Nov 182013

Well, this year was a great party once again, but the truth is we fell a bit short in what I expected us to make moneywise to buy Toys. I figured we would do really good since we had tv exposure and all. But we are a little down from what we usually take. We had a good night no doubt, it was a blast. But it wasn’t quite as packed as usual. We have to pay for radio spots we ordered too. That and a few of the RFK collections girls really let me down by not showing up ( even after I stressed to them how important this is to not cancel ) and not even hardly trying to actually get any money for the kids. Sadly, partying and socializing was far too important to a few of these girls I trusted. There were a few who did try really hard though, and they made a decent little amount. But we still need about $1000 more to achieve our minimum goal to buy Toys for the Kosair Kids for Xmas. So if you can help, please donate a Toys R Us Gift Card or cash, or a check made out to Duane Eddy Burke. I swear upon my soul that every cent donated will go to the kids. Kosair is having a Xmas Party for the poor children and there will be 650 kids there!!! Us rockers did good, but I don’t know if what we did will cover 650 kids! I just want to make sure. So if you care about the kids, or werent able to make it out for whatever reason, this is your chance to do a truly good deed for the year. We won’t be going to get the toys for a few weeks so you a have a little time to get this to us!!! But not much time! So please hurry!

Please send Toys R Us Gift Cards, Cash or Checks made out to Duane Eddy Burke 4006 South 5th Street, Louisville KY. 40214. ( do not make out checks to Kosair or Rock For Kosair ) I want everybody to know these toys came from us rockers!!! Or you can drop New Toys off at my house at that same address!! Whatever works best for you.

Questions?? call me! Eddy 502-367-2080

Please Help If You Can…..

Next year I will have a Rock For Kosair Bank Fund set up!! I promise.

Nov 172013

Old-school, baby. Kreator, Overkill and Warbringer: you don’t want to miss seeing these metal titans when they come to Diamond Pub on Thursday, November 21. I’ve had the pleasure of opening for Overkill twice and I’ll never forget it. And a few years back, I drove to Chicago to review Kreator and Voivod and Kreator kicked so much butt. So if you are an old-school metal fan, buy a fargin ticket and support these badass bands, and Diamond Pub. A truly cool venue that we need to make sure stays open for good!

Tix are $25-$75.

Nov 112013
Guitar Giveaway!

Friday. November 15 at Phoenix Hill Tavern, it’s the 9th Annual Rock For Kosair Benefit. Featuring WHITENER, SIGNAL THE REVOLUTION, IRON BELLS, JEFFERSON TARC BUS (with new singer!), CENTERFOLD, UNLEASHED, THE BIG ROCK SHOW, THE JOSH GOODLETT BAND, YEAR OF THE GUN, THE SMOKIN GORILLAS, TALK OF SPRING, SOME KIND OF SAINT, BILLY JACK (Jack Brizendine & Billy Burton acoustic collaboration), SEEDUS & more. Only $10. Starts at 7:30pm!

Guitar Giveaway!

Guitar Giveaway!4 GUITAR GIVEAWAYS from generous Louisville businesses like J&J Old Louisville Music Shop, Music Go Round, Guitar Center & B-Mart, as well as several Tattoo giveaways from Tatu Jefferson Mall, Cryptic Ink Tattoos, Mystic Lounge Tattoo and Art Studio & Stay Gold Tattoo Studio. We have tons of Prizes!! But you have to get to the show early to be able to get a FREE (while they last) Drawing Ticket with paid admission. There will be only so many of these Drawing tickets, so the early bird will surely get the worm! Oh yeah, who is playing this year? Check out this year’s lineup! Three stages of live music! GIVEAWAYS are 12:35am in The Saloon~!!!
All to raise toys for kids through Kosair charities!!! Each year we take thousands and thousands of dollars worth of toys to Kosair Charities for them to give to needy families in financial crisis, so the kids can HAVE a xmas!!! No kid should be left out on Xmas, and us Louisville rockers will make sure we put a big dent in that number!!! But we need your support or we won’t succeed!!!

Guitar Giveaway!

SO FAR , we have contributed around $42000 in toys to Kosair charities!!! Is that awesome or what??? THAT IS ROUGHLY 112 SHOPPING CARTS OVERFLOWING WITH TOYS!!!


