May 042014

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Excessive Hater 101 – where you too can learn the valuable Anti-Eddy art of: harassing and threatening people online from the safety of your home, maliciously giving people false information to get them to hate someone that you hate and reacting like a “mental” jackass about something someone wrote when your name/band name was never even mentioned (not even once) in the article. It’s okay, though. I’ve had haters before, and I’ll probably have a lot more before it’s over. Just be sure to check out my “Truth Proposal” at the end of my rant below.

Drama, drama, drama. I love our music scene, and put forth much effort and time into making it grow back to what it once was. But lately it seems like this scene has gotten ridiculous as hell, with haters and mindless quasi-sheep/human hybrid followers of haters. Social media wars. Grudges. Internet battles! Strategic and brutal Facebook posting! Let’s get ready to rumbbbbbbllllllllleee!

Why do people hate so much now? How did our scene come to this? I’m not talking about one individual either; lately I’ve seen much hate on Facebook with nothing to do with me. Longtime friends (in cover bands) publicly destroying each other. It saddens me that there is so much negativity, non unity, and petty quarrels in our once great music scene.

There is one incident that I do want to address.

I just endured a whole day of watching mindless sheep-people follow and listen and react to some guy who “assumes” I was writing about him in my column. This schizo got all bent out of shape because he thinks I was talking about him and his bad vocals, so he proceeded to go on a tirade against me on Facebook. Insults, threats, false accusations. Some really rude comments. For all my friends and family to see. It’s true that I don’t care for his vocals and have said so several years back. But, who gives a shit what I like? Everyone has their own tastes. I’m a frikkin’ critic! Get over it.

Seriously, there are many Louisville vocalists who sing in an non-melodic, growly fashion who fit that description, so for dawg to assume he is the top topic and special, is a bit, um, nutty and arrogant. The funniest part of this whole ridiculous argument is that “never once” was anyone’s band name or even an individual’s name mentioned, nor have I talked to even one person about who it is. Isn’t that a bit crazy to publicly lash out at someone in this fashion, because you simply “assume” it is you they are talking about?

So, yeah, I deal with this hater nonsense about once or twice a year at least. When your name is out there like mine is, haters are gonna hate no matter what you do. I do find it terribly amusing that these incredibly brave souls who don’t even really know me, only seem to have Internet courage.

I will now tell you, my loyal readers, why I maybe have gotten a little carried away with my comments about some of Louisville’s bands in the past and then maybe you will see why I write some of this stuff. This has been bubbling up for years. People who truly know me know that when I write something like that, you can bet your ass there is a very valid reason, and I will share it with you. And no, I am not apologizing! I stand by my words 100%.

Imagine if, as a music writer/promoter, you extended a hand of friendship to someone or a group for years and years, went out of your way to list their bands shows, reviewed their music with mostly positive remarks, featured many of them in LMN, and – last but not least – respected the level of musicianship in their bands and really looked forward to booking/playing shows with such rockin’ bands … only to be dissed completely in every way, for absolutely no reason at all.

Had I done something to incur this treatment I would understand, but I haven’t done a thing to deserve this from these holier-than-thou people, besides try to help as much as I can.

I can see where this would anger some bands.

It’s true that I do not hide it if I don’t like certain aspects of a band’s music or a band’s attitudes. The guitar tones, bad vocals, a shitty sounding bass rig, doody drums, horrible attitudes, greed, arrogance. All they do is take. They tend to always forget the people who helped them get to where they are. So I tell the truth. Such is the job of a critic. You will always manage to piss someone off, regardless.

Let’s get something straight. I’m not here to sugar-coat a goddamn thing. I’ve been a Louisville music newspaper critic since 2001 or longer and I’ve been actively playing music in this scene since 1994 or 1995. Countless shows. I have been proven right every time I’ve gotten into it with situations like this. I have morals and pride in being honest. I have earned the right to voice my opinion and I will continue to do so, despite how butt-hurt you might get if you don’t like what you read. I usually do so in a respectful way though. As respectful as can be when you are saying something isn’t so good.

But- I can only be pushed so far before I push back.

I’m not the instigator here, I am the kid who fights back after being disrespected one too many times. The kid who knocks the bully on his ass.

