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Director John Sayles Makes Film Centered On Deep South Blues

Russell Hall
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11.05.2007

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Filmmaker John Sayles has written and directed a movie centered on the blues of the Deep South. Titled Honeydripper, the film features several musicians, including Keb' Mo', Stax Records veteran Dr. Mable John, Howlin' Wolf/Muddy Waters band alumnus Eddie Shaw, and—most notably—up-and-coming Austin-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Alongside the likes of Danny Glover and Mary Steenburgen, Clark stars as a young guitar prodigy named "Sonny," occupying a role he fits in real life as well. In a press release Sayles says he wanted to explore the genesis of rock and roll.
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Buckcherry Offering Big Prizes In Video Contest

Russell Hall
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11.02.2007

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In what's becoming a trend of sorts, Buckcherry is offering aspiring musicians and video-makers an opportunity to win some lucrative prizes. All that's required for a chance to win is to create your own video for the band's song "Sorry," and then post the results on YouTube. According to the band's website and record label, the three videos that receive the most plays by November 30 will receive the spoils. First prize is a whopping $4,000; second prize is $1,000; and third prize is a signed copy of Buckcherry's album, 15. For more information, visit the band's website (www.buckcherry.com/). --Russell Hall
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Warren Haynes And Other Artists Creating Musician's Village In New Orleans

11.02.2007

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Jimmy Page Fractures Finger, Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert Postponed

11.01.2007

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RollingStone.com is reporting that the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert has been pushed back. Apparently, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page fractured his finger last week and because of the injury, he can’t play the guitar for three weeks. That means that the November 26th gig, at which Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and Foreigner are also slated to perform, will now be pushed back until December 10th. In a statement, Page explained, “I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks. However, Led Zeppelin have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to.” Tickets bought for the original show will be honored on the new date and refunds will be available. The article points out that in 1975, Plant hurt his finger in a train door but continued to tour. Nonetheless, it is only two more weeks after a 27 year absence.
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Ozzy Auctions Off Four-Wheeler That Nearly Killed Him

David Sprague
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11.01.2007

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As anyone who’s ever seen an episode of the Osbourne family’s reality series can vouch, Ozzy Osbourne has an amazing knack for turning a negative into a positive?a streak he’ll attempt to further later this fall when he auctions off the all-terrain vehicle that nearly killed him in an accident some four years back. The Wizard is hoping to raise roughly 3,000 bucks in the auction?which will also include a number of other items from the Osbourne household, some of which, we’d wager, have been soiled by Oz and Sharon’s not-quite-housebroken menagerie (by which we mean their doggies, not those irascible kids). The still-shredded condition of the vehicle, a Yamaha “Banshee” Quad Bike, attests to its authenticity, and the promise that proceeds from the sale will go to a cancer charity verifies the sincerity of the singer’s effort. ?David Sprague
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1,730 Guitarists Play “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” In Unison

David Sprague
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11.01.2007

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Admittedly, India is known more for producing sitar masters than blazing guitarists, but the country has made a bid to storm the six-string section of the Guinness Book of World Records, gathering 1,730 players for a mass strum-along to Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” If the effort, which took place last Friday on a remote hilltop in northeast India, is certified by the Guinness folk, the current record holders?1,721 metal-mongering Midwesterners who gathered last year in Kansas City to jam on “Smoke on the Water”?will have to seek out another path to fame. ?David Sprague
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Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Let You Choose How Much to Pay for Their New Disc

David Sprague
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10.31.2007

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Trent Reznor has been one of the more vocal—or is that hungry?—members of the bite-the-hand-that-feeds brigade for ages now, what with his frequent gripes about CDs being too expensive for the average consumer. It figures, then, that he’d leap into the breach alongside kindred spirits Radiohead for a disc that fans can download for whatever price they might choose. As the enthusiastic co-producer of poet-rapper Saul William's new disc, entitled The Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, Reznor has put the "sale" of Williams' disc front and center on the Nine Inch Nails website. "There are obvious similarities in how Radiohead just released their new record and they way we've chosen to," Reznor's said. "After thinking about this way too much, I feel we've improved upon their idea in a few ways that benefit you, the consumer. You obviously will be the judge of this in the end. One thing that is very different in our situation is that Saul's not the household name (yet!) that Radiohead is, and that means we need your support on this more than ever."—David Sprague
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The Killers Issue Offbeat Christmas Song

David Sprague
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10.31.2007

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The world has come a long way from the days when John Lennon could serenade fans with a holiday sentiment like “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a seasonal peacenik ode of our own this year. The Killers have opted to provide listeners with their own post-modern tidings of comfort and joy on an uplifting new tune entitled “Don’t Shoot Me Santa”—a hope we imagine has been expressed by virtually every Claus-believing child in America at one point or another. In addition to keeping Kringle-on-kid violence at bay, the song also aims to raise cash for Bono’s RED campaign, an effort to help women and children in Africa deal with that continent’s AIDS epidemic. —David Sprague
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AC/DC Fight for Their Domain

David Sprague
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10.31.2007

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While we’d ordinarily assume the members of AC/DC would be perfectly happy to have their names associated with visual aids that might not be all that family friendly, we can understand their reticence to have their pockets picked in the process. As such, we’ve gotta congratulate Angus Young and company on their long-overdue victory in the battle over the domain name acdc.com, which will now officially be used by those about to rock, as opposed to those about to take part in less savory activities. Sensitive types who’d shied away from logging into the site due to its unsavory past—a purveyor of X-rated material had been squatting there for eons—can now rest assured that the most offensive things to be found at the new improved version are the lyrics to “Big Balls.”
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Keep Those E-mails Coming! Bill Turner & Blue Smoke perform "Alabama Jubilee" on local TV

10.31.2007

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This is Bill Turner & Blue Smoke in a live TV performance, using a rare matched set of low impedance Les Pauls: the Les Paul Professional guitar and an equally rare Les Paul bass, both circa 1969. I'm on the lead guitar and Eric "The K" Knutsen is on bass, with Tim Sullivan borrowing my old ES-335 for the rhythm guitar!
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