Monthly Archives: March 2011

One Dragon Makes It Hotter At Hot Fish Club March 10

By Brian M. Howle

One Dragon (formerly Psych Ward) is performing for one night only on Thursday, March 10, 800 p.m. at The Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet.

What do you get when you take Matt Parker (Psych Ward, Traitor’s Gate, Prey for Raine, MonkeyGrass etc.) on Guitar and lead vocals and add Greg Ford (Red Emotion Riot, Kid Drew band, Sideways Derby etc,) on drums and lead and backing vocals with Rob Rotondo (the best young bass player in the southeast)?

Matt Parker • Greg Ford • Rob Rotondo

Well you are about to find out. One Dragon is either the most danceable Rock band ever or the most guitar driven dance band since Prince brought out the Revolution. With a perfect blend of dance tunes, Rock and alternative, StevieRay and Hendrix blues, jams and original music from Parker’s previous project Psych Ward, as well as new material, One Dragon promises to rock any hip musical needs you may have. Any room anytime you need a party band that doesn’t simply play the same stuff you hear every night.

Did I forget to mention that they can take requests all night if need be? Keep your ears, eyes and soul open and please do believe the Hype.

For information on One Dragon, visit

The Hot Fish Club located at 4911 U.S. Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet SC (Approx. 1 mile north of South entrance to Murrells Inlet proper at the Bypass/Business split.)  For information, call 843-357-9175.


This article also appeared in Alternatives NewsMagazine,  March 10 – 24, 2011.


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Black Stone Cherry’s Newest, “Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” Out May 31

By Brian Howle

Black Stone Cherry (L-R): John Fred Young, Jon Lawhon, Chris Robertson, Ben Wells. (Courtesy RoadRunner Records)

The debut effort was stunningly amazing.  The sophomore follow up kept true to the first.  And now, Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the third Black Stone Cherry Album, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, is due out May 31st, 2011 … which means for all of you rockers out there who’ve been waiting on good ‘ole kick-ass to come back around, your wait is over.

Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry, comprised of vocalist Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells, bassist Jon Lawhon and Drummer John Fred Young, is a band adept at creating both timeless rock ‘n roll and new, innovative sounds.  While the band’s last record, Folklore and Superstition, was a compelling tribute to brotherhood and history, the new album is the summation of a year in the life of the band—every emotion, triumph, loss, romance and everything in between—it’s all here on Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

This is the first time Black Stone Cherry has not recorded in the South, this time taking up residence in Los Angeles to work with famed producer Howard Benson (Theory of a Deadman, Daughtry, Three Days Grace).  The new surroundings allowed them to strengthen their relationships as both band members and friends, ultimately a detail that sets Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea above previous recordings.  The raw intensity that pervades the music on this album harkens back to the early days of Black Stone Cherry, when they were a bunch of blue-collar guys just making music together for the hell of it.  The band admits “When we first began writing music, we hadn’t traveled very far out of our home state of Kentucky.  Now, ten years later, we’ve traveled the world and experienced things we never imagined we would.”

First single “White Trash Millionaire,” set to hit airwaves in April, pairs Robertson’s soulful delivery with the urgent and infectious rhythms of his fellow players.  Sure, this is Southern rock at heart; but the concept is universal: just take what the world gives you and make that work. “This album is the culmination of all of the everyday ups and downs life throws at you,” says the band.  “Sonically, you’ll hear some of the meanest sounding guitar riffs we’ve ever laid down, and at the same time, you’ll find ballads that will tug on your heartstrings.  We wanted the album’s intensity to match that of our live show.  We’re very proud of this album and excited for our fans to hear it!”

To celebrate the release of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Black Stone Cherry is participating in an ongoing partnership with Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon.  The promotion brings 450,000 Black Stone Cherry branded bottles to shelves nationwide through June, including special mp3 offers and a chance to win a trip to meet the band at one of their shows.

Black Stone Cherry is set to have quite the busy spring, with tours with Hinder and Alter Bridge on the horizon:

4/8 @ Lucky Star Casino- Clinton, OK (with Hinder)4/9 @ St. Mary’s University – San Antonio, TX (Fiesta Oyster Bake w. Hinder, Saving Abel)

4/12 @ Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO (with Hinder)

4/13 @ The Great Salt Air – Salt Lake City, UT (with Hinder)

4/15 @ Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA (with Hinder)

4/17 @ Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA (with Hinder)

4/19 @ Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID (with Hinder)

4/21 @ Roseland Theater – Portland, OR (with Alter Bridge)

4/22 @ Knitting Factory – Reno, NV (with Hinder)

4/23 @ House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV (with Alter Bridge)

4/24 @ The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (with Alter Bridge)

4/26 @ SLO Brewing Company – San Luis Obispo, CA

4/27 @ The Grove – Anaheim, CA (with Alter Bridge)

4/29 @ The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT (with Alter Bridge)