Some of these bands have been extremely petty, purposely avoiding all of my events/shows/show offers like I was a leper, even after I had helped them many times in the past. Pretty much blackballing anything to do with me or my bands. It’s some petty ass douchy BS. My band members are damn good guys/musicians and don’t deserve to be blackballed just because a few people personally don’t like me. It’s not fair to them.

Heck, I couldn’t even get some of these bands to put aside their petty hatreds for 45 minutes to play a benefit for poor kids for the Kosair kids for Christmas. No bullshit.

For the record, I tried to work things out/make peace by inviting said bands, but to no avail. . .

So I ask you, good people. How would you react to being purposely dissed and maliciously blackballed for years by those you have gone out of your way to help/work with and tried to be friends with over and over?? Would you keep taking the bullshit treatment, or would you let them have it?

Well, I’ve reached my boiling point on many of these bands/people/attitudes. I’m done trying. Some people you just can’t reach.

SO TO YOU, the guy who assumes: I have nothing against you. In fact I think you are a frikkin’ great guitarist and highly respect your playing ability and achievements. I have always said your playing is badass. And your band’s musicians are awesome as well. No complaints there at all.

But mister, your unwarranted accusations/public comments are despicable. To lash out that way over “assumptions,” on a public forum where my friends and family can see is pretty low/shitty. You have accused me falsely of ripping off bands and keeping all/living off the money the bands make at my showcases, when everybody and their mother hears the vast amount of radio spots we buy for the shows each month. You have insulted me, saying my ‘fro is fake. You have molested my dog whilst I was out running errands. Just kidding on that last one!

Well, I’m fully prepared to expose your tirade of accusations as lies, so I propose we make a little wager to see who is truthful and who is the dishonest one here.

I hereby bet my $6000 handmade Bernie Rico USA flying V against your vehicle’s pink slip – against your accusations.

I say let the people know the truth. Trust me dude, I don’t want any more drama, nor did I even want to post this, but I cannot let someone maliciously slander my fourteen-year showcase that has given hundreds of bands the opportunity to share their music. I want everyone to know the truth.

We can get a neutral team to visit Clear Channel Radio’s accounting department, and Phoenix Hill Tavern’s manager/owner to see if I keep all the money from my showcases. The PHT checks, and checks from the show sponsors are made out to Clear Channel Radio. It’s an easy and somewhat fast way to verify everything. If it’s proved I keep all the money, and live off of the band’s earnings, as you have accused me, then you have a new $6000 guitar! If you are proved a spiteful liar, then I get your car and you are branded “A Liar. ” Deal? It seems to me that someone who is willing to go ten miles out of his way to convince anyone who will listen, that I’m a ripoff/con man, would be more than willing to prove it.

Here is your golden opportunity to show the whole city how much of a rip-off I really am, if you can.

Hell, I’ll even subject myself to a visit to a hair salon to validate the existence of my rightful heir, er … hair.

So either “put your money where your mouth is” or shut that lying hole under your nose. “

Those who want to check for themselves to be sure, can contact Dwight Witten, Kathy Persinger, or Charlie Steel at Clear Channel Radio. Ask them how much Eddy Metal spends a month on advertising the bands. Hell, feel free to ask them any questions regarding my ongoing PHT account. I’ve nothing to hide. Call 479-2222.

I shall be vindicated when even your most loyal nut-huggers will have to admit they follow a liar.

Chances are, they won’t care if you’re proven a liar. But that’s okay by me. For I have no use for dumbasses who follow liars like mindless sheep without first finding out the facts. I’ve got bigger fish to fry, my own shows to play, and a whole slew of down-to-earth, humble and good people who know that a man who donates so much of his time/effort (without financial compensation!) into the original music scene, getting bands exposure, booking bands, helping benefits, featuring bands in LMN, being a board member of MERF (a foundation to help musicians in need when bad things happen), and for also raising over $50,000 in toys (with the help of Louisville’s unselfish rock bands! Thanks, guys! Rock For Kosair baby!!) to poor children at Kosair Charities for Christmas every year – can’t be too bad.

So the next time you go off slandering someone, you might want to look at the facts before exploding. Just sayin.


