the NYC Firefighters’ Iron & Steel 9/11 Memorial Ride 6pm at Hooters of Spartanburg. Come out and show your support as several firefighter motorcycle clubs from NYC arrive in the Upstate on a 4-day, 1000 mile ride as they escort a steel girder from the Twin Towers for induction into the new military museum in Ft. Benning, GA. Music by DJ Brillo – watch Monday Night Football on the giant inflatable screen in the parking lot! For more info on the run, please visit www.ironandsteelnyctofortbenning.org. Sept 15 – All-Girl Garage Party - Greenville Harley Davidson is throwing yet another informative session for women who are interested in taking control of their own destination! Great precursor to taking the motorcycle safety course. You must pre-register by emailing laura@h-dog.com or via their website at www.h-dog.com Sept 18 and 19 – Maggie Valley’s Rally in the Valley - Globe of Death Motorcycle Stunt Team vendors, live music, & tons of food. Bike Show registration starts at 10 am on Saturday, entry fee $20. $10 band gets you into event all weekend long. To get GPS location, use 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751. For more information on lodging and events, visit www.chdda.com/events/frally.html Sept 25 – Greenville Harley Bike Night - Live music by Cherry Dillinger – bikes, babes & beer. Sept 26 – Greenville Harley Open House & Demo Rides - Check out and test ride all the new 2010 models noon til 5 pm. Sept 26 – The 2nd Annual Save the Puppies Run for Breast Cancer - Registration begins at 6 pm at the Greenville Shrine Club, 119 Beverly Rd. – first bikes out at 7 pm. The run is a grand-tour of the Upstate’s Gentlemen’s Clubs – so riders must be 21 years or older to participate. Proceeds raised will go to Breast Cancer Research. For more information, call Scott at 864-430-0998. September 30 to October 3 – Myrtle Beach Fall Rally

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store, or a restaurant that’s serving up locally grown food. anadian quintet The Duhks are “Ultimately what everyone can take a favorite here at CrankIt Enter- away from it, every little bit makes a differtainment Magazine, with their ex- ence. Everyone makes a difference in every tensive travels, fast fiddling and trip they make. We’re glad to be doing our funky, bluesy stylization in their folk music. part as much as possible,” Elizabeth added. The Manitoba, Winnipeg group is kickBefore they released Fast Paced World, ing it with their sound out on a continent- brother and sister musicians Christian and spanning tour, putting the sound of their Sarah Dugas joined the band, which suited 2008 album Fast Paced World out there, and Elizabeth very well, as impressed as she was spreading the word on energy conservation with their abilities. and environmental re“Sarah joined the band a year before sponsibility. Fiddler Tania Christian (did). She had Elizabeth officially estabsome songs written before We’ve done our lished their long-held beshe joined (us). Winnipeg liefs and concentration on is a tight-knit community jobs, we’ve kicked conservation back in 2007, of musicians. They’ve ass, done a good job with the Green Duhks all known each other for and moved on to the campaign. Outside of her years and years and years. considerable music talents, When I moved to (Winthe next town Elizabeth said she’s been nipeg from British Cointo activism “since I was a lumbia), hers was the first kid, so I already knew that band I ever saw, and I reworld a little bit. member thinking ‘Wow! She’s amazing!’” “It wasn’t a totally random event. (The Among all the band’s tracks, it’s a colconservation message) enriches your whole laboration with Sarah Dugas that Elizabeth experience, and connects you with all sorts says she’s partial to. “I really like ‘I See You’ of interesting people” and attention from sus- with Sarah. We sort of wrote it about, when tainable resource companies, she added. you have those really great friends in your With their bio-diesel powered van taking life. It doesn’t matter how much time has them all around the country and back home passed, when you pick back up with them, to Manitoba, she said it’s fairly easy for the it’s like not time has passed. It’s really great band to find what they need through iPhones when that happens.” and GPS systems, whether it’s a bio-diesel It’s also great when a band gets to eat out

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on the road. Kind enough to hold off a while longer on a mid-afternoon breakfast, Elizabeth filled in CrankIt Entertainment Magazine a bit more on this worthwhile band’s exploits. CrankIt Entertainment: What is your favorite, or most effective, energy and materials conservation activity? Tania Elizabeth: (Laughter) Sleeping. I love my water bottle, I use that a lot. it’s pretty great. It’s a clean canteen, 40 ounce variety. I put water in, with a little bit of lemon if I’m feeling a bit adventurous. You can put beer in it, but it makes the little plastic rings smell like beer. I’m hoping, in the next little bit, to buy a new solar panel cell phone charger. CrankIt: I’m sure there’s a back story on why you all chose to cover “Mighty Storm,” about a flood that occurred in Galveston, Texas more than a hundred years ago. Elizabeth: Leonard’s dad, Mitch, has contributed a song to every record we’ve made. He probably has the most extensive record collection on the planet. He started the Winnipeg Folk Festival, which is huge, and also the Vancouver Folk Festival, and the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Nova Scotia. He’s basically a legend, and the one who brought that song to us. He thought it made perfect sense with everything after Hurricane Katrina. Right as

we were releasing the record, Galveston got hit again (last year). We hope it encourages people to donate to the American Red Cross, to raise their awareness and help out. CrankIt: What’s something crazy that’s happened out on tour here lately? Elizabeth: I’m probably the wrong person to ask that question. I like going to bed early and getting up and doing yoga. I don’t necessarily get into all the antics that happen. As far as I can tell, this summer has been very solid. We’ve done our jobs, we’ve kicked ass, done a good job and moved onto the next town. We work hard and enjoy what we do. We love what we do, and part of that is keeping what some people would call a “boring” schedule. We do some pretty epic drives, like a 32 hour drive, from Florida to Winnipeg. I don’t even think we really stopped, I know we didn’t stop for a sleep. The Duhks will be passing through The Carolinas for two shows next month. They’ll be in Asheville at The Orange Peel on Oct. 8, and the next day at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro, N.C. To catch ‘em online, head over to www.duhks.com, and check out all their tracks via MySpace, at www.myspace.com/theduhks. Keep checking back with CrankIt Entertainment Magazine each month, and online at www.crankitmag.com, for all the music news you’ll need to know in The Carolinas! c M

Jordan McConnell - Guitar, Pipes, Whistles, Vocals • Leonard Podolak - Banjo, Vocals Sarah Dugas - Vocals • Christian Dugas - Percussion • Tania Elizabeth - Fiddle/Violin

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Jonathan Maness Pickin’ with

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Acoustic ... On the Edge

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CrankIt: Who influenced you at the start of your playing career? Maness: My dad played banjo, and enough guitar to teach me to play my first song, “Wildwood Flower.” I grew up hearing Flatt and Scruggs, traditional southern Gospel, and country music artists like Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs, and Randy Travis. In the first couple years I was attempting to play, someone dubbed us a cassette of Doc and Merle Watson: On Stage, and that cassette sitsin my closet, worn out and well beyond its effective life span, but I can’t bring myself to throw it away, even though I have copies now on CD and my iPod. CrankIt: When did you first start playing, and can you remember the excitement of getting your first guitar? Maness: I got my first guitar from a store in Clarksville, TN. I believe it was Collins

Music. I remember being excited, but the strongest feeling I recall was that I was being entrusted with the responsibility of the care of the instrument, and therefore something bigger than my self. My dad also impressed upon me as I picked the instrument out, that I was expected to practice enough to make it worth the investment. I believe we paid $125 for it, but the nicer instruments did not escape my notice that day, and I feel like I was made suddenly aware of the economies of scale, and the financial and personal sacrifice involved in the journey I was taking the first step of. The guitar was a shortscale, small bodied instrument of the Lotus brand. We bought it for my tenth birthday sometime in late June of ‘89. My birthday wasn’t until July 11th, but my dad’s job was moving us to Germany. I believe it was on the same day that we put the guitar in a box, and put it in storage to be shipped to the hangar dad was to work in, at the airport in Stuttgart, Germany. I didn’t get to play it till we got settled in overseas a couple weeks later. Somewhere in transit, they had dropped it on the body end and broken the sides near the endpin where they join. If I had to guess how we packed it, I should probably be amazed that guitar made it to Germany at all. It still worked fine and I played it that way for three or four years until we sold it and I got a black Fender Dreadnought, as a later birthday present. Image Provided

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onathan Maness is a very talented musician who started playing guitar at the age of 10. His family was very musical, so it was not by chance that he became very successful. His success came through years of practice in his free time after his family moved to Stuttgart, Germany. He had no real way of interacting with the American kids on the military bases there, so he devoted his time to playing his guitar. When he left Europe in 1995, he was a well on his way to becoming a decent fingerpicker and a competent flatpicker. The United States afforded him the opportunity to explore more avenues for success and he has become very committed to his trade. Jonathan has had the opportunity to play with some great artists like Sam Bush, Doc Watson, David Holt, Riders in the Sky, and Wayne Henderson. He has even played with a band from Virginia called The Dixie Beeliners. He now spends his time touring with the Contemporary Christian Country group, Young Harmony; working on a record with his good friend Clint Alphin, and finishing up the tracking of a progressive bluegrass solo project. This debut album will showcase his versatile guitar playing, his tasteful mandolin licks and his smooth baritone voice–all in a musical package that is sure to surprise, impress, and touch you, the listener. CrankIt Magazine found this talent in Boone, North Carolina and decided to introduce him to the Upstate. This is an exceptional artist and one that is very devoted to his music. Here’s what he had to say in our interview with him and how he became the talent he is today.

CrankIt: Who was your finest teacher? Maness: Well, my dad didn’t play much guitar, but as a mentor he was always available to answer questions growing up. My only formal lessons were in college at Appalachian State, where I studied with Dr. Douglas James, who is a great player and teacher.

Young Harmony, Daniel Kimbro of Mountain Soul, and, recently, the Watkins Family.

Who have you played with that has influenced you the most so far in your career?

CrankIt: If you could pick any one artist to play with on stage, who would that be, and why?

Maness: I think it’s important here to make a distinction between “sitting in” with, and “working” with, someone. I’ve been lucky enough to sit in, on an informal basis, like the jam at the end of a show or backstage with the following musical influences: Sam Bush, Doc Watson, the current Dan Tyminski band (Dan, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales, Ron Stewart, Justin Moses), Ron Block, and Andy Leftwich. But I cannot thank the people I have worked with enough for their patience, mentorship, and guidance, both musical and personal. Some people just naturally reach deeper to pull the best out of you, and most notably relevant here are Johnathan Bond of

Maness: I’d love to work with John Cowan. He has an inimitable ability to reach people with his voice. He’s also at the forefront of the further development of newgrass, which is close to my heart. He’s also a groove machine, and I feel my timing would greatly benefit from playing with someone who plays so well across many genres and grooves. CrankIt: Do you fingerpick or flatpick? Which one do you prefer? Maness: I have spent time studying both. I started with a flatpick, but by the time I got to high school, I was working on a lot of Chet Atkins and other fingerstyle material

and only maintaining my flatpicking. This led naturally to studying classical guitar for my undergraduate. Of course, when I was required to play classical, this made me want to be flatpicking. So while I was finishing my degree, I got my bluegrass fix playing with a band called “WiseApple” in the clubs in Western North Carolina. They are still active and based out of Asheville. I’m now primarily a flatpicker, but playing a lot of mandolin these days with the Watkins Family. I also do my best to keep my chops up on dobro and banjo, so I can lay down parts as necessary in my studio at home. To me, it’s all music. I love it, and have no preference–it’s just different tools for the toolbox. CrankIt: Do you write any music? Maness: I have a drawer at the house full of lyrical bits and pieces. I’m planning to hammer them into something usable one of these Continued On Next Page

I’d like to work with John Cowan. He has an inimitable ability to reach people with his voice.