4/30 @ Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO (with Alter Bridge)

5/2 @ House of Blues – Chicago, IL (with Alter Bridge)

5/3 @ House of Blues – Chicago, IL (with Alter Bridge)

5/7 @ Metrolina Expo – Charlotte, NC (AVALANCHE 2011 w. Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman)

5/8 @ NorVa – Norfolk, VA (with Alter Bridge)

5/10 @ Valarium – Knoxville, TN (with Alter Bridge)

5/11 @ Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN (with Alter Bridge)

5/12 @ Piere’s Entertainment Center – Ft. Wayne, IN (with Alter Bridge)

5/15 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

5/17 @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA (with Alter Bridge)

5/18 @ Northern Lights – Albany, NY (with Alter Bridge)

5/19 @ Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY (with Alter Bridge)

On a personal note, these guys have showed up at the merchandise table after every show I’ve ever seen them play (and it seems to be their M.O. for all shows, here in the States and around the world) and they honestly appreciate each and every person who shows up to support them and enjoy their music.  They’ve got the years on the road now; they’re honed to the ways of the world and what full-time touring requires of a band.  And I find this to be a good harbinger, because they have reached that point where one person will hear a song on this CD, and suddenly, BSC will be another “overnight sensation.”

And when they are, I’ll be grinnin’ like a ‘possum, knowing that I had them pegged correctly back when these great young musicians first hit the dusty trail.  If they play a venue near you, do yourself a bigass favor … take the night off and treat yourself to real rock & roll.  And tell Ben that Brian sent you.

About Roadrunner Records

Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels.  Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists.  The label has experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, near-platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth.  Roadrunner’s current roster also includes Lenny Kravitz (via a partnership with Atlantic Records), plus such diverse acts such as up and comers Young The Giant, The Parlor Mob, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne.  Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Steve Miller Band and KISS (Europe and select territories).  Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit:


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Dragonforce Reveal New Singer

By Amy Sciarretto

Dragonforce with new lead singer, Marc Hudson.

UK based metal heroes DRAGONFORCE have announced that their long search for a new vocalist is finally over. After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, the shredmasters supreme welcome 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the band in March of last year.

“I’m really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family,” said Hudson. “It’s always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I’m going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!”

Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.

Said founding member and guitarist Herman Li: “After almost a year of searching around the globe, it’s great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc’s expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love.”

The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. The follow up to 2008’s hugely successful Ultra Beatdown album will be highly anticipated, with top 10 and top 20 chart positions all over the world and a Grammy Nomination in the United States setting the precedent. With Hudson brought into the fold, the band is enjoying an injection of enthusiasm and hunger that sees Dragonforce prepared to return more focused and determined than ever before.

“Everyone in the band is extremely excited about how the new material is shaping up.” Continued Li. “We haven’t felt this kind of energy in the band for a long time. We can’t wait to unleash the next DragonForce album later this year.”

The new album is expected to hit the shelves in September, with a full world tour to follow.

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M.B. Locals Rule! Benefits Raise $6K For Ryan Howell

By Brian M. Howle

Local hero, Ryan Howell.

There are several very good reasons why I love music so very, very much.  Some of them are obvious and fairly universal. And then, some of them are just … special.

And the local community never ceases to fail me when it comes to being my favorite special reason.

A three-phase punch consisting of a Zumbathon in Little River, a Poker Run and a benefit concert at House Of Blues in North Myrtle Beach combined to raise over $6,000 for the family of 6-year-old Ryan Howell in assisting them to pay for medical treatments not covered by insurance.

Minutes after being born, Ryan suffered a serious stroke. This is called an “infarction” in newborns. It causes Ryan to suffer symptoms much like someone with severe cerebral palsy. He is confined to a wheelchair; very challenged in normal daily activities, has never known a childhood, and is helpless as a newborn.

Ryan is undergoing treatment called “Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber” or “HBOT” for short.  This chamber was originally set up for people who surface too quickly after diving in the ocean.  It forces pure oxygen to the brain which can repair damaged areas of the brain. This procedure is also used to help those with spinal cord injuries after serious accidents.  The HBOT procedure for a child this age is a two step phase, with each phase taking 30 days to complete.  The child and mother have to go into this chamber forty times during each phase, and each session could last 30 minutes to an hour.

Ryan’s father, Wesley Howell works for Time Warner Cable during the day and the House of Blues in the evening.  His wife stays at home to care for Ryan.

The proceeds from these most recent benefits will pay for Ryan’s second HBOT treatment.

Although official thanks went out from the staff at HOB and the family, I want to add my personal thanks to all of you amazing folks around this little chunk of Shangri la, for once again stepping up and adding significantly to the term, “Southern Hospitality.”

Donations may be sent to:
The Ryan Howell Project, c/o Carolina First Bank – Crescent Branch, 1801 Highway 17 South, N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. Phone 843-272-7344.


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