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Keith Urban enters Rehab, will miss CMA`s

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat October 24, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

38 yr. old Keith Urban (whose talents I like very much) has entered a U.S. rehab facility to de-tox from alchohol addiction. The Grammy-winner, formerly a cocaine addict, said he “deeply regrets the hurt this has caused Nicole”. (Nicole Kidman (Oscar winning actress) who he recently married in Sidney,Australia) Keith having CMA nominations for entertainer of the year and best vocalist, both of which he won in 2005, best single for Better Life, and song of the year for co-writing Tonight I Wanna Cry, is one of the best new artists to come around in a long time. I admire his ability to play awesome leads on his guitar while singing lead at the same time ! I am looking forward to his newest release “Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing” on November 7. He won a Grammy award earlier this year for best male country vocalist for You’ll Think of Me, and was named best male singer by the Academy of Country Music for the second year running. Knowing this business personally and having experienced addictions myself, I can only wish him the best and say that I for one will miss his presence at the CMA awards this November 6. Just remember that “Rehab is for quitters” !  keith urban

Willie Nelson and the war on drugs !

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat October 5, 2006 @ 2:48 am

During a September 18 traffic stop, cops smelled a strong odor of pot emanating from Nelson’s bus. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up about 1-1/2 pounds of pot and a bag of mushrooms. The drugs were later photographed on the hood of a police cruiser. Nelson, 73, and four other bus passengers (ages 75, 59, 54, and 50) were issued misdemeanor drug possession citations and released at the scene. willie nelson
Nelson, 73, has been an advocate for the legalization of marijuana. He became famous in the 1970s as part of the outlaw country movement that included influences from rock, jazz and folk music.

I can see why the law would want to go after people like Willie, after all, everyone knows marijuana makes you lazy, while giving you violent criminal behavior. Just look at Willie. The guy just can’t seem to get anything done. Well except maybe being one of the biggest country stars who ever existed, while still touring at his old age. But I mean look how criminal and violent he is, with the joints and all.

Give me a break, the war on drugs is and always has been a waste of time and money not to mention that large %`s of our prisons are filled with non-violent drug offenders and then there are the scores of very sick people who could get much needed relief and appetite from marijuana, but the govt. would rather spend billions on fighting it. I say leave Willie alone he is old enough to do what he wants!

Willie Nelson’s public statement regarding being caught with a bag of
Marijuana earlier this week:
“It’s a good thing I had a bag of Marijuana, instead of a bag of spinach…
I’d be dead by now.”

See Willie`s confiscated stash here !

Bob Dylan back in spotlight

Filed under: Music News — rat September 6, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

Bob Dylan‘s new album, Modern Times, claims the top spot on this week’s SoundScan sales charts, making it his first #1 album since 1976’s Desire. It is also his best sales week and highest-charting record since Nielsen SoundScan started keeping track of such numbers in 1991, according to Billboard. Modern Times sold approximately 192,000 copies in its first week on-sale in the States and debuted in the top three in many other countries around the world. This makes him the oldest person to ever release a disc at #1 !bob dylan

Bob Dylan has been recording since the year I was born (1962) proof seen here with such hits as “Blowin` in The Wind”, “Corrina Corrina”, “Delia”, “House of the risin’ Sun”, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, “Lay Lady Lay”, “Little Maggie”, “Maggie’s Farm”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Precious Memories”,”Sittin’ on Top of The World”, just to name a very few. See complete collection here. Those songs alone make him a legend in his own time and he has my respect and I am glad to see him back in the spotlight again, perhaps he can one day record from the grave like a few other of my favorite legends. Way to go Bob !

Guitar-Antics joins up with “Guitars Not Guns”

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat August 22, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

I (RAT of Guitar-Antics) was recently contacted by Ray Nelson gng logo founder of “Guitars Not Guns” to help start a new chapter in the East Tennessee area! What is GNG you ask ? It is a federally exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides guitars and lessons to foster children and other youth at risk, regardless of ability to pay. Gibson recently became one of the official sponsors and donated 10 new guitars to the latest chapter just started in Franklin, TN. (near Nashville). Hopefully we will have the East TN chapter up and ready for free lessons very soon. I have been asked to head a Board of Directors or at least sit on an Advisory Board that will oversee this chapter. I am not sure what my “free time” schedule will allow me to do, but I am very excited about being a part of this very worthy cause and look forward to helping in any way I can esp. with some free guitar lessons ! (more…)

Jimi Hendrix records from the grave !

Filed under: Music News — rat July 26, 2006 @ 11:45 am

jimmy hendrixIt seems another long lost recording of Jimi Hendrix has surfaced and will be sold at auction sometime in Oct. 26 of 2006 in New York. According to news sources, this track titled “Station Break” was recorded early in his career along with others like “Kato’s Special”, “Flying on Instruments”, and “No Such Animal”, composed by Hendrix and Jerry Simon, president of R.S.V.P. Music, with whom Hendrix signed a publishing contract in 1966.

Hendrix, who was born in Seattle, died in 1970 at the age of 27 in London. He suffocated on his own vomit.

It seems that Simon’s widow stumbled across it in a closet back in 1994 but is just now deciding to sell it. Maybe it’s because of todays high gas prices ? I will be curious as to what price it brings. The buyer will of course get the copyright and the original reel to reel recording and the right to digitally remaster and market it. Half the proceeds from the royalties will go to the Hendrix estate. Just hope they dont have any conflict wqith Jimi’s sister Janie over copyrights and such ! I will be following this one closely as I have always been a big fan of Jimi Hendrix. You know you are a legendary performer when you still make recordings from the grave! Johnny Cash as a recent example !

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