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The Billboard Charting Rock Band’s Popular Track ‘Dragonfly’ Will Be Featured in WWE Films’ Upcoming Picture ‘Legendary’ Staring Patricia Clarkson, John Cena and Danny Glover, Which Hits Theatres September 10

The Billboard Charting Rock Band Shaman's Harvest's Popular Track ‘Dragonfly’ Will Be Featured in WWE Films’ Upcoming Picture ‘Legendary’ Staring Patricia Clarkson, John Cena and Danny Glover, Which Hits Theatres September 10. Photo courtesy Luck Media

Missouri rockers Shaman’s Harvest will hit the big screen this coming fall as their popular track “Dragonfly” will be featured in WWE’s upcoming film “Legendary.” The film industry predicts this to be WWE Films’ best movie yet. The song will not only be featured once, but twice within the film. “Dragonfly” was the band’s first successful commercial rock single, which has accumulated more than 1.2 million views on YouTube and graced Billboard‘s Rock Songs, Active Rock and Mainstream Rock charts.

The motion picture opens on Friday, September 10 featuring WWE superstar, John Cena (“12 Rounds, The Marine”), Patricia Clarkson (“The Green Mile,” “The Untouchables,” HBO’s “6 Feet Under”) and Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon,” “Top Gun,” “Royal Tennebaums”). Included in the cast is young TV actor Devon Graye (Showtimes’ “Dexter,” “CSI Miami,” “Saving Grace”) and actress Madeleine Martin best known for her role as Becca Moody on the series “Californication.” 

ROCK BAND SHAMAN’S HARVEST IS ‘LEGENDARY!’

ROCK BAND SHAMAN’S HARVEST IS ‘LEGENDARY!’

“Legendary” is about a broken family and a unique teenager (Graye) who decides he will join his high school wrestling team in hopes to regain a relationship with his estranged older brother (Cena), a recently released convict who once was a wrestling champion. Cena’s character left his brother and his mother (Clarkson) after a tragic vehicle accident, killing the boys’ father, and leaving the mother a widow. Glover’s character steps in as a mentor to the family.

Shaman’s Harvest’s newly released single and title track to their current LP, “Shine,” just hit the radio airwaves and is already in rotation at WJJO in Madison, Wis., Sirius XM’s popular rock satellite station Octane, KBRE Merced, Calif., KQRA Springfield, Mo., and WIIL Chicago.

Shamans Harvet Album Cover Shine

The self-released rockers continue their high energy live performance on the road through September. Earlier this month the band gave an all out rock performance at the 70th Year Anniversary Sturgis Rally for the Rock-N-Rev Festival, which also included headlining acts Godsmack, Creed, Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots. Shaman’s Harvest will also perform at the KSHE Pig Roast in St. Louis on September 18, as well as LOOP Fest for Chicago’s major rock station WLUP on September 19. The band is also supporting a major U.S. city tour with Warner BrosCavo.

“Heroes” and “Star Trek” star Zachary Quinto is starring in a revival of the groundbreaking play “Angels In America”  at the Peter Norton space in New York City.  Produced by the Signature Theatre Company and directed by Michael Greif, the show has had such a huge response that they have extended the run for another six weeks!  The show was originally slated to end its run on December 19th, but will now play until January 30th, 2011.

ANGELS IN AMERICA, begins performances on September 14 and opens October 28 at the Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street).

Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, the two parts of ANGELS IN AMERICA, will begin alternating in repertory from the start of performances.

Tickets for performances beginning December 21, 2010 will be $85. For the full performance calendar, to purchase tickets or for more information, please visit http://signaturetheatre.org/angels or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).

Smeagol a baby lemur aye-aye

Photo of Smeagol a rare lemur aye-aye baby.

On July 14, the Zoo’s female aye-aye, Medusa, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The baby, named Smeagol after his resemblance to the Lord of the Rings character, weighted 105g at birth.

Photo of baby aye-aye Smeagol.

Aye-ayes are rare lemurs that can be found hanging from the trees in the rain forests of Madagascar.

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The inaugural VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Awards were held at the Las Vegas Hilton’s Elvis Showroom on Sunday and drew a huge crowd of rock celebrities and fans alike.  The event honored both local and legendary rockers alike.  Among the awards given out were Best Rock Band, Best Punk Band and Best Metal Band.  All rock genres got their due at the VRMA’s!

Suzette and Dee Snider

Twisted Sister frontman and reality star Dee Snider was given the Rock n Roll Savior Award and strolled the red carpet with his wife, Suzette.

Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister from the legendary group Motorhead accepted the Vegas Rocks!  Lifetime Legend Award.  Fans were lining up early to get a glimpse of this influential rocker.

Other awards included: Rock Group Lifetime Award which was presented to The Scorpions;  Best Rock Clock in the Universe award given to Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav and Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes who accepted the Inspirational Icon Award.

Nick Oshiro

Paul Shortino

Phil Varone

Stars were out in force to lend their support to what is sure to be an annual event.

On hand were Paul Shortino (Rough Cut/Quiet Riot), Ron Keel (Keel), Otis Day (Otis Day and the Knights), Nick Oshiro (Static X), Rick and Corey from the History Channel show “Pawn Stars”, Lita Ford and more.

Otis Day

Ron Keel

Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison

The show was filmed and will be broadcast at a later date.  Check back with CFM and we will update you on time and channel.

To find out more about VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine, check out www.vegasrocks.com

J. Alex Halderman and Ariel J. Feldman  hacked a touchscreen voting machine to play Pac-Man,  without breaking the machine’s tamper-evident seals.

J. Alex Halderman and Ariel J. Feldman hacked a touchscreen voting machine to play Pac-Man, without breaking the machine’s tamper-evident seals.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the iconic arcade game, they reprogrammed the AVC Edge, a touch-screen DRE (direct-recording electronic) voting machine, to run Pac-Man.

They found by removing screws and opening the case of the electronic voting machine they could replace the software leaving the tamper-evident seals intact. The video below shows the Pac-Man  being played.

How did you reprogram the machine?

The original election software used the psOS+ embedded operating system. We reformatted the memory card to boot DOS instead. (Update: Yes, it can also run Linux.) Challenges included remembering how to write a config.sys file and getting software to run without logical block addressing or a math coprocessor. The entire process took three afternoons.
University of Michigan

Hardware photos can be seen on the website.

(After the 2008 primaries Virginia banned the electronic voting  machines. Two were purchased for $100.)

Ampeg Endorsements For Bands

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This is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping bands locate endorsements and sponsorships
Becoming an Ampeg Endorser Artist

Ampeg Endorsement Program. To be considered for endorsement, please provide the following:

  • a copy of your current CD (and video if available)
  • a current press kit including contact and management information
  • a current tour schedule
  • dates of your next Seattle, WA performance
  • a list of Ampeg products you currently use and product you desire for endorsement.

