Monthly Archives: August 2010

Kid Rock, Jim Beam To Present Sept. 11 Patriot Day Concert At Fort Jackson In Columbia

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Kid Rock will shout it from the tree tops at Fort Jackson on Sept. 11 at Patriot Day.

By Brian M. Howle, from prnewswire

As part of their ongoing support of America’s service members, Kid Rock and Jim Beam® Bourbon will host a concert on Patriot Day, Sept. 11, in Columbia, S.C., to honor our nation’s heroes.

The special concert event, called “Kid Rock Salutes the Troops presented by Jim Beam: Patriot Day 2010,” will feature opening act Blackberry Smoke and will be free to all service members and their families who present their valid government issued military identification card. Tickets were available to the general public through a pre-sale on August 4 and to the public August 6 at Ticketmaster outlets or

“Kid Rock is an American music staple, and Jim Beam is ‘America’s Native Spirit,’ so it’s only fitting that the two of us are continuing to stand by our nation’s heroes,” said Kevin George, global chief marketing officer, Beam Global Spirits & Wine. “The Patriot Day concert in Columbia is just one way for Jim Beam to honor our service members, and we look forward to toasting the men and women in our armed services with an unforgettable performance by Kid Rock.”

The Patriot Day concert is one of a series of initiatives that the musician and the world’s No. 1 Bourbon have activated in support of America’s troops. These efforts include:

• This year, the rock star teamed up with Operation Homefront® and Jim Beam to distribute exclusive music and encourage consumers to donate to Operation Homefront on special edition gift cartons of Jim Beam and Red Stag by Jim Beam(TM).

• Kid Rock is slated to host a deserving service member at an upcoming concert as part of the Jim Beam and Operation Homefront “Salute Soldiers with the Spirit of America” program.

• Last year, Kid Rock donated 50 cents from every ticket sold at select shows of his “Rock ‘N Rebels” concert tour hosted by Jim Beam to Operation Homefront, provider of emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

To purchase tickets or learn more about “Kid Rock Salutes the Troops presented by Jim Beam: Patriot Day 2010,” visit To donate to Operation Homefront, please visit

Jim Beam is committed to social responsibility and advises legal purchase age consumers to drink smart®. Through, Beam Global educates legal purchase age consumers about how to make responsible choices about alcohol.

About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for wounded warriors when they return home. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 160,536 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, $.95 of every dollar donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs. For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit
This article was also appears in Alternatives NewsMagazine, August 26, 2010 and at


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Queensrÿche Signs To Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records

By Amy Sciarretto

New York, NY: Four-time Grammy nominees Queensrÿche have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band’s label debut –their twelfth studio album overall- is tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. Singer and founder Geoff Tate remains the creative nucleus of the band, which continues to make relevant, against-the-grain hard rock that entices fans, both new and diehard.

Queensrÿchee have been – and unquestionably remain- one of the most respected and innovative names in forward-thinking hard rock throughout the course of their nearly 30-year history. Since their inception over 25 years ago, Queensrÿchee have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have performed in over 22 countries.

“We are very happy to be signing with Road Runner/Loud and Proud. This is the rock label and a place where they are as excited about our music as we and our fans are,” Tate said.

“We are excited to welcome Queensryche to the label” stated Loud & Proud President Tom Lipsky. “They have earned global acclaim for their distinctive approach to music and we are confident of a successful partnership with them.”

Queensrÿchee’s 1988-issued album Operation: Mindcrime is universally respected as a classic concept release about rock, revenge and redemption. The album elicited comparisons to The Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s The Wall and is ultimately regarded as one of the most important and essential hard rock records in the genre’s expansive canon. 1990’s follow-up, Empire, yielded a #1 single, the Grammy-nominated ballad “Silent Lucidity,” which the band performed at the 1992 Grammy Awards accompanied by a supporting orchestra.