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days. The ideas are coming easier now than they used to. I’m hoping it’s a process I can step into in a big way very soon. I also have four or five instrumental themes in my head, just waiting to be fleshed out and finalized. But I don’t have anything written in stone just yet. CrankIt: Have you ever thought of releasing an album of just acoustic? I am in the process of doing a newgrass release that’s mostly on acoustic instruments. I feel like I’m primarily an acoustic artist, but even Ricky Skaggs’ bluegrass records have some electric baritone on them to fill out the mix. I would love to do a record with just vocal and guitar, kind of as a nod to the “Unplugged” shows from the 90s. But you have to be pretty established to risk going all the way back to the way you had to start. Also, it’s in my mind to do a solo fingerstyle guitar record in the future, too. CrankIt: Who do you play with if you are not doing solo gigs? Maness: My main gig right now is as the mandolin/guitar player for the contemporary bluegrass Gospel band, The Watkins Family from Toccoa, GA. When not on the road with them, I spend my time at home playing with a local newgrass band, Mountain Soul, who are doing a record in my studio to be released this fall. I also get fairly regular calls to be a pit musician in musical theatre shows in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.

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CrankIt: How have they influenced you as an artist? Maness: The Watkins Family make great musical choices. They work with the best players, producers and engineers to get a competitive sound on their records. I try my best to meet the quality level of their recorded work when we hit the stage. Daniel Kimbro, of Mountain Soul, is one of the most technically accomplished musicians I’ve ever gotten to play with on a regular basis, and he pushes me outside my comfort zone every time I get to play with him. The musical theatre work is a chance to keep my reading chops up. CrankIt: Have you ever given thought to electric guitar? Maness: I play electric regularly when laying down parts in the studio. Mountain Soul needs me to play electric a lot as well. I love electric blues, a la SRV, and many of the musicals I play for require electric guitar as well. I’d love to put a band/show together that allows me to switch between them seamlessly. CrankIt: Talk about your guitar and gear. Maness: I primarily play a Santa Cruz acoustic, with an L.R. Baggs Dual Source pickup system. I have a Weber mandolin, also through an L.R. Baggs pickup, the new Radius. Both instruments run into Baggs Para DI’s, out the FX loops and through a stereo volume pedal for rhythm and lead volumes. From there they go back to the DI’s and onto the mixer. On electric, I have a G&L ASAT Classic, mod-

eled after the Fender Telecaster, that I run into a Line6 PodXT. On stage, that goes to a Fender backline. In the studio, I’ll run it through a stereo tube pre and then into the recording software.

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CrankIt: Do you think there’s a peak level to learning to play guitar?

Maness: I’m working on my record and Mountain Soul’s record. Both should be out by Thanksgiving. For details on progress, visit jonathanmaness.com and mountainsoul.net.

Maness: There may be a peak level to learning the guitar, but if it exists, it’s so far above my head that I’m not qualified to comment. Guys like Jimmy Bruno, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Bryan Sutton have forgotten more than I’ll ever learn. I mic most acoustic instruments in stereo. For guitar that means a microphone pointed towards the 12th fret of the fingerboard and another aimed at the soundhole, either from above or directly in front, depending on the instrument. On mandolin, I typically mic both f-holes from 6 to 12 inches away. I use either stereo matched Shure KSM141’s or Rode NT5’s. Occasionally on guitar, I’ll put a large diaphragm condenser on the body, and when I do, it’s an AT4040. CrankIt: If I’ve been saving my nickels and dimes for a 12-string, or any guitar, what you recommend? Maness: Alvarez, Blueridge, and Yamaha make good entry level instruments. Martin, Taylor, and Gibson are the large scale manufacturers to go with for professional acoustic instruments. If you want something at that level from a smaller shop, Santa Cruz and Collings are great. And then there are scores of guys making great instruments from a shop

CrankIt: Any projects in the works or just on the road doing what you love to do?

CrankIt: Speaking of the road, tell me one crazy thing that has happened to you during your travels.

Maness: On our first day on tour in Germany with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike in 2006, I tried to ask a lady where we could find a place to eat with the first German I had spoken in 12 years. I must have said something wrong or looked just like her ex-boyfriend, because she started cussing me in English. I guess I should have used it to begin with, but I really don’t think it would have helped. By the end of the tour three weeks later, I didn’t seem to be having any trouble communicating with folks. Not really sure what her problem was... Other than the usual problems like bus trouble, my travels have been fairly uneventful. CrankIt: Last thoughts? Maness: Thanks! If you’d like to follow or check up on Jonathan you can find him at a lot of places on the web. Look him up on his main site at www. jonathanmaness.com, myspace.com/jonathanmaness or on facebook. cM


Adilitas Way

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Las Vegas Rockers Putting the Slam Down

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as Vegas has produced a new hard rock band called Adelitas Way, and they have broken into the mainstream with a hit called “Invincible.” This song has a connection to the WWE Superstars. Why? Because it is their official theme song. They were tagged to perform their song “A New Day” as the theme song for the tag team The Legacy. Their debut album has been out since its release on July 14, 2009, and you can find these hits on it, along with some of their raw hard rock. Adelitas Way signed with Virgin Records in 2008, and has been working hard on the road since their release. The band is comprised of Rick DeJesus (lead vocals), Chris Iorio (lead guitar), Keith Wallen (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Derek Johnston (bass guitar), and Trevor “Tre” Stafford (drums, percussion). We had the opportunity to get an interview, courtesy of Dex, with these guys, and they have a cool story about how they really got their name. It kind of brings back some memories of days in Tijuana for some of us. Dex: Give us the list of the bands that you tour with right now... Rick: Sick Puppies, Hurt, and Tunnels to Holland Dex: And Veer Union, they had to drop out because of some issues with the vocals? What happened there? Rick: Well, we play a lot of shows, and sometimes you’re gonna do 160-170 shows within a span of 180 days, so you get really beat up. It’s a singer’s biggest fear to blow out your vocal cords, and we send our best wishes out to Crispen. He’s a super talented guy; we just hope he gets his rest and can be back out on tour with us. Dex: Absolutely. Hopefully he’ll be able to catch up with the rest of the tour. You guys are actually based out of Las Vegas, am I right? Chris: Yep, Las Vegas. Dex: What’s the scene like there? I know they have a huge nightlife, but for a local band to really break out there, what do they have to do? The competition with the national acts and casino shows has to be hard to deal with. Chris: You gotta work REALLY hard. Vegas is kind of a tough place because there’s so much going on every night, so it’s

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kinda hard to get people out at the shows, once you get the people, then they’ll start coming out on a regular basis. Rick: Yeah, we pestered everybody in Vegas. Before we got signed, we handed out like 6,000 demos. Every person that was walking down the street or on the strip, we gave them a demo. I think the secret is making your band an event there. Now, when we come back to Vegas, it’s a big deal. Everyone in the town starts talking about it a week before. And then, the next thing you know, it’s on the radio every five seconds that we’re coming back, and I think it’s all about building up that reputation and getting to that point where people make you an event. Like, on Saturday, I’m putting everything aside, and I’m going. We show up to Vegas, and it’s a pretty crazy night. Dex: Yeah, speaking of crazy nights, One of those nights lead to the band name. Details? Rick: Ah, man, there’s a lot of wild nights on tour. There’s a lot of wild nights everywhere, but how we got our band name was one of the craziest stories. W e were supposed to go to the San Diego Beach. I fell asleep in the back of an SUV, and I woke up, and we were getting arrested in Tijuana. There’s a cop banging on the window. I look up, they’re robbing my friend, and I see him take like 500 dollars and put it in his pocket. I see them throwing him around, taking all of his stuff and putting it in their pockets, so I shove the twenty dollars that I had, in my boot. The cop pulls me out, searches me, can’t find any money. He’s so mad, he’s throwing me against the car. He’s like, “give us the money!” He gave me a breathalyzer with his hand. He’s like, “blow into my hand.” So I blow into his hand, and he’s like, “you’re wasted, give me $500.” So it was a crazy experience. Mexico is no joke. So we were all bummed out. We just got robbed, and they were ready to throw us in the Mexican jail, and we were like, “Whoa!” We didn’t want to mess around with any of that, so it took us a while of smooth talking to get us out of going to jail. So we see this bar called Adilitas, and I had $20, [said] “let’s go get a beer.” So we’re in there, and I look around, and I see all of these young, beautiful women around us, and I’m like, “This place rocks, what’s going on here? But I see them leaving with older men, like they keep going in and out. And it was a weird vibe. All of these old men are getting all of these young pretty girls. So then this BEAUTIFUL girl comes up to me, and she’s like,

We were all bummed out, we just got robbed, and they were ready to throw us in the Mexican jail, and we were like “whoa!” we didn’t want to mess around with any of that!

“Hey, what’s your name?” and I’m like, “Oh, nice to meet you.” And she sits down, and she had to be like 17, 18 years old, and I start talking to her, and she’s like, “Hey, you wanna get out of here? You give me $50, and I’ll leave with you right now.” And I was like, “FIFTY BUCKS? What ??” Dex: So she’s a hooker? Rick: Yeah, and it freaked me out because this girl is gorgeous! And she was literally like a girl you would see in Maxim Magazine. And I was like, “What makes you come here every day and sell yourself for 50 bucks? You’re way too pretty for that.” She got super serious. It wasn’t like she was in selling mode anymore. She said, “I’ve been doing this since I was 12 years old. My mother and father are sick, I have 9 brothers and sisters, I have to support my family. I’m the only one in my family that can make any money. I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid; I was born into this. This is the only life that I know.” And it bummed me out, man. I left that trip like I’m never taking anything that I have for granted, ever. Ya know, because there are people that complain when they don’t get a video game or they don’t get what they wanted, but you have to be fortunate in what you have. I have the opportunity to go out there every day and do what I love, and there are a lot of people out there who have a chance. There are people out there who have no chance, they have no future. It’s like they’re born into selling drugs, they’re born into being a prostitute. And Adilitas way reminds you to not take anything for granted. What we have…we are very, very fortunate. Dex: Right. And I was reading about you guys a little bit more. In your song-writing process, you try to use true stories. You try to use a lot of the things that happen in your life.

Rick: In our life…,and I like to live through other people’s experiences. Sometimes I will watch someone close to me go through a hard time, and I’ll feel for them, And I’ll be like, “I know how they’re feeling,” and I’ll write a song pertaining to that. I want people to listen to our record, and when they hear a song, I want them to be able to relate to it, [think/say] “I’ve been through this.” Chris: We wrote our song “Scream,” in a crummy hotel in Memphis, TN, you know, while we were hoping not to get killed--because we were in the worst neighborhood possible.

Rick: To get to where we are right now, we definitely had a long road. He was 16 when we were trying to demo songs and trying to get a deal. I mean, we were living in a van in L A. We couldn’t even afford to eat 99-cent chicken nuggets; we were showering at the gym; we used to scrounge change for gas money...

Chris: We got excited when we bought $2 fans.