Send the noted items to the following address:
LOUD Technologies Inc.
Artist Relations Department/Ampeg
16220 Wood-Red Road NE
Woodinville, WA 98072 USA

Due to the large volume of endorsement requests, we are unable to respond to all packages received. However, please be assured that all requests are reviewed.

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The host for this event, the Dixie Echoes, will perform all three nights.

The host for this event, the Dixie Echoes, will perform all three nights.

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – Southern Gospel music lovers, the fall edition of the Suwannee River Jubilee is coming to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Featured artists are some of the top Southern Gospel quartets – the Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Melody Boys and the Dove Brothers.

Florida Boys will perform Thursday night, Sept. 30

Florida Boys will perform Thursday night, Sept. 30

The host for this event, the Dixie Echoes, will perform all three nights while the Florida Boys will perform Thursday night, Sept. 30; Melody Boys Friday night, Oct. 1, and the Dove Brothers Saturday night, Oct. 2. It’s sure to be three nights of some of the best Southern Gospel music you‘ve ever heard! Don’t miss this fall spectacular.

Dove Brothers

Dove Brothers Will Perform Saturday night, Oct. 2

Plan a family or friends reunion and meet way down upon the Suwannee River for a weekend of gospel music with your loved ones!

This event is held outdoors under a canopy of moss-covered oaks in the beautiful Amphitheater near the banks of the famous Suwannee River.

Advance 3-day passes are $30 or $13 nightly. Deadline to purchase advance tickets is Sept. 27. After that, a 3-day pass will be $38 or $15 nightly. Free admission for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance at SuwanneeRiverJubilee.com or at Jubilee Productions, 481 Ronda Street, Pensacola, Fla 32534 or call 850-477-6391. Group specials available. Gates open to the Amphitheater nightly at 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs.

While you’re at the SOSMP, enjoy canoeing, hiking, golf cart rental, mini and disc golf, check out our live honey bee display, visit the rustic Crafts Village, The Store of the Village, ice cream parlor or just sit back and relax while you watch the tea-colored Suwannee River make its way past this splendid resort.

Melody Boys Friday will perfrom night, Oct. 1

Melody Boys will perform Friday night, Oct. 1

RV parking or cabin rentals may be reserved by contacting the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park at 386-364-1683, going to the SOSMP’s website at www.musicliveshere.com or emailing the SOSMP at spirit@musicliveshere.com.

The SOS Café and Restaurant is always open for lunch and dinner during special events and features delicious food from the menu and specials like ribs, steak, prime rib, catfish and much more. The restaurant opens at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for breakfast.

The SOSMP is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129.

Ya’ll come see us now, you hear! We’ll be looking for ya’ll!

Emiko follows her recent success on the Japanese charts with this beautiful contemporary song, in English, taken from her forthcoming Album to be released later this year on Famous Records!

A three time featured performer of the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcases, Emiko has graced the pages of Billboard Magazine, FM Sound, Music Connection, and other great music publications. MTV has said that Emiko is “incredible live!” and is ready to explode on a global level. With award wins (2005,2006 ASCAPlus Award, 2005 Overplay Song Competition Award), nominations (2004 BRIT Award) and such great chart success in the UK (#1 for a record setting 17 weeks on the Overplay UK Pop/Rock charts), Emiko’s fan base is growing fast and furious! Most recently, Emiko acted in two TV series, “City Sessions” and “From the Penthouse”, both which aired on YMCTV, a new national US network.

Currently, Emiko makes her home in London UK where she is completing her latest album to be released on FAMOUS RECORDS in time for the holiday season.

One-Eyed Doll Interview

What do you get when you take two musicians from different parts of the Pacific Northwest and put them in Austin? You get One Eyed Doll. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the band To find out a little bit more about them and their music.

What do you get when you take two musicians from different parts of the Pacific Northwest and put them in Austin? You get One-Eyed Doll. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the band To find out a little bit more about them and their music. R to L Jason Rufuss Sewell:aka Junior,Kimberly Freeman

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CFM: So how has the summer tour been going?

Jason: We’re pretty much always on tour as it were. We just always try to pick up shows wherever we can. A lot of time we will Pivot off of Amine conventions. We’ll book an Anime convention and then we will book shows on our way to and from the convention.

In April we did kind of a U.S. Tour We went from City to City and we played every night for five weeks in a different city. It was like a real tour ya know. And what we are doing now is we are focusing on Anime conventions because we have the whole AdventureQuest thing going. In general we also just do really well at Anime conventions

CFM: How did you start getting involved with the Cons?

Jason: Kimberly is just like a walking cartoon, so we tend to attract people who are part of that scene anyway. I think a lot of the fans are always asking us “are you gonna be at DragonCon?” Plus we ask our fans “Where would you like to see us play?” and our fans will say they wanna see us at these anime conventions. She just attracts those kinds of fans of animation and video games. Then once we did that and the kids are REALLY Into it so it makes it rewarding to play those conventions.

CFM:How did you guys get into the video game deal, did they approach you after a show?

Jason: Well Kimberly is kind of a walking video game character anyway; she is kind of a cartoon character. So One-Eyed Doll played at DragonCon last year 2009 and as a result got a lot of attention from that group of people and we had also played at MetroCon in Tampa. From those two conventions we made a lot of connections in that world and one of them was AdventureQuest or Artix Entertainment. They just invited us to be characters in the game and we accepted and we did some music tracks and let them use them in the game. This last event, The Friday the 13th event, we made an original song. The Call in the Game is “Battle on”, when you see somebody in the game you greet them with “Battle On”. When they are about to start a battle everybody says “Battle on”. SO we made a song and it’s super cool and now it is their theme song

CFM: Is that one of the ways that you keep on keeping an all age’s audience?

Jason: I would say that we particularly stay “kid friendly”. But if you are the type of parent who is open-minded, which a lot of our fans are.  Sometimes the subject matter can be a little bit strong, but Kimberly doesn’t swear or use bad language at all in real life. So there isn’t a lot of bad language involved, and there is really colorful imagery. There is a lot of talk about death and suicide and abuse and other very strong topics, but they are the kinds of things that if you have good parenting you can expose your kids to.  There are a lot of metaphors and good morals to the stories that our songs tell. Very good spirited even if you are talking about a dark topic.  Topics like abuse and suicide they effect 12 and 13 year old kids and it makes them feel good to know that there are people out there who can talk about that and relate.

CFM: Do you have a preference when it comes to the venues that you guys play? Do you prefer the bar shows over the anime conventions or vice versa?

Kimberly: They are both so cool in their own ways. I can say that the bars get to be a bit because of all the smoke and not being able to play for kids. I love the Anime conventions. But we ARE a dirty rock band (laughs) so we’re always gonna be lovin’ the dives. I love it all I want it all, so I wanna be able to play all ages huge venues like the anime conventions. Be able to do some video game stuff, and then also play at Headhunters on a Wednesday and pack the house. I love it all!