P. S, thanks for the extra website hits!!

Feb 052014

I noticed on Facebook the other day that other people and myself are getting tired of musical trends and the unsigned bands who strive to stay on top of all of them. It’s one thing that has vexed me from the start when trying to make my own music. When Korn came out everyone flocked to buy a 7 string, and suddenly there were 500 Korn knockoffs. Everyone tried to play grunge, too. Hip hop rock had been overdone, too, in my opinion. It just doesn’t sound very fresh anymore. All the “Yeh yehhhh’s” and the whiney rap vocals don’t do a thing for me. The brutal extreme metal has lost it’s allure as well, now that every heavy band sounds like the cookie monster, pretty much. Where has the actual singing gone in metal? Forget what’s popular, what’s in, and what people are listening to. Take the time to write music from your heart, no matter how weird or different you think it is. Who gives a crap what anyone thinks! I actually have a song called “Putt Putt and Anal,” which is a groovy lil’ tune about golf and slippin’ one up your ole lady’s tater! I’ve written some questionable music in my time, I know this. But I’ve written some awesome riffs, too, some music I’m quite proud of. Some of the best music, to me, is the very different, ground-breaking stuff. So when writing, be bizarre, don’t limit yourself or tell yourself what’s got to happen writing-wise. Let that sh*t go, and just go with the flow and see what happens. You could be pleasantly surprised. And for god’s sake, quit worrying about your band’s image and how cool you look. Concentrate on the most important thing, the music, dillweed!

I noticed on Facebook the other day that other people and myself are getting tired of musical trends and the unsigned bands who strive to stay on top of all of them. It’s one thing that has vexed me from the start when trying to make my own music. When Korn came out everyone flocked to buy a 7 string, and suddenly there were 500 Korn knockoffs. Everyone tried to play grunge, too. Hip hop rock had been overdone, too, in my opinion. It just doesn’t sound very fresh anymore. All the “Yeh yehhhh’s” and the whiney rap vocals don’t do a thing for me. The brutal extreme metal has lost it’s allure as well, now that every heavy band sounds like the cookie monster, pretty much. Where has the actual singing gone in metal? Forget what’s popular, what’s in, and what people are listening to. Take the time to write music from your heart, no matter how weird or different you think it is. Who gives a crap what anyone thinks! I actually have a song called “Putt Putt and Anal,” which is a groovy lil’ tune about golf and slippin’ one up your ole lady’s tater! I’ve written some questionable music in my time, I know this. But I’ve written some awesome riffs, too, some music I’m quite proud of. Some of the best music, to me, is the very different, ground-breaking stuff. So when writing, be bizarre, don’t limit yourself or tell yourself what’s got to happen writing-wise. Let that sh*t go, and just go with the flow and see what happens. You could be pleasantly surprised. And for god’s sake, quit worrying about your band’s image and how cool you look. Concentrate on the most important thing, the music, dillweed!

Feb 022014

Howdy ye metal loving folks! OMG, this weather is hideous. It’s been so cold that water pipes burst during band practice (which caused chaos), and my nuts (Planters extra salty. Ha!) froze to my frikkin’ car seat. Not fun at all. And just think, an ex wanted me to move with her to Iowa. Ha ha! That’s a good one. No thanks, Pocahontas, I’m as far north as I care to be. It’s bad enough right here in Louisville with that cold-arse river. Things are always slow this time of year musically in tha Ville. And while it’s not so bad taking a break and hybernating like a big ole grizzly bear, one does tend to get bored a bit. One cool thing to occupy my time is that I am now an official board member of MERF, the Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation, formerly the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund. It is an organization that has been around since the Eighties, when friends of Marvin Maxwell founded it with money left over from benefits for Maxwell, who had torn up his ankle in a car wreck. The goal is to help musicians in a bind. Say a member of a band gets his hand mangled in a cheese grating accident? The MERF board has a meeting and decides if this person meets the criteria for assistance – a working Louisville (or from Louisville) musician, which includes the seven counties of the metropolitan area. If it is a valid case of someone needing help, and everyone votes to help, then MERF comes to the rescue. Is that not a great organization? It’s a wonderful idea, no doubt.

I don’t know why they asked me to a meeting, but I’m thinking my popular Rock For Kosair Benefit might have gotten me on the board. After all, $50,000 worth of toys donated to Kosair isn’t anything to laugh at.