Nov 112013

Rock’s newest superstars, Danish rockers Volbeat have stormed the world and claimed major success in very little time. Their patented style of heavy metal, rock n’ roll and rockabilly have dazzled millions. What are the inspirations behind this juggernaut? The band claims Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash made them who they are, but one man in Louisville, Kentucky, thinks the band may have left out one important inspiration for pompadoured vocalist Michael Poulson. The Swedish Chef from The Muppets! My bassist was at band practice one day when he said the singer of Volbeat sounds exactly like The Swedish Chef on the Muppets. The more I thought about it, the more I realized he is right. Poulson should have listed The chef as a vocal inspiration. Great band, but they should give credit where it is due.

Nov 102013

Congrats to Cheyenne Powell, a very talented young man who recently won the Guitar Center Guitar Battle! Cheyenne went against many great guitarists but came out on top to take the victory. Cheyenne plays guitar for Overload, a rockin’ metal band from here in Louisville. Those guys play out a lot, so if you get a chance to see them, you should go check out Cheyenne’s skills. This guy is retarded good! Another guitarist who makes guys (like myself) want to give up on guitar! I would like to say a few good words about Guitar Center. At first, I admit I was anti-Guitar Center,but after going in there, seeing the wide selection of gear, the low prices and deals they got, and the super cool people that work there, I have been turned. Guitar Center is badass! For this cool Guitar Battle! I’m sure you made Cheyenne’s year! Not only that, but they have contributed a brand-new guitar to my Rock For Kosair Benefit, for the giveaways! So how can anyone not like all I have mentioned? The truth is, that I was turned before they even agreed to help us with the Kosair Benefit, but that act of kindness made it all the more sweeter. Guitar Center has a new fan in me. So thank you for all you do, Guitar Center. And thank you for helping the benefit and Kosair Charities! It means a lot that you care!

Nov 102013

I’m sitting here listening to my first dose of Louevil’s Hellfire Militia and this stuff is brutal to the extreme. These guys are from very experienced metal bands in our city’s history, like My Own Victim, Snake Eyed Savior, Kallus, Caldera, Graveflower and Ky Deathwish. I’ve learned that any band guitarist Jeff Toy is in is gonna rock Dude is a riff machine with feet. It’s uncanny. He cranks out good riff after good riff in each band he is playing in. This newer band is killing it! Hellfire Militia is JD Hall on brutal screams and growls, Jeff Toy on mean, angry guitar, Todd Conn on the thunderous bass, and Jason Proctor on the dead animal skins. The song is called “Blacken The Sky.” The music is all-out heaviness with no compromise, but there is some nice groove going on with the music, so those of you who do not like some of the heavier death metal stuff could still like this music. It’s thrashy, old-school crunchy metal with a hardcore twist. It’s kinda hard to not like these riffs if you like metal music. These guys are some of my favorite metal players in Louisville. It doesn’t get much better than this, skillwise. Although the extremely brutal vocals personally don’t do it for me (I’m a wuss, I reckon, I like both singing and screaming in my metal. I’m a King Diamond fan, for god’s sake!), I’m sure metal fans will love what JD does with the crazy vocals. I do dig the music big-time though. The quality of this recording is awesome, too. I commend Lot 49 Studios for the quality of this recording. I might have to look into recording with my band Krosjoint there, if prices are decent. I’m planning on doing some shows with these guys real soon, so I’ll let you know something when it’s confirmed, which shouldn’t be long.

Check out this video from back in May:

Nov 092013

I recently got to see a hardcore/grindcore or deathcore band (some kind of metalcore) that I hadn’t seen before and, boy, was I impressed. The band is Louisville’s Littledidweknow, and do these five guys play some wild and crazy music. I am a metalhead through and through, but this is some modern molten metal if I’ve ever heard some! The music is very technical and brutal. Blistering, really. The band is like “Star Trek,” they boldly go where no one has gone. The guitar skills of Mike Kruse and Brent Allen are all over the place. It’s some very technical stuff that I wouldn’t even want to try to learn, because it would be a bitch to do so! Low, down-tuned crisp riffage with tons of crunch make this enjoyable to watch. Those guys make the guitars their bitch. Bassist Evan Fowler was off the hook and has some excellent chops and bass tone going on. It’s easy to see the guy is a pro. The drumming was sick as well. The vocals of Kelly “Sully” Sullivan are perfect if you are into the whole grindcore brutal vocals thing. The guy can scream like a banshee on her period. This band’s music changes a lot and you rarely hear the same riff twice; instead. it’s more of a roller coaster ride through hell and back all the while observing all the demons in their natural habitat. Littledidweknow is madness personified. And if you like bands like The Faceless, Between The Buried And Me, and other extreme metal bands, then you surely need to check our local guys Littledidweknow. This chit is el sicko! In a good way.

