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Friday, May 31, 2019

Blacktop Mojo announce 2019 Tour Dates

Badlands of Indiana (May 31, 2019) WHR — After spending the first 3 months of 2019 in the studio, Texas Based Rock Band Blacktop Mojo has announced a summer headlining tour in support of the debut single and video, “Can’t Sleep,” off of their highly anticipated, upcoming 3rd album, Under the Sun.

The video is scheduled to premiere on June 21, at which time the track will be available for download and streaming, with the album slated for a mid-September release.

The Can’t Sleep 2019 Tour launches July 13th in Kansas City, MO and runs through August 24th, finishing in Quapaw, OK.

Catch Blacktop Mojo Live on their 2019 Can't Sleep Tour w/Special Guests Lullwater

07/13 @ Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
07/14@ Apollo Theatre – Rockford, IL
07/16@ Spicolis – Waterloo, IA
07/18@ Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
07/19@ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
07/20@ Bike Rally – Sturgis, KY
07/21@ Exit/In – Nashville, TN
07/23 @ Winchester – Cleveland, OH
07/25@ Hard Times Four Mile Fork @ Fredericksburg, VA 
07/26 @ Muddy Creek Saloon – Heath, OH
07/27 @ Cotter Pin – La Crosse, WI
07/28@ Q and Z – Ringle, Wi
07/31@ Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
08/01@ Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
08/02@ Madam Caroll Boat – Monticello, IN
08/03@ Moefest – Monticello, IN
08/04@ Madison Live – Covington, KY
08/06@ Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA
08/07@ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
08/08@ Wally’s – Manchester,, NH
08/09@ Alchemy – Providence, RI
08/10@ TBA
08/11@ TBA
08/14@ Eclectic Room – Angola, IN
0815@ Illinois State Fair – Springfield, IL
08/16@ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
08/17@ ABATE Summerfest – Bristol, IN
08/18@ The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
08/20@ Sidetracks – Huntsville, AL
08/21@ TBA
08/22@ Commandry – Ft. Smith, AR
08/23@ City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
08/24@ Downstream Casino – Quapaw, OK


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Texas Hippie Coalition Release New Video

Badlands of Indiana (May 30, 2019) WHR — Texas Hippie Coalition has released a new music video today for their current single “Moonshine” exclusively via Revolver Magazine. Directed by veteran director Justin Reich, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the group from their latest LP High In The Saddle due out tomorrow.

“I’ve always wanted to make a Quentin Tarantino type video, flashing forward & back,” says frontman Big Dad Ritch. “Grainy and sexy like an old B movie. Grindhouse style. That’s the direction we took with the video.” As heard on SiriusXM’s Octane “Test Drive”, “Moonshine” was the third most added at the BDS Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart last week. “Moonshine” oozes everything THC stands for and smells like.

A true THC manifesto, if ever there was one: swampy grooves, Crüe type partying, and a Man in Black style saga. Big Dad Ritch adds, “Some men refer to their lady as the light of their life, their sweet sunshine. Me being a man of the darkness, a lord of the night, I do all my dirty deeds under the moonlight. I call my sweet thang, my MOONSHINE.”

Texas Hippie Coalition is out on the road right now on the aptly named “Haulin’ Moonshine Tour” with roughly two weeks to go. Tickets are on sale now.

THC will release High In The Saddle, tomorrow, May 31, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). High in the Saddle is a record full of unashamed, full-throttle ass kicking. It’s the band’s second pairing with producer Bob Marlette (Black Stone Cherry, Rob Zombie) and sixth album overall, on the heels of their #2 Billboard Heatseekers slab, Dark Side of Black. Pre-orders are available now.

Backyard barbeques, barroom brawls, tent revivals, and big rock festivals alike are suitable environments for the Red Dirt Metal of THC, a band with a sound so devilishly electrifying that they had to come up with a new genre to describe it.

BIG DAD RITCH captains this pirate ship of bikers, outlaws, troubadours, and hellraisers, welcoming all comers to the THC party with gregarious charisma and Southern charm. Across a half dozen albums, countless club gigs, and show-stealing performances at Rockstar Mayhem, THC has spread the good word of big riffs, big hooks, and wild times.

Ritch puts the band’s evolution in Old West terms. “In the beginning, you’re an outlaw looking for direction. You gotta get the best guys for the job behind you,” he explains. “Now we know how to rob banks, how to rob stagecoaches, and how to rob trains.”

“I’m just out to have fun, man,” Ritch says with genuine modesty. “I never look at this as something I have to do. It’s something I /get/ to do. I just thank the Lord above that He has given me this talent that has allowed me to garner these wonderful things in life.”

Texas Hippie Coalition continues to ride or die for truth-telling, unashamed, Red Dirt Metal badassery, winning over new acolytes every damn day. As Blabbermouth once asked: “How many more reasons do you need to try a little THC? Everybody’s doing it.”

SOURCE: Side Stage Magazine

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Call Me The Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Badlands of Indiana (May 28, 2019) WHR — The song "Call Me The Breeze" was written and originally recorded by the Oklahoma guitarist J.J. Cale. The song is about a guy who can go where the weather takes him, unburdened by the weight of the world. It was a fitting statement for Cale, who went out of his way to keep things simple and stay out of the spotlight (his photo didn't appear on his first seven albums). The concept of savoring simplicity and going where the wind takes you is also a theme of many Skynyrd songs.

"Call Me The Breeze" appeared on Cale's first solo album, a 1971 release called Naturally. He got his record deal after Eric Clapton recorded "After Midnight," a song Cale wrote and recorded with his band the Leathercoated Minds in 1966. Naturally did well, placing three songs in the Hot 100 and garnering Cale offers from bigger labels (he was signed to Shelter Records). Cale kept it low-key, however, and worked at his own pace.

When Lynyrd Skynyrd covered this song, it once again financed Cale's lifestyle, allowing him to release albums in a leisurely fashion and without concern for hit potential. Clapton remained a key supporter of Cale, later recording his songs "Cocaine" and "Travellin' Light." Cale died in 2013 at age 74.

The original J.J. Cale version of this song is stripped-down, with the vocals far lower in the mix. Skynyrd decided to cover the song when guitarist Gary Rossington came up with a riff that distinguished it from the original