Jason: We enjoy playing these types of events because we get the chance to hang out with everybody after the show. If we were an overnight blow up and started playing areas then I would probably miss this and being able to hang out at the show with whoever happens to be there.

CFM: How did the band come together?

Jason: Back in 2005 we had both just moved to Austin. She had moved here from Eugene, OR and I had moved here from Sacramento, CA. I started recording for some of the local bands and started checking out what was going on in the area. She was in a band called Ghetto Princesses at the time. I checked out their MySpace Page and I thought “Whoa this is the coolest band in Austin right now I’ve gotta go check them out!”. SO I went and watched them and it was Kimberly and a drummer. The drummer at the time was really good really awesome and I was totally into her stage presence and everything. I really wanted them to be my showcase I wanted to record this band and they will be my introduction to Austin. I will have bands from Austin that I have recorded. But they didn’t have any money, the drummer was a painter so I had him come over and paint my house and I’ll record your album. So we started recording Hole which turned out to be the first One-Eyed Doll album. So there have been a few drummer changes but since then I have recorded all the One-Eyed Doll albums and the Kimberly Freeman Album. There have been five albums in total. And we are working on four more and we have almost completed 4 MORE ALBUMS. There will be a new One-Eye Doll album coming out January 1st, 2011 and a new Kimberly Freeman Dance album that will be coming out very soon too. That will really showcase that new wave kind of sound and do some things that we just can’t do with One-Eyed Doll. Which is what we call the Kimberly Freeman Project as a solo album is a really good outlet for that. We don’t have to play it live we can do whatever we want and put it on that.

CFM: Does Kimberly Having a solo Project effect the band dynamic?

Jason: It’s just me and Kimberly No matter what (laugh). SO. Like on the Kimberly Freeman Album “Sleep” she played guitar and did vocals and I played everything else, guitar, bass, some drums, keyboards, pianos and set up some orchestral arrangements. It was originally just going to be an acoustic album. Then I just kind of jumped in and started adding all of this ambiance and production, so it is the same stuff.  Really the albums have really just been me and Kim anyway too because you might have a drummer who is there for one day and records their part and then leave (laughs), Then me and Kim are there working on production for the next 3-4 months. So I feel like I have been in the band the entire time just before I was on the production end behind the scenes and now I am in the live production of it. So the solo albums, to answer your question, they are the same for me it’s just a different brand for that music. It’s definitely not One-Eyed Doll, anything that isn’t One-Eyed Doll is the Kimberly freeman project.

CFM: As Far as the shows and it’s just pretty much you and Kimberly

Jason: We have various other musicians who will do guest appearances with us occasionally and we like to be open minded about that. Our friends sit in sometimes, but the core of the band is me and Kimberly. For the past few months we have had my friend John playing bass with us. He just came out from California for a few months. Which is cool he’s one of my best friends. I have been in bands with him for many years and if we do a big tour we may invite him back to come play bass with us. We’re also working on a Blue Grass album and John also plays banjo so he may come out with us when we tour for that.

CFM: When you are doing the Cons and other live shows and you have guest musicians are the shows planned far enough in advance to be sure that you have a fill in?

Jason: We don’t plan we improvise. For example, if I break my leg Kimberly will do the show with an acoustic guitar. If it’s just me and her then it’s me and her. If we decided we want to play with somebody else we play with somebody else for a couple of shows. I don’t think we have ever put a huge amount of thought into it.

Kimberly’s entire career has been run by doing things off the cuff. Just show up and play. We use what we’ve got; we record with what we’ve got. If we’re in a hotel room and we wanna record a song and all we have is a laptop we make the song. If she wants to record the song on her phone she records the song on her phone. I think that we can do that because she is such a great performer. She will entertain the crowd no matter what. If we’re a 2 piece a 2 piece or just her with an acoustic guitar. I have faith in her and that people will be interested in what she is doing and she is going to put on a show and perform.

A lot of bands are like “I have to have my Phaser petal and the battery in my Phaser petal died so the show is going to be terrible we can’t play”.I’m not saying that is a bad thing If that’s part of your show, lots of bands have backing tracks and drum machines and that is an important element of their show. For One Eyed Doll it is all about Kimberly and her voice. For example, we were doing a show in New Orleans and the power went out right in the middle of our show. Power was out on the entire block. Normally you would just think that power is out everybody is gonna go home. Well what happened was that the crowd lit lighters and cell phones and held them in the air and Kimberly did two more songs a cappella. No guitar, no drums and just sang two more songs it was beautiful people were crying. I think that is the main morale to this story we’re not dependent on the gear Kimberly will be putting on a performance no matter what.

CFM: What made you guys choose Austin?

Jason: Sacramento isn’t a big Music Town and I wanted to be able to set up my studio in a place with tons of bands. And there are Tons in Austin.  Me and My Girlfriend at the time drove around the entire country basically looking for where I wanna move. I made some money off some real estate in California. Sold my house and I was gonna buy another house somewhere else and set up a studio. And we drove all over we went to pretty much everywhere and Austin pretty much, We showed up on a Tuesday night and the streets were blocked off and there were people partying in the street and there were bands playing everywhere. No other place in the country had that kind of music scene from what we could tell. In Austin the music is all in one place and the government supports the music being there, they brag about Austin being the live music capital of the world and it means something to them. And I just really appreciated that and I have enjoyed living in Austin and working with the musicians there. I think Austin will be our home base no matter what. We might go out and tour and spend a couple months in New York but we’ll always come back to Austin.

Kimberly: Well I sort of accidentally ended up here on my first Punk Rock tour. I was living in Eugene, OR and I was pretty much already homeless. So I convinced the rest of my original Band to throw away all of their belongings and join me on the road and live with me in my van on the road. So the four of us took off, kind of blindly. I was borrowing phones and using library internet café’s to book our shows. I would book us as far as I could around the country (laughs) blindly calling bars. Started out in Eugene, Oregon and got as far as Havasu, Arizona. My Drummer (4 drummers ago), was a bit of a thrill seeker so he just had to go to Suicide cliff so he could jump off if it into the water. It was late August and the Water was low it was hot 120 degrees out that day. I asked him Please don’t do it. He did it. His head didn’t come right back up out of the water, and then it kind of did but he wasn’t making and sound so I jumped in too. I don’t know how high it was. I ended up getting pretty hurt but I was able to drag him to shore and that ended the tour. I was injured, but he had broken his sternum in half and he had his reasons why he didn’t want to go to the hospital. So we got some ace bandages and some pain pills and we put him into the back of the van. We had kind of decided early on that if anything happened we would find Austin, Texas because it was this musical Mecca, and that was the default. I somehow played acoustic shows to get us gas money all the way down there and our transmission broke.  I can hardly breathe because I have cracked ribs my spine is all messed up and I had horrible welts from my legs and they were all swollen up I have stretch marks from all the swelling. So here I am playing these acoustic shows at these metal bars where we were booked and 90% of the time they hated me. And we got to Austin and kind of settled there. Since them all of the original members have left the bad and we have been truckin ever since.