Alas, everything has at least one negative aspect. I have to be 100% honest with you peeps, which is the way I roll (even though it pisses some people off). I kinda always thought MERF was a members-only organization for those who play top 40 covers, or only those who know or are in good with the MERF board/founders. I had heard numerous times that MERF didn’t really have anything to do with the true Louisvillerock/metal scene. There was even a long standing joke that I had heard “you had to know the Maxwells or someone in that group to get any assistance from MERF.” So, as you can imagine, us edgy high-gain hardcore rockers felt a bit left out.

Discarded. Rejected. Heck, bad stuff happens to us too. Probably more so!

But when I was invited to a meeting, I saw a ray of sunshine through a very cloudy winter day! If accepted, I would do my best to include the real Louisville original rock and metal scene the best I could. It turned out that they really just didn’t have a reputable representative of the underground rock/metal scene in the board/organization. The board was a group of super-cool people who only want to help folks. They do everything for free, and donate quite a bit of their time to do so. It was a delightful and very friendly meeting, and I’m so glad I went! Funny peeps, too.

So after the meeting, I was voted in. I really like to be able to help people, and now I’ll have quite a few more chances with MERF. I promise to try to get us rockers an equal amount of help out of this MERF money we raise. And you don’t have to be in a cover band playing “Bulls On Parade” every night! We will go over any application, and although we cannot promise anything, we will certainly do our best to review the case and see what can be done to help. In this doody economy, every little bit helps.

Another great thing about this is that MERF will be more than likely be having a Toy Tiger Nineties Hardcore Reunion late this summer (see info below).

Jan 012014
Eddie Metal

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m as happy as can be these days, because I just finished the best recording I’ve ever done, and everyone knows how important it is for a musician to record their own music. Turned out all my worrying about using click tracks was for nothing. Oh, well. I can’t help but to be a worrywart. All is good, though. Be sure to read about Year Of The Gun’s new CD and our experience working with one of Louisville’s best sound engineers, Jordan Haynes, below.

Another year passes. I hope 2014 holds more and better national shows. I’m usually a concert-going fool, but 2013 didn’t have much to offer in national shows that I really cared for, so I didn’t attend as many as usual. It is a time of new beginnings and hope. Speaking of hope, I am very proud to announce that you people really came through for Rock For Kosair when we came up a bit short of earning cash this year to buy toys for the kids at Kosair Charities. To be honest, I was worried we wouldn’t have enough toys to give out and take care of all the poor kids at the annual Kosair Christmas Party. Yeah, attendance was a bit short this year compared to past years (you can’t break a record every year, I reckon), but thanks to all of you wonderful people donating at the last minute to this great cause, we were able to pull through and take what we usually take to Kosair (actually a bit more than average.) We did some serious shopping at Toys ‘R’ Us. All in all, with us going to buy toys on the one day when they were having a killer sale, having several gift certificate donations in hand, and with a tax exempt form from Kosair (no taxes to pay), and the awesome discount the store gave us, we ended up doing very, very well at buying toys for the kids at Kosair! The manager said we walked out of Toys ‘R’ Us with over $6000 worth of toys (almost a record!), even though we only had about $4600 in cash to spend. Toys ‘R’ Us was really great to us and I want to thank them for having a heart and hooking us up. We shopped wisely and it paid off. The Kosair Ladies were very pleased when they saw the mountain of toys we gave them. I want to thank some people for the last-minute gift card donations, so many thanks to B-Mart owner Rick Borowick (who donated $155 when we went a little over our alloted money), “Fender” Vize, Donna Wisdom, Lisa Grillo, Liz and Joe Johnson, Todd Smith of the band Peace Pipe, Wendy Shwartz, Elizabeth North and musician Bryan Fox. And thanks to a great guy named Cliff Davis for renting/supplying a U-haul truck to transport the toys to Kosair. Your kindness will not go unnoticed. Sorry if I missed anyone. Words cannot express how happy I was to see everybody step up and do something like this in a time of worrying and stress about not having the usual load of toys to take to Kosair. It was super cool of you. Thank you.

What should we wish for in 2014? Heck, I never thought I would be this old, but now that I am here, and still kickin’ and putting out decent music and news for you peeps to read, I would like to see a few things happen in 2014.

