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Jemima Kirke stars

in first movie, Tiny Furniture

December 20, 2010 by Lilia Ebner 

Jemima Kirke, daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, has starred in her first movie, Tiny Furniture. The movie is about a young girl, Charlotte (Kirke), who assists her childhood friend in discovering life. The director of the movie, Lena Dunham, also plays a crucial role in the movie as the friend, Aura, who has recently graduated from Ohio and has a sad life, without a job and without a boyfriend. Tiny Furniture sees Jemima Kirke fall for emotionally unavailable men as she helps Aura take up a job as a hostess and get going with her life.

Jemima Kirke has garnered a lot of attention for her portrayal of Charlotte in Tiny Furniture. In an interview, Kirke revealed that she met the director of Tiny Furniture in a school bathroom, became friends and that is how the entire thing started.

According to noted film critic Amanda Mae Meyncke, Jemima Kirke’s performance in Tiny Furniture is something that she “wholly enjoyed”, and she also adds that she “was shocked to learn this was her first film.”

A new single mom, a smoker, a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker and a first time actress with a debut like Tiny Furniture – that is what makes Jemima Kirke such a huge success and someone the world will start keeping an eye on.

He did it again !!!!!!!!!!!Surprised us all -


Happy Birthday to You - The Man, The Song, The Voice! I wish you a lot of new songs. Sasha The Piller, Russia
Happy Birthday Paul! Having your songs in our lives is such a blessing.
Wishing you much peace and happiness in the coming year.

Love, Lauren & Kevin TX/USA
Happy Birthday to you paul rodgers

  jeremy olszenka
Hi Paul have a great Birthday  I have my tickets to see 3 of your UK shows in the spring . Long may you have good health. Thanks to you and Cynthia for supporting the Free Convention in the UK these last few years Bill F.

Warm birthday greetings to the Best Voice on the Planet - Ever! Please come to South Carolina soon. We miss you! xoxo Tammy

Paul, Best Wishes on your birthday, 2010. I have looked at many vocal effects pedals but none have the "P.R." patch. We all need to know what it is, NOW! Mark L, Stoke on Trent. UK

Happy Birthday Paul, hope you have a great day and looking forward to seeing you in Newcastle in April.. Keep on rocking!!

Tony W

Happy birthday from your no 1 fan in Australia. Have a great day. PLEASE TOUR AUSTRALIA SOON
Hi Paul. Happy Birthday! With every best wish to you now and always! Many thanks for many years of your music! Karen & Daniel A in San Diego, CA.  xo

Happy birthday to you!! May all your wishes come true!!!

Denise Garcia


A happy birthday to my mentor.Two sentences is not enough to express my gratitude, so I'll just say ....Thanks !  :)

Have a brilliant birthday! Remember . . . you're always resting on my mind.
Love you madly, Kathryn H.
Happy Birthday, to one of the most talented men God has graced us with.
Hope you have a wonderful day and you and Cythnia have a Merry Christmas. Patti Wolfes
Happy Birthday Paul. All the best wishes. Stevie J. England

Happy Birthday Paul from a lifelong fan.  You have been a true inspiration and source of great enjoyment for decades through your awe-inspiring music and incredible voice.  You are a true legend that will never be replaced.  Have a great birthday.

Joseph A.
Lake Forest, CA


You songs of Love, Peace and Freedom have never wrung truer.  As we celebrate the holidays and your birthday, please welcome my appreciation for the great inspiration, motivation, and music you’ve provided me.  God bless you and your family.  Please keep writing, recording, and performing (in NJ) as long as you can. 

 Bobby J.

Hi Paul, I'd just like to  wish you a very happy 61st birthday on Friday. Hope you'll have a great time with your family and friends.   I'm looking forward to seeing you on tour again next year  in Manchester.  Keep Rocking !   best wishes, Jean N.   xxxx

Hey Paul,

Happy Birthday ! Keep Rocking and I hope the new year brings new material.

Randy G.

Happy Birthday. To the guy with he best voice ever!!!!!!

Paul Scott. Good luck. 
Hapy Birthday Paul,
Hope you enjoy your Birthday! Thanks for all the great music over the years.
You have been an inspiration to me and I'm sure millions of others.
Bill Spanton 
        Best wishes to you on your 'special' day...Happy Birthday and may you have many, many more!!!
Chuck H.
Debra S. from Ventura CA sending special birthday wishes your way. Thank you for reminding us to BELIEVE, and for the music that matters so very much. Happy Birthday Paul!!
Wishing you a wonderfull birthday and many, many, many more and a happy healthy new year.Hope to see you perform in Fl sometime next year.xo Kim G
Wishing Paul a very happy birthday on Thursday, hope he has a fantastic day. I am looking forward to the Albert Hall in April.
With very best wishes.
Arthur S - UK
Hi Paul,
Wishing you a very happy birthday. Look forward to seeing you next year on tour.
Best wishes Doug S.
Happy Birthday Paul, have a peaceful day see you in April
Roger Allen
Thank You for all the years of great music. Happy Birthday Young Man. Brendan H
Happy Birthday to one of our favorite Rock Stars.
Thanks for the many years of great music & concerts.
Wendy & Steve F.
Alpharetta, GA
Hi Paul
Here's hoping you have a great birthday. Keep on rocking.
Peace...Jake Rigden  (jprblues)
Happy 16th birthday Paul! 
Karim (dyslexic) M
Happy Birthday Paul, I hope your Birthday is full of fun and laughter. Keep up the great work, your band (BAD CO) is the best in the world and I listen every day as I almost have for the last 30 years or so.
Happy Birthday, Paul. Here’s hoping your day is special and all your days are blessed…Irene I
Happy birthday Paul! Hope you enjoy your special day with love.Health and happiness. Love Dee B.
Happy Birthday Paul, and may you have many more.  Thank you for all that you share...Love, Amy R.
Stormy Monday Sensational


THURSDAY 16th Dec 2010
 It's being broadcast on the web. Tune in

All-star band with Joe Perry, Peter Frampton,
Paul Rodgers, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham,
 John Waite, Marc Bonilla and others.
 Billy Idol closes the show.
 Webcast starts at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.
All-star band goes on at 8 PM PST/11 PM EST.

Watch online at www.JoePerry.com


Hello ARN Members
Hope this message finds you all well and staying WARM
As some of you know it's
Friday 17th Dec.
Tomorrow night I shall be mailing off a list of Greetings from you
all. So if you wish to write a two line greeting in an email I shall
collect them all and mail them off to him. Please add first name and first surname initial
and mail it to [email protected]
Many Thanks and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you all


Allrightnow.com welcomes

UK Guitarist


Background Music (named Annie)

written by JAKE


Hi my name is Jake, I have been playing guitar for about five years. I first played my sisters acoustic guitar when she lost interest in playing which was fortunate for me. I originally wanted to play like Kirk Hammett and Angus Young. But one day I heard my Dad playing some Little Feat, that was it I was hooked, Lowell George was a great influence on me getting into the blues. I loved his style of playing. One of my favorite albums is Hoy Hoy, this turned me onto people like Bonnie Raitt then to BBKing, Albert King, Freddie King, Roy Buchanan and the great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

     I first started lessons at 10yrs with a great teacher called Jo Beach, with Jo I passed my Grade 3 at 11yrs and then my grade 5 at 12yrs. At that point I decided to change my teacher and found Timmy Moore of the great blues band from Maidstone called Nicky Moore and the Blues Corporation. Timmy taught me for just over a year.  I decided to take my grade 7 so I went to The Guitar School in Hastings and was taught by Dan Jefferies another great player, by December 2009 I had passed my grade 7 with a distinction.



Bad Company 1975


Saturday, April 2, 2011
Eastside Cannery Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

5255 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas
(702) 856-5300
(866) 999-4899


More details tba





Interesting Vocals that's for sure !!
Check this video out now.

Havana Black - Freedom Child

Andy Fraser



+ Very Special guests Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz


APRIL 2011















Extended Interview With Howard Leese

Soul of Love Fuzzbox

Tribute Band Heavy Load

Nice version of BE MY FRIEND by Heavy Load






Please note that it is a one off and was hand painted by Cynthia.



Everything I Want EP, Ben Poole

Inspired by the Blues, infused with a hard hitting, “in-yer-face” rock approach and topped-off by virtuoso musicianship, Ben Poole is being talked of as “the” new up-and-coming UK Blues guitarist; one of the finest to have emerged in Europe for years. Having already played with, and received critical acclaim from some of his heroes; legendary blues artists including Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and John Mayall, at just 22 years of age it appears that there is no stopping this young and incredibly gifted musician. His latest recordings reinforce this and make it blatantly clear that Ben is destined for a great future on the European Blues/Rock scene. CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“22-year-old Poole has a stone-cold touch on electric, a gutsy voice, and writing chops

that stand up to his cover of FREE’s Fire And Water. Only five tracks here but it’s a great amuse-bouche.”


Fire and Water by Ben Poole


Graham's Number

"Graham's Number performs a mystical journey of Rock, Funk, Soul and Reggae
 with beautiful harmonies which are all rolled together to form the band’s UNIQUE sound"  
Lucy Piller

Welcome to Graham's Number

Graham's Number is an upcoming Atlanta band of three with extraordinary potential and a cutting edge new sound. They combine traditional song writing with new innovative sounds, incorporating an array of styles into their music with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles, to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sublime. Based in Marietta Georgia, Grahams Number got it's start with guitarist, Nick Sanders, teaming up with best friend, bass guitarist Andy Scherm. In July of 2009 drummer/songwriter, Brandon McKinney, was added on to complete the line up. The chemistry these young men have together bring back recollections of greats such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Rush.

Our Music Sounds Like A Collage of colors on a dancing afternoon, balancing on a seam of density and chaos creating a warm feeling on your cerebrum in the right spot, bluntly and heartfelt everchanging and expanding, as all journeys pursue the next second of existance.

 SOuNdzZ oDdlLY dELicIOuS.

Nic Sanders - Guitar/Vocals
Andy Scherm - Bass/ Vocals
Brandon McKinney - Drums/Percussion/Vocals

Nic Sanders, born in Atlanta, GA on April 26, 1990, began his musical adventure at the age of 11. Impacted by personal, real, raw, magical, and down-right soulful music, his influences range from Jimi Hedrix, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Robert Plant, Kurt Kobain, Bruce Hampton, Sublime, Radiohead, Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, and Alice in Chains.
At 15, Nic officially set his heart on playing music that made one think and feel a deep sense of awareness of one's soul and consciousness. A message of love, peace, and oneness of all mankind. He uses his heart and soul as his teacher to create music that is not bound by age, ethnicity, or culture.
As a guitar and spiritual music prodigy at age 18, Graham's Number was born.

Brandon McKinney was born August 29, 1990 and raised in various parts around Atlanta. He started playing bass at age five. Brandon got his first drum set at seven, and played drums in worship bands at age 11. Brandon has always been very curious and loves learning. He plays music because it gets him high, seeing music as a way to express passion, but also looks at it as a dangerous tool, because music is extremely manipulative and people’s passions often aren’t positive ones. Brandon's adventurous nature led him once to set out for Florida on foot with his best friend at the time and lived in Florida in a tent. His biggest influences are The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, a Perfect Circle.