CFM: What were your musical influences?

Jason: Personally one of my earliest influences was KISS. It’s really cool coming into this band and being able to put make-up on and dress up. I feel like because I grew up being into KISS I really appreciate the performance aspect and the showman ship and the. That is what really drew me to Kimberly because she is all into the performance side of it too. That was when I was like 4. When I was 4 years old I was Peter Criss from KISS for Halloween. So literally from that age that that was what I was into. The in the early 80’s I was into the New wave sound Duran Duran and that sort of thing. That influenced my production style as well. I produced all the OED albums as well and you will hear a little bit of new wave keyboard synthy stuff which is really popular right now too so we are kind of adding a little bit of that into it and I really love that kind of synth-pop sound added into the synth-punk thing.  When I got around 12 or 13 I started getting in to Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica and thrash bands that influenced my drumming a lot. I played drums from the time I was 4 until I was about 15 and then I switched to guitar and I have been playing guitar ever since then. When I joined OED Kimberly asked me to play Drums and I was like “WHOA that is kind of weird” since I had been playing guitar all this time. But we just jammin’ in the garage while we were waiting to record an album and it just kind of clicked. In this band I can play all of those Metallica and Slayer type drum beats and it is like “Wow it’s perfect for this band” Those were my main influences. A lot of Kimberly’s One Eyed Doll stuff comes from influences like the Vandals, punk band the Lunachicks.  A lot of her Vocal styling I think comes from People like Dolly Pardon and country music that she listened to as a kid. You’ll hear if you listen that kind of vocal vibrato and the little yodely things that she does, that’s what I pick up on from her.

Kimberly: Well first and foremost the first saw I ever saw as a small girl was my Grandpa Bernie Jones. It was at a Party in L.A. and there were people drinking and hangin’ out and somebody announced “Oh Bernie is gonna do something!”  And everybody cleared out around him and he had this hat that he put on and he became this character. He did a slapstick routine and played a bunch of instruments he even had some sort of Nordic accent thing. And that sort of stuck with me for the rest of my life. When I started playing a lot of that was coming out in me and most of my musical influence came from Bernie. When I first got into music I had just gotten back from China I spent time there for a while. The first thing I did was I went to L.A. and I went to Bernie and I said “I think I wanna be a Musician like you. I wanna be a singer” and he said “Ok Kid sing me a song. Show me what ya got” so right there I sang him a song (I was scared to death since he was my performance idol). I song a New Orleans a cappella song he said ”Alright Kid ya got it! You’ve got a voice you’ve got a good song, you did write than song. Now you need to learn to play an instrument a guitar a piano something” at the time I thought I was too old to learn to play an instrument so I told him I didn’t wanna do that I would maybe use a backup band. I was Very Naive.  Bernie told me “No Kimberly you need to learn to play an instrument that you can pick up and take with you. You can never count on anybody else, especially not musicians” I said “yes sir” and to make a long story short he gave me his old Gibson guitar that he used when he was young. I fixed it up and learned how to play it I thought I would be a folk singer. There is also some Jpop influence and old honky tonkers like Patsy Cline Hank Williams.

CFM: Have you ever thought about doing your own cartoon?

Kimberly: Totally, that would be awesome. Funny thing I was talking to my mom on the phone and she said “Kimberly you need your own cartoon show” I was like “YEAH”. There has been a comic book. An Art student from Dallas did a One Eyed Doll Comic; there is only one or two of those. The guy who does our cover art, Hunter Carnelian, Has been throwing around some ideas about a One eyed Doll comic. He has drawn us into some cameos for some of the work he has done. So I definitely think that is something that is in our future. All of my crazy stories, nobody knows what is true and what’s not I kind of like it that way.

Jason: I think if somebody offered to produce a TV show for us that might be nice. I think that being part of AdventureQuest makes us a part of that video game and a lot of the kids will invite us back to their house to play video games. And we will get to their video game house and they will have my drum set up in the corner. So I feel like we are part of that world and we’re open minded and we don’t like to think too far in advance. If an opportunity arises and we feel good about it we’ll just take it and go.

CFM: Can you elaborate more on what happened on the way to Dallas when you helped the truck driver whose Rig was on fire?

Jason: We were going from Abilene to Dallas, and we’re just kind of curious. We’re driving around and we see stuff all the time and we’ve gotta go check it out.  If there is a weird box on the side of the road, me and Kim will have to pull over and check it out. It might be a bomb or it might be like $10,000 who knows. So we just wanted to see what all the fire was.  I don’t wanna spoil the story so watch the video and check it out   “Sometimes People Just Do The Right Thing” We let him use our phone to call his wife.

Kimberly: We just happened to be there, the guy had gotten himself out of the truck he was just standing there watching it this thing happen. Before I got into music I was all about volunteer work, I was with the Red Cross, I was at 9/11 and I use to help with fires all the time. But I was super trained to watch for when people might go into shock or when they are injured and didn’t know it, just very mothering. So we just grabbed him and sat him down in our truck and gave him some water. I tried to get a policeman to help him “We asked, could you just turn on the A/C and let him sit in your car?” We just weren’t really sure if he was comfortable with us. The officer said no because he was low on gas. SO we just stayed with him and talked with him made sure he was alright and didn’t go into shock or suddenly feel paid anywhere. He was shooing away the ambulance.  We all know how expensive an Ambulance is here in the U.S.

When we saw the smoke we thought it was an oil Derek had exploded. We didn’t think anybody was in trouble we just thought it was oil country. Then we found it and the we were “oh, oh geese there was this guy who was in a wreck, ya know what are you supposed to do, whatever you can”

CFM: Do you think you will always keep your personal connection to your fans?

Jason: You can always e-mail us at info@oneyeddoll.com and we will probably answer. People will preface their e-mail with “I know you probably won’t get to read this” and I’ll respond like “hey bro I’m right here I’m reading it don’t worry. How’s everything going?”

It only takes a few minutes and Me and Kimberly both really enjoy talking with our fans. If Bands don’t enjoy it that’s cool and a lot of bands would rather live their lives doing other thing. But the reason Kimberly and I do it is because we get to interact with the fans.

Kimberly: Oh yeah, that is my favorite thing. It is very dear to me corresponding with fans as long as they are patient enough. There are only 2 of us (laughing).

CFM: 2 of you against the world (laughing)

Kimberly: (laughing) Yeah against, We’ll get all of you Aggrrr Crush you one by one

Jason: That was our first AdvertureQuest

Kimberly: Oh yeah we were the bad guys

Jason: We were the bad guys we had to fight 30,000 kids

Kimberly: They won

Jason: They won though actually

Kimberly: Yeah they defeated us. I was the Chaos Lord

CFM: Wow they defeated the Chaos Lord how does that work

Kimberly: Well it was 30,000 to 1 so it wasn’t really fair

Jason: She put up a really good fight for about 20 minutes

CFM: Now with the AdventureQuest games are they short games or are they things that are ongoing?