Rick: We got excited when we bought these little electronic fans with batteries, and when we used to sleep in the van, they used to cool us off a little bit. And we did that for months, and the whole process... we’ve just been through so much because we knew this is what we were gonna do. I lived in my first car when I moved to Vegas. I sold my first car to do our first demo. I was homeless; I had nowhere to go. Dex: A lot of people don’t hear these kinds of stories from bands. A lot of bands won’t talk about “that time.” Getting signed is a hard road. Rick: It is, it’s so hard. We got kicked and Continued On Page 21

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In the Mind of Chad Mitchell Using Uncommon Angles to Spark Interest by Rob Moore

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had Mitchell has a love for photography that shows in every photo that he has produced. His love of taking pictures of people, places, and things shows an exceptional artist at work. “The places you travel, the events you attend, and the people you meet have truly helped shape the person I am,” said Mitchell. “A subject’s personal history and its circumstances certainly influence your life – even if it’s only slightly.” That seems to be true for most everyone–but Mitchell puts it on film, or in this case, compact flash, for the whole world to see. He uses every angle that presents itself and works overtime to give the viewer the best shot through his eyes. “No matter where I go, work or play, my cameras go with me,” Mitchell said. “From a ‘wedding day celebration’ to the ‘championship game,’ I’ve been blessed to be able to cover it all.” I have had the opportunity to work beside this funny, yet serious, photographer, and his photography amazes me. I went to Appalachian State with him, and his graphic design skills are also top-notch. Mitchell is one well rounded artist who deserves to be talked about, and CrankIt Entertainment is proud to have a fellow alumnus grace its pages this month. Here’s what he had to say to our readership, while on a break from his twins, after answering some not-so-tough questions about his experience and techniques in the photography field. CrankIt Mag: I was taking a look at some of your photographs on your website. Can you talk about your creative process for your photography? Chad Mitchell: The creative process alwaysalways-always starts before I get to where I’m going – usually on the drive there. Having a design degree really helps here, too (elements of design). I try to get a mental list of preferred angles and perspectives, some I’d call ‘standard,’ (safe and expected angles), and the others, ‘creative’ (those that someone wouldn’t expect or are uncommon). Once you arrive, light assessment of shadows, setting sun, stage lights, etc. can begin – and usually changes! Having a design degree ‘ally’ helps tremendously with composition, balance, and any content that could be placed into a photograph for a printed work. In the field, at a wedding ceremony, or on a vacation, you’ve more time to see and plan for any negative space that may house copy or text in a brochure or promotional piece that may come up later. I try to see that space as I shoot, not create it in post-production, after it’s shot. Fast action sports and similar events are treated the same way. CrankIt: What kind of mode do you go into, and what does it feel like to be inside your creative inspired mind when photographing a concept or idea you are passionate about?

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Mitchell: I’m always trying to explain ideas and concepts of projects to my wife, Jennifer, and just exactly how I’d want to carry them out. But because the mind works faster than the mouth, I suppose my ‘mode’ would be that of ‘calculated gibberish’ in most cases. Physically speaking, I drive my wife crazy with my banter. Mentally speaking, photo subjects such as sports and action cause overlapping thoughts of chance and result with me, or ‘what if’ scenarios. I played baseball growing up and was always taught that, when I caught that ball, I had better have a plan as to what to do with it. So, with that, I formulate an ‘A’ and ‘B’ plan on angle or direction. Regardless, I try to photo a subject and its elements from uncommon angles. “Cool” is a great word to hear. CrankIt: You do multiple types of photography. Which type do you market the most and/or is the most successful, in terms of money? Mitchell: First, I love doing it all. Unfortunately, not everything markets and sells equally. I had worked for 13 years with the hometown minor league baseball team, the Kannapolis Intimidators. I met a great deal of people in those 13 seasons. It was practically a Chamber of Commerce night once or twice a week. I photographed lots of people and just gave the 4x6 print to them with my signature (copyright) on the back and told them if they needed anything (graphic design or photography), to please let me know. Over time, those same people would call for little things or big event projects. Mostly photography, because they always had seen me with a camera or two at the stadium. For example, I met a guy who had been our PA announcer for a few years while he worked full time for a marketing company in Charlotte. That same marketing company is one that helped start Drive for Diversity, a motor sports program that helped promote diversity in NASCAR. I was their photographer for the program’s first three years, and loved it. I traveled as far as California, with Wendell Scott, Jr., to photo a female driver, while learning a lot from those in marketing, as well as the participant’s side of it, too. Because of all the contacts over the years at that field, corporate photography would be the most ‘marketed’ for me. It has also benefited me the most as well. One corporate shoot may lead to another wedding, which may lead to a family portrait, and so on… CrankIt: What type of photography would you do all day long, every day, if you could? Commercial, sports,? Mitchell: For one, you shoot a ton more in sports. As you know, 1/1000 second can make or break a truly successful image. As fast as sports goes to those trying to capture it, it pays to invoke the ‘shot 100 to get 1 I liked’ rule. I can shoot an App State football game and go home not happy with anything I have, but am delighted to have had the time to get to Boone to do it. Commercial, to me, is more technical. I have a simple light box constructed of white foam core and mount lights to the side to do

product photography. Camera, tripod, lights, product placement – it all takes time to get it as right as you’re going to get it. I believe that any area of photography that allows me to shoot outdoors is what I prefer best. Really doesn’t matter what it is. To me, it’s a game. If the weather alters any “pre-thoughts” I had going into the shoot or day, eh, just go with it. Think of it this way on the flip side, I could be an accountant on the 82nd floor somewhere, doing 60 hours a week with no windows. CrankIt: What is your background with photography? Mitchell: I’ve been keenly interested in photography since junior high days of 1985. Took two B+W classes at Appalachian - one in my Commercial Art major and one in my Technology minor. I look at pictures and skip the articles. Self taught from there…

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CrankIt: How do you keep both sides of your brain (analytical and creative) engaged? Mitchell: With already being a designer, I think it’s easier for me than some other photographers. Yeah, I’m consumed by the overall quality of the capture, but I also think of how to create a brochure, ad, or other collateral material as I go. If I shoot the image “soft” (slightly out of focus), I know that I can still use the image, but with a Photoshop filter applied to it. For example, knock it out of focus with a Gaussian blur, lighten it and place copy over it. Also, keeping those elements of design (line, shape, texture, weight, etc.) at the forefront as you shoot is important, too. Just pick one of the elements, and make it the theme of a series of images. CrankIt: Do you still shoot some film and scan it in and use Photoshop, or just plain digital and use Photoshop?

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Mitchell: I still shoot film, but rarely. Film forces you to remember the principals, though. Digital, (and I can hear the nay-sayers), allows one to become lazy with those principals, if they let it. I sometimes find myself shooting an image or two over or under, knowing I can ‘shop’ it when I get home. App State football games, when the sun sets and creates a 50/50 shadow on the turf, allows for that ‘demon’ to sneak in. Other than that, it’s hi-res JPEG/RAW with Photoshop (when needed). CrankIt: What are some of the software and photography equipment, as well as photo storage options that you employ in your work? Mitchell: With my photography, I use Photoshop, mostly. Canon cameras (40D and 20D), and store images on a 500 GB external hard drive. CrankIt: What’s your typical schedule Continued On Next Page

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like? Do you have a lot of free time to play and be creative? Mitchell: My wife and I have two-year old twins. We’ll start right there! I do shoot for the ASU Alumni Association, so that allows my wife and I time to take ‘day trips’ to Boone and shoot the games and area. While not as frequent, I still get out to local high school football and baseball games, shoot weddings, and photograph my kids. They are soooo used to seeing a camera. I’m a graphic designer with the hospital system here, but get to travel to other hospitals to capture candids of the personnel that work there for information systems that are installed in each facility. The hospital allows me total freedom to capture the essence of the people that work in our hospitals. I’ve only been in this design position now for about seven months, so the ‘shiny’ hasn’t (probably won’t) wear off just yet.

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CrankIt: Can you describe a discovery moment in your progression as a digital photographer? Some technique or process that changed the scope of your creative work?

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CrankIt: Can you tell us about a recent project that you’ve felt really connected to?

CrankIt: When did you first start seeing the light or seeing in this creative manner, or was this something innate that you were born with?

Mitchell: I live in Kannapolis, and our cityscape has changed drastically in the last few years. Kannapolis was a textile town when textiles were huge. Times change, and so did Kannapolis. At one time, we were the world leader in what we produced – bed and bath linens. For a year and a half, before, during and after the mill’s millions of brick square footage was imploded and demolished, I documented the entire process with over 25,000+ images, in hopes of telling a pictorial story to the scientists and researchers moving into the now, North Carolina Research Campus, a biotechnology and research organization. I have dozens of friends and family that made a living in that mill, so when it disappeared, lots of older ‘Towel Citizens’ lost their jobs and weren’t qualified or driven to learn a new trade. Now, with biotechnology on the visible horizon, I believe Kannapolis is, and will be, twice the city it was in previous years. I plan on capturing as much as possible, for everybody’s enjoyment and enlightenment. I

Mitchell: I can’t pinpoint the time, but I know that I have family, on both sides, that are artisans in what they do. My great-grandfather was a wood-craftsman and had a wood shop behind his house, overlooking a big creek. My father and grandfather were both carpenters and could build anything of wood. Watching the lathe spin as table legs were sculpted from hickory or oak was so fascinating to me. “From a chunk of wood, ya’ll got that? – Wow.” Not to mention, they built houses from the ground up and never second-guessed any nail strike made. On a more artistic standpoint, I also had a great uncle who could draw any cartoon straight off the TV onto my 20 # bond stock that Mom brought home from her copier at work. Most namely, Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner. All that being said, the concept of starting with nothing, a blank canvas, and winding up with a finished piece is what drives me to do design and photography. I just love the creative process.

Mitchell: Turn off the auto-focus! By using the manual setting, you’re forced to pay attention more to what’s going on around you. Football, macro flower shots, weddings, etc. Depending on the situation, I suggest using manual when you can. I love creative blurs in some images, even accidental ones. Same thing with the Program vs. manual settings. Remember, man built the camera in your hands. You’re smarter than the camera! CrankIt: Do you have any last thoughts on inspiring our readers? Mitchell: I’ve had a saying since 1987 when I started design classes at Appalachian – “Persistence is a Virtue.” By that, I mean as an 18-year-old design major, I had to draw geometric shapes with a french curve, triangle, and some rapidograph pens with absolutely no burps, glitches or discrepancy in line consistency. I redrew that assignment four times! A classmate mentioned ‘patience’ to me regarding the assignment, and I knew that patience wouldn’t get it done. However, ‘persistence’ is basically ‘on-the-job training,’ right? That’s how you build ‘muscle memory’ or ‘hand/eye coordination,’ not ‘patience. Same thing with digital photography (and design). Do it over and over–you’ll only get better. So, if you’ll excuse me, my twins are learning to eat ‘uncut’ spaghetti, with sauce. I feel a classic image coming on… Excused! You can find his work, and other information, on his website at www.chadmitchellphoto.com. Feel free to view his work, and contact him for any photography or graphic design projects.