Andy Scherm was born in Atlanta, GA on September 20, 1989. Andy discovered his interest and love for music at the age of 11, and joined the orchestra playing the stand up bass. Three years later, Andy was introduced to the bass guitar. Some of his influences are Jimi Hendrix, Victor Wooten, Grateful Dead, Radiohead, Primus, Nirvana, Flea, and Vanilla Ice.
A spiritual message inspired Andy's input into this transfusion of soulful, raw, in-your-face music. He gets carried away by just picking up an instrument and playing. To Andy, music is very real and personal.

Our website:


Check out our BAND PAGE
Look in the 'Band Profile' bar:
Click: ReverbNation Profile

Check out our MySpace Page and Facebook

 is an upcoming Atlanta band

of three with extraordinary potential and a cutting edge new sound.

Graham's Number Management Team: David and Bobbie Stanley
For Booking Info: [email protected]tream.net

Publicist and Media: Lucy Piller ~ Email: [email protected] ~Allrightnow.com

Send your e-mail in a personal facebook message to us, so we can put you on our private contact list

to alert you personally whenever and wherever Graham's Number has an appearance.



Allrightnow.com welcomes

UK Guitarist



Hi my name is Jake, I have been playing guitar for about five years. I first played my sisters acoustic guitar when she lost interest in playing which was fortunate for me. I originally wanted to play like Kirk Hammett and Angus Young. But one day I heard my Dad playing some Little Feat, that was it I was hooked, Lowell George was a great influence on me getting into the blues. I loved his style of playing. One of my favorite albums is Hoy Hoy, this turned me onto people like Bonnie Raitt then to BBKing, Albert King, Freddie King, Roy Buchanan and the great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

     I first started lessons at 10yrs with a great teacher called Jo Beach, with Jo I passed my Grade 3 at 11yrs and then my grade 5 at 12yrs. At that point I decided to change my teacher and found Timmy Moore of the great blues band from Maidstone called Nicky Moore and the Blues Corporation. Timmy taught me for just over a year.  I decided to take my grade 7 so I went to The Guitar School in Hastings and was taught by Dan Jefferies another great player, by December 2009 I had passed my grade 7 with a distinction.

This Sunday 21st Nov Jake will be supporting Joanne Shaw Taylor at the Boom Boom Club, Sutton, UK


Jake Rigden from the UK - Age 15


Paul  Rodgers  Announces  2011 UK  Solo Tour

With Very Special Guest Joe Elliott


”Everyone knows that Paul Rodgers is one of the greatest singers in the world.

What they are only just  waking up to is that there may never be another like him."
- Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine





16th November 2010 – Paul Rodgers, legendary singer/songwriter is the only musician in history to have led three bands to international success Free, Bad Company and The Firm and achieve a Grammy nominated Solo career. He will be returning to the UK in April of 2011 to play 10 exclusive Solo shows. His last UK Solo tour in 2006 culminated with the filming of his debut Certified Gold DVD “Live in Glasgow” that charted internationally, #1 in Canada #3 in the US, on the Nielsen soundscan charts, #2 in Japan and #4 in the UK. He is one of the most revered vocalists and songwriters in rock music. ”Paul Rodgers is the real deal.” Eric Clapton 2008 ”Working with Paul gave me the opportunity to appreciate what an extraordinary vocalist and songwriter this man really is.” Jimmy Page. 2010 “Paul’s voice is incredible!” Robert Plant 2010. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 19th November 2010.


Selling over 90 million and counting records during his career, Paul Rodgers is and has been one of the most sought after and recognizable vocalists in rock music, who joined forces with Queen in 2004 to tour and go on to record a new studio album “The Cosmos Rocks” released in 2008.A songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Rodgers has written, recorded, produced and released 30 albums since 1968. He has recorded/performed with some of the most legendary figures in musical history - Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Motown's Sam Moore & The Four Tops, blues greats Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin and others. In 2009, Rodgers was the recipient of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour “Classic Songwriter” award presented to him by Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.


Recently, BMI presented Rodgers with his fourth “Million Air” Award in recognition of more than four million performances of Free’s hit song "All Right Now” on U.S. radio, the song has also surpassed a massive 2,000,000 radio plays in the UK (as of 2000). A radio staple for 40 years, “All Right Now” was an international #1 hit in over 20 territories.”When I started writing “All Right Now” the lyrics and the melody flowed easily. It felt special then and still does. It’s a must play in my Solo set.” Paul Rodgers .The song topped the UK’s 2010 Planet Rock radio fan poll as the “Greatest Rock Single,” in “one of the most decisive polls” they’ve ever run, beating out 39 international chart-topping hit songs from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, AC/DC, The Eagles, Queen and Guns and Roses. Previous Planet Rock polls placed “All Right Now” on the “Best Summer Rock Song,” “Greatest Rock Riff of All Time” and “Ultimate Driving Songs” charts.


After a five-year skyrocketing run of success, Free would disband in 1973 and Paul Rodgers would go on to form and front another legendary rock band, Bad Company. Earlier this year, “The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers” , featuring Rodgers’ greatest works during the legendary ’68-’73 era of Free and ’73-’82 era of Bad Company, became Bad Company's first top 10 chart appearance since 1979 and Free's first since 1991.Paul Rodgers and Bad Company’s 2010 UK tour Sold Out.


Supporting Rodgers on his Solo tour are special guests Joe Elliot’s Down ‘N’ Outz.  Fronted by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and backed by The Quireboys, Down ‘N’ Outz will be an evening of music by Mott The Hoople and its collective works.



+ Very Special guests Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz


APRIL 2011


FRIDAY                        15         BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE

SATURDAY                   16         SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

MONDAY                      18         NEWCASTLE CITY HALL

TUESDAY                     19         GLASGOW CLYDE

THURSDAY                   21         02 APOLLO MANCHESTER

FRIDAY                        22         NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CENTRE

SUNDAY                       24         BOURNEMOUTH BIC

MONDAY                      25         SOUTHEND CLIFF PAVILIONS

WEDNESDAY                27         LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL

THURSDAY                   28         BIRMINGHAM NIA


Tickets go on general sale 9am on Friday 19th November 2010 priced at £34.50 adv regionally, London £32.50 / £37.50 / £40.00 / £50.00 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

There will be an artist pre-sale from www.paulrodgers.com midday on Tuesday 16th November 2010, available on a first come first serve basis, maximum order of 4 tickets per purchase. Ticket bundles will be available as follows

1. Paul Rodgers VIP Meet and Greet Bundle

-1 Premium Seat in the First 5 Rows

-1 Meet and Greet with Paul Rodgers

-1 Signed Event Poster

-1 Commemorative VIP Laminate

2. Paul Rodgers Enhanced Ticket Bundle

-1 Premium Seat in the First 10 Rows

-1 Signed Event Poster

-1 Commemorative VIP Laminate

Graham's Number will be performing at the Tavern - Bells Ferry Road - Acworth GA 20th November at 9pm



Graham's Number is an upcoming Atlanta band with extraordinary potential and a cutting edge new sound.  They combine traditional song writing with new innovative sounds, incorporating an array of styles into their music with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles, to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sublime.  Based in Marietta Georgia, Grahams Number got it's start with guitarist, Nick Sanders, teaming up with best friend, bass guitarist Andy Scherm.  In July of 2009 drummer/songwriter, Brandon McKinney, was added on to complete the line up.  The chemistry these young men have together bring back recollections of greats such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Rush. Go to www.grahamsnumbermusic.com for more info


Can you SING like Paul Rodgers??

Band Info
 Location - Birmingham UK. Contact - [email protected]
Or For more information [email protected]

Tons Of Free  are - Mick Stubbs (Guitar),Mick 'Abo' Warner (Bass) and Ray Richman (Drums).
Formed some eight years ago, the band enjoyed much acclaim from their live performances, creating an authentic 'Free sound'.
Mick Stubbs - a seasoned blues rock guitarist,plays classic old school Les Paul/Marshall guitar blues. A big Kossoff fan,he plays with fire and passion - the only way to create Koss' sound.

Mick Warner - a fine Bass player of some three decades was inspired by Andy Fraser to learn how to play when he was 15. Mick's role in the band is to create Andy's unique groove and sense of harmony,this he does with a passion.
Ray Richman - A fantastic drummer, Ray possesses the rare quality of creating 'space' in the music - essential in creating Free's feel - very powerful and subtle when it matters. When he started out in the band Ray relished the challenge to fill Simon's shoes and was soon hooked.
We adore playing Free's great music,its so different to the music we play in other bands. It takes passion,a unique telepathy and unselfish approach to be able to create the dynamic range of their music, and this, we are very fortunate to have.  
We are not a tribute band.... We're not pretending to be 'Free' our aim is to give an audience an evening of their music played to the best of our ability. They were a phenomenal band and the fans we feel, because we are too, deserve our best.
We need a singer!  Someone with the same passion,where money comes last and the dedication to their music comes first.
Mick, Abo & Ray.


STAY TUNED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BMI honors Paul Rodgers with 'Million Air' Award

Thursday, November 04, 2010

BMI honors Paul Rodgers with 'Million Air' Award



Los Angeles, CA – November 4, 2010 – BMI has presented Paul Rodgers, singer songwriter and founding member of Free with a new “Million Air” award to acknowledge four million performances of Free’s hit song "All Right Now." Million Air awards are presented to songwriters in recognition of songs that receive two million or more U.S. radio and television performances. A radio staple for 40 years, the song has also surpassed a massive 2,000,000 radio plays in the UK (as of 2000). “All Right Now” appeared on the band’s “Fire and Water” album in mid-1970. The single was an international #1 hit in over 20 territories and landed at #2 on the UK charts and #4 on Billboard Hot 100.

“When I started writing ‘All Right Now’ the lyrics and the melody flowed easily. It felt special and it’s still special to me and the fans. It’s a ‘must play’ in my solo set,” said Paul Rodgers.

Recently, “All Right Now” topped the UK’s Planet Rock radio fan poll as the “Greatest Rock Single,” in “one of the most decisive polls” they’ve ever run beating out 39 international chart-topping hit songs from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, AC/DC, The Eagles, Queen and Guns and Roses. Previous Planet Rock polls placed “All Right Now” on the “Best Summer Rock Song,” “Greatest Rock Riff of All Time” and “Ultimate Driving Songs” charts.

After a five-year skyrocketing run of success, Free would disband in 1973 and Paul Rodgers would go on to form and front another legendary rock band, Bad Company. Earlier this year, “The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers” greatest hits collection, featuring Rodgers’ greatest works during the legendary ’68-’73 era of Free and ’73-’82 era of Bad Company, became Bad Company's first top 10 chart appearance since 1979, Free's first since 1991 and was Rodgers’ return to the charts following his 2007 certified Gold debut solo DVD “Live in Glasgow” which charted at #1 in Canada, #2 in Japan, #3 in the US and #4 in the UK.

Following a U.S. summer tour run, Paul Rodgers and Bad Company recently wrapped their first concert tour of Japan in over 30 years culminating with a three night stand in Tokyo.