Jason: They are pretty long the one of Friday was like 4 hours.

CFM: So these are pretty instantaneous?

Kimberly: Yeah they all flood the servers at once, they break the servers they have to fix them (Laughing). And then the event starts and everybody get to do it all at once and then they let it continue on for a week or so. So that the millions of kids who couldn’t get into the server get a chance. It’s insanity but its fun.

CFM: So the kids just log into the website and pay a fee to play?

Kimberly: Yeah AQ.com. They actually don’t have to pay to play. You can pay for extra privileges.

Jason: Armor, weapons

Kimberly: But it’s basically Donate to play just like our albums. That was part of the connection we have with the Artix Entertainment people. They have the same type of mentality, if you can’t afford something we’re not going to keep you from playing. That way everybody can enjoy it. That is the same with us, People will donate money to download our albums and sometimes a weird dollar amount will come in like $3.29. And you know that is probably from some third world country, you know for them they paid as much as they could afford and the conversion caused it to be some weird amount. Then other times we will get $50 for an album download. And the artist entertainment people survive really well off of allowing people to pay if they want to. It a lot different than most of the games out there and they are just really loving people.  They are smart they can pull in different types of people by doing the celebrity appearance kind of things. They had George Lo the guy who does Space Ghost and some other Adult swim stuff.  That’s what I wanna do is expose our fans to these really cool companies and Artists since I feel they are doing something cool.

Lionsgate films is releasing the Sean Bean/Chris Hemsworth starrer “CA$H” on Dvd!

A stroke of good luck turns lethal for Sam Phelan (Chris Hemsworth) and his wife Leslie (Victoria Profeta) when they are faced with a life-changing decision that brings strange and sinister Pyke Kubic (Sean Bean) to their doorstep. As Pyke leads Sam and Leslie on a tumultuous adventure through the streets of Chicago, each are pulled deeper and deeper into a desperate spiral of deception and violence… All in the name of money.

The DVD is filled with special features including deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary and “The Making of CA$H Featurette”.

For even more features, check out the website at www.thefilmcash.com.

Invisible Monkey Battle! 3 Videos

The above commercial was created for Chrysler's big tent event and features a monkey dressed like a stuntman setting off a confetti bomb. When PETA complained about the chimp being used in a commercial, Dodge digitally erase it — kind of. The second commercial with the invisible monkey has been rocking the net. Taiwan took it a step further with an animated version.

BEFORE PETA

AFTER PETA

Video: Taiwan animates Dodge’s invisible monkey commercial.

A new UK radio station launched yesterday with one objective: all "Glee," all the time.
A new UK radio station launched yesterday with one objective: all “Glee,” all the time.

Gleeks, those uber-fans of Fox’s “Glee,” may be thrilled to learn there’s a radio station that’s devoted to songs from the program, according to a report from Sky News Online.

But given that the radio station, which is based in the U.K.’s Oxford, limits itself to songs from the television program, its play list consists of just 80 songs, the story says. “The response has been very divided. People are either in the Glee camp or they are not. Female listeners love it more than male,” station program director Susan Carter says.

With 178 radio-ready singles to play in a given day. That worked out to only five and a half hours (roughly) of available audio. Even when cut up with commercials, “Glee” doesn’t provide a whole day’s worth of programming.

Source: New York Post and  TV Week

Link to Glee FM Radio station 107.9 located in Oxford, England.

Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

HBO and IDW Publishing are excited to announce that True Blood #1 has sold out! The first issue of this sexy, visually striking comic series launched with huge success at San Diego Comic-Con and comic retailers throughout North America and kicks off the first-ever comic book series based on the hit HBO series True Blood. To meet the continued demand, IDW and HBO are rushing a second printing to stores for a release date of August 25th.

Developed with the show’s Oscar®-and Emmy®-winning creator, Alan Ball (HBO’s Six Feet Under, American Beauty), IDW’s True Blood series is the exclusive, official show comic, adding new and unique layers of supernatural drama to the wildly original Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning television show.

True Blood #1 boasted a print run of over 53,000 copies, sold through comic stores and other outlets, and offering multiple covers. IDW and Diamond Comic Distributors also offered exclusive versions of the first issue at San Diego Comic Con, all of which were sold out by the end of the show. The second installment of the series will release on August 18th.

“The passion fans have for True Blood has elevated the series to new heights and it continues to grow as the story unfolds,” states James Costos, VP Global Licensing and Retailing. “With [True Blood #2 cover]the sell-out success of the comic’s first printing, it is clear that there is an insatiable thirst for different iterations of the television series, and we’re excited to expand the impact of the comic series and get it into even more hands with this second printing.”

Beginning with issue #1, the True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for. In this comic book series, Sookie and many other Bon Temps locals find themselves waiting in Merlotte’s bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside. Soon, they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds off of raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.

The plot was developed with Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Beautifully illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, the series captures all the bloody details and sexy reveals of this exciting new adventure. Renowned artists J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie join Messina in providing covers for the first issue.

The True Blood comics explore the ongoing adventures of telepathic heroine Sookie Stackhouse, her vampire lover Bill Compton, best friend Tara Thornton, enigmatic and ancient vampire sheriff Eric Northman, loyal boss Sam Merlotte, brother Jason Stackhouse, perpetual-virgin vampire Jessica, and the flamboyant cook Lafayette Reynolds.

True Blood #1 (of 6, 2nd printing, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores on August 25th. Diamond order code JUN10 8172.

True Blood #2 (of 6, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores on August 18th. Diamond order code JUN10 0313.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

For the sixth consecutive year, The Paley Center for Media, along with its media partner TV Guide Magazine, will host the PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties, a week-long series of free public screenings, parties, and panels in Los Angeles at its Beverly Hills location. Offering premiere screenings of the hottest new shows of the fall season prior to their broadcast premieres, this year’s roster includes No Ordinary Family (ABC), The Defenders (CBS), Nikita (The CW), Running Wilde (Fox), and The Event (NBC). Each preview party event will be devoted to a single broadcast network. The evening will begin with an introductory Q&A session with several members of cast and creative team of participating shows followed by multiple premiere screenings in their entirety. Screenings and parties are free including food and drinks with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties schedule in Los Angeles is as follows —please note that events/participants are subject to change:

The PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties begin at 6:00 p.m. and continue throughout the evening with the Q&A’s beginning at 7:00 p.m. and screenings to follow (except for FOX on Monday, September 13 – the Q&A will start at 6:00 p.m.). Screenings are held in multiple viewing areas including the John H. Mitchell Theater, the Paley Center rooftop lounge, and Bell Gallery lounge. In Los Angeles, Paley Center members and the general public can RSVP at paleycenter.org.