For one, I would like to see more people get out and go support local musicians, whether it be originals or cover bands. The crappy economy has really hurt Louisville rockers and we need your support. I know times are rough, people get older and have kids and nagging spouses screaming in your ear, but please try to attend some of these shows. My long-time original music PHT showcase used to be packed every month for years, and now its hard to get fifty people in there. All venues are suffering, and the bands and people who work these venues are the ones who really suffer. We put everything into our music and it really blows to see only a handful of patrons out there in the crowd.

Secondly, bands. When you play a show, try to show a little support to the other bands on the bill. Stick around, chat with them a bit, show a little support to other artists in the scene. I do not like how this city’s music scene has become a huge competition between bands, taking the crowd away purposely, or leaving immediately after they play. There is not enough comradery and support shown for each other in my opinion. I would love to see that change for the better.

And lastly, Cliques can suck my ****. I’m getting awfully tired of the same bands playing with their buddies all the time, at almost every show. Mix that chit up a little, for god’s sake. It’s almost as if some of these bands have a love affair with one another. Is it possible that you can seperate from each other for one friggin’ show? A lot of the big shows feature the same fargin bands over and over, so, to some of you more popular bands out there, how about you give some of the other Louisville bands a shot at showing what they can do? Instead of forever proclaiming love for the handful of bands you will only play with. This holier-than-thou attitude is seriously getting kind of old, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. Louisville has a rich and plentiful music scene and I’m sure a lot of bands would welcome the opportunity to play some of these higher profile shows. I think that there are a lot of rockin’ Louisville bands deserve a shot at showing what they can do, but the way things are going, they won’t get that chance until you bigger bands pull your tongues out of each other’s tater.

I love you guys, but sometimes the truth needs to be told. It’s time for some changes, so for the sake of the Louisville rock scene, quit being selfish and stuckup, and please try to make these things happen in 2014.


Dec 032013

Yeah, we had some great people pulling for the Kosair For Kids cause, but we also had some great disappointments that night as well. Starting off, people simply did not do what they were supposed to do. Several RFK collections girls never showed up when they promised they would be there for sure. And long before the show I stressed to them over and over how important their part in this was, that we count on this extra money that they make. On top of that, some of the girls who did actually show up to collect, apparently did not give a crap about raising money for toys for kids for Christmas. Partying, drinking, socializing and chatting with their boyfriends were much too important than to worry about poor kids having a Christmas. So that was a big blow to the fundage. so thanks a lot! You cost the kids hundreds of dollars in toys. To the RFK Collections girls who did do their best, thank you for being the only ones who actually cared enough to try.

And there was a band who was inconsiderate beyond belief. The worst in RFK history! The band was an acoustic collaboration with two of the city’s popular vocalists. They were to play last in the Tap Room. One of the singers, Jack, was very sick with a 101 degree temperature, so that is understandable that he did not show up. But the other half of the acoustic act, has shown his true colors once again. He was supposed to play from 1am to 2:30 a.m. in The Tap Room. Well, I saw Mr Unreliable at 1:30 in the smoking section partying it up and talking to women. I was like, what the hell!! He knew his time to play, he knew this was for the kids, he knew we had a schedule to keep. But just like everything else in this guys life, nothing mattered but HIMSELF. I’ve known the guy for a long time and was in a band with him for a few years. Over the years I’ve seen him literally destroy band after band he has been in because of his unreliable and inconsiderate actions. It does not matter how many people’s lives and dreams he ruins, it doesn’t matter how much time and money people have in their music/dreams, as long as he can do what he wants, when he wants, as long as he wants. This guy has no consideration for anybody. Not showing up for practice, or even calling to let people know he is not coming, being all messed up on alcohol and other stuff. I can honestly say this guy is the most unreliable musician in Louisville music history. I thought maybe he would have his stuff together since he has a kid or two himself now, but I was wrong. His response to partying when he was supposed to be playing/raising money for Kids at Kosair was “Uhhhh, I didn’t think it was a big deal. ” He finally went up, (almost an hour late!) and jammed like 20 minutes before being kicked off stage for being too messed up to perform. The thing is, I actually care for the guy, and once thought of him as a little brother. But that day is gone for good. You can only screw over people so many times. In the immortal words of Russell Crowe in the movie Gladiator “What you do in this life echoes throughout eternity. “In dude’s case, I imagine that which will echo throughout eternity will be one long stink trail of caca. It’s truly sad that such a talent is wasted.