Paul Rodgers Appearence


Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Los Angeles, CA
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 07:00 PM

Rock and Pop

95.5 Klos Mark & Brian Christmas Show


Tickets On-Sale: Saturday 11/06/10 at 10:00am

Pre-Sale Starts: 11/04/10 at 10:00am - 11/05/10 @ at 10:00pm

Pre-Sale Password: KLOS

Portions of the proceeds will go to support the Eisner Pediatric & Family.



Some news from Atlanta.
Many of you have heard of the famous club
The most famous Blues club in the  south east.
Well The owner has to move on,
 and is selling the club for a mere $48,000.
For more details contact [email protected]

Barry RIchman playing at Darwins




One of the most amazing bands on the ROCK scene today.....a total superstar line-up of musicians and a very broad repertoire of styles recorded and played. Seriously do check out there music on iTunes and of course their own official channel:


The photos used during the cover of the Paul Rodgers-Andy Fraser (Free) classic "Fire and Water" are from various sources around the internet and no infringement is intended. I've added these to promote and enhance the song for the viewer/listener's pleasure.

No sexual bias is ever intended; only possible inflection on the lyrics is suggested.

Musicians on Moonstone Projects include:

Carmine Appice: Drums
Rony Fraklin: Bass
Howie Simon: Guitar
Matt Filippini: Guitar
Graham Bonnet: Vocals
Glenn Hughes: Bass
Ian Paice: Drums
Moonstone Project is the ambitious musical creation of Italian guitarist Matt Filippini.
This first album; originally released back in 2006 as "Time To Take A Stand" is a collection of classic rock songs, some written by Filippini himself with the collaboration of songwriters close to him...The musical influences include British classic bluesy hard rock from the 70's...you find bits of Free, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin...as if they had recorded these songs now!
As a bonus the album features guest appearances of a bunch of true Rock Legends: Ian Paice (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Paul Mc Cartney), Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Steve Walsh (Kansas), Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, HTP), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Impellitteri, Alcatraz, MSG), Kelly Keeling (Michael Schenker Group, John Norum, Dokken, Stuarth Smith, Erik Norlander, George Lynch, Carmine Appice & many others), James Christian (House Of Lords) and Tony Franklin (Firm, Whitesnake, Blue Murder & a million others!), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Blue Murder, King Cobra, Rod Stewart et al!), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, The Cutt).
Additional musicians to embellish this unique musical adventure are Enrico Sarzi & Alex Mori, Maurizio Corriga, Nik Mazzucconi, Chris Catena, Gianluca Tagliavini, Alex Del Vecchio, Daniel Flores, Johan Niemann.
The cd has been recorded @ Silicon Groove/Solid Groove Studios (Bergamo, Italy). Produced by: Matt Filippini & Max Numa. Co-produced by Vadim Galitsyn. Engineered by Vadim Galitsyn and Yonathan Ruckhman.
Personal note: I have to thank my dear friend Andy for buying this CD for me!
Also think about this...these legends recorded this with you in mind...if they thought the music was worth playing then we can only appreciate their efforts. Please if you like....buy the original recordings as they are so much better than any downloaded torrents. Please support the musicians, not just the record industry.
Important: Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use


JAPAN 2010

Order your copy now !!!!

The Book

342 pages with hundreds of great pictures and interesting stories of 22 QUEEN and Paul Rodgers shows from 2005 to 2008 in Europe and North America.

Annex with all the dates and facts about each of the 109 Queen and Paul Rodgers live performances from 2005 to 2008.

Forewords by Brian May, Paul Rodgers and Roger Taylor.

Price for the standard edition: 34,90 EUR + shipping.

Thilo Rahn is donating 2€ of each sold book to the MERCURY PHOENIX TRUST.

Official release date: October, 1st 2010.

Orders: www.rockmos.de or in bookstores (ISBN 978-3-00-032189-4).

ROCKMOS! is also available in a special limited Edition of 111 numbered copies (see website).



Bad Co. proves place in rock history

Scott McLennan - Boston Globe -  2010

Bad Company hit the Bank of America Pavilion yesterday not so much with a concert but rather a pitch-perfect classic-rock tent revival.

Standard-bearers of 1970s rock, Bad Company unfurled all the expected hits, plus a few choice deep-album cuts, before a packed crowd of devotees that knew every nuance of "Feel Like Makin' Love'' and cheered the exultation of "Seagull'' without a hint of irony.

Things could have felt terribly dated but for the pure conviction of singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs, and drummer Simon Kirke, the original members of Bad Company, joined by bassist Lynn Sorensen and guitarist Howard Leese. Founding bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006, but took part in the 1999 incarnation of the band's reunion, which continues in spurts.

Rodgers possesses possibly the strongest voice of rock's golden-age singers (talking to you, Jagger and Daltrey), and that power spurs a sense of awe within anyone who can appreciate the band's output of hit albums through the 1970s. If this was never your thing, so be it, but if a rousing sing-along to "Shooting Star'' sounds like a good night out, well then Bad Company still delivers.

Bad Company launched its crisply paced show with "Can't Get Enough,'' a bit of bluesy yearning that serves not only as a signature hit but also a template for the band's work: narrative lyrics, chunky guitar hooks, disciplined grooves.

Sure, all of the big numbers made the set list, but sensing that it was playing to the converted, Bad Company chipped in nifty obscurities like "Oh, Atlanta'' and "Gone, Gone, Gone,'' gifts to folks who own the albums as well as enjoy hearing a Bad Company tune pop up on the radio.

Touring with Leese (a regular in Rodgers's solo band), Bad Company boasts a fuller sound. But there were no signs of taking it easy among the founders, as Rodgers played harmonica and piano and Ralphs gussied up his riffs with spirited zeal.

Boston's Township proved a perfect opener for the veterans. The crowd may not have known Township's songs, but could certainly pick up its gritty vibe.

© Copyright 2010 Globe Newspaper Company.




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Free: Heavy Load, Second Edition

Biography on the British blues-rock band FREE

For the first time, a beautifully crafted book has painted a landscape of the tumultuous rise and fall of the premier blues-rock band Free. Written by David Clayton and Todd K. Smith, the narrative guides the reader through the foundation and early influences that inspired four young musicians to combine forces and plunge headlong into the late sixties revolving music scene.

Entitled Heavy Load, this 300-page epic catalogues the long months of a struggling band playing smoke filled pubs eventually winning an overwhelming fan adoration. It marks the heady days of having a hit single and album, which eventually lead to the inevitable first split in 1971.

The short-lived splinter bands, KKTR, Peace and Toby, are explored and the reasons for Frees reformation in 1972 explained. This volume runs right to the very end of their career in 1973 and into the early exploits of Bad Company, Sharks and Back Street Crawler leading inevitably to the tragic death of Paul Kossoff in 1976, the true end of Free.

Their legacy lives on through musicians as diverse as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and Gov't Mule, all who have sighted them as a major influence. Their mentor, Alexis Korner, called them "The last major band to come out of the sixties", and famed producer, Al Kooper hails them as "The greatest band that ever lived".



Original Release Date: October 2, 2010

Just got Paid - Marty Manous Live in Atlanta

Marty Manous has developed into first class guitarist and I soon I will ready to launch him in the UK. IF you would like apply to be part of his rhythm seciton please let me know at [email protected] (Southeast UK only)


Simon Kirke will be keeping a BLOG of his Japanese Tour EXCLUSIVELY to this website

To follow Simon on tour just press the Japanese Blog on the left hand side of the menu.

"Hope you enjoy following me on the Tour

Thank you - Simon Kirke"







Original members Paul Rodgers (vocals), Mick Ralphs (guitar) and Simon

CATOOSA, Okla. — Bad Company made rock fans feel oh so good during what could be the British quartet's final U.S. date.

Original members Paul Rodgers (vocals), Mick Ralphs (guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums) jogged to the temporarily darkened stage of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's 2,700-seat The Joint in Catoosa, Okla., near Tulsa. The three musicians were engulfed by a noisy wave of cheers, whistles and screams throughout a 95-minute set that included Bad Company must-play selections like "Rock Steady," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Movin' On," "Run with the Pack," "Bad Company," "Burnin' Sky," "Electricland" and "Deal with the Preacher."

Wearing a white T-shirt, a black vest, dark jeans and a tight bandana on his head, Rodgers belted out his full, ageless voice that is clear yet forceful. For the show-opener, "Can't Get Enough," he tossed the microphone stand high into the air before catching it, summoning loud hollers of approval from the capacity audience.

During a pre-concert interview, Rodgers revealed that Bad Company's upcoming concerts in Japan possibly could be the group's last string of dates.

On the coda to "Run with the Pack" in Catoosa, Rodgers' hands beat out the piano patterns in double and triple time while Ralphs slashed out a stew of guitar chords and lead guitar. Kirke, who was often half-shadowed for much of the show, smacked his drums and cymbals with a king's authority.

Helping the original trio in the colorful sprays of the theater's spotlights were bassist Lynn Sorensen and former Heart guitarist Howard Leese; both have been in Rodgers' solo band for about a decade and were subbing for the late Boz Burrell, Bad Company's original bassist who died of a heart attack in Spain in 2006.

"This song, this is a song we are doing for Boz," Rodgers told the audience of the Burrell-penned "Gone Gone Gone."

When it came time for the half-mellow, half-fiesty "Feel Like Makin' Love," Leese strapped on a ukulele. The crowd, who spanned ages 21 to senior citizens, grew wilder with each passing chorus.

"Simple Man," with its mid-tempo steadiness, capped an evening that was every bit as impressive as Bad Company's recent "Hard Rock Live" DVD/CD release. A few minutes later, Kirke's underhand toss of a drumstick made sure a 20-something fan would remember the concert for years.

"I saw Bad Company 10 - or maybe it was 11 - years ago in Dallas, and this was a lot better tonight," said the man after giving the drumstick to his cousin's husband. "This was a great night."

California resident Caroline Jones couldn't agree more. The longtime fan saw Bad Company's show in Los Angeles a few days before the Catoosa concert, but her need for the group's music didn't stop there.

"I've heard that this show in Catoosa might be their last here in the United States, so when a friend let me have her frequent-flier miles, I had to get a plane ticket here," Jones said. "This was something I didn't want to miss.

"In California, though (Leese) didn't play the ukulele for ‘Feel Like Makin' Love,'" she added before grinning. "But tonight, I was so glad they used the ukulele. It was so worth the plane trip, and I hope it's not really the end for Bad Company."


The Perfect Holiday gift for a music fan of the 60s/70s


Free Paul Rodgers Paul Kossoff “Heavy Load - Story of Free” Biography Excerpt (Repost)



Product Description

Biography on the British blues-rock band FREE

For the first time, a beautifully crafted book has painted a landscape of the tumultuous rise and fall of the premier blues-rock band Free. Written by David Clayton and Todd K. Smith, the narrative guides the reader through the foundation and early influences that inspired four young musicians to combine forces and plunge headlong into the late sixties revolving music scene.

Entitled Heavy Load, this 300-page epic catalogues the long months of a struggling band playing smoke filled pubs eventually winning an overwhelming fan adoration. It marks the heady days of having a hit single and album, which eventually lead to the inevitable first split in 1971.