Thursday, September 9        NBC Outsourced, The Event, Chase, Undercovers

Friday, September 10           CBS The Defenders, Mike & Molly, $#*! My Dad Says

*Monday, September 13       FOX Lone Star, Running Wilde, Raising Hope

Q&A starts at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14        ABC No Ordinary Family, Better with You, My Generation

Bonus: Season Premiere of The Middle

Wednesday, September 15   The CW Nikita, Hellcats

Bonus: Premiere Screening of a CW Returning Favorite

SPECIAL THANKS

The Paley Center for Media thanks the participating networks and studios, media partner TV Guide Magazine, and event partners Heineken, Pepsi, Town & Country, Très L.A., and Union Ice for their generous support of the PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties.

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The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. The Paley Center for Media was founded in 1976 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

Penguins Play With A Butterfly

Philadelphia Zoo penguins play with a butterfly.

Philadelphia Zoo penguins play with a butterfly.

Several Humboldt penguins decided it was time to chase a butterfly. Philadelphia Zoo, 8/15/10. © Marty McGuire 2010

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With almost a decade of experience performing for local and national audiences, Kaela Freeman will released her 2nd single “What Yo Name Is” on August 3rd.  The upbeat pop, hip-hop track written and produced by Kaela’s 17-year-old brother CLIP, is being delivered to radio stations world-wide.  The song, as Kaela, 15, explained it, tells the story of "how guys who like me keep calling."

With almost a decade of experience performing for local and national audiences, Kaela Freeman will released her 2nd single “What Yo Name Is” on August 3rd. The upbeat pop, hip-hop track written and produced by Kaela’s 17-year-old brother CLIP, is being delivered to radio stations world-wide. The song, as Kaela, 15, explained it, tells the story of "how guys who like me keep calling."

MURRIETA, Calif.- With almost a decade of experience performing for local and national audiences, Kaela Freeman will released her 2nd single “What Yo Name Is” on August 3rd.  The upbeat pop, hip-hop track written and produced by Kaela’s 17-year-old brother CLIP, is being delivered to radio stations world-wide.  The song, as Kaela, 15, explained it, tells the story of “how guys who like me keep calling.”

Kaela and California based Sickman Records have filmed a commercial and music video for the song. The commercial, which includes a sneak peek of scenes from the music video, can be viewed on the Sickman Records YouTube page at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2XjUkvIuvQ.

The location for the video shoot was a warehouse in Los Angeles with a cast of more than 60 dancers and actors. The production brings together a diverse team of creative people including Murrieta-based choreographer Erik Saradpon, Los Angeles based production team F64 and New York-based director William Herndon.

A follow up single “In The Night (Club Songs)” written and produced by CLIP featuring Kaela Freeman will be released August 24th.

This Fall, Kaela will perform at concerts and make public appearances promoting her music.

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About Sickman Records

Sickman Records is a California-based record label developing unforgettable artists by integrating music, merchandise, visual media, concert performances and appearances into a single compelling experience driven by the artist’s passion and energy.

What the heck is a miniature Zebu? It’s a very rare breed of tiny cattle described by the FMZA/IMZA as the perfect family cow for the small farm! Miniature Zebu are the only true miniature breed of cattle.

What the heck is a miniature Zebu? It’s a very rare breed of tiny cattle described by the FMZA/IMZA as the perfect family cow for the small farm! Miniature Zebu are the only true miniature breed of cattle.

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – Come join the many folks who attend the 3rd Annual FMZA/IMZA Miniature Zebu Extravaganza at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) Aug. 21-22.  You do not want to miss this event so gather your family, friends and kids and come on out! Don’t forget your camera!

Zebu cattle heights range up to 42″ but it is the goal of the FMZA/IMZA to breed 35″ maximum height while maintaining good conformation and type. Miniature Zebu serve many purposes, including 4-H projects, kid’s rodeo and as pets.

Florida has dozens of miniature Zebu owners with the largest population of Zebu cattle in the US, according to the FMZA/IMZA Miniature Zebu Association. Many of these owners will gather at the SOSMP for this show. An open Zebu show and youth show will be held. The Youth show will begin about 9 a.m. Saturday with the open show at 1:30 p.m. Sunday there will be a meet and greet beginning at 9 a.m. to provide information on Zebu miniature cattle followed by a cattle sale. The event will be held at Suwannee Stables at the SOSMP where you may learn all about these wonderful little animals or plan to take some home with you.

Larry and Ann Harper, who now oversee the stable operation at the SOSMP, are avid Zebu owners and are hosting this show along with the SOSMP. Ann is president/secretary of the Florida Miniature Zebu Association. The couple showed the reserve champion steer in the 2009 Reserve Champion Steer.

There will be cash prizes for the miniature Zebu cattle owners bringing the most cattle and owner traveling the farthest. In addition, there will be special amenities for the competitors. For more information about signing up to bring miniature Zebu, contact Ann Harper at 352-585-6070 or email her at zebu lady@aol.com.

The International Miniature Zebu Association

Regular SOSMP gate fees apply for this event at $2 per person or $5 per carload, whichever is cheaper.

While you’re at the SOSMP, enjoy canoeing, hiking, golf cart rental, mini and disc golf, check out our live honey bee display, visit the rustic Arts and Crafts Village, The Store of the Village, ice cream parlor or just sit back and relax while you watch the tea-colored Suwannee River make its way past this spacious resort. You may also like to stop by the SOSMP’s brand new radio station located in the Arts and Crafts Village. Don Miller will broadcast his bluegrass program live from 5 – 7 p.m. every Sunday evening.

RV parking or cabin rentals may be reserved by contacting the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park at 386-364-1683, going to the SOSMP’s website at www.musicliveshere.com or emailing the SOSMP at spirit@musicliveshere.com.

The SOS Café and Restaurant is always open for lunch and dinner during special events and features delicious food from the menu and specials like ribs, steak, prime rib, catfish and much more. Breakfast is available Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The SOSMP is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129.

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Rihanna Rated R Video

VIEW VIDEO BELOW. Rihanna is on a journey. From her Caribbean roots to the top of the charts, the runways of Paris and Milan and some of the biggest stages in the world, the 22-year-old, Barbados-born beauty has already earned the coveted title of international superstar. From her breakthrough album “A Girl Like Me” to her ubiquitous global smash “Good Girl Gone Bad” and the critically acclaimed "Rated R," Rihanna continues to define the path of popular music.

Elijah Wood

Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot.  Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend.  The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel).  Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore… without the groom. Based on the heralded novel by producer, novelist, director Galt Niederhoffer, THE ROMANTICS is a Zeitgeist love story and generational comedy that breathes new life into the genre and recaptures the camaraderie of youth.  The film stars Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Elijah Wood, Malin Akerman, Adam Brody, Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Lawrence, Dianna Agron and Candice Bergen.

Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel

Check out the website for the film at www.theromanticsmovie.com or follow the film on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theromantics and twitter at http://twitter.com/the_romantics

From L-R: Stefan Poole, Brett Hammer, Howie Vaughn, Brandon Fisher, Takashi Lio  COLDWATER CANYON BAND  BREAKING THE MOLD OF THE TYPICAL NASHVILLE VIBE, HIGH ENERGY L.A. BASED INDIE GROUP HAS PLAYED VEGAS AND ALL OVER THE WEST COAST—BUT IS ‘JUST GETTING STARTED’ INTRODUCING ITS ‘CALI COUNTRY’ GROOVES TO THE WORLD

From L-R: Stefan Poole, Brett Hammer, Howie Vaughn, Brandon Fisher, Takashi Lio COLDWATER CANYON BAND BREAKING THE MOLD OF THE TYPICAL NASHVILLE VIBE, HIGH ENERGY L.A. BASED INDIE GROUP HAS PLAYED VEGAS AND ALL OVER THE WEST COAST—BUT IS ‘JUST GETTING STARTED’ INTRODUCING ITS ‘CALI COUNTRY’ GROOVES TO THE WORLD

Having been raised so deep in the south they had to pipe in sunlight, I have heard lots of country music. (Most of it against my will.)  I have a basis for saying these guys are good!

Coldwater Canyon Band has merged country with a dash of rock and removed the suicide factor.  This is not depressing country music.

“Nobody Knows” – is a beautiful song. It touched me without making me want to: play it while I sit in the bath tub and slit my wrists. It has country lyrics telling a story of a lonely woman with a touch of Jimmy Buffet in the beat. It entertains without the annoying whine. Women can definitely relate to the lyrics, “But nobody knows, nobody knows, why she dances alone.”

“It Should’ve Been You” – is self explanatory. Folks will be shining belt buckles in honky tonks all across the country with this one.

“Don’t Talk About Texas” – “Don’t cha talk about Texas, It’s where she said goodbye to me.”  Nuf said!

Check out their music on MySpace. Make sure you have the correct band. This band has an la at the end of their MySpace id.

Losillë

Like the long, winding and hilly Los Angeles street for which it’s named, the Coldwater Canyon Band’s rise in country music includes a lot of intense twists and turns that set it apart from most of today’s Nashville bred and based ensembles. The good news for the group’s thousands of fans across America is expressed in the title of their new album—they’ve been going strong since 2006, but in many ways, they’re Just Getting Started.

Charismatic, high energy frontman and songwriter Howie Vaughn may have been raised on a farm in Tennessee, but he’s a California boy at heart. Years after returning to his birth state as a teenager, he’s still firing up the joint, raising the roof at honky tonks and festivals up and down the West Coast and Las Vegas (including Gilly’s and the Harrah’s outdoor stage on the Strip) with a groove intensive, R&B-hip-hop infused hybrid vibe he calls “Cali Country.”

Driven by Vaughn’s intense onstage energy and showmanship that legends like Garth Brooks could appreciate, they held sway for a few years at The Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth (north of L.A.), but have graduated to larger venues since the widespread success of their two indie albums. They’re renowned for their sparkling, devil’s in the strings performances, their onstage give and take and connection to the crowd—taking the outlaw legend and introducing into it a modern day bump, balancing a mainstream polish and a rough, back porch edge.

Vaughn’s unique hybrid, which adds harder bass, beats and cymbals to a mainstream country-pop sound, has been a sensation at country radio since the release of the Coldwater Canyon Band’s 2008 indie album debut Rollin’ on the L.A. based KBE (KOUNTREEBOYZ ENTERTAINMENT) label. Their first single “Country Girls” rose to #15 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart (indicating great crossover success). “Nobody Knows,” the new single from the recently released Just Getting Started, reached the Top Ten on the Hot Singles chart and #2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart—all incredibly impressive stats for a country band from L.A. on an indie label. The track is also getting major airplay via online outlets like the country channel on Music Choice.

Folks in the industry have been showering the band with praise from the beginning. Al Bruno, Grammy winning writer, producer and guitarist for Willie Nelson, says, “Besides being an ultra-talented writer and performer, there’s a lot of passion and honesty in Howie’s voice and writing. He brings energy to country music that the format desperately needs. And he is not afraid to cross the line and go for it.”

Kevin Gerhsan, Producer/Director of “Entertainment Tonight,” adds, “Howie Vaughn’s Coldwater Canyon Band is one of hottest young country bands hitting the scene. Their unique and fresh ‘California’ sound really makes them stand out from the crowd.  They are certainly among the ‘Ones To Watch’!”

“In many ways, my story is typical of someone who might grow up to become a country artist,” says Vaughn, “because I grew up listening to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jr. and Tammy Wynette. I was influenced by the unique ways they had in delivering a song. But my parents were also listening to Motown, and later I loved 2 Live Crew, NWA and Notorious B.I.G. So my sound brings over a lot of flavors of urban music and I’m really excited about the way songs like ‘Nobody Knows’ and ‘Redneck Soldiers’ from Just Getting Started are being embraced by the African American community. But my inspiration doesn’t stop there! I was also a big fan of Metallica and Journey, and one of my earlier songs ‘Weatherman’ was inspired by the group Cinderella.

“The sound of the Coldwater Canyon Band has evolved since I started with the original lineup in 2006,” he adds, “but we love the fact that we’ve never been locked or handcuffed into a certain sound.

In this digital age when most independent artists timidly release singles or EPS, CCB makes the bold move in putting out a collection with a total of 13 songs—a number usually considered unlucky but which for Vaughn makes a statement that luck is on their side. Four of the songs are newly revamped versions of tunes that originally appeared on Rollin’: “Nobody Knows,” “Peace of Mind,” “What About Me?” and the title track.

While Vaughn sees the musical theme of Just Getting Started along the lines of “Here I am, partying with you guys in the trenches, in bars having a good time, bringing you this brand new spin on country music,” lyrically the songs are fascinating snapshots into his dynamic life journey. The mid-tempo ballad “Rollin’” was influenced by his parents. His dad, a veteran trucker who is now the driver of Coldwater Canyon Band’s tour bus, was gone for long stretches of time and his mom was left alone quite often. When the girl of Vaughn’s dreams left him because of his own extended time away, he asked his mom if she ever felt like leaving—a question which led him to write the song.

“Peace Of Mind” is an homage to our soldiers and all those who fight for our freedom, who deserve our love and support; unlike many post 9/11 anthems, however, it also refers to Vietnam, where his dad served many years ago. His parents were also the inspiration behind “Nobody Knows,” in which a performer spots someone dancing alone from the stage and wonders why they don’t want to dance with anybody. It’s largely metaphorical, but it has to do with those days when his mom had a man but the man was frequently absent—which would have meant if she went out on the town, she would dance alone.