RFK Results after expenses and radio ads bought, and total donations are as of now roughly about $4150 I’m guessing. I’m still collecting last minute donations to make up for coming up short this year and will be collecting until December 8, so please, if you can, send in a Toys R Us gift card or cash to 4006 South 5th street, Louisville, Kentucky 40214. Of course, after the Toys R Us crew gives us their discount, we will probably have about $4600 in toys overall, which isn’t bad!!!

Nov 032013
Eddy Metal

Holy cow, it seems like everyone is sick or getting sick these days. Cold weather can suck the big one. I, myself, missed all the Halloween festivities because I had a nasty cold and another illness that had me worried to death. I yawned one day and I felt something like a charlie horse in my jaw that hurt like hell. Ten minutes later my face was numb and I was left paralyzed on the left side of my face! This same thing (a pinched nerve) happened 20 years ago and it went away after two months of discomfort and worrying. Amazingly this time it went away after only a week and a half, because I took a bunch of vitamins and shocked the crap out of my face with an electrode unit. Trust me, it’s no fun to not be able to talk right/eat right. Especially when I have a few big shows coming up with my bands and the Rock For Kosair Benefit so close now.

So needless to say I haven’t been out much lately. I would have loved to have gone to PHT’s Halloween Bash, and MF5, and I probably would have reviewed Danzig. too, but I was a bit self-conscious about my face to go out gallivanting about town. I am feeling a lot better now and am ready to give my all to playing and supporting our local music scene once again.

We have a bunch of cool shows to attend coming up, from Rock For Kosair IX to Fates Warning, Overkill, Kreator, Iron Bells CD Release, Trivium, Devildriver, Revenants CD Release, Halestorm, Flaw and Incursion at Gobblestock, and the return of Primer 55.

One show I am looking forward to seeing is Steel Panther at Bogart’s in December. I have been wanting to see those guys for some time now, but they never come to Kentucky, so I’m going to drive up to Cincinnati to see their legendary show. Steel Panther is one of the top cover bands in the nation, if you haven’t heard of them before! They wear cheesy Eighties clothes, like tiger print Spandex, they wear wigs, are raunchy to the extreme and are very funny. If you haven’t heard of them before and you like Eighties music, then this is a must-see. Look up Steel Panther “Community Property” uncut on youtube and you will see what I mean.

I’m so busy this month, it’s retarded. I have major stuff to catch up with! I have my Rock for Kosair Benefit to attend to, and I’m preparing to go into the studio to record some songs with Jordan Haynes at Earlygrayce Studio, so I’m pretty much slammed, but never too much to hear you lovely people out. If you have any great story ideas or have some great band news or CDs you want covered, then get in touch with me and I’ll see what I can do for you. I’ve been doing this stuff for a long time and I want you to know that I am here for you, the Louisville music scene, until the end.

Contact me at eddymetal1@aol. com

Oct 012013
Eddy Metal

How’s it going, peeps? Going good here, I reckon, but man, it’s weird getting old. When one gets to be my age (43), you have to appreciate every day you have on this planet. Take nothing for granted. Eject negative idiots from your life and love your family like no tomorrow. I honestly never thought I would live to be this old. I recently lost a family member that was a great person. Funny, sweet and always with a smile on his face. Death really makes you think about your life. I haven’t seen much death in my life, so it hit me pretty hard. I’m going to try to be a better, more positive, human being.

Everyone gets old, though. I found a long hair growing out of my ear the other day! I used to have hawk-man vision, but now I need reading glasses to look at stuff close up. And taking a fargin whizz has become a challenge (kidney stones). What the hell is up with that doo doo? I guess I should be happy at least that I still have my hair, teeth and my peter works triumphantly.

Oh, well, I can say I have lived a very interesting and pleasurable life while I was here. Not many people can say they have seen and done the things that I have, however odd.