The short-lived splinter bands, KKTR, Peace and Toby, are explored and the reasons for Frees reformation in 1972 explained. This volume runs right to the very end of their career in 1973 and into the early exploits of Bad Company, Sharks and Back Street Crawler leading inevitably to the tragic death of Paul Kossoff in 1976, the true end of Free.

Their legacy lives on through musicians as diverse as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and Gov't Mule, all who have sighted them as a major influence. Their mentor, Alexis Korner, called them "The last major band to come out of the sixties", and famed producer, Al Kooper hails them as "The greatest band that ever lived".

About the Author

David Clayton and Todd K. Smith are freelance writers and rock historians. Clayton publishes the Free Appreciation Society in the UK and Smith is the editor for The Cutting Edge music publication. Both have contributed liner notes to a number of reissue CDs.



I'm sure many of us have wanted to write and publish a book about our favorite rock band though few of us have actually pursued and accomplished this. One person who has is Gifts and Free Advice contributor David Clayton who against all odds wrote and self published the definitive book on one of the greatest British rock bands of all-time, “Heavy Load: The Story of Free”. Best known for the hits “All Right Now”, “The Stealer” and “Wishing Well”, rocks greatest vocalist, Paul Rodgers and Guitar God, Paul Kossoff, Free somehow was neglected in book form until mega fan Clayton decided to rectify the situation on his own. David Clayton’s writing and publishing of “Heavy Load: The Story of Free” is a true epic tale and what follows is an interview with David Clayton about Writing and Self Publishing a Book about One’s Favorite Rock Group, in David’s case Free, that is both interesting and helpful to anyone who ever wanted to write a book about their music idols. You can actually read a long excerpt from “Heavy Load - The Story of Free” in the Gifts and Free Advice Blog with info on how to order it from David Clayton by clicking this link. Please check out our large Online Discount Gift Store clicking here and our other Online Discount Stores below which helps support this politically incorrect blog. Info in how to order David Clayton’s Free Appreciation Society Magazine is also published below. Now without further adieu, the David Clayton “The Making of Heavy Load the Story of Free” Interview:

1. What inspired you to write Heavy Load?

I was a big Paul Kossoff fan and didn’t think that story had been told properly. Originally the book was specifically about Koss but that proved very difficult and the first project ‘Long Way Down To The Top’ was pretty much abandoned around 1985 as it wasn’t going anywhere. I’d been running the ‘Free Appreciation Society’ magazine since around 1979 and that sucked up most of my time but finishing the book – or rather how to finish the book – was always at the back of my mind. Todd Smith (Co-Author of ‘Heavy Load’) turned up around 1993. He was originally a subscriber to the magazine. He was pretty pushy and wanted to see what I’d done. We actually met at a Paul Rodgers show at ‘The Forum’ in London as Todd came over to see him. From there things picked up again. I would guess that was around 1994 / 1995.

2, Did you originally plan to have another company publish it?

Originally I wanted ‘Northdown Publishing’ to handle the book as I already knew Michael Heatley, who runs the company and I liked his books. At the time he was going through a rough spot so we did talk to ‘Cherry Red Books’ for a while but I wasn’t happy with the way that was going. They wanted a softback with a few pictures in the middle and that wasn’t really my thinking of how it was going to look. It was around then that I started to think of self-publishing.

3. When you decided to publish it yourself, did you have any idea of the costs involved and how much you’d have to sell to break even?

Nope. In fact we were very naïve and unprepared. We didn’t really think about the selling initially as we were just trying to get it finished and looking good. That was sucking up all of our time, literally. I told Michael Heatley what I wanted to do and he put me in touch with some people (Printing Agents) who handle the printing process and we went from there. I was writing and checking stuff, trying to sort out photographs and such while Todd was setting up all the pages. He was doing that kind of thing for a living so he had some experience but even so we were both breaking new ground on a personal level and it was a steep learning curve.

4. After writing a book, can you take me through, the process of getting it physically pressed into a book.

I thought the writing was pretty tough, particularly getting things rounded up and smoothed out but writing the magazine it wasn’t totally new to me. Once we moved into getting things ready to print it opened a whole new can of worms. For us it was all about text and pictures as both tell the story and go together as one whole piece. The printers are exactly that, they print and that’s all. There was no way we could afford to pay someone to set the book up so we had to learn by trail and error really. There are plenty of ‘Adobe’ type programs to help with this, but you still have to learn how to use them. Todd handled this and was amazing. I just made his job harder by making him move things around and stuff. We flipped copies of the pages back and forth in the post for probably about a year before it really started to come together. At the same time I had a music journalist friend Phil Sutcliffe help check and edit my writing. I’m a bit dyslexic so that was a bit of a problem even with spell checking and also the book was WAY to long. The first full draft was huge. Phil went though it with a red pen removing what he felt didn’t need to be there – and then I went and put most of it back in! That went on for a while. Phil did a great job though and while he was doing that, we were re-writing and resetting up the chapters with pictures. It was a pretty frustrating time and really full on. I flew to the States a few of times to work with Todd in Philadelphia and slowly we got through it, often working most of the night at his workplace. Eventually we set up and printed off every chapter and we felt it looked great. We then had to get it ‘saved’ in the format the printers could use and we waited for a ‘printers’ proof from them.

5. What were some of the problems in physically getting it published?

Actually getting it printed is easy. You send it to the printers in the format they ask for it and off they go. The problem is that once they set it up and send you a proof they are ready to go, and want to get it done straight away. This caught me completely unaware and when our agent said he was BRINGING the proof I thought, ‘why doesn’t he just post it?’ then when he arrived I learnt that he wanted me to authorise the print run to ‘go’ there and then! I thought we’d have time to browse though it and check it but actually we had to give and answer really quickly. That meant that in the first print we missed a few things that were changed in the second edition. That was a bit disappointing but it wasn’t the end of the word as they were mostly little things. Odd spelling and grammar errors. What freaked us out most was that some of the pictures had moved and were in the wrong places but we did fix most of that. We had to learn about ISBN numbers and all that stuff. The cover was tricky with barcodes and spine sizes. I asked Phil Smee to help with that and he was very kind. I knew him from working on the Free boxed set and the album remasters as he does all the artwork for that. We also had to pick the paper stock, the cover type, again all kinds of things we’d never thought about. It was just one step at a time, one decision then another until we got to the end of the process.

6. How long did it take you to write the book?

Well I started in 1979 / 1980 and it was published in 2000! I spent about five years initially but that was on and off before I finally give up and the text sat gathering dust in my front room for years and years. When Todd arrived I got dug in with research and then spent six weeks solid on it. I took my years vacation and wrote every day and night for that time. Never drew the curtains and went out only for food shopping. I drank about four pots of coffee a day. Not very healthy really. I wrote until I fell asleep and then when I woke up I continued from where I’d stopped. That was pretty intense but it was a good way to do it on reflection. I was completely engrossed in it and didn’t allow any distractions. By the end of the six weeks I had a huge volume of text and only the end of the book was a bit scrappy. I think by then I was going a bit bonkers with cabin fever and lack of sunlight! I was very pale!

7. How did you manage to get names and phone numbers to interview people for the book? Was everyone cooperative?

I already knew the band a little bit. Simon I first interviewed around 1981 and he’d always been very helpful. Paul Rodgers I met when Stephen Croxford was managing him and Andy I eventually ‘found’ through Island records in America. Paul and Andy were tough to deal with but I think once they knew we were going to do the best for the band we could, and that we were both fans it got a little easier. I interviewed all the band and Todd then dealt mostly with Paul Rodgers. Paul was moving back abroad at the time, to Canada, so the time difference made it easier for Todd to work with him. Outside of that I’ve been in touch with John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick for years, and he’s a good friend so he was very helpful and the same goes for the Back Street Crawler guys. There were other people I already knew that had been involved in the story and some we contacted via record companies and management. Most were pleased to help out but we had a few that didn’t get back to us, promised interviews but never gave them or simply declined. Sometimes that was a surprise. It took us a while to get to Chris Blackwell but Todd was real persistent on that one. Some people were tough to find and some came to us, which was nice. There is a lot of love for ‘Free’ in the musician fraternity and that helped a great deal. Also David Kossoff was a really good friend and his name opened some doors for sure. Al Kooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and some of those guys were huge Free fans. They wanted to be involved, and they were great.

8. How did you manage to get photos for the book? Did they cost you any money?

Again from running the magazine and also from the bits of work I’d done for record companies and the music press I knew some of the photographers already. Generally they were very helpful and knew what we were doing and that we were paying for everything ourselves. There were a few that wanted more than we could afford so we didn’t use them. This isn’t to say the pictures didn’t cost anything though. There is one spread over two pages in the book that cost £500 ($750) alone! There were four photographers who were particularly helpful, and to whom I am extremely grateful. If I’m ever doing a project where photographs are needed and will be paid for I always mention those people as sources as a way of paying them back for all their help and kindness. The ex-band members were all helpful too and provided family photographs which were totally exclusive to the book. That was great. Those photographs really make those initial chapters work.

9. After your initial draft how many revisions did you do till the existing book was ready? Did you send any drafts to the principles?

There were lots of constant revisions. I’ve not idea how many but we were revising right up to sending the files to the printers. All the principles were sent copies and some changes were made at their request. We tried to show anyone who helped what we were doing, not least because we needed all the help we could get!

10. Did you have someone else edit and proof check it?

Initially Todd was doing the first drafts where he was working, and he got fired for working on it during his lunch breaks. Nice! Two months later he was hired by another company that published medical and law books and that was a good move for us as they were much more lenient and he had access to much better equipment and software. Grace Caputo was a professional editor at this company and she took about three months going through the manuscript. The people around Todd at that time were very supportive of what he was doing, a great bunch of people, and he was working real hard. I guess it was an adventure for them and us. Then as previously mentioned Phil Sutcliffe helped with proof reading and editing the final draft. As a professional music writer he was of great assistance. He used to write for ‘Sounds’ magazine back in the day and was actually the first person I ever interviewed about Koss and he introduced me in a roundabout way to Mike Montogmery of Back Street Crawler way back in about 1980, so Phil had actually been around from the start really. In fact you could say it was he who actually got me started! Anyway, there were a few ‘discussions’ about content but anything that Phil removed that we liked we put back! I find the editing process pretty tough. I want every story in there but it becomes encyclopaedic!

11. How many did you decide on your initial run and where did you store them?

The initial run was 2000. That was the most I could afford and it emptied me out financially. We were fortunate to be able to ‘pre-sell’ books in advance through the ‘Free Appreciation Society’ magazine and that helped too. In fact without that we’d never have had enough money to print that many books. I didn’t want to borrow any money so I just emptied all my savings into getting it done. David Kossoff did actually offer to help me, which was very kind, but I wanted to make sure we’d done it all by ourselves. They were stored at my tiny house in Nottingham. That was extraordinary and I had no idea how much space 2000 books is until the lorry turned up at my house. That was pretty freaky. This HUGE lorry on my tiny street and three of us off-loading all these bloody books into my house, endless boxes of them. The boxes FILLED my house completely. The kitchen, the toilet, everywhere. Every room was full of boxes of books. In the front room they filled the room. You couldn’t even see the TV. You could just squeeze down and get onto the couch. It was madness. At one point when Todd was there we were signing the pre-sales and I as we tried to move around I felt the concrete floor move. That was a chilling moment. I think it was about four pallets worth we had in there. All stuffed into my one bedroom house.

