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Check out a brand new Blog !

Filed under: RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat February 17, 2008 @ 4:32 am

I just helped a friend of mine with a new website and Blog ! Check out It’s all about wilderness trail adventures, past and future hiking experiences, events and other things involved in the trail and hiking community. The website is nice too, well it ought to be, I built it 😉  !!!! Check it out !!!

Cash prison tribute gig cancelled

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat January 10, 2008 @ 6:07 am

johnny cash at folsomA concert to mark the 40th anniversary of a famous performance by late country legend Johnny Cash at a Californian prison has been cancelled.

The gig, scheduled for Sunday, was to have been staged in Folsom State Prison canteen, where Cash sang in 1968.

Prison officials called off the concert, blaming problems with filming rights, media access and security.

In 1956, the star recorded the song Folsom Prison Blues and staged his gig at the prison 12 years later.

The performance was later released as a live album and became one of his most famous works.

The anniversary concert was due to have featured Cash’s music and one of his original backing musicians, drummer WS “Fluke” Holland.

Check out our tribute page here:

Legend Porter Wagoner dies at 80

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat December 26, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

I can remember like it was yesterday when I was less than 10 years old sitting in front of the TV trying to reach around my dads J-50 Gibson accoustic guitar playing along to the tunes every week on the Porter Wagoner show, the Grand Ole Opry show, and many others that used to come on back then. It was those soon to become legends including Dolly Parton who he is solely responsible for bringing to the stage that were my mentors to inspire me to go on to become the musician I am today.

porter wagoner

Wagoner, a Grand Ole Opry institution and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Sunday (Oct. 28) at 8:25 p.m. at Alive Hospice in Nashville. He was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Known as “The Thin Man From West Plains,” Mr. Wagoner’s contributions to country music are manifold and consequential. Marty Stuart, who produced this year’s much-heralded comeback album Wagonmaster, calls him “an American master and a cornerstone of our music.”

A hit-maker for more than a quarter-century, he was a Country Music Hall of Famer and a three-time Grammy winner whose best-loved singles included “A Satisfied Mind,” “Misery Loves Company” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.”

One of my favorites was “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” and “The Caroll County Accident”.

He will be sorely missed by not only his three surviving children but the fans of the music as well.

Opposites Attract ?

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat October 25, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

While we’re all waiting for the new Led Zep album “Mothersip” to come out, we can enjoy now a new album just out by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. The Plant and Krauss album ‘Raising Sand’ is expected to be a Top 5 debut in the USA next week. It may even come in at number two.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

The Plant and Krauss album was produced by T-Bone Burnett (‘O Brother, Where Are Thou’ and ‘Walk The Line’). ‘Raising Sand’ is a collection of covers of songs from artists like The Everly Brothers, Tom Waits, and Mel Tillis.

Plant’s previous diversion this far from Led Zeppelin was when he recorded the classic ‘Sea of Love’ for The Honeydrippers EP in the 80s.

Led Zeppelin reuniting?

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat September 9, 2007 @ 3:40 am

The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin are finally getting back together! According to, frontman Robert Plant is in talks this week with fellow Led Zep legends Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones about a one-off Zeppelin gig that’ll hopefully take place in London this November. Presumably late drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham (last seen banging skins for celebreality band Damnocracy on VH1’s Supergroup with Ted Nugent), will fill in behind the drumkit for the Zep trek  since Damnocracy mouthpiece Sebastian Bach is busy trying to launch a hip-hop career on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstars , we’re guessing Damnocracy are on indefinite hiatus and Jason will therefore thankfully be free…

led zeppelin

Pavarotti Dead at 71

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat @ 3:34 am

One of the greatest tenors in operatic history has passed away at age 71 from pancreatic cancer. He sold 100 million albums during his decade-straddling career (let’s see Garth Brooks top that !) and he was beloved by millions more. Pav, you shall be missed…



Filed under: Music News — rat August 18, 2007 @ 3:32 am

The Ozzfest tour has been hit with tragedy after two fans were killed during Thursday night’s (Aug. 16, 2007) show in New Jersey. According to reports, both deaths were alcohol and drug-related. Friends of the men said that they had taken cocaine, marijuana and alcohol before and during the show.

While deaths are not unheard of at large rock festivals, they are unusual at outdoor spaces like the PNC Bank Arts Center, which opened in 1968 as the Garden State Arts Center and has a capacity of 17,500. A spokesman for the Turnpike Authority said that the two deaths on Thursday, when attendance was just over 13,000, were believed to be the center’s first.

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Last of The Drifters:

Filed under: Music News — rat July 6, 2007 @ 12:12 am

Bill Pinkney, the last original member of The Drifters, died on Wednesday, July 4th. He was 81. He was discovered dead at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort where he had been scheduled to perform there at a Fourth of July festival. bill pinkney


Money Grubbing scum taking away online radio

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat April 28, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently denied webcasters’ requests for a rehearing on its ruling of unfairly high new royalty rates — a stunning 300 to 1200 percent increase — for Internet radio for period 2006-2010.

Internet radio is singled out from all other radio, burdened with fees not paid by AM or FM stations, and at rates at least 3-4 times paid by satellite and cable radio. The ruling even included absurd minimum of $500 per station per year to penalize the smallest webcasters with the highest rates.

Should this ruling stand, many of your favorite stations will be silenced. You will find Live365’s 260 genres reduced to the same meager, homogenized list carried on AM/FM radio, because the unfair rates would drive webcasters in niche genres with unique content unavailable elsewhere out of business.

You can, however, help protect your favorite tunes of your favorite DJs from being silenced.

The Internet Radio Equality Act (HR 2060)

has been introduced in Congress by Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA). A simple phone call to your Representative to ask for their support on this Bill will go a long way toward ensuring your right to diversity and choice in radio. Better yet, please also write and fax to show how serious you are. They need to know how much your music means to you.

Click here for the number of your Rrepresentative !

Help Save Internet Radio !

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat April 24, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. The Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC has more than tripled the royalty rates for webcasters and left unchanged they will kill Internet radio. These exorbitant rates go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). Without Congressional action the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date. We need your help. Please take a moment to send a letter to your member of Congress to keep Net radio from being silenced.

Go here to find ways to help:

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