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ountry music in South Carolina? Laurens? Yep, you better believe it. They love their country in those parts, and they love Outshyne. This fivemember band has been hitting the bar scene and festivals since coming together in 2007 and the fan support just keeps getting better. “We have a lot of friends on our MySpace page,” said Owings. “We’ll add new fans when we go out and play. I can’t even go to Wal-Mart without being stopped.” These guys are popular, and that’s what goes with being a favorite band in the area. There’s not a day that goes by that the support isn’t noted, and they give back by performing every chance they get. Outshyne is made up of Waylon Owings (vocals/ acoustic), Josh Coleman (guitar/vocals), David McCall (guitar), Jayson Paxton (bass), and Matt “Smiley” Norris (drums). These guys have known each other for awhile and went to high school together. They are as country as it gets, and in their spare time, they love to ride 4-wheelers, go to the river, or just drop the tailgate and hang out. Mudding is always an option, so if a mud-hole is close-by, they might just have to hit it. Even though they have known each other for some time, it’s not like they just came together and started playing–it was just meant to be. The people around them will tell you that, and now they are backed by LGI Entertainment, Roger Dickson, who found out they were the real deal. He has brought them to a new level has booked them solid with some gigs as far west as Las Vegas, Nevada and even Whiskey River in Grand Junction, Colorado. They will also be playing some select dates at the Pro Rodeo Tour during that time frame. Some of the band’s influences include Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, Bobby Carroll, and Brantley Gilbert. Even with these great musical artists as resources, there’s a new sound coming from these guys in the near future. There will still be a bit of rock, or southern rock edge, in the tracks, but they are going back to the country music roots–roots that started in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains many moons ago. This change will incorporate the main instruments that define country music–the fiddle, dulcimer, mandolin, steel guitar and banjo. Outshyne has decided to take on history and make their own by adding some of these instruments, so the new sound

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“Who accepted the award?” I asked. “Did Roger go accept it?” “No, another guy from management went to get it,” said Owings. “They call him ‘Big’in’.” According to Owings, he’s a big ol’ guy that travels on the road with a couple of big bands and knows a lot of people in Nashville. “He just went up there and accepted the award,” said Owings. “He then called us and told us ‘You made it, you won, you got the award.’” The new tracks I’m “That’s excellent,” I working on are definitesaid. ly going more towards “It’s kind of exciting,” said Owings. the country sound. Exciting is right. Outshyne has grown and continues to get better every day. Waylon some background acoustic said that if the right deal was by Lee Ann Womack’s guipresented to them they would tarist.” take it, but if not, they would Recently, the band just have to stay independent. picked up the “Best CounThe new CD isn’t comtry Group” award at the plete yet, and they haven’t come second annual Carolina up with a title, but you can samMusic Awards, held at the ple the EP on digitalrodeo.com/ Progress Energy Center outshyne. “We’re shooting for the in Raleigh, NC, on Aug. end of the year or beginning of 15. This is an award that next year,” said Owings. “That’s primarily focuses on the if everything rolls smoothly.” hottest music/artist in There’s still some work to be North and South Carolidone, but you can hear three tracks na. Groups and artists are that are outstanding. “Make You nominated by fans, and Mine,” “Tell Her I Need Her,” and the winners are selected “Jeans” all can be heard on digitby fan on-line voting. alrodeo.com–a great start to what Just goes to show you will be a solid CD. how popular this band Be on the lookout for the is and, Outshyne didn’t new CD late this year, and try to even know they were catch this band if you can. Request nominated. them to come play. They are worth “I don’t know it, and you won’t be disappointed. how we got this award,” You can keep tabs on them and check said Owings. “We actheir schedule at www.myspace.com/ tually had someone go outshyne. Sample the music on Reaccept this award be- Waylon verbNation or DigitalRodeo, and as and Josh are shown back-to cause we had already crowd. Phot always, check back with CrankIt Mag -back playing o provided. to the been booked, and we to see if there are any updates to this wanted to keep everyhot band. c M one happy.”

should be rewarding. “The new tracks I’m working on are definitely going more towards the country sound,” said Owings. We still have an edge to it, but it’s not as much of and ‘edge’ than before.” “Are you going to ad any special guests?” I asked. “Well, I don’t really know. I do know that we’ll have

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Les Paul The True Guitar Hero

by Cara Kelly

of North Carolina. “He played jazz music and very early pop he music industry suffered an incredible loss and had no idea that the Les Paul (guitar) would last month, with the death of the irreplaceable eventually be one of the ultimate harder rock guitars. Les Paul. The guitarist, songwriter, and instru- Beginning with people like Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, ment maker made substantial contributions to the Eric Clapton and others, the Les Paul became, along with field of music, and is credited with some of the the Fender Stratocaster, one of the ultimate rock guitars.” most pertinent innovations of the 20th Century. Miller, who sold the Gibson brand of guitars for deBorn Lester William Polfus in Waukesha, Wisconsin cades, says the electric guitar accomplished one of Paul’s in 1915, Paul quickly determined the talents goals, being able to sustain a constant sound nearly indefithat would set him apart from his nitely, “and nothing sustained better than peers. Picking up his first guitar at I guess the unusual the Les Paul.” the early age of 9, Paul was playAlthough produced six years prior, thing about him was that ing semi-professionally by 13 and many connoisseurs believe the guitar he was very creative and quit high school by 17 to pursue reached its peak of perfection in 1958 afvery good at engineering, his love full-time. Although most ter Paul made a few modifications. parents would quake at such a bold which is rare. “The years 1958 to 1960 are considmove made by a child, it worked ered to be something like the holy grail for to the benefit of Paul, who soon afmany guitarists, and the Les Paul’s made ter started playing in Sonny Joe Wolverton’s Radio Band today are mostly replicas of that 1958 model. Some of in St. Louis. Wolverton, Paul’s early mentor, dubbed him the late 50’s Les Paul’s have been known to “Rubarb Red,” a nickname that followed him to Chicago sell for as much as $100,000.00,” in the early 30’s during the rise of his radio career. There, Miller says. he recorded his first songs under the psydonym and also Unbelievably enough, Paul’s gebehind blues singer Georgia White. nious expanded far past the mechanics In the late thirties, Paul began experimenting with the of instrument making. Paul’s work with invention that would be his trademark. Unsatisfied with the recording process is equally, if not the feedback and additional vibration from acoustic, hol- more utilized in the music industry today. low guitars, Paul created a solid bodied electric guitar in A few years before sealing the deal with 1941. Calling his creation “the Log,” Paul propositioned Gibson, Paul also mastered his new idea his change to Gibson but was initially rejected. Leo Fend- of multi-track recording and over-dubbing. er thus beat him to the punch with the first mass-produced Paul began experimenting by laying live electric guitar in 1948. The Gibson Les Paul did not make tracks over previously recorded tracks for its debut until 1952. Yet, the late start has not stopped the additional depth. His foray led to the pop- Les Paul at a brand of guitar from being one of the most celebrated and ular instrumental, “Lover (When You’re younger age. sought after for over 50 years. Near Me),” that consisted of the musician “I guess the unusual thing about him was that he was playing eight different guitar parts simultanevery creative and very good at engineering, which is rare,” ously. The hit song was the predecessor to mod- ern day says Jay Miller, founder and former owner of the Music multi-track recording. Paul continued to make recordings Loft, a music store chain based in the Research Triangle

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Les Paul was a masterful player and had several hits.

through the ‘50s with his wife, singer Mary Ford, dubbing his masterful guitar parts over one another to create number one hits such as “How High the Moon” and “Vaya Con Dios.” Paul also contributed other techniques, such as the echo effect, that are still heavily relied upon today. Paul Koch, a senior in film scoring and music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music, says that Paul’s pioneering efforts in the recording industry are still shaping his current curriculum. “Imagine if music was still recorded in one take with one mi- crophone with the players strategically scattered around the room to get a good balance between musicians. That’s how it used to be done until Les Paul came around,” Koch says “His innovations paved the way for bands like the Beach Boys and the Beatles to create some of the greatest albums sonically.” Koch also owns one of the legendary instruments bearing Paul’s name. “I had always pointed it out in guitar catalogs to my parents, because I thought it was the most beautiful guitar I had ever seen, and the lead singer of my favorite band, Reel Big Fish, has the same one,” he says. “Mine was a gift for my high school graduation, which was amazing.  I think I played it every day for about a year afterwards.” Fans such as Koch and Miller had an opportunity to say goodbye Friday, August 21, at a public memorial in Discovery World in his home state. Paul died on August 13 of pneumonia at age 94. c M

A timeline commemorating the death of guitar pioneer Les Paul (courtesy: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)

June 9, 1915: Lester William Polsfuss – a.k.a. Les Paul – is born in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

1950: The Les Paul Show, featuring Paul, Ford and rhythm guitarist Eddie Stapleton, debuts on NBC Radio.

1967: Les Paul Now!, which features updated version of the guitarist’s earlier hits, is released on London Records.

February 2005: Les Paul is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

1928: Les Paul begins performing country music as “Rhubarb Red” at the age of 13.

1951: “How High the Moon,” by Les Paul and Mary Ford, becomes a #1 single.

1976: Chester and Lester, and album of guitar duets by Les Paul and Chet Atkins, is released on RCA. It will win a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

June 7, 2005: The Best of the Capitol Masters: 90th Birthday Edition, a remastered collection of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s classic Fifties recordings, is released.

1939: Les Paul’s jazz trio performs at the White House at the request of President Roosevelt.

1952: The Les Paul gold-top solidbody electric guitar is brought to the market by Gibson Guitars.

1941: Les Paul invents the first solidbody electric guitar.

1953: “Vaya Con Dios,” by Les Paul and Mary Ford, becomes a #1 single. The song’s title translates as “May God Be With You.”

1978: Les Paul and Mary Ford are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

August 30, 2005: American Made/World Played, credited to Les Paul & Friends, is released on Capitol Records. It includes appearances by Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy.

1946: Les Paul temporarily drops out of music to work on a new guitar sound and recording style.

1947: The technique of multitracking is introduced to the world when Les Paul releases his first eight-track recordings.

1948: Les Paul nearly dies when his car skids off a bridge in a snowstorm.

1949: Les Paul marries singer Mary Ford, with whom he forms a highly successful musical duo.

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1954: Les Paul commissions Ampex to build the first eight-track tape recorder. It features a head, designed by Paul, that can record or play back tracks. Paul’s “Sel-Sync” (Selective Synchronization) design becomes the industry standard for 30 years. 1961: Gibson introduces the new Les Paul model, which has design changes made without Paul’s knowledge. At his request, it is renamed the Gibson SG, and the guitarist temporarily drops his endorsement contract with the guitar maker.

1983: Les Paul receives the Trustees Award from the Recording Academy in recognition of his “significant contributions to the field of reocrding.” 1984: Les Paul begins a Monday-evening residency at a Greenwich Village club called Fat Tuesday, which will continue until 1995. January 20, 1988: Les Paul is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 3rd annual induction dinner. Jeff Beck is his presenter.

May 9, 2007: A film documentary entitled Chasing Sound: Les Paul at 90 debuts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. November 10-15, 2008: Les Paul is honored as the 2008 American Music Master, part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual series. August 13, 2009: At age 94, Les Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital.