We also had an initial problem getting then to the US. Shipping large volumes of very heavy books as freight is expensive, and again something we hadn’t calculated in and didn’t know how to do. With the first pressing whenever Todd flew home from the UK, or whenever I flew over to the USA our luggage consisted of two boxes of books! We got them into the USA as luggage! Two boxes just fitted into my suitcases. That was a pain in the ass but it worked initially.

12. What was your plan to sell the books?

We didn’t have one initially! There was no way of planning that far ahead. We worried about that when they arrived. We approached ‘Helter Skelter’ in London and they took some and then the book was listed by its ISBN code with the bookshops. We then had to learn how to deal with that. Some bookshops we soon learnt seemed to think they could order books and pay for them when they liked. I wasn’t having any of that. We stopped dealing with a couple of pretty major book retail chains within six months. That was a real pain in the ass. We were very lucky that the book got excellent reviews so people were willing to really hunt it down. Free fans are pretty hardcore over here in the UK. If there’s something on Free they are going to find it, and that was a godsend for us. In the US Todd did approach a few people but with it being our only book no one wanted to take a risk on it. Amazon was useful but at the time their system was very clumsy and not cost effective. It’s much better now but initially we were losing money selling on Amazon and we stopped that for a while too. I still have books on Ebay. That was very useful, though that came a bit later.

13. What were the reactions to the principles the book was about?

Everyone seemed very pleased. Simon Kirke called me when he got his copy and David Kossoff thought it was fantastic. That really pleased me, as it was hard for David with Paul’s story being in there without holding any of it back. David did read it. I know it was hard for him but he was always so supportive and he never ever tried to influence the telling of Paul’s story. I recall the only thing we ever did at David’s request was change one photograph. Both Paul Rodgers and Andy seemed pleased that it was done. Paul sold it at his shows for a while and when his mother died he asked if we could change a couple of pictures for him so she was included, which we did on the second printing. Andy has been fine about it but I don’t think he’s ever read it. Of the others I know Rabbit loves it and Overend Watts from Mott The Hoople was still raving about it when I saw him last year, and that’s nice. Chris Blackwell wrote to Todd and said he was absolutely delighted with the book. That was a thrill too.

14. How many years did it take you to break even? How did you arrive at your retail and wholesale selling rates?

I’m not sure about ‘break even’. The book has now exceeded the printing costs but I don’t know if it will ever pay back all the hours, telephone calls, flights across the Atlantic, travelling expenses and all the other stuff. The hours we put in would kill me today. I still don’t know how we managed those last couple of months before the printing went ahead. At one point I actually flew to the USA and back, was home for about three days and then flew back to the USA again. I think that was the final push. Crazy. US immigration hadn’t even got the information on their computers that I’d actually left the country the few days previously. That gave them a bit of a turn and wiped the smile off my face for a minute or two until they sorted it out.

We priced the book against what was in the shops at the time and with advice from people like Michael Heatley and Cherry Red Books, who were all helpful. I seem to recall Michael thought we priced it a bit cheaply but we were also scared to overprice and drive potential sales away. I do remember when it came out somebody wrote to me and complained that it was too expensive and a music book shouldn’t cost any more than a CD. That guy really didn’t have the first idea of how much it had all cost. If we’d printed and sold 10,000 it would have been cheaper but we had no idea how many we could sell and 2000 books was at the extreme end of my resources. At the time 2000 books seemed like an enormous number. The amount we printed obviously affected the price. If we’d only had 1000 the book printing price would have been much more and probably pushed the retail price to about £35. At 2000 we thought the balance was about right.

15. Did you promote the book totally yourself? How many review copies did you send out and to who?

We sent review copies out to all the magazines, everyone we could think of. All the major magazines and newspapers, in fact anywhere that did book reviews and tried to follow up with phone calls if we’d not actually rang first to find out if they would review it. We sent out a lot of books, again something we’d really not calculated into the cost at the time. Review copies, copies to the band and people who had helped us and so on. We never even thought to price that in. There were a few things we didn’t think about there actually. Postage on the book with the box was about £7+ ($10.50) in the UK, up to £17+ ($25.50) abroad. That was because the book, being very thick and hardback, was very heavy. We never even thought about how much it would cost to mail out review and courtesy copies. Then there’s this other thing about ‘free books’. Some book archives, the British library, certain universities and societies can all demand free books by law, up to five if I recall correctly. That was real drain on our resources and if 15 of these places pop up at once and all want five books then that’s a heap of books and a ton of postage money. There was a point when I had no money, literally, and I had to wait until I got my wages from work before I could post more books. I recall that being a bit of a low period, especially as my house smelt like a warehouse with all the cardboard in there. However the reviews were all really positive and that made up for it and slowly they started to sell. It was probably about six months before I could see the TV!

16. If you had known everything that was involved in hindsight would you still have written and published the book?

That’s a tough one and I’m not sure. I think sometimes not knowing what’s involved and learning as you go along makes the hill a bit less steep to climb. You just learn what you need and then carry on to the next obstacle. When you have all the information it looks a bit like mountain of rock with a sheer face! I have thought about doing a couple of other books but haven’t gotten around to it. Any project like that is quite a commitment. I’d like to gather some of the really good ‘Free Appreciation Society’ magazine articles together for a book. I think that would be a good project. I also had the idea of writing a book about ‘lost’ classic albums from bands that didn’t make it. That would be a good project too. I did kinda start that but let it drift. I have also been asked by a publisher to write a book about Budgie, who were one of my favourite bands around the 1972 – 1975 period but again, that’s quite a commitment. I know Pete Watts (Overend Watts from Mott The Hoople) wants me to do a book about Mott, and he actually mentioned that recently while Mick Ralphs and Ian Hunter were there. This was at the Mott rehearsals for the UK shows last year (2009) and there were some rumblings from Lynyrd Skynyrd about doing a book on them when Heavy Load came out. These are all good projects but I don’t know if I want to spend the next few years doing that. I’m still writing the ‘FAS’ magazine and that must equate to writing a good sized book every year.

17. Would you have attempted the same project in 2010 had you not done it already or are things just too economically unfeasible today?

I don’t think it would be any less hard to do it now and I still play around with the ideas I’ve mentioned above. Technology has improved so that’s always a bonus. We relied heavily on email and the internet to send information to each other as we were co-workers on opposite sides of the Atlantic. We only had dial-up then so sending large files was out of the question. These days sending chapters back and forth via broadband would be much easier and webcams and all that stuff would have been really useful when we were working on the layout of the book. Selling would be easier too as you have Ebay and Amazon. If someone is looking for your book they can always find it there.

18. Anything that you’d advise other people who want to write and publish their own books?

Like with all things to do with writing I think if you have a good story, the stomach for a fight and aren’t too scared of losing a bit of money then it’s worthwhile publishing your own work. Having a publisher is most definitely an easier option but there are compromises if you do that, maybe not so much with a novel but certainly with the kind of music biography we did. I do know that if we had gone with a publisher the book we have now would absolutely not have looked like it does. I’m very proud of it and while it’s not perfect the whole project, from the writing, the choice of the paper it was printed on, right down to how it is sold were decisions made entirely by Todd and myself. We took advice for sure but we didn’t have to compromise on things we really wanted. That made it all worthwhile. It’s our book, from start to finish.

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Holdcell recorded by Anne Hall


Atlanta trip 2010

Written by Anne and Dave Hall (UK)


24/09 - 6am start from Manchester. 10.30am flight- no delays and an uneventful flight. Had an Asian Vegetarian meal cos Lucy recommended ordering a 'special diet meal' because you get served 1st. Enjoyed it down to the last grain of rice! Arrived Atlanta early afternoon in searing (gorgeous) heat. 1.5 hours ish? to clear customs & immigration. (what do you expect, it's Friday afternoon, said the guy controlling the queue!         


Met by Lucy, in arrivals - great to get back together again. Whisked off to Athens GA for a meal and to meet Richard, Anjelica & Candice at the Melting Point Bar & Restaurant for the Holdcell gig. Great food & several pints of Bass. Holdcell were awesome, but the set was not long enough, due to the Rattlers (support) going on far too long. Met the boys from Holdcell after the gig. Eventually got to Roswell at around 2am after being awake about 24 hours. Went to bed tired, happy & glad to be back "Home".


Sat. 25/09. Lazy day. Woke early cos my body thought it was 1pm, not 8am. Chilled in the sultry heat of an Atlanta late summer day & watched some college football. Evening gig at Nick's place. Had some nice food, Band was The Hollidays (formerly Soul Shaker) - great mix of covers, blues-rock-fusion (hard to quantify, but really good & including a great Hammond organ player.) Rain.


Sun 26/09 - Samara's birthday - more chillin & some rain as we accustom to the time difference (any excuse.) Watched some NFL (Live in HD & Surround sound & shared a few beers with Robert - perfect Sunday. Went to see Andrew Black at ‘Players’ in Marietta - a sports/biker bar). Andrew was playing electric, rather than acoustic and jamming with a number of great musicians. Anne met a musician friend who she knows through Facebook - & Anne declined the offer of a jam. Thought a bigger crowd would have made the night better. Got back home & watched the 'Dolphins' get beat - didn't spoil the day, though.


Mon 27/09 - Lazy start to the day. Drove to North Springs Metro station, for a trip to downtown Atlanta. Visit to the CNN building (awesome place) and then a walk through Centenary Park to "Coca Cola World". Typical tourist attraction in, the home of Coca Cola. However, part of the tour included a 4D movie about the search for the true taste of Coke. Blatant advertising – However, never even seen a 3D movie, let alone the moving seats -  making the $15 entrance fee totally worthwhile -  fantastic! Free drinks at the end of the tour, sampling all the different Coke products from around the world. Back home for tea-time & a Humungous thunder/hail storm - Lake Roswell in the garden! Not much doing on a Monday night (apart from Monday Night Football), so went to a place in the boonies to see a jam night at "The Tavern". A  local Roadhouse with about 50 pick-up trucks in the car park.  Bands comprised of a number of middle age boys playing covers of Southern Fried Rock songs - the place was  a great place for music, nice stage & good atmosphere) - then home to bed.        


Tue 28/09 - lazy start, then into Roswell for a bit of shopping in ‘Jewels from Heaven’. Then, on to look at some houses. Drove to Mountain City Park. A hillside community straight out of 'Deliverance'. The properties are built on wooded hillside of maybe a few hundred acres and all very individual. The residents have formed an independent 'city' with their own fire service and a 'city hall, which was really a posh shed, but really great. Absolutely fantastic.

 Then onto a place called (mountain lookout???). Similarly, built on a hill which used to be woodland. However, each property was absolutely stunning, all houses with 3 garages & perfectly manicured lawns. It was a very nice neigborhood indeed & I know where I'd prefer to live. Continuing the house theme, we decided to visit a new housing development near the town of Woodstock. Approximately 130 acres. They managed to build 6 Showhouses, just before the credit crunch. They're waiting for things to pick up but you  can still look round the show houses. We started at the cheap end of the market ($290k ish -  Mid-range of a round $350k & upwards was stunning. 3 floors plus a basement you could build a rehearsal room in and an outdoor barbecue area. Wow! Top of the range was $500k ish - again, 3 floors + basement games room, bar, office & home cinema - the basement room alone was as big as our house. Stayed in on the night and watched telly.