The scene is doing fine these days, and it seems that a lot of bands that disbanded a while back have worked things out and have gotten back together. Centerfold, Trust Divided, Deliver Us From Evil, and I even heard a rumor that Nova Red might be getting back together, too. Bands. Never let any one individual get you down or destroy your bands/music/what makes you happy. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have had people try to destroy what I do. I’ve had an evil woman trying to break up my bands for years, and I finally had to take her to court recently to stop the constant harassment. Haters will always hate! There is no way to avoid it. I recently got into it with some nutcase online over me posting online that Obama is the worst president ever. I wasn’t even serious (as if I know what some president in 1809’s policies were!) I was just ranting like I do sometimes. But because I voiced my political opinion (and many others’ opinion, lol) this person is trying to get bands/people to not play my kids benefit? And if they DO play my kids benefit, then this person said he will “not” like them anymore! OMG, the horror of such a thought. I’m dead serious here people! I’m still trying to figure out how insulting Obama has anything at all to do with a kids benefit. We have some very talented and good people in our scene, but we also have some crazies and negative haters running loose as well.

Oh well, welcome to the Louisville music scene.

Let’s now focus on the good we do as a rock scene.

Okay peeps, we have two benefit concerts coming up that you should definitely support. These two Louisville benefit concerts have gathered much attention these last several years, as a great cause and as a great party and awesome regional original music showcase. They are The Rock For Kosair Benefit on Friday, November 15 at Phoenix Hill Tavern, which I started in 2005 to benefit poor families in Louisville for Christmas and also the MF5 (The Jeremy Noe Memorial) Benefit for Cancer Research (also known as Metal Fest) at the Bullit County Fairgrounds, started by Allen Ashbaugh, on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26. Each of these shows will have tons of awesome bands performing at the event. These shows have gained much popularity in the region and are a great way to do some good for your community and to get word out about our regional original musicians. There has been some excellent musicians playing at these concerts over the years. If there were two benefits out of the whole year you had to attend, these two would be the ones to go to. Interesting people, prizes, friends, and causes that are hard to look away from. I’ve listed more detailed info below, so be sure you check out the bands and all the info regarding these shows coming up very soon. Think of the poor kids who might not be having a Christmas, and the people sick with cancer who are waiting for a cure, to be well once again. So have a heart and support these two causes.

Sep 292013

Louisville Music News will be “ONLINE ONLY” from now on: With newspapers all across the nation in financial trouble because of the internet, LMN has joined those that have stopped printing. In the past years we have reduced the newspaper to only a slight semblance of what it used to be when times were better, but fret not, we aren’t going anywhere. You can still find us online at and, so pass the word around that to get Louisville’s REAL music news, you’ve got to visit us online.

Sep 012013

Hello, all. I hope you good people had a great summer like I have. The weather has been very strange this summer though, first all that rain, and then 70 degree temperatures in mid August? What the heck? It’s usually the hottest time of the year here in Kentucky. The scene has been doing pretty well this summer, too. Lots of shows both nationals and local. Lots of good times. I’ve had a blast playing out my music and checking out other local bands showing off their original music. To me, original music is the life’s blood. Any rocker can get onstage and attempt to imitate top 40 radio music, but to create your own music and lyrics from absolutely nothing is, well- there is something to be said for it.

I recently saw Skid Row, Quiet Riot and last but not least one of the best metal bands of all time Black Sabbath. Talk about a recent blast from the past! A triple whammy if I ever saw one. Be sure to read my Black Sabbath and Quiet Riot reviews below! I wanted to go see Chavelle at the Fair, but I didn’t have enough money to do Black Sabbath and the Fair, so I chose Sabbath! Duh.

I did finally get to go to the Fair to see Black Stone Cherry and Theory Of A Deadman, though. (See review below).

I have a few new bands and CDs that I have reviewed for your pleasure. I hope you like it. I always like to hear brand-new music and bands that do their own thing, especially if they aren’t trendy or following certain styles. Too many bands have the same style/sound. It gets old after a while.

Fortunately you get a few bands that are doing their own thing, and doing it well.

Fall is quickly approaching and you know what that means: The 9 th Annual Rock For Kosair benefit concert. Helping poor people to be able to give their kids a decent Christmas since 2005. Can you believe we have raised at least $43,000 in toys, maybe even more! I know, because we went to buy them! You have no idea how much $43,000 in toys is. OMG.