In 2006, the band released Operation: Mindcrime II, a scorching sequel to their original. The band then hit the road performing both albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II back-to-back in their entirety in an incredible theatrical presentation throughout the year. The final performance was recorded at The Moore Theatre in Seattle that October and the Mindcrime at the Moore double CD/DVD release debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reached Gold status.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd To Release Live Album “Live in Chicago” Out September 28th

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By Amy Sciarretto

One of the wonders of the world.” – James Brown

Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records is excited to announce that latest signing Kenny Wayne Shepherd is releasing Live in Chicago, available on 9/28/10.

Recorded in Chicago’s House of Blues during the critically acclaimed 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads tour, Live in Chicago showcases Kenny and his band, Noah Hunt, Chris Layton, Scott Nelson and Riley Osbourn, along with special guests, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Buddy Flett, Bryan Lee and Tommy Shannon (of Double Trouble). Though an illness nearly kept Kenny from performing that night, his heartfelt commitment to the music (and quite a lot of adrenaline) ensured that he took the stage, sharing with the audience one of the most spectacular performances of his career, and one that fans can now hear onLive in Chicago.

A genuine guitar hero, Kenny has been playing since childhood, when he learned Muddy Waters licks by listening to his father’s record collection. By 16, Kenny had a deal with Giant Records, and recorded his first album while still in high school. Since then, Kenny has enjoyed two platinum and one gold albums, six Top 10 singles, and his album Trouble Is holds the distinction of being the longest running album on the Billboard Blues Charts, hitting the 2 year mark. Over the course of his storied career, Kenny has amassed four Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award and a Blues Music Award. In 2008, Fender released the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Series Stratocaster. 2007’s CD/DVD 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads was nominated for two Grammy Awards, aired on PBS television nationwide and has been certified RIAA Gold as a Long Form Video.

Track listings:
1. Somehow, Somewhere, Someway
2. King’s Highway
3. True Lies
4. Deja Voodoo
5. Sell My Monkey
6. Dance For Me
7. Baby Don’t Say That No More
8. Eye to Eye
9. How Many More Years
10. Sick and Tired
11. Feed Me
12. Rocking Daddy
13. Blue on Black
14. King Bee

The Guests:
A living legend, Hubert Sumlin is a hero to all of our guitar heroes. Growing up playing his guitar with harmonica great James Cotton, it was not long until, in 1949, at the young age of 18, he became Howlin’ Wolf’s lead guitarist, a position he held for the next twenty-five years, intercut only by a brief tenure in Muddy Waters’ band. Hubert has also played with Pinetop Perkins, Willie Dixon, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and countless others.

As the longtime drummer for the incomparable Muddy Waters, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith has suffused his trademark “shuffle” style into the heart and soul of Chicago-style blues. At 17, he ventured to Chicago from Arkansas to see his first Muddy Waters performance. Instantly hooked, he stayed in Chicago, joining Muddy Waters in 1957. After his time with Waters, Willie found his niche in the Delta Blues sound, co-founding the Legendary Blues Band with Pinetop Perkins, Louis Meyers, Calvin Jones and Jerry Portnoy. The band went on to win six Grammy awards, record four critically acclaimed albums and have played with Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

Born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Bryan Lee had completely lost his eyesight by the age of eight. His early penchant for rock and blues was fostered through the 1950’s by listening late night to Nashville’s WLAC AM, where he first encountered the sounds of Elmore James, Albert King and Albert Collins. Bryan remembers not understanding the music, but knowing that’s what he wanted to play. By January 1982, he was headed south to New Orleans, landing a steady gig at the Old Absinthe House. Lee performed there for 14 years alongside his Jump Street Five, becoming a treasure of the city’s French Quarter, a claim he cherishes to this day.

Currently residing In Shreveport, LA, Buddy Flett began his career in 1975 at the legendary Lake Cliff Roadhouse and the infamous Bossier Strip, where Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. all performed. He has written for John Mayall, Percy Sledge, and was featured in the new documentary, Robert Mugge’s Rhythms n’ Bayous. Flett’s band, the Bluebirds, backed Kenny on his first public performance when Kenny was only thirteen.

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