Wed 29/09 - Early start for a change. Drove up north to the mountains. Had lunch in a place called Ma Gooch's in Cleveland. Not at all touristy, and a place where the locals eat. Had good, home cooked food in what felt like someone's house. Then on up to a tourist town called Helen - very German & touristy, glad we'd eaten earlier! Drove back via the 'scenic route' and chilled out before gettin ready for a gig at Nick's Place - WHICH WAS AWESOME! Saw John McKnight, James Kirk-Plunkett, Eric Frampton & Mike Martin jamming. Bit of improvised, jazzy, funky stuff & some covers I sort of recognised - didn't matter though. Just watching 4 excellent musicians playing some fantastic music - brilliant!


Thu 30/09


Did practically nothing during the day except go to the post office and pick up a few groceries with Lucy. Post Office was actually quite pleasant and a million miles from the UK in terms of service. Evening out to see Andrew Black at Atkins Park in Smyrna. Had a meal in an upper class restaurant - nothing special & the waiter was a bit too smarmy. Music was outside near the fountain. Unfortunately, not many people there, so not much atmosphere. Watched Andrew's 1st set then headed back to Darwin's for the last ever blues jam. Stayed about half an hour, then heard that John McKnight was jamming at Nick's Place, so headed off there to hear some more amazing improv/jammin from some more awesome musicians. Home to bed...


Fri 01/10


Went to the Home Depot, (the American version of B&Q) with Lucy. Picked up some violas & a rosemary bush, which I planted in front garden. Hope they survive! Evening - Went to The Tavern to see Marty Manous & his band. What can I say? Awesomely brilliant guitarist, playing a mix of covers & Marty's own stuff. Watched the 1st set which lasted about an hour and a half - each song on its own was worth the $2.00 entry fee. Had a good chat with Marty, and also the drummer. Great bunch of musicians, and really nice guys. Then off to Nick's to catch a late set by Barry Richman. We'd been waiting a long time to see Barry, having missed him last year due to him being ill. He is a great guitarist that's for sure..... Don't remember what time we got home.


 Saturday 02/10


Road trip to Savannah. 1st stop - Dunkin' Do-nuts! Long trip to Savannah, on the quite a boring road  - 2 hours of nothing but trees & a straight ribbon of concrete road. Arrived in a baking hot Savannah & found the apartment which was in a converted cotton warehouse. Fantastic place overlooking the Savannah River, Chilled out on the balcony watching the world, and the container ships go by could have stayed there all day. Went too Wet Willys for an alcoholic Slush Puppy then dinner @ Huey's and off of to a gig - Thomas Claxton, at the Bijou. A great acoustic guitarist/singer doing some unusual cover versions. The highlights were Tom Sawyer & Bohemian Rhapsody - the low was a couple of people from Idaho, screaming at every opportunity - spoilt the night a bit. However, Thomas had a few great put-downs and some great music. Cute waitress too! Decent blues band on after Thomas, 2 black guys and a guy on drums who looked like Mitch Mitchell's grand-dad!


Sunday 03/10


Had a wander round the river front market & generally chilled. In the afternoon, took a trip to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Had a wander down to the beach & then,  lunch in the Angler Restaurant. You can't buy alcohol in stores in Georgia on a Sunday so went to Piggly-Wiggly Supermarket for some supplies (Rob's real reason for visiting South Carolina on a Sunday!). Evening - dinner out with Jim & Kelly, friends of Rob & Lucy then back to apartment for some wine and then bed.


Monday 04/10

- Sat-nav treasure hunt with Rob, Total fail! Trip to Tybee Island. Walk on pier then lunch in Fannies on the Beach (fnarr Fnarr) then a walk round the shops & back to Savannah. Had a wander through the squares, up to Forsyth Park. Saw a guy in a Santa Claus Suit which seemed quite surreal in 70 degree heat - wish I’d remembered the camera! Later, went up to the rooftop bar in the Bohemian Hotel and watched the sunset with a drink. Had a walk around City Market, then dinner in Molly McPherson's Scottish Pub & on to Kevin Barry's ‘Oirish Pub’ . Fell asleep watching the Dolphins get stuffed by the Patriots. Lucy was watching the TV until quite late, but, luckily it didn’t wake anybody!


Tuesday 05/10


Trip back to Atlanta. Then dinner with Richard & Anjelica at Papasito's - a fantastic Greek-owned Mexican restaurant. Food was exceptional but we were full after the tortilla chips & salsa and appetizer of cheesy spinach. Ended up getting a box and taking home more food than we actually ate in the restaurant. Dozed off watching Ice Road Truckers & went to bed.


Wednesday 06/10


Lazy start then off to Supermarket for supplies. Had lunch in a Sports Pub called Brewsters - Best burger & chips  - EVER. A bit more shop browsing then a drive round to looked at some more new houses (I can see a pattern developing here!) Looked at a couple of over 55’s bungalows and still can't believe how much space you get for your money. Not sure where we're going tonight...


Off to Nick's Place to see John McKnight (who really liked my shoes!) & the house band, jammin'. Mike Martin was absolutely on fire. Really great gig, slightly spoiled by stupid girls on the table in front high-fiving, chatting loudly & taking photos. The music was great though... Band was followed by a group called 'Graham's Number' - only in their 20’s and  obviously influenced by 'Police', but really great musicians doing mostly their own stuff. (The bass player was cute). Home to watch a bit of TV and bed at about 3am....


Thursday 07/10


Another lazy start - Lucy tried to put a video on - got sound, but no picture - too many remote controls, so gave up after an hour - even a phone call to Rob couldn't fix it. Took Max (The dog) for a haircut & looked around a few more shops. Actually enjoyed one of them! Back home to chill in the garden with a beer. Evening - Up north to Alpharetta to see Andrew Black at Montana's Bar & Grill. Food was good. Andrew was totally sublime & chilled. He totally got the audience and played accordingly. Amplified acoustic - great voice - Born to Run was a standout song - brilliant - Treated dinner for Lucy & Rob as thanks for the trip. Worth - every penny. Home to watch some vintage Paul Rodgers' VHS footage, then bed.


Friday 08/10


Hometime :(


Flight was on time. Customs, Security & Immigration all went smoothly. Take-off was a bit delayed due to a queue of planes waiting for clearance. Got my Kosher meal served 1st (and hot - thanks Lucy). Already thinking about the possibility of another visit.


All of the above describes what we did - not how we did it. I forgot to sign the guestbook & so didn't tell Lucy & Rob that their hospitality and generosity make each visit not just a trip abroad, but a really unique sharing of great friendship, happiness, food, wine, special times and wonderful live music from great musicians.


Thank you so much, Lucy & Rob – love you both




Live from Atlanta

First release of 'Mighty'John McKnights show performed at Bella's in Smyrna Georgia October 8th, audio from the camera only. 2 Digital recorders were there tho, and that audio will surface later on other tracks and possibly this one will be retrofitted then. Here they dig an instrumental groove early to lay the foundation for the song, then take turns peering over the top with their instruments. Unfortunately you will probably soon be able to tell that just outside this groove was some brother that wanted everyone to know the inner workings of an empty mind.


Next airing - The Strat Pack: 50 Years of the Fender Stratocaster. Monday, Oct 11 at 12:00 AM ET/PT


Live from Tulsa USA



1. Can't Get
2. Running With
3. Satisfaction
4. Burning Sky
5. Mister Midnight
6. Youngblood
7. Stealer
8. Wishing Well
9. Feel Like
10. Shooting
11. R&R Fantasy
12. Moving On
1st Encore
13. Bad Co
14. All Right
2nd Encore
15. Ready For Love

Setlist supplied by Teri Beede


Crowd 'Can't get enough' of Bad Company


As a sold out crowd noisily filed into The Joint, the Hard Rock’s newest entertainment venue, they probably had no idea what they were in store for.  As ushers led people to their seats, photographers readied their gear as to assure not to miss a moment of the action. Moments later, Bad Company took the stage to a blacked out auditorium.

A band as legendary as Bad Company needs no opener and wasted little time getting down to business. The audience was in it from the second the band took the stage, as they took to their feet for a rousing rendition of “Can’t get enough”.  The stage was simple enough to say these guys were just here for the music and no fancy pyrotechnics were necessary.

After standing behind a piano from center stage and belting out “Run with the Pack”, Paul Rodgers then introduced the members of his solo band as well as the members of Bad Company.

He was very happy to introduce the three original founding members, to include himself as lead vocalist, Mick Ralphs on guitar as well as backup vocalist, and drummer Simon Kirke.  Members of his solo project were also in attendance with Lynn Sorensen on bass and Howard Leese on guitar.

After all introductions were made the pace quickened and the bass intensified with the crowd really getting into it as the band played on through such hits as “Youngblood”, “Seagull” and “Gone, Gone, Gone”. What everyone really seemed to enjoy is when BadCo played “Oh, Atlanta” but customized it for Oklahoma throwing in Tulsa instead of Atlanta. 

Paul seemed very approachable, even greeting a few devout fans stage side while he sang.  The mood of the The Joint seemed to reach a climax when the lights were brought down, the instruments went silent, and the disco ball spun to life lighting up the entire room as the first notes of “Shooting Star” were played.  The crowd involvement for this song was unlike any other on the night, with Paul directing each side of the room during the chorus. He thanked the audience for being so involved and then asked for them to give themselves a round of applause. 

As the first set came to a close with a rocking version of “Rock N Roll Fantasy” the lights went down and the band disappeared.  Moments later to a chanting assembly of fans the ensemble played their self-titled track “Bad Company” to which everyone knew the words. Just when the crowd thought they were done, the trio returned to play “Preacher”, “Simple Man”, and “Rock Steady”.


As Paul and the gang gathered at the front to take a bow before leaving the stage, he reminded fans to “take care of each other and take care of the planet”.  A fitting message from a man who has done just that over the past 40 years through his many charitable contributions to music itself. 


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Arrived at Atlanta into a swampy heat which was oh so welcome after the miserable summer we’ve had in the UK.  Took the train to the Car Rental Centre, I’ve never seen so many cars in one place, organised our chariot for the next 10 days together with the oh so necessary Sat Nav (note to self: in the US it’s called GPS – so many things to remember, especially that we don’t always speak the same language).

After a rather slow journey through Atlanta’s rush hour (now I know what real traffic congestion looks like) we arrived at Roswell at about 5pm to a rousing welcome from the menagerie: Max the dashing dachshund & Eli & Yahoo the very regal cats - Lucy & Robert had to wait to greet us until they had finished!!

First things first, before even unpacking Lucy shows us our itinerary – a large flipchart with am & pm shown for each day of our visit.  It’s already practically full, often with a choice of places to go – wow Lucy has been busy.