This is the best/most unselfish thing I have ever done in my life, and I am very proud to say that this little event (that means the world to me) has helped the Kosair Charities annual Christmas toy drive a heck of a lot each year since we started. The people at Kosair are wonderful people. The bands that have made this annual toy drive successful have been great, for not thinking “How much money will we make,” but of giving at a time of year known for giving.

I’m going to need your help on this stuff, people. I cannot do this alone, nor do I want to even try it alone. I like working with good people to do some actual good for the community. This is a group effort and everybody must come together for one great cause. This year we will be having Rock For Kosair IX on Friday November 15th at Phoenix Hill Tavern. So far I have Whitener (former Days Of The New and Tantric guitarist Todd Whitener’s new project.), Signal The Revolution, Unleashed, Year Of The Gun and Some Kind Of Saint booked. I asked a few of the bigger Louisville bands to play, but they are too busy or too greedy to participate in a No-Profit Benefit to aid kids in need. I tell you, it is a big disappointment how some people act once they’ve had a few good shows under their belts. Everything is about money these days. Egos and greed. Even if I was in a signed band, I would have played (if not on tour) this important home town show to help the Kosair kids. Oh, well, what can you do?

Let us not focus on the A-holes, but focus instead on the bands who are donating a performance for this great night of Louevil rock bands to come together for one cause: to do some good!

Speaking of doing some good, don’t forget Allen Ashbaugh’s 5th annual cancer benefit concert named MF5, located at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25. It sounds like a brutal metal showcase by all the heavy bands on the bill. Should be a lively event. Check out the lineup in The Metal Grapevine!

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Jul 012013

Ahhhhh, summer in Kentucky (sighs). All the concerts, hangin’ with good friends, playing some sweet shows, canoeing, playing Frisbee with my dog roo, road trips, cruising in my Jeep Wrangler with the doors and top off, and of course – the scantily clad womenfolk of the region running around, letting it all hang out. You got a bunch of stuff to do this summer, that’s for sure! From Black Sabbath and Rockstar Mayhem Festival in Indy, to Iron Maiden/Megadeth in September, Children Of Bodom/Amon Amarth, Skid Row, CannabisStock in Eastern Kentucky, and lighter, more commercial rockers Candlebox and Trappt, it seems we won’t have a problem finding some decent live music to go out and see, rspecially the legendary Black Sabbath! Those guys are getting up there in years and you never know when things could end. Guitarist Tony Iommi hasn’t been in the best of health since he was diagnosed with cancer, so pay homage to one of the rock/metal greats and venture up to Indianapolis to see some living legends in action.

Louisville’s music scene things are decent, I guess, but there does seem to be a shortage of premier, top-notch bands as many of the former popular bands have broken up or are on hiatus.

With that being said, opportunities are much better now for newer bands or for bands who have not gotten their chance to shine yet! Be patient, the music scene is wide open right now.

However, there are a bunch of new bands to be heard that are comprised of music scene veterans in all-new bands with all-new material. Bands like Bearhammer, Hellfire Miltia, Nine, Old School Mining Co, and even Southern Kentucky’s Luther is making a much- welcome comeback. We old guys can rock, I’m telling you! We got the gear, riffs and experience to get the job done. Ask your girlfriend!

Just kidding. Sheesh, can’t a fella have a little fun? These days I am a happy bastage. Giddy almost.

I am a lucky guy. I get to play some cool shows this summer, I have a band of talented reliable individuals who have their sh*t together for the most part, I have a beast of a guitar rig and excellent guitars at my disposal, I get to see and review awesome bands and have my thoughts/opinion on the shows printed for all to see. I have found out that music is the one thing that does truly make me happy.

I know a lot of you musicians have been going through some bull with having unreliable shady people in your bands and that, in turn, messes up your plans for playing music. That is infuriating, I know.

But never give up because of a few bad apples. I did that once and wasted seven years of my youth being bitter and not playing music. I regret that decision. You only live once! So you should try and try again, never giving up. Believe in yourself and have the strength to move on to something fun and exciting. If playing music makes you happy like it does for me, then you should do it till you can’t do it anymore.

Heck, I never thought I ‘d play music again, but here I am, a 43 year old rocker, and I’m going to be opening for two nationals next month in two different bands. That’s pretty cool for an old fogie.

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