Watch “Magmarilloatia”:

Nov 092013

Central Kentucky’s Thunder Tribe is one wicked metal band, comprised of some seriously gifted musicians, which has just put out a new album. Thunder Tribe is Michael Duncan on vocals, Ronnie Duncan on guitar, Rick Seargent on guitar, Tom Dawson on bass and Chad Osbourne on drums. The band just recorded 11 tracks on the album, which was produced by Curran Murphy and recorded at Smiley Sound Studios in Akron, Ohio. I’m checking out the song “More Wicked Than Not” and it starts out eerie as heck; you can hear the oldschool influence immediately. As I have always said vocalist Michael Duncan is one of the best singers in our state. I’ve known this cat for going on almost 20 years (we’ve never had one cross word, either) and the guy sings better than ever, having really mastered his art over the years. Guitarists Ronnie Duncan and Rick Seargent are ridiculously good. Makes me sick how good they are. Makes me want to give up the guitar! Bassist Tom Dawson is a rock-solid bassist who is also playing with popular Louisville artist Olivia Henken. I don’t know much about drummer Chad Osbourne, but he rocks as well. This song is a bit slower than what I’m used to with Duncan’s playing, I think, but it still has that Pownd-ish feel to it. ‘War Chant” starts off with a classy bass riff with awesome tone. I can already tell I like this song better than the last one. Wow, these vocals are awesome! Michael has a voice that can get so high sometimes that it can make your balls crawl into your body, not wanting to emerge. I’ve seen the guy hit the high note in “Cemetery Gates” and go even higher than Phil Anselmo ever did! Needless to say, Michael is killing on this recording. This guitar solo is badass. This song has great melodies. I am really liking the quality of the recording, too. The use of effects on the vocals are perfect. Good stuff. I need to listen to this track again, because I think I’m hooked. This reminds me of Fates Warning or old Queensryche, long before they cheesed out and went mainstream. “Part Of The Black” was made into a video. This is a slower, more melodic song with absolutely killer guitar riffage! I’m blown away by these guitarists. Such feeling and emotion conveyed through their instruments. You don’t find that very often, especially in Louisville, where it seems to be all about how fast and technically you can play, with little feeling. Me? I’ll take feeling over technicality any day. Don’t get me wrong though, this stuff is not easy to play at all. But the feeling overcomes everything. Some might say this music is dated, but who gives a flying farg. Musically, 95% of Kentucky’s bands can’t hold a candle to the skills in this band. I know these guys couldn’t care less about creating music that’s accepted in today’s lame music industry, and that makes me respect them even more than I already do. It’s not about what is current and trendy these days, it’s about what is in your heart and releasing it through your music. That is what Thunder Tribe has done. This record is great and should do well overseas, where metal is still popular. If I was these guys, that’s where I would really push this product! Congrats are in order to Thunder Tribe for making such a good album, and for being a band who sticks to their roots!

Nov 082013

One of Louisville’s top original bands, Signal The Revolution, has just completed their new website and it is a doosy: www. You can check out the jams, buy merch, see pics; they got it going on. This band is so professional, it’s sickening! That is how you do it! And congrats to those guys for playing out of town so much these last six months or so. I’d give anything to be able to tour and get my music heard to tons of new people. I can barely arrange to get my bands to play sixty miles away! But Signal has been tearing it up, Knoxville, Indy, and especially up in Ohio. I’ve been getting on them about getting into a studio again to record their newer song, “Day Star.” I love that tune. You can see STR at my Rock For Kosair show at PHT on Friday November 15. Do not miss their set, because they don’t play here much these days! It will be one of your last chances to see them here until after Christmas.