Before jet lag can claim us we’re fed, watered & sent to get changed for the first evenings entertainment – we’re off to Darwins in Marietta, it’s Thursday so it’s Blues Jam night.  It’s little more than a shack but the atmosphere is electric - the house band were already on stage blowing up a storm with 2 harps adding to the guitar, bass & drums – a fabulous sound!  Jamie suddenly disappeared, Lucy & I thought he’d gone to the bar but, when a little while later he’s invited on stage to sing a couple of numbers we realise that he’d gone off to sign up!!  He introduced the band to a few blues standards popular on the UK blues scene “Baby, what you want me to do”; “Statesboro Blues” & “Walking the dog” & had great fun, the crowd were noisy & appreciative and the musos were a friendly bunch.  Blues certainly is an international language!  Finally it’s time for bed, Day 1 complete & we’ve had a blast – Lucy assures us that we’ve seen nothing yet!


DAY 2 Did I mention the weather? It’s glorious high 80s, not a cloud in the sky.  We get up late as befits the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.  Lucy has a healthy breakfast prepared as we really don’t want to go home having put on tons of weight as is usual after a visit to the US!

We work on the itinerary

a little – having so much fun in such a short period of time takes very careful planning!

Lucy takes us for a drive around the Roswell area for us to familiarise ourselves with the area.  First stop Roswell Village centre – it’s so pretty & clean: full of antique & craft shops; restaurants & bars & wherever we look there seems to be music advertised.  For a complete contrast we then head into the woods, it’s all dappled shade with amazing cottages (often more like mini mansions) hidden amongst the trees & secluded lakes at every turn.  The roads are little more than single lane tracks, if you meet a car coming from the opposite direction someone has to give way.  I had no idea Georgia was so gorgeous.

Next we have a look at some of the newer sub divisions (that’s estates to us in the UK) dotted around the Roswell area: we see huge mansions, back to back, each house a show house; a monument to the American dream, it’s all pretty amazing, but perhaps to our UK eyes a touch pretentious.  En route to one of the best views of Atlanta Lucy spots a house for sale with the realtor standing outside – we stop & ask for a tour.  The house is utterly amazing, it’s a bank foreclosure so will go cheaply – the previous occupants have stripped it of most of the fittings & it’s in need of some work, most of it superficial but it has the most stunning decks on 2 levels with views over 2 or 3 states.  It’s a tardis – we counted 16 rooms (only 5 bedrooms though!) all of them enormous to our UK eyes with many featuring 2 storey ceilings.  The realtor reckons that it will go for between $350-380k (that’s £230-250k)– are they kidding!  In the UK it would go for more than £1 million!

Next stop, lunch, it has to be American as it’s out first full day – Lucy takes us to Wild Wings & we eat, what else but WINGS – yummy!!  It’s then time for home & a quick dip in the communal pool – wonderfully refreshing & Jamie suddenly announces he’s got an idea for a song & he rushes off to write it down.

There’s no rest for the wicked, so they say, so after a quick wash & change if’s off to Woodstock, they’re having a festival & there’s lots of music on.  Woodstock is a relatively new town that is growing fast & everyone is trying to create a community feel to it.  There is outdoor music at every shop & restaurant, the range is positively huge, delta blues outside one shop, singer/songwriter at the next; a rock band belting out sounds from an upstairs venue; there are films being shown & food, food everywhere. 

We’re in for a treat tonight as Lucy is taking us to see the Barry Richman Band at Niks in Marietta.  Niks is famous for its wraps & their very special dressing & they don’t disappoint (belt now having to be loosened by a notch!).  We were utterly blown away by Barry’s guitar – I’ve seen some great players in my time, but Barry tops them all, he has such an elegant style, real feel & great taste & he doesn’t overplay!  To top it all he’s also a lovely guy and his band are pretty impressive too - we have to take home a CD to remind us of a great night.  Barry has inspired Jamie & he has another idea for a song “Mr Dynamite”.



Jamie & I decide to give Lucy & Robert a break while we explore Roswell – just too pretty & quaint for words!  We stop off at Mitties for a bite to eat, surrounded by southern belles in hats lunching!  Then it’s off to the Diesel Bar for a leisurely drink before getting ready for our trip to Athens to see ‘Holdcell’, one of the bands that Lucy is promoting & we’re really excited to be finally seeing them.  Lucy gave us a sampler CD when we met in the UK but this will be out first experience of seeing them live.  Athens is a couple of hours away & it’s Labor weekend with a home college football game so we have no idea what to expect – luckily the traffic is reasonable light going our way, most people seem to be leaving.  First we visit Melting Point: it’s a bar/restaurant where Holdcell are due to play later this month & Lucy wants to check it out.  It has a nice stage & a smaller outdoor stage for acoustic acts it looks like a really good venue.  Lucy’s friend Daniel has come along & over the best burgers we’ve ever eaten the discussion becomes far ranging everything from symbolism in the architecture of Washington DC; free masonry; the Knights Templar through to Steve Earle, Warren Zevon & Mary Gauthier (all singer/songwriters that we like).

We’re still early for the gig, so find a bar & the conversation continues to flow.

Time for the gig & we’ve already missed the first band & Dan suggests that giving the 2nd band might be a good idea too – he’s had them on his radio show & wasn’t impressed.  Neither was I, but that’s another story…  Now for the main event - Holdcell.  We’d already met Richard, their manager & his partner Angelica – what a lovely couple & the guys in the band are all delightful too.  I knew they’d be good but I was still completely awestruck, they were utterly amazing, so much energy & excitement – they really do deserve a break as they are truly world-class.  Jamie is already wearing a band t-shirt & I’m dancing like a loon…. We finally crawl into bed at 4am, but we’re too wired to sleep!



After the late night it’s a leisurely morning spend chatting & a quick trip to the supermarket to get some much needed supplies – it’s a wondrous experience for me: aisles full of goodies unheard of in the UK; Havarti with dill; Rosemary smoked ham; my eyes are out on stalks – piles of tropical fruits & ½ an aisle devoted to salad dressings alone – the Americans really do know how to live!

At 2pm we head off to Allatoona Lake – Andrew Black is playing an acoustic gig at Props & Hops.  We first met Lucy at an Andrew gig at our favourite haunt in the UK, St Anne’s Castle, when she was his tour manager.  The restaurant is up on stilts overlooking the lake & Andrew is set up outside – what a glorious setting; the sun is shining; there are boats on the lake & everyone is really chilled.  Amazingly Andrew remembers us & makes us feel really welcome.  He plays a wide ranging set everything from Robert Cray; Johnnie Cash to Jack Johnson, all very laid back & chilled as befits a sunny afternoon.  I ate shrimp & Lucy introduced us to Key Lime Pie … yum, what a perfect lazy afternoon.

Back to Lucy’s for a well-earned rest – all this fun is exhausting!

Next up it’s to Players in Marietta, Andrew is hosting a jam session.  It’s a biker’s bar, but really friendly.  We eat fries served in really cute napkin cones & listen to Andrew & the house band play Hendrix, Elvis & some great blues before slowing it down with a stunning rendition of Clapton’s ‘Change the World’.  Andrew got Jamie up on stage & they did a couple of blues standards before Jamie borrowed Andrew’s acoustic guitar & he led the band in a couple of his own compositions ‘Come Home’ & ‘Blues Man’ – the audience were appreciative, dancing & clapping along.  Another great day – what on earth can tomorrow hold for us?



A late chilled start to the day after yesterday’s exertions… Jamie borrows’ Lucy’s very precious guitar signed by both Paul Rogers & Simon Kirk to work on the 3 songs he’s already written since we arrived – the creative juices are really flowing.

Our next port of call is a visit to the WRFG Labor Day Blues BBQ at the Park Tavern in Piedmont Park in midtown Atlanta, the sun was shinning, not a cloud in the sky & all was well in our little world.  There was nowhere to park, but Robert being the perfect gentleman dropped us outside while he went to find a spot.  The stage was set up in an enormous marquee & was already filled to capacity, the smell of the BBQ was delicious & the beer was flowing freely & everyone was having a ball.  We’d already missed the first few bands but we did get to see the Liz Melendes Bands last 15 minutes full of real up tempo rockin’ blues.  The Breeze Kings were next up starting with a duo format with some great delta-esque blues, but once they were joined by the rest of the band the tempo rose sharply & they played some great Chicago blues.  Lucy as usual knew everyone & introduced us to her friends including Radio Jock UK Bob; Motor City Josh & Jeff Robinson of the Blues Cats amongst others.  We sampled the ribs & shredded pork from the BBQ which was utterly delicious & Jamie managed to round it all off with a hot dog!  Back to the music & Roy Lee Johnson led the Breeze Kings in some of his best-known songs including Mr Moonlight, which was covered by the Beatles in 2 of their albums.  Born in 1931 he has amazing energy & stage presence for a 79 year old!

Lastly my personal favourites of the day, Motor City Josh & the Big 3 – they played a stunning set of funky blues which had everyone dancing – a brilliant end to a brilliant day.  With exhaustion creeping up on us we took a slow amble through Piedmont Park & admired the city skyline at dusk – what a sight, then it was home for a well earned rest in preparation for another busy day.



Shopping day – all those of a nervous disposition look away now……………  First stop & Lucy thought Jamie might find some great gigging gear at Kohl’s – she wasn’t wrong, her first pick a black embossed/embroidered shirt, a princely $8.40, & she just kept on pulling out bargains from the multitude of racks… 30 minutes later Jamie has 6 shirts at a total cost of $63, a huge $144 of savings off list price!

Next stop Michael’s Arts & Crafts – we went for adhesive magnetic sheets so I can make some fridge magnets (I’ve never seen it in the UK) unfortunately we had to pass the jewellery making section.  An hour later & poor Jamie is wilting & positively fed up with our indecision, we finally forget all the beads we’ve collected & end up with the pendants we started with!

Lunch was a fabulous steak at Charlies & I simply had to sample a Grapefruit/Orange Marguerita – delicious. It’s a tough life………..

Suitably fortified it’s off to Horsetown, a western superstore, as I want to replace my old cowboy boots.  They advertise that they have 30,000 pairs & the dizzying range on display looks like it, but as usual Lucy comes to the rescue, she looked me up & down, smiled & said “I’ll be right back” & low & behold in less than a minute there she was clutching a pair of boots & said “These are the ones!”  I fell in love with them instantly & once we’d found the right size they fitted like carpet slippers.  I put all the others back!  I shan’t say how much they cost but I haven’t stopped grinning since I got them.


We get back & it’s time to head off to meet Daniel in Roswell, we’re going to see their old friend, singer/songwriter Doug Easterly who’s playing at the Street Kitchen.  He’s set up on the porch & is already playing as we arrive – he has a wonderfully smooth voice & when we finally persuade him to sing some of his originals we find out just what a great writer he is too.

Doug joins us during his break & soon discovers that Jamie is a singer/songwriter too & immediately offers Jamie his guitar & sends him up to sing a few numbers.

Thanks to Lucy we have met some truly wonderful people & this really is turning into the trip of a lifetime.



Sightseeing – we’ve promised ourselves a trip Down Town to catch the sights & today’s the day.  As usual the sun is shinning & it’s a beautiful day.

First stop the Georgia Aquarium – it’s the biggest in the world & absolutely amazing.  Its spread over 5 distinct areas but you can end up with a crick in your neck from constantly looking at all the fish, rays, sharks & whales swimming over your head!  The beluga whales were my particular favourites they seemed such gentle giants as they glided through the water & of course the otters were as cute as cute can be!