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rince was shrewd enough to write a song with that title just as he was becoming well-known enough to benefit from the publicity. Let’s face it, you can do all the controversial things you want, but if nobody notices, who cares? Musicians in particular figured out long ago that if you piss enough people off, the rest of the people will come flocking to see what the hubbub is about. It started innocently enough, with court troubadours delivering clever, subversive messages in their songs as they played for the king, or bawdy puppeteers who pretended to deliver “kids’ stuff” but were actually commenting on their era in the same way modern rock stars do. Elvis thrust his hips and sent a bunch of grandpas off bemoaning the death of music and condemning an entire generation. Johnny Cash cultivated an image as an outlaw though his criminal record was largely on the order of jaywalking. Little Richard wore makeup and turned on the flame a little to set himself apart at a time when black musicians were just beginning to cross into the mainstream. The Beatles started flames of a different kind when

they promoted marijuana, accidentally said they had reached more people than Jesus Christ, and opposed the Vietnam War. But the real fun didn’t begin until the age of rock videos. My own seminal exposure to them was on a late Friday night when I saw David Bowie prance around in drag, smearing his lipstick as he portrayed his own doo-wop chicks. Sure, that dates me badly, but I was also at Ground Zero when MTV was born and there were only a dozen or so videos that played over and over. One of the first beneficiaries was Madonna, dressing in black leather and Catholic crosses, wallowing in front of the camera like a slut while singing about her virginity. Videos rapidly moved away from tepid, note-fornote representations of the song, and the Big Hair Bands moved in with their tarted-up groupies. I can only imagine the morning before the video shoot, as the assistant producers walked down Hollywood Boulevard and asked aspiring actresses how much clothing would they shed for a bit part and a chance to meet the band. Excess has long been a symbol of rock’n’roll, and a recent list of “bad videos” touches on the many ways you can get attention from an overstimulated, hyperactive audience. There’s a category called “disturbing images,” populated by Korn, Leftfield, and Daft Punk. And then comes “explicit nudity and sex,” but that’s hardly surprising when we’re dealing with songs called “I Want Your Sex,” “Bitch!” “Dirrty,” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” What do you expect, children playing in sandboxes or eating milk and cookies? My favorite is anything dealing with Marilyn Manson, who is as contrived and calculated an act as any self-made star. Manson wanted to be a horror writer until he found out writing was hard and not many people read horror short stories. So he became the things he was writing about and found he could appeal to a lot of people who had never opened a book or magazine. With such a foundation and fake name, I don’t see how Manson could do anything that wasn’t controversial. In fact, it would be controversial if he wasn’t controversial, so he has a tough act to follow. Nine Inch Nails is another act whose name pret-

ty much lets you know there will be plenty of sex and violence and dark, icky stuff. Bondage seems a little tired now, since there are mainstream clubs where adults can go and pretend they like pain, but a whip is still bound to send the holier-than-thou into a frenzy, which in turn reinvigorates the fan base that must defend and celebrate its chosen art. My particular favorite is the area of religion, where too many benign videos have one or two images singled out as proof of Satanism. While REM’s “Losing My Religion” was about, well, losing your religion, a lot of heavy metal bands built their mutual funds on the backs of bloody bats, corny robes, black candles, and red contact lenses. I support freedom of religion, but sometimes this patently fake posing just seems a little sad. If Satan truly gave his followers all they wanted, you would think their record sales wouldn’t slip as they hit middle age. Some other “Oh Gosh” stuff for the masses—Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch (that got tired fast), Brittney Spears trying to detract from the fact that she has no vocal talent by flaunting her boobage and kissing Madonna, anything by Rammstein, and all the pseudocelebrities like Kid Rock who desperately try to blur real life into the stage act. We’re all guilty of looking at car crashes on the side of the road as we pass. Many of our stars are on a collision course with some kind of tragedy, whether it’s overdose, public ridicule, or dating Paris Hilton and Nicole Simpson at the same time. They wave their arms and thrust their hips and pierce their skin and spew expletives because they know how hard it is to get our attention, and how much harder it is to hold it. Fifteen minutes of fame has become fifteen seconds of fame, and we’re left with a raft of celebrities who will be forgotten until their deaths, at which time we review all the controversy and wonder what all the fuss was about. As for me, I don’t go to a song called “Smack My Bitch Up” and expect to get a reinterpretation of “(What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Drop The Digger a line at hantedcomputer@yahoo.com and maybe we’ll post your response in the next issue of CrankIt.

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Party at Oysters! 3rd Annual West End Bash and Oyster Roast! The Piedmont Boys kicked off the night with some down home country like “Rice and Beans,” “Bocephus,” and others. The crowd began to grow as the music radiated through the streets of greenville and the Piedmont Boys fans flowed in to hang out and listen to some of their favorite tunes.  Trey and Jessi kept the crowd happy as they made sure the beer was flowing and oysters available.  Mmmm, the oysters. Beth kept the liquor pouring (we’ll miss ya as she will be leaving Oysters!) and Ashely kept the cold Budweiser flowing.  Mark man handled the inside bar as the crowds grew inside and out. Benton cranked it up at 9 pm and the crowd kept growing to a few hundred on the outside and more on the deck upstairs.  Hip swinging and Carolina got the ladies

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dancing and they didn’t stop all night. Bentons whole band made the trip and it was their first time in south carolina which was a whole different type of show for Benton in Greenville and a major crowd pleaser as the women kept getting closer and closer to the stage to dance up front of Benton and the band.  Benton put on a great show dancing on stage and throwing his soul in each song, with the band helping bring a

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booted out. Chris: Everyone passed on us. Rick: There were guys who told us, “You guys need to learn how to do banking or something, because it’s not gonna happen.” Chris: Everyone around us was telling us to get jobs, and just leave it behind. And we were like, “No.” Dex: Cool. Now, real quick, just to wrap things up,…I’m very impressed with the music that you guys have. What did you guys do before the band? Of course, not much before 16, but what happened before you started doing music? Chris: Well, pretty much, I left high school to do this band. I was halfway through my junior year, and my school actually started getting pretty hard on me because we were in LA all the time, and then we’d come back to Vegas, and I was missing a lot of days. It was kind of surreal because my counselor sat

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me down at my school and said, “You’re throwing your life away; you’re missing all of these days of school; why are you doing this band thing?” But this is all I’ve known. I’ve played music since I was 8, been In bands since I was 13. I winded up graduating on the road.

They were like, “You are the worst intern we’ve ever seen in like 35 years.” I used to mess coffee up, messed food orders up, I messed everything up.

Dex: So when was your graduation? Where did you actually graduate? What venue?

Guy 1: I messed EVERYTHING up! But they loved me. They gave my phone number out on air, and I would get like 4,000 phone calls a day! They would have me show up to all of the events, and they would pull pranks on me all the time, but then it became like a big family in there. And I’m definitely known as the worst radio intern in history. I think I gotta plaque somewhere for it.

Chris: I think we were in Michigan when I graduated. All I remember is my mom called me and said, “They e-mailed your diploma!” and she was all excited, and I was like, “Okay, that’s cool.” At least I got through, ya know? Dex: What about you, Rick? Radio intern? Rick: I was the worst radio intern on earth! Dex: We have a couple of those. Rick: I was so bad that they actually brought me on air, and I became an on-air personality because I was such a bad intern.

Dex: How can you mess coffee up?

You can follow these rockers on their webspace at www. myspace.com/adelitasway or www.adelitaswaymusic.net. You can catch these guys opening for Shinedown on October 20 at the House of Blues In N Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and a later date, October 24 at The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina. Might want to mark your calendar because this will be a solid show. c M

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Tailgating Rock’n’Roll Festival Goers Know It All To Well

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ailgating is a tradition commonly associated with sports events, but it’s also popular with concert/festival goers, with the type of tailgate party often related to the performing act. Any good concert experience relies on a number of factors, not the least of which is whether the drummer will take one too many stumble biscuits and be off by half a beat all night. But the band’s sharpness is only one factor, and is the one that ticket holders can’t control, unless they are all mean and throw sharp objects toward the stage while shouting “Free Bird,” even if the act is a Gospel group. In that case, you’re sure to bring out the worst in the band, unless it’s one of the Phish rip-offs, which means they are already playing about as badly as they can. So let’s assume the vocalist is at the height of her powers, the lead guitarist tuned the strings, the sound man brought an extra power strip, the bass player is suitably subdued the way a bass player is supposed to be, and the flugelhorn player has been stung on the lip by a bumblebee and will regrettably have to miss the show. The venue is dark, the light show has some pretty rose and azure hues, the excitement is building, and the mix tape rumbling through the sound system is appropriately matched to the coming show. (Don’t you hate it when they play C.W. McCall trucker tunes before a Coldplay concert?) So the stage is set, but your concert experience actually began months earlier, when you jumped through hoops and robbed a gas station to get your tickets purchased. With luck, you have enough money to drive to the show, unless you are homeless and, in fact, live at the outdoor amphitheater, enjoying amenities such as creek water and an occasional stale hot dog bun. But at least you get front row at festival seating and don’t have to wait in line. If you get there early enough, you might even blend in with the sound crew. Just walk around and rub your chin, picking up cables and scowling at the mysteries of electrons. For most of us, though, we herd into the parking lot hours before the show, then get out and walk around. This is our tribe, the fellow humans who are cool enough to “get” the grooves of this particular act. Whether it’s 30 or 30,000 in attendance, we are the chosen, the culturally hip, the clued-in, the happening. And we want to share it. Some tailgaters go for food preparation, girding their loins for three hours of drum solos and endless encores. That means packing in plenty of protein, with grilled chicken a popular favorite. Any Grateful Dead-related performance will feature bean burritos prepared by a 120-year-old hippie who

once sold Jerry Garcia a guitar and prepares food spiced by containers squirreled away in a three-foot beard. He will also grin and offer special side orders involving fungus, but only if you can hum the exact arrangement of notes Jerry played during the “space” jam at the Fillmore on Aug, 11, 1966. As you step over the prone forms of balloon-huffing teenagers on your way to the line, marvel at how the Dead has become a cross-generational experience yet none of the fans have ever learned to dance. A reggae show will provide spiritual experiences galore, along with enough “Legalize it” T-shirts to keep exploited Third World factories busy for years. In fact, T-shirt lines are part of any good tailgate experience, whether it’s the bootleg stuff that was printed in Fred’s basement or the overpriced, licensed merchandise that doesn’t look much better. So, you got your hot dog and you got your gear. What about your beer? So many parking lots now have rent-a-cops running around killing the vibe. It’s hard to blame the rent-acops, as they want to be useful, and no doubt they are doing their part for national security by banning your umbrella from an outdoor concert in the rain. Obviously, Woodstock would have never happened if security firms had been around back then, but I think we’ll all agree it’s better than hiring the Hell’s Angels. Where were we? Oh, yes, the imbibement of choice. The real reason for tailgating. Just as recreational pharmaceuticals depend on individual taste and tend to vary with the act, you’re free to sip Bud Lite or swill Bud Lite or toss back Bud Lite or guzzle Bud Lite, because Bud Lite is the show sponsor and the band has an exclusive contract with Bud Lite and that’s the only reason anyone would ever drink it. However, if you attend the backstage party, you’ll see the band is sipping handcrafted beers that have names like Salted Zucchini or Hokker. But you’re just a poor schmuck who won’t get backstage, so drink your Bud Lite and be happy. You’ll be even happier after you down your six-pack and then get inside to find they are charging $12 for eight ounces of Bud Lite in the concession stand. Burp and smile at them, or better yet, vomit, because every concert needs some uncool alkies that barf before the show. Hey, it’s all part of the entertainment, and concerts are like performance art anyway, with the crowd just as much a part of the experience as the music. If you don’t believe me, go to a Nine Inch Nails concert wearing tie-dye, parting the sea of black and flashing peace signs. Or pass out flowers at a Chimaira concert. Or sell silver skulls at a Nickelback show. Or wear your leather and chains to see a German Oom-pah band. See if anybody notices. c M


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Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) - October 15-18, 2009 “The LEAF experience touched me to my core. I danced, drummed, paddled, and even cried (during the poetry slam). Moonbeams caressed my face as the sounds of the encamped tribe lulled me to sleep each night in my tent. I felt at home and at peace.” Robin Nalepa, LEAF Volunteer The 29th LEAF festival announces our special theme of “Expresiones Latinas” (Latin Expressions) which is supported in part by LEAF’s first National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. “Expresiones Latinas” kicks off Mexico’s Bi-Centennial celebration in 2010 and helps LEAF to enrich our community by presenting a unique blend of many different Latin cultures both at the festival and in our LEAF in Schools & Streets programs. LEAF in Schools & Streets will be working with local schools and community centers. In addition, LEAF International will be hosting teaching artists and children from our LEAF International Panama programs which have been working with hundreds of Ngobe Indian children over the past two years with 4-5 weekly music lessons as well as a music summer camps. LEAF’s fall lineup is red hot with exceptional headliners to create the LEAF weekend soundtrack for dancing and listening! Drum roll…. Arrested Development • Zap Mama • Cowboy Junkies • Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra (Mexico) • The Squirrel Nut Zippers • Los Amigos Invisibles • Los De Abajo (Mexico) • Battlefield Band • Wild Asparagus & Notorious (contra) • Sones de México Ensemble (Mexico) • Forro In The Dark (Brazil) • Mamadou Diabate •