When Vaughn was a kid, his Pawpaw in Kingsport, Tennessee told him, “Howie, you’re a dreamer. When you gamble, bet the ranch and let it ride, but make sure you bet on yourself.” From sneaking into honkytonks to sing at eight years old to captivating fans these days with his wild stage performances, he’s always approached his life and music full throttle. Once he came back to Cali as a teenager, he signed a publishing deal with Bruno Bear Records and rode saddle broncs on the amateur rodeo circuit.

Before forming and becoming the lead singer of Coldwater Canyon, he performed in numerous bands that became legendary, including Wild Country, Southern Tradition and Young Country. KBE President Thomas Goodin signed Coldwater Canyon Band after hearing them perform “Country Girls” at the Cowboy Palace. The band has been through various personnel changes since, but original member, drummer Milo Todesco, still performs some live dates with the revamped band.

“Nothing makes me happier than connecting with the crowd, having them feel what I feel through my songs,” Vaughn says. “I put as much passion and emotion into it as possible. I want to create music that soothes, connects and grabs people. To bond with someone on that level – there is no greater gift. People come to shows to get lost from the reality of what’s happening in their lives for a few hours, and I love the opportunity to pull them into my world, where they can worry about the passion and not the pain. It’s like entering another dimension and it’s all about having letting go and having fun.”

MATT SPENCER “Without the support of my friends and family, I would not have been able to achieve my goal. I would like to challenge everyone to give from their heart when they can because we never know when one of our own family members might need assistance.”

MATT SPENCER “Without the support of my friends and family, I would not have been able to achieve my goal. I would like to challenge everyone to give from their heart when they can because we never know when one of our own family members might need assistance.”

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA –

Not only does Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) Sales Director Matt Spencer enjoy his job, he loves to help others! And, that’s exactly what he did recently when he volunteered to “go to jail” to raise money to help North Florida victims of muscular dystrophy.

Not only did Matt spend time in the “lock-up” at the Dixie Grill Restaurant in downtown Live Oak, Fla where the Muscular Dystrophy Association lockup fund-raiser was held June 30, but he raised more money than any of the other local business leaders who swallowed their pride and were “arrested” for this good cause. Matt’s final tally – $3,449! “I was asked to be a part of this worthwhile cause and was more than happy to oblige,” Matt said after the event. He added that even though he had advance notice about the event, he was out of town several weeks and had only a short amount of time to put into the fund-raising

Matt’s boss, SOSMP CEO/President James Cornett, said he is very proud to have an employee who not only does a great job on a day to day basis for the SOSMP selling park models and memberships, but feels compassion for others around him and gets involved in the community. “Matt Spencer is a credit not only to the SOSMP, but to the Suwannee County and North Florida community,” Cornett stated.

“I can sympathize with anyone dealing with muscular dystrophy and the difficulties in getting the proper care needed to treat them the best way possible,” Matt said. “I had the pleasure of meeting some of the local kids who have muscular dystrophy, and they were very appreciative of the efforts of those who raised money,” Matt said. “This money will provide them with the best care possible.”

Matt stressed that although he actually made phone calls and contacts to raise the money, he had lots of help in this worthy project. “Without the support of my friends and family, I would not have been able to achieve my goal. I would like to challenge everyone to give from their heart when they can because we never know when one of our own family members might need assistance.”

While Matt was busy working to raise dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, several dozen other local business people were also hard at work. “I was amazed at the effort everyone put into this,” Matt said. Together, these enthusiastic business leaders in Suwannee County raised thousands of dollars in 2010 to help local victims of muscular dystrophy.

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - Voted Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2009

The SOSMP is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. For information, you may call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683, go to the website at www.musicliveshere.com or email spirit@musicliveshere.com.

EMERGING MULTI-TALENTED ARTIST GRAHAM CZACH ANNOUNCES HIS OFFICIAL ‘LUCID’ RECORD RELEASE SHOW SET FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT MARTYRS IN CHICAGO

EMERGING MULTI-TALENTED ARTIST GRAHAM CZACH ANNOUNCES HIS OFFICIAL ‘LUCID’ RECORD RELEASE SHOW SET FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT MARTYRS IN CHICAGO

WHO: Versatile Chicago Music Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Czach brilliantly fuses modern and progressive rock sensibilities with old school social consciousness.

WHAT: Official Record Release Party celebrating Czach’s Indie debut album Lucid featuring the album’s original band members:

Graham Czach – lead vocals, basses, guitars
Kris Myers – drums, vocals (Umphrey’s McGee)
Matt Nelson – keys, vocals (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos)
Chris Siebold – guitars, vocals (Howard Levy, Kick the Cat)
Graham Burris – bass, guitar, vocals (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos)

WHEN: Friday, October 15 @ 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Martyrs – 3855 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

OTHER: Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online or at the door.

AMERICAN LEGENDS NAT “KING” COLE, NANCY WILSON, CHUBBY CHECKER, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, SAMMY DAVIS, JR. AND MORE RETURN TO BILLBOARD JAZZ CHARTS AT #9 WITH ‘THE BEST OF NEW LATIN QUARTER, JAZZ & BLUES, VOL. ONE’Nearly fifty years after American legends took the stage at Tokyo’s famed New Latin Quarter, original live recordings of artists such as Nat “King” Cole, Nancy Wilson, Chubby Checker, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis, Jr. were accidentally found.

To celebrate this amazing discovery, the many recordings of these superstar acts have been remastered to share with music lovers around the world. The first release of the compilation CDs, The Best of New Latin Quarter, Jazz & Blues, Volume 1, climbed to # 9 this week on The Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart and the Billboard Jazz Album Chart.

One of the few times a Japanese Indie label has charted on Billboard, the CD is gaining spins on more than 200 stations in the U.S., along with nationally syndicated programs such as Music Of Your Life, Cable Radio Network and many more.

This set features a rare glimpse of Chubby Checker in blues ballad mode, performing “Georgia On My Mind” and Nat “King” Cole gracing the Sinatra associated “The Way You Look Tonight.” Additional compilations are expected to be released in 2010.

Named and patterned after the famed New York City Latin Quarter nightclub that hosted legendary artists since 1942, Tokyo’s New Latin Quarter—Japan’s jewel of a nightclub built on the site of the suspiciously destroyed original Latin Quarter—hosted a veritable who’s who of American and UK jazz and pop legends from 1959-1989.

Jay Warner’s worldwide publishing organization National League Music is setting up global distribution for an incredible series of digitally re-mastered “Western Music Comes East” compilations and multi-media projects featuring these rare unearthed treasures. In the U.S., distribution will be handled by Omni/Select-O-Hits.

“Over 300 llive recordings of artists who appeared at New Latin Quarter have been languishing for almost 50 years,” says Shintaro Yamamoto, Chairman on the newly formed New Latin Quarter (NLQ) Entertainment. “The new alliance of NLQ Entertainment, Kosaido Akatsuki Corporation of Japan, Parteneri-Whitehouse Alliance Japan and worldwide publishing organization National League Music has changed all that.”