Next stop the World of Coca Cola – not being a huge consumer I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was an amazing experience as we were shown the entire history of the company.  There were historical artefacts; cartoon characters; rooms full of advertising across the ages & from around the world; a breathtaking 4D film show; an art gallery & finally a tasting session where you could try all 162 flavours currently available across the world – needless to say we didn’t quite manage to sample all of them!  It was however a really worthwhile visit, one I would highly recommend to any visitor to Atlanta.

We strolled through Centennial Olympic Park just as the choreographed water fountain show was due to start – it was beautiful with the jets rising high into the sky to tunes from Sinatra etc. 

Robert had told us that the best view of Atlanta was from the top of the Westin Hotel, so that was out next port of call.  The Sun Dial Restaurant & Bar is on the 73rd Floor, so we duly present ourselves at the reception desk & were escorted to the lift.  Oh horrors! It was glass & climbed the outside of the building.  Luckily we were the only occupants as terrified I cowered & cringed, clinging onto the railing as if my life depended on it as we shot into the sky.  Luckily once on the 73rd floor it wasn’t so bad as I didn’t need to go anywhere near the windows to see the most staggering view.  I composed myself & then happily sampled a Georgia Peach cocktail whilst quite literally watching the world go round.  The prices were of course pretty steep, so we made do with one drink & came down to earth (via the internal lift I hasten to add) & popped into the Hard Rock Café for a few drinks & a well-earned rest.

We made it to Niks in Marietta thanks to the GPS to find Daniel already there, but we just managed to beat Lucy!  We were introduced to Atlanta’s other finest guitarist, Mike Martin & as advertised he was just as wonderful as Barry Richman but with a totally different style.  Mike’s playing was truly breathtaking, more rock fusion & played at a furious pace – it was exhausting just watching & as usual he was utterly charming when Lucy introduced us.

So ended another fun filled day in Atlanta & we were now completely shattered – Lucy suggested a lie in followed by a lazy day to recharge our batteries – it seemed like a marvellous idea.



Time for the full American breakfast – well you have to have at least one – it’s the law!  We took Lucy’s advice & went to IHOP & had the full works, served with the obligatory pancakes, Jamie’s with strawberries & cream & mine with apple, cinnamon & cream & delicious they were too, I just needed a forklift truck to get me out of there!

We then bought a few souvenirs to take home to the band & retired exhausted to the Diesel Bar had a couple of drinks sitting in the sunshine & put the world to rights.

The evening was going to be busy, Lucy had lots planned.  We began at  ……………….? A Mexican restaurant in ……………..?, sitting at a long table on the deck overlooking fields of horses, with a game of football going on in the background.  I had a marguerite to start; in fact it was so good I had to have second!  We all ate fajitas, which were utterly delicious, & we ended up taking more home in our doggy bags than we’d managed to eat.  The entertainment was provided by Ian Schumacher who played a stunning set of originals & covers with guitar, drum machine & a loop pedal, he really was superb.  He joined us during his break & on learning that Jamie was a fellow singer/songwriter he immediately dragged him onstage to sing one of his songs.  Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for long as we had places to go….

Next stop, and en route to our final destination, we popped into Montana’s in Alpharetta to catch a little of Andrew Black’s set.  This time he was playing a completely different set, closer to his touring set & fantastic as ever.  He has such a great voice & the emotion he puts into his delivery is awe-inspiring.  Lucy introduces us to Andrew’s lovely wife Julia, but we can’t stay we still have places to go!  Then it’s off to Darwins for the Blues Jam.  Jeff Robinson is there, what a lovely, warm, funny man, we were all so busy talking no one joined the jam!  A little while later Barry Richman popped by to say ‘Hi’.  One piece of news is circulating, the owner has sold Darwins, & the jam will be moving to Sidelines in October, I wonder how that will work as Darwins has such a unique atmosphere it might prove difficult to move elsewhere.

We have to go home, we’re all shattered, we’ve crammed so much into such a short period of time & tomorrow’s our road trip to the north of Georgia.



Up early & a quick breakfast & it’s into the car heading up I75 to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It only takes a couple of hours & the scenery has totally changed, we’re in the mountains & every which way you look its forest, I’ve never seen so many trees.  Lucy takes us first to Blue Ridge, a small tourist town & stop on the scenic railway that crosses the mountains.  We come across one of the strangest mixes of shops ever – my favourites …………………. The record shop, it’s a real little treasure with prints, throws & incense as well as an eclectic range of CDs.  The owners remember Lucy & we’re soon having an in depth conversation about music – what else?  They recommend Cyndi Lauper’s latest CD – it’s blues, & good blues at that – are they sure?  They play us a bit, of course they’re right – strangely she’s made a really good blues record.  Jamie buys a CD, me, a throw, but there’s no time to waste & we’re off to our next stop The Chocolate Express – if you’re a chocoholic as we are then this place is a must – trays upon trays of home made chocolates, the biggest problem being what to choose!  Its elevenses & lunch won’t be for a while so we all have just one.  It’s then down to the serious business of deciding which fudge to buy – after a tasting session we settle on Chocolate/walnut & Butter pecan.

Something catches Lucy’s eye & we’re off – The Bear Shop – I can’t believe my eyes, it’s a whole shop selling everything to do with bears: ornaments; toys; clothing including a range of very tasteful pants; even CDs of bear songs – it did put a smile on my face.

On our way out of town we find the Welcome Centre & stock up on maps & info.

We’re now in lake country & everywhere you look between the mountains are beautiful shimmering lakes with stunning houses scattered between the trees.  After an hour we arrive at Hiawassee & the Smoke Rings BBQ.  Lucy found this restaurant on the web & wanted to check it out.  What a fabulous setting, it sits slightly back from & above the main street & has a large balcony overlooking Lake Chatuge with the mountains & forest all around – it’s stunning.  We have a lazy BBQ lunch & chill out just enjoying the peace & quiet & the view.  All too soon it’s time for home & en route we drive through Helen, a German themed village – it’s cute but a bit of a shock to find a chocolate box image of Germany in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but hey this is the US of A & anything’s possible here!

We see a small road side stall & decide to get some peaches – the place is amazing, it has a whole room devoted to jams, another to sauces, racks upon racks of different types of home made bread & just about everything you could possibly need from umbrellas & garden ornaments to fridge magnets & piles of the biggest peaches you have ever seen – a real Aladdin’s Cave & right in the middle of nowhere.

Back in the car we see bumper-to-bumper traffic heading to the mountains for the weekend; luckily we’re heading in the opposite direction.

We get home later than planned & so decide to miss the first gig Lucy had planned, just time for a quick shower & we’re off to Sidelines Sports Bar to see the Marty Manous Band.  Wow – there’s a truck parked inside the venue acting as the backdrop for the bar, how cool is that?  We try to work out how the hell they got it into the bar; it must have been put in before the walls!  The headline act tonight is a Red Hot Chilli Peppers tribute band but we’re only here to see Marty, so we have a bite to eat before heading over to the venue.  Luckily Robert manages to get a quick look at the support band before we pay our $10 entrance - it’s not Marty.  Close shave there!  It appears that there’s been a mix up & the band isn’t playing after all.

So Plan B, we head over to Matilda’s in Marietta, Lucy has heard it’s an interesting occasional outdoors venue behind some craft shops – she wasn’t misinformed, it’s actually held on an patch of ground behind a group of arty shops, between the trees with an improvised stage, no bar or seating, everyone brings their own drinks, picnics & seats.  It’s really casual & the music had a really laid back, funky feel.  We couldn’t see the band as there were so many people dancing but there was a great atmosphere – definitely not to be missed, but we were all tired & decided to make an early(ier) night of it.


DAY 10

So it’s our last full day, where has the time gone, I can’t believe we’re leaving tomorrow, how sad.  I spend the morning packing.  Lucy & Robert are taking us to Stone Mountain, there’s an arts & crafts show on with some music too & apparently it’s a beautiful part of the country.

The drive takes just over an hour & then I see why it’s called Stone Mountain, it is in fact a huge stone mountain, there’s no other description, rising from the woodland beneath & surrounded by lakes.  There is an enormous carving of the 3 Confederate generals on one side of the mountain & this is the site of the laser light show which will take place later, however it’s sold out so we’ll have to come back another time.   It’s very hot & humid as we arrive & it’s getting greyer by the minute.  We just make the visitors centre as the skies open & it pours with rain.  It didn’t last very long but it’s the heaviest rain I’ve ever seen, an absolute torrent.  At this point we decide to give the craft show a miss as they will probably close early due to all the rain, we head off to find a bite to eat & Jamie & I both try the southern fried chicken, well we had to at some stage & it is our last day!!  The chicken was delicious although I was a touch concerned when our waitress started throwing ‘biscuits’ at us.  Apparently that’s what they do there, & for those of you who don’t know, ‘biscuits’ in the states are not ‘biscuits’, they are more like scones.  We are then served with a napkin full of battered deep fried bits & upon inspection it’s a mixture of pieces of onion, sweet potato & strangest of all gherkin.  Now I have eaten some strange things in my time but deep fried, battered gherkin is not, & remains not one of them – even I draw the line somewhere!

On the way home we encounter one of the scariest thunderstorms I’ve seen & Lucy wonders whether the Blue Grass gig we’re going to tonight will be cancelled as it’s outside.  She calls Richard & Angelica to check - they’re not sure but they say ‘come on over anyway’, so we do.  The house belongs to Richard’s parents & there is a welcoming committee of grand & great grandchildren, to whom we soon add the gentlemen, returned from their trip to the liquor store, there are about 14 of us in all & the noise level is fairly high.  The adults soon descend to the ‘games’ room; a pool table takes pride of place & Richard’s collection of vintage guitars & amps take up one wall.  Lucy, Richard & Angelica take themselves off to the jigsaw they’ve been working at for the last few weeks (it’s mainly black & very hard going) & Janice challenges me to a game of pinball on her vintage Elvis table.  I’ve never played before & have enormous fun, how on earth did I miss pinball when growing up?  Richard makes me a wonderful Marguerita to his own special recipe, which is just to die for.  It’s now too late to go to the gig, even if it’s still on so we decide to head into Marietta to the Irish bar, a particular favourite of Richard & Angelica’s.  The joint is absolutely heaving & we have to push our way through lots of small rooms, all decked out with comfy sofas & chairs & out into the garden which is also pretty full but we manage to find a table.  The drinks are flowing, as is the conversation but all too soon we have to go home, but hey it has been the most amazing holiday ever, we have had a ball!


DAY 11

Home today - what a dreadful thought.

We finish off our final bits of packing & take our farewell of the Max (the dashing dachs) & Eli & Yahoo.  Lucy & Robert take us to the Flying Biscuit for our final breakfast (well brunch as it’s gone 11.00am); Jamie has steak & eggs & I opt for the full American, pancakes included – scrummy!


We finally take our leave of Lucy & Robert.  I really hate goodbyes & am really bad at them & we’ve had such a brilliant time here, it’s really hard to leave.  Lucy has worked so hard in making sure that every detail of our stay has been perfect and there is just no way in which to thank her.  She has shared her home, her family, her pets, her friends & her music with us, but most importantly she has become a great friend, someone who will always be in our hearts.




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