The Horse Flies • Red Stick Ramblers • Billy Jonas • River Gueguerian Project • Gordon Brown & The Bug Band (Panama) • JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound • Ol Hoopty • Jeff Oster • Soul Feather • Suni Paz (Argentina) • Cary Fridley and Down South • Elise Witt • Skinny Legs & All • Special Kids’ Village Performers including Red Herring Puppets (special Latin-themed puppet show) • Jam Tent • Poetry SLAM • Yoga & Healing Arts • Workshops & many more. (Note- bands representing “Expresiones Latinas” theme has their country following their name.) LEAF is a strong family and friend tradition that “recharges our batteries” twice a year. In a time of many challenges, LEAF is thankful to have such an amazing community of people, artists, poets, healers, kids, dancers, travelers, and friends. Our ticket sales have been as strong as ever, and what we are hearing from many LEAFers is that LEAF is one of their most valued family and friend traditions, it is so much value for the dollar, and you can even volunteer if you need to save more funds. Great value! Great Times! Where: Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC Media Contact: Jennifer Pickering, jennifer@theLEAF.org Press Links: Press Release/Photos: theLEAF.org/press Schedule: theleaf.org/performers Tickets/Info: theLEAF.org • 828/ 68-MUSIC (686-8742) Details: Advance ticket purchase required. Under 10 are FREE! Day tickets $29-48 • Weekend Camping Passes $107-161 • Community Pass (locals-no overnight) $69-89.

“Best Country Group” Award Presented to Outshyne Band

One of country music’s hottest up-and-coming groups, Outshyne just picked up its first piece of major hardware. The Laurens-based band recently captured the prize as the “Best Country Group” at the second annual Carolina Music Awards, held at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, NC, on Aug. 15. The Carolina Music Awards primarily focus on the hottest music/artist in North and South Carolina. Groups and artists are nominated by fans, and the winners are selected by fan on-line voting.

Outshyne was nominated in the Best Country Group category along with Chatham County Line, Black Water Outlaws, OSMR, South 85, and L Shaped Lot. The awards show also handed out trophies in rock, hip-hop, R&B, and beach music categories. For more information on the Carolina Music Awards, visit www.carolinamusicawards.com. A country band with a rockin’ edge, Outshyne is currently performing up and down the East Coast

at some of the hottest nightspots around. The band is set to perform well over 50 shows in the latter part of 2009. The band’s popularity has led to recent corporate sponsorship agreements with both HarleyDavidson and Budweiser of Greenville. What started out as five high school buddies playing impromptu acoustic sets around a campfire back in 2007 has turned into a band that has a devout following all around the Carolinas and the Southeast. Outshyne has spent the last couple of years taking its “Country With An Edge” music out of the road, playing nightclubs, private events, and corporate functions. The band consists of Waylon Owings on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Josh Coleman on guitar and vocals, David McCall on guitar, Jayson Paxton on bass, and Matt “Smiley” Norris on drums. In addition to its own original music, Outshyne also plays a wide-ranging set-list, including songs from acts such as Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, Johnny Cash, and countless others. If you can name it they play it. For more information booking Outshyne, contact agent Roger Dickson at (864) 367-6213.

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Platinum Rock Band FLYLEAF Builds Momentum with Release of Memento Mori Band’s Second Album Due October 20 A&M/Octone recording group Flyleaf has announced the October 20th release of MEMENTO MORI, the follow-up to the band’s hit 2005 self-titled debut. The album makes its introduction with the debut single “Again,” set to impact at multiple formats nationwide on August 25th. To record MEMENTO MORI, the Belton, Texas-based quintet again teamed with producer Howard Benson, who– in addition to Flyleaf’s debut – is known for his work with Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance and The All-American Rejects. A compelling blend of powerful guitars and soaring melodies, MEMENTO MORI is highlighted by the stirring, melodic “Arise,” the thunderous, riff-fueled “Beautiful Bride,” the high-flying “Missing,” and the dynamic, urgent “Set Apart this Dream.” Though song contributions come from every member of the band, MEMENTO MORI features a lyrical theme that started out as a kind of urgent and hopeful personal message from Flyleaf vocalist Lacey to her teenaged sister. “I feel like the new songs began as a kind of open letter to my little sister, saying, ‘Please don’t make the mistakes that I have made,’” explains the thoughtful and reflective Lacey. “When I’m on stage and look out into the crowd, I see my sister in so many faces. With the title MEMENTO MORI we took that feeling a step further so that it now encompasses meaning for the rest of the band as well; essentially to make the most of the time we’ve all been given. MEMENTO MORI is universal. The album’s title comes from the well-known Latin phrase that, through the ages, has been uttered as a reminder of the mortality we all share. According to ancient texts, memento mori was historically acted out as a kind of ritual tableau in ancient Rome when a victorious general was welcomed back to the city with a parade: “Standing behind the victorious general was a servant, and he had the task of reminding the general that, though he was up on the peak today, tomorrow was another day. The servant did this by telling the general that he should

remember that he was mortal, i.e. ‘Memento mori.” Flyleaf recently returned home from their first tour for U.S. troops overseas. The band’s diverse itinerary took them from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan – where they performed before nearly 1,000 hard rocking soldiers – to the distant Forward Operating Base Baylough in southern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. Because they were unable to fly to Baylough with their requisite gear, the band entertained their closely assembled audience with a rare acoustic/a cappella set. “It was one of the most humbling and powerful experiences, as far as helping me appreciate life and appreciate what those men and women do for us all,” says Lacey. Flyleaf – Lacey, guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann, bassist Pat Seals, and drummer James Culpepper – have been touring the world nearly non-stop since the September, 2005 release of their self-titled debut album. On the strength on three top-charted Rock singles – “I’m So Sick,” “Fully Alive,” and the RIAA gold smash “All Around Me” – FLYLEAF soared to RIAA platinum heights while steadily drawing new legions of passionate fans. The album spent 133 weeks on the Billboard 200 while staking claims in the top 5 of the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and the top 15 of the Billboard Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. Last year saw the band contribute their rendition of “What’s This?” to the star-filled compilation NIGHTMARE REVISITED, a rock homage to the music of director Tim Burton’s now classic 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The five Texans came together as Flyleaf in 2002 when long-time friends Bhattacharya and Hartmann merged their considerable talents with Lacey, Culpepper, and later Seals. “We got together and it was magical,” remembers Lacey. “We knew right from the first practice that we had something.”

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he summer movie season is taking a bow for 2009, with a wooly Wilkes County, N.C. native, a boy wizard who I bear some resemblance to, interstellar voyagers and jive-talking, smashing robots bringing home the bacon for the movie industry. Out of those four, I have seen the fantastic buddy comedy The Hangover, with Zach Galifianakis being the wooly one, and the hyper-charged revamp of Star Trek. There was some desire to see Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, but Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen dipped into tens of millions of wallets just fine without me having to lend a hand. So, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important about these movies making upwards of $1.2 billion in box office receipts between May and this month? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important about critical and audience darlings like 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Dark Knight and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy making $1.5 billion at the box office between the four of them? It shows that we, as American movie-goers, have a massive appetite for pure fantasy, (Lord of the Rings), raunchy (The Hangover), sardonic (The Dark Knight) and wizard-filled

(Harry Potter) movies. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room for $400 million to go towards......something (Transformers: RotF). Although I, and perhaps some of you too, could not possibly understand why anyone would want to go see G-Force, for all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s within me, I would rather go see that than ever have to be exposed to the horror that is sure to be Rob Zombieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween II, the sequel to the worst movie anyone has ever paid a movie ticket to actually watch. From a look at the box office receipts, people watched the awful Halloween remake at about the same clip as they saw the Meryl Streep vehicle Juile & Julia this summer, where the wonderful actress plays as cooking show icon Julia Child. Or take last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idiosyncratic Hollywood-action-movie-fopfest Tropic Thunder, which made almost as much money as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has made so far in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;09. While a leather-clad Sienna Miller is a tempting proposition, why pay for it when you can just Google her and have her come up on your screen right next to www.crankitmag.com? We need more eyeballs on a fat-suit clad Tom Cruise and a cluelessly hilarious Robert Downey Jr., perhaps. Or on Johnny Deppâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interpretation of John Dillinger in Public Enemies.

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that many, many people rushed to see Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sing (sing!) in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mamma Mia!: The Movie. But for every chance we have to watch a big-budget piece of crap like Terminator: Salvation, shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we here in The Carolinas have easy access to movies like Japan animation master Hayao Miyazakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ponyo, or the intense Iraq War bomb disposal drama The Hurt Locker? If word-of-mouth is strong enough, perhaps so. Quentin Tarantinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand of cinephilia reaped rewards in the opening weekend for the chatty Inglourious Basterds. And clever marketing made enough people curious about aliens living in slums to make District 9 a moderate financial success so far. Still, hearing about something like The Hurt Locker relying on good word-of-mouth vibes for its financial success is pleasing. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point of all this name dropping and talk of numbers over the mindless summer movie season? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that we here in The Carolinas, in the rest of America, watch a ton of movies, even

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in the theater still! We spend a lot of frickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money to have our butts planted firmly in those seats for upwards of three hours, sometimes throwing our dollars at stuff of highly dubious quality, and then other times on instant-classic movies that we can mostly agree are very kick-ass. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the stuff our better halves (the ladies) thankfully have the chance to watch, so we can go mindlessly expose ourselves to some Commando Joes tearing up the streets of Europe. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also BrĂźno. The summer of 2009 had a slew of excellent movies come along, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty exciting to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming in the next few months. I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna be throwing my money at The Wolfman in February, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be nice to have a chance to see Spike Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Passing Strange in a theater sometime. And, lawdy lawdy, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Where The Wild Things Are dropping next month. That oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to be awesome. Keep checking back with CrankIt Entertainment Magazine each month, where we try to keep it honest on movies that you should be definitely checking out, and that you should be full-blown ashamed for having seen. If you must air out your opinions, and want to check out some wacky free movies at the same time, take a peep at www.theauteurs. com while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it.

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Have a CD to review? Send it to us, and we will do our best to get it in. Questions? e-mail management@crankitmag.com.

Shadows Fall Retribution

Shadows Fall is finally back after two years. They bring a well-crafted CD called Retribution to the metal scene, and it’s chock full of crushing riffs of Jonathan Donai and Matt Bachand, the heavyhitting bass of Paul Romanko, the melodic voice of Brian Fair, and the machine gun double-kick-drum performance from Jason Bittner. The first track, “The Path to Imminent Ruin,” sort of draws you in with the nice acoustic sounds ,but quickly build into the second track, “My Demise.” This is a crushing tune that is almost 7 minutes long. This track leans on the old Shadows Fall, but there are hints of some new melodic elements and some real heavy thrash. It kicks some major ass. The way Jonathan and Matt share the guitar riffs is exceptional, and Bittner on drums–spot on. The music on this album goes from strength to strength with tracks like “Still I Rise,” my favorite, and the very heavy “War.” The fifth track, “King of Nothing,” has some awesome guitar play to start this track. I found myself rewinding to hear the guitar play over and over again. This is a fast-paced track with a guest appearance from Randy Blythe–the vocalist from Lamb Of God. “The Taste of Fear” slows the pace a bit, but it is an excellent tune that leans more toward a traditional rock sound. Make no mistake though. It still has plenty of power to it. This one is suited for regular radio play. This is a top-notch album that Shadow Falls fans can be proud to listen too. It’s a classic heavy metal and thrash album that proves to be their best work to date. I highly recommend it to the masses– even if you are not a metal head. by Rob Moore

cals to the new record. Her vocals are very reminiscent of that of fellow Christian rockers, FLYLEAF’s Lacey Mosley. Combined with frontman John Cooper’s raspy vocals, the two make a great vocal dynamic which is most evident in the disc’s opening track, “Hero,” which is a tremendously strong song that starts out sounding a little like LINKIN PARK. “Monster,” the first single from the record, follows and sounds quite like “Animal I Have Become” by THREE DAYS GRACE. After the first two tracks, SKILLET gets back to their formula but the songs don’t seem to stand out quite as much as the deep tracks on Comatose do. I feel the band is in a transitional phase following the success of Comatose and is trying to craft a new and improved formula, which I have no doubt they will find. I’m not disappointed, as it is still growing on me since I just got the disc late last week from the time I am writing this. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know when I got it!.. by Rob Moore

kings have had in a long time, and they have produced a solid album. It seems like most of the metal CDs start off with the calm before the storm, which is the case here, before the battle begins. That battle here is “Battle and Brotherhood,” which begins slow and prepares you for Pipe’s high voice resonating through you, but it is classic Priest sound to me. Track two, “Rock and Hell,” has some bad-ass hooks and riffs. This tune, along with “Silent Killer,” seems to lean more towards tradition rock. Track 4, “Fierce Defender,” is a favorite of mine. It just screams classic heavy metal of old. “Preachers Daughters” is probably one of the best on the whole CD, and then we get into the speed metal of “Call of the Hammer.” “Call of the Hammer” also displays even more impressive guitar work with the sounds crushing and the harmonies electric. It has taken me a couple of times to adjust to 3 Inches of Blood’s style of metal, but I will say that there are some solid tracks on this CD. Their craftsmanship is pretty darn good. Metal lovers, this is one for the collection. by Rob Moore

ine. The disc opens with “The Battery of Jaymz and Yoko” and starts very true to the opening of “Battery” which, of course, is the opening track of Master of Puppets, and is followed by the title track just as the METALLICA record does. “Fuel on the Hill” is a fun track as “Jaymz Lennfield”, the singer of the band is almost dead-on as a James Hetfield impersonator. “The Thing that Should Not Let it Be” is a great song where BEATLES’ music meets chopped up METALLICA lyrics, and is followed by “Hero of the Day Tripper”. However, nothing tops “I Want to Choke Your Band” which needs NO explanation! If you’re looking for a serious record, keep on looking but, if you’re a twisted music lover, as am I, then HERE YA GO! by Twisted Todd

Adelitas Way Self-Titled

Lil Wayne 500 Degreez Lil Wayne has produced an album full of topnotch party music. This rapper brings the house to you to party in, and then shows you how to work the women, gangsta’ style. Favorites like “Look At Me,” Young’n Blues,” “Worry Me,” and “Lovely” are our favorites. This is one of Lil Wayne’s liveliest albums to date, and he has plenty of guests to back him up. His flow on this album is sharp. Probably his best to date. This is Lil Wayne’s strong point, and he does it so well. 500 Degreez is a CD that shows an artist at his peak. Perfect for long cruises in the car, house parties, and bonfires, or ending your summer on a good note, Lil Wayne’s 500 Degreez is a must-listen. If you want Weezy at his purest, find this. It shouldn’t be too hard. by Rob Moore

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Christian rockers SKILLET have returned with Awake, the follow-up to their most successful record yet, 2006’s Comatose. Since Comatose, SKILLET lost drummer Lori Peters and replaced her with a much younger female drummer named Jen Ledger who lends a considerable amount of vo-

This is my first taste of 3 Inches of Blood and the high pitch of Cam Pipes and backing screams of Justin Hagberg, and they really reminded me of Judas Priest crossed with Iron Maiden. Not as thrashy, but more of a straight up metal/rock approach. This is the first album the Canadian metal

Bright Nights Dark Days The boys from St. Louis known as CAVO seemingly came out of nowhere with their smash debut hit single “Champagne”. Now, their debut CD Bright Nights Dark Days has finally hit stores, but those expecting the same catchy chemistry of the debut single (which is the disc’s opening track), will surely be disappointed. I was. What I got instead was a weaker pop alternative album that sounds like DAUGHTRY meets the more mainstream version of INCUBUS. Honestly, I can’t even pick any tracks to highlight because I quickly lost interest in the record once the first track was over. Next... by Rob Moore

Masterful Mystery Tour Oh yes, it IS everything it sounds like it is! BEATLES + METALLICA = BEATALLICA and Magical Mystery Tour + Master of Puppets = Masterful Mystery Tour. How do I even begin to describe this? It is about as ‘perfect’ a marriage of these two very different bands, one could imag-

Las Vegas rockers Adelita’s Way bring to us a solid debut CD, and hard rockers should be happy to pick up a new band with some fresh sound. They come in blazing hot and ready to rock. Their self-titled release brings all the hooks, riffs and choruses found on most rock bands’ plates, but they do have some tunes that have made them well known already. Track one “Invincible” has the honor of being the WWE’s theme song, and it is a fist pumper full of high energy and heavy, heavy riffs. Makes sense why WWE locked on to this tune, and Rick’s vocals command attention. “Dirty Little Thing” sexes up the band’s sound with Rick providing some suggestive lyrics to match the provoking sound of the music. Emotionally fueled “So What If You Go” showcases the band’s great song-writing and that catchy chorus will have you humming the tune in no time. They even slow it down a bit with “All Falls Down” with some great acoustic. Other notable songs such as “Scream,” “Closer To You,” “Just A Little Bit,” and “My Derailment” also capture your ear. Adelita’s Way has produced a great start to a promising career with this CD. It is a keeper and one that will rock you like you want to be rocked. by Twisted Todd

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an are we glad football is here. This means plenty of tailgating, hanging out with friends, music, partying and just plain having fun. Make sure you have your favorite tunes ready to get you pumped up or check what’s coming out this month. We suggest Chevelle, Drive-By Truckers, Jay-Z or even some Alice In Chains. Oh, and don’t forget the football and beer! Rock on!

September 1 Whitney Houston - I Look To You Chevelle - Sci-Fi Crimes Trey Songz - Ready Chris Young - The Man I Want To Be Drive-By Truckers - The Fine Print (A Collection Of Oddities & Rarities 2003-2008) Madcon - Conquest Black Crowes - Before The Frost... They Might Be Giants - Here Comes Science Reverend Horton Heat - Laughin’ & Cryin’ With Reverend Horton Heat Insane Clown Posse - Bang! Pow! Boom! John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again Susana Baca - Seis Poemas Cucu Diamantes - Cuculand Sam Baker - Cotton Simple Minds - Graffiti Soul Juliette Lewis - Terra Incognita Liam Finn - Champagne In Seashells The Lost Fingers - Lost In The 80s Sultan - Nu Breed Radney Foster And The Confessions - Revival

September 8 Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 A Fine Frenzy - Bomb In A Birdcage Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk Pete Yorn & Scarlet Johansson Break Up Brooks & Dunn - #1s...And Then Some A Fine Frenzy - Bomb In A Birdcage Howie Day - Sound The Alarm BarlowGirl - Love & War Marie Digby - Breathing Underwater

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Polvo - In Prism Various Artists - Gotta Have Gospel 7 BLK JKS - After Robots The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses 20th Anniversary (Box Set)

September 15 Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Nelly Furtado - Mi Plan Gary Go - Gary Go Justin Bieber - My World Uncle Kracker - Happy Hour Mark Knopfler - Get Lucky Bombshel - Fight Like A Girl All-4-One - No Regrets Big Star - Keep An Eye On The Sky [Box]

September 22 Sean Kingston - Tomorrow David Gray - Draw The Line Five Finger Death Punch War Is The Answer Brand New - Daisy David Crowder Band - Church Music Islands - Vapours Monsters Of Folk - Monsters Of Folk

September 29 Mariah Carey - Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel Paramore - Ignorance Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue Miranda Lambert - Revolution Amerie - In Love & War The Clipse - Till The Casket Drops Lynyrd Skynyrd - God And Guns The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You

1. Sugarland new entry “LIVE On the Inside”’ (Mercury Nashville) 2. Various Artists No. 4 “NOW 31” (EMI/Universal/Zomba) 3. Gloriana new entry “Gloriana” (Emblem/Reprise/Warner Bros.) 4. The Black Eyed Peas No. 5 “The E.N.D.” (Interscope) 5. Kings of Leon No. 6 “Only By the Night” (RCA)

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6. Daughtry No. 2 “Leave This Town” (19/RCA) 7. Maxwell No. 3 “BLACKsummer s’night”(Columbia) 8. Kidz Bop Kids new entry “Kidz Bop 16” (Razor & Tie) 9. Taylor Swift No. 9 “Fearless” (Big Machine) 10. Fabolous No. 1 “Loso’s Way” (Desert Storm/Def Jam)


MOVIE picks Hold Onto Your Hair! Inglourious Basterds - 8 Cranks out of 10

Starring: Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Daniel Brühl Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Inglourious Basterds is a movie that looks back at an alternative past, one that, despite its sure box office success, will gain more thematic appreciation in the future than it will now. There is so much dialogue in this film, and even by Director Quentin Tarantino’s standards, it occasionally tests patience, especially for those somehow expecting this to be all out action. Sure, Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) leads a group of eight Jewish soldiers to instill fear into the Nazis in Germany, scalping them and in general doing nasty things to the enemy. And yes, the ending is gnarly, wellstaged and action-packed. But this two-and-a-half hour film is really centered on dialogue, particularly when it comes from Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), “The Jew Hunter,” and young Jewish girl Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) who escapes his clutches. Landa’s a multi-lingual chatterbox who instills fear through his persistent interrogation skills; Shosanna knows full well what destruction he’s capable of, and is bent on exacting vengeance. So yes, this is a long movie that’s going to feel even longer to those expecting something on par with Transformers, G.I. Joe or even District 9. That’s not to say there aren’t tense moments. On the contrary, when the Basterds get around to communicating with actress Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), their dilemma of passing by unnoticed by a group of drunken Nazis becomes an extended anticipation piece, leaving you wondering when the other shoe’s gonna drop and their cover is at last exposed. Disappointed moviegoers are going to think of the dialogue as getting in the way of “the good stuff.” In one way, they’re right, because in Tarantino’s other movies, the rhythms and the mini-revelations of the characters that come out through their dialogue is enjoyable in and of itself. With the amount of subtitles in Inglourious Basterds however, that rhythm aspect gets lost in the translation, with more than a few scenes seemingly spinning their wheels amidst the French, German, even Italian dialogue. Despite that legitimate complaint, there seems to be at least two or three undercurrents in the narrative that don’t become fully realized through a single viewing. Is there more to Landa’s multi-language dialogue flourishes? How is it that a movie audience can see themselves in the mirror through no less than Adolf Hitler, as the Fuhrer enjoys the Third Reich’s response to countless American patriotic actioners? I don’t have those answers yet. All I know at this point are two things. Waltz’s, Laurent’s and Kruger’s performances were excellent, and, to borrow from a recently bastardized cartoon franchise, there’s much more to Inglourious Basterds than at first meets the eye.. Review by T.J. Royal

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No Humans Allowed... Ever! District 9 - 7 Cranks out of 10

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Vanessa Haywood, Jed Brophy, Nick Blake, William Allen Young, Johan Van Schoor Directed by: Neil Blomkamp

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At times astonishing, District 9 is plenty enjoyable as an action movie, which gets in its message of tolerance amidst the impressive special effects. Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is a clueless, mid-level executive at paramilitary organization Multinational United (MNU). He goes headlong into his new responsibility, overseeing MNU’s job to remove the insect/humanoid aliens derisively known as “prawns” from their already squalid slum, and into another concentration camp outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. Drawing parallels with that country’s disgraceful segregational Apartheid regime that was disbanded in 1994, the prawn aliens in District 9 are kept separate from the population mostly out of distrust of the “unknowable” creatures. First-time director Neill Blomkamp creates a very convincing alternative reality within his home country, spinning mock news reel footage of the alien landing in 1984 into the fabric of the narrative. The interesting thing is, although the news footage, featuring talking heads, is so familiar to anyone with cable television, it turns out to be just one of the things making the humans the enemy. The aliens simply want to go home, and not only is MNU looking to exploit their technology, but their hunger for cat food is also taken advantage of by a nasty slum gang. The humans overwhelmingly come out as the unredeemable lot, because the prawns get screwed over at every turn simply because they’re slimy and look like over-grown cockroaches. When one of the intelligent prawns, dubbed Christopher, vehemently refuses to leave his shanty house, it sets off a chain that links Wikus with the aliens in ways he surely did not expect. When District 9 lingers on its remarkable alien creations, showing off their avarice for kitty food and how each of them have their own personality, it’s quite an engrossing experience. They’re definitely the sympathetic core of the movie, as dunder-headed Wikus, the paramilitary group and the news media seem to revel, at time, in their willful ignorance of the aliens. That is, when the aliens themselves can’t be exploited. Though it seems the movie’s heart is in the right place, the resonant tolerance message gets skewed a bit once the guns start blazing. The carnage looks good, but how many action movies are released each year, compared to movies that sustain a unique vision throughout their run time? Sure to be an influential movie, District 9 has its virtues, but gets bogged down a bit in the end. Review by T.J. Royal

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Spartanburg, S.C. Upstate of S.C. Thu 09/10/09 Fri 09/11/09 Thu 09/17/09 Fri 09/18/09 Sat 09/19/09

Matt Wertz Loretta Lynn Supe Ravage Benjy Davis Project Cadillac Sky It Dies Today Slick Idiot

Denny’s Plaza Spart MA Ground Zero Ground Zero Private Function The Showroom Ground Zero Ground Zero

Columbia, S.C. Capitol of S.C. Fri 09/11/09 Wed 09/16/09 Fri 09/18/09 Sat 09/19/09 Mon 09/21/09 Thu 09/24/09 Fri 09/25/09 Sat 09/26/09 Sun 09/27/09

Seven Mary Three Headliners Mainstage David Mead White Mule Jamie Foxx Colonial Life Arena David Mead White Mule Showbread New Brookland Tavern Benjy Davis Project White Mule Brian Vander Ark White Mule Emmure New Brookland Tavern Stick To Your Guns Bill Pinkney’s Orig Drifters Kroger Center Collective Soul Jillian’s Elmwood Wet Willies The Almost Finley Park Elmwood Wet Willies Jon Shain House Concert Richard Buckner Whig

North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Coast of S.C. Fri 09/04/09 Sat 09/05/09 Sat 09/12/09 Thu 09/17/09 Fri 09/25/09 Sat 09/26/09 Sun 09/27/09

Down Sister Hazel Loretta Lynn Toad The Wet Sprocket Mitchel Musso The Sounds Jason Michael Carroll Chevelle

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South Carolina September 18 -September 19, 2009 - Catfish Festival, Hardeeville, South Carolina. Live music, good food w/events throughout city, Land Boat Races, 100 mile car and motorcycle run, kiddie. 843-784-3606 September 19, 2009 - Fall Classic Car Show, Gaffney, South Carolina. Antique and collectible cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Trophies awarded. 864-489-3988 September 19, 2009 - Town Festival, Jonesville, South Carolina. 10th anniversary, fun, food, arts, crafts-music by the ‘Catalinas’ family event. 864-674-5709 September 25 -September 26, 2009 - Pamplico Cypress Festival, Pamplico, South Carolina. Rides for kids; softball tournament; tennis tournament; live DJ. 843-4935111 September 25 -September 27, 2009 - Raylrode Daze Festivul - Branchville, South Carolina. Street Dances, Arts & Crafts, Gun Fights, Can-Can Girls, World’s Oldest Railroad Junction. 803-274-8831 September 25 -September 26, 2009 - World Championship Rodeo & Festival. Laurens, South Carolina. Rodeo, Expo, Food, Live Music, Exhibits, Pony Rides, Inflatables, Petting Zoo, Childrens Area and more. 864861-3861 September 26, 2009 - South Greenville Community Fest. Piedmont, South Carolina. A family friendly environment. 864-990-1065

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North Carolina. 4th Annual fair, There will be over 60 local artists and crafts. 919-451-1705

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cal crafts, exhibits, music, food, and fun. 336-924-8191 September 19, 2009 - Unity Festival, Bethel, North Carolina. Christian based festival with gospel music and fun all day long, Crafts, food, games and fun for all. 252531-7027 September 19, 2009 - Unity Festival, Bethel, North Carolina. We are a small town festival. 252-714-2610 September 19, 2009 - KACG Fall Festival, Kernersville, North Carolina, Arts & Crafts. 336-587-6837 September 19, 2009 - Festival at the Mount, Greensboro, North Carolina, Nationally known Bluegrass , fine arts & crafts, great food & kids mini-carnival! Benefit Urban Ministry. 336-707-2507 September 19 -September 20, 2009 - CenterFest The Art, Durham, North Carolina. For 36 years, hundreds of fine artists, craftsmen & performers from across the country come to Centerfest. 919-560-2722 September 19, 2009 - Beep Your Beetle, Taylorsville, North Carolina, VW Car Show, Chili Cook Off, Music Festival & More. 828-632-8589 September 25 -September 27, 2009 - Mint Hill Madness, Mint Hill, North Carolina, Community and family oriented festival, Extensive play area with rides and games for children. 704-573-8282 September 25 -September 27, 2009 - Dream Acres Music Festival, Pleasant Hill, North Carolina. Bluegrass to Rock N’ Roll, supporting scholarship. petting zoo, songwriters contest, pig cook,drumcircle. 252-673-6316 September 25 -September 26, 2009 - WNC BBQ Festival, Maggie Valley, North Carolina. 6th Annual Lip smackin BBQ competition, 55 for more teams competing for cash prizes, Wine & Swine contest. 828-926-1686 September 25 -September 27, 2009 - Music Festival, Flat Rock, North Carolina, Song writers contest, workshops,music,dancing, food & fun. 828-692-2005 September 26 -September 27, 2009 - Cape Fear Italian Festival, Leland, North Carolina. Celebrating Italian-American heritage and culture near Wilmington, NC. 910-399-2923 September 26, 2009 - Arts and Crafts Fair, Durham,

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JOKE TIME

Plus Other Tidbits

FACE THE FACTS Completely Random Facts • Only 55% of Americans know that the sun is a star.

• Sales of Rolaids, Alka-Seltzer, and Tums jump 20% in December

• Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do. Approximately 150 people are killed each year by coconuts.

• The average single man is one inch shorter than the average married man.

• Only male fireflies can fly. • Nearly 30% of female lottery winners hide their winning ticket in their bras. • Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote. • If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation. • The smallest human penis ever recorded was just 5/8 of an inch long! • Babies who wear disposable diapers are five times more likely to develop diaper rash than those that wear cotton diapers.

• The venom of a small scorpion is much more toxic than the venom of a large scorpion. • Dueling is legal in Paraguay, as long as both parties are registered blood donors. • The typical shower is 101 degrees F. • Bananas aren’t fruit! They are a type of herb. • A recent study at Harvard has shown that eating chocolate can actually help you live longer! • Beavers can swim half a mile underwater on one gulp of air. • The average 1 1/4 lb. lobster is 7 to 9 years old.

• Black Whales are born white. • To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe. • In Michigan, a woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission. • About 1 in 30 people in the U.S. are in jail, on probation, or on parole. • Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War. • Chained dogs are 3 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs. • A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

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Signs You Can Tell It Will Be A Rough Day Ahead... You wake up face down on the pavement.

group of Hell’s Angels on the interstate.

You put your bra on backward and it fits better.

Your wife wakes up feeling amorous and you have a headache.

You call Suicide Prevention and they put you on hold.

Your boss tells you not to bother to take off your coat.

You see a “60 Minutes” news team waiting in your office.

The bird singing outside your window is a buzzard.

Your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles.

You wake up and your braces are locked together.

You want to put on the clothes you wore home from the party last night, and there aren’t any.

You walk to work and find your dress is stuck in the back of your pantyhose.

You turn on the news and they’re showing emergency routes out of the city.

Your blind date turns out to be your ex-wife. Your income tax check bounces.

Your twin sister forgot your birthday.

You put both contacts lenses in the same eye.

You wake up and discover your waterbed broke and then realize that you don’t have a waterbed.

Your wife says, “Good morning, Bill,” and your name is George.

Your car horn goes off accidentally and remains stuck as you follow a

You send this to all your lists and put the wrong disclaimers on it!

Food for Thought Quitting drugs is like having sex with a gorilla, you’re not done until the gorilla is.

– Megadeth

Jokes Applying for a Job A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications, he waited anxiously for the outcome. The employer read all his applications and said, “We have an opening for people like you.” “Oh, great,” he said, “What is it?” “It’s called the door!” Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter. The man at the counter asked the older boy, “Son, how old are you?” “Eight,” the boy replied. The man continued, “Do you know what these are used for?” The boy replied, “Not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re for him. He’s my brother. He’s four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can’t do either.”

My Horse A cowboy rode into town and stopped at a saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on strangers, which he was. When he finished his drink, he found his horse had been stolen. He went back into the bar, handily flipped his gun into the air, caught it above his head without even looking and fired a shot into the ceiling. “Which one of you sidewinders stole my horse?!?!?” he yelled with surprising forcefulness. No one answered. “Alright, I’m gonna have another beer, and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I finish, I’m gonna do what I dun in Texas! And I don’t like to have to do what I dun in Texas!” Some of the locals shifted restlessly. The man, true to his word, had another beer, walked outside, and his horse has been returned to the post. He saddled up and started to ride out of town. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, before you go... what happened in Texas?” The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home.”

Only One Seat A man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh theatre. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man, “Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.” The man groaned but didn’t budge. The usher became impatient. “Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going to have to call the manager.” Again, the man just groaned, which infuriated the usher who turned and marched briskly back up the aisle in search of his manager. In a few moments, both the usher and the manager returned and stood over the man. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move him, but with no success. Finally, they summoned the police. The cop surveyed the situation briefly then asked, “All right buddy, what’s your name?” “Sam,” the man moaned. “Where ya from, Sam?” With pain in his voice Sam replied “The balcony.”

$1 Bills A lady dropped her handbag in the bustle of holiday shopping. An honest, little boy noticed her drop the handbag, so he picked it up and returned it to her. The lady looked into her handbag and commented, “Hmm... That’s funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills.” The boy quickly replied, “That’s right, lady. The last time I found a purse, the owner didn’t have any change for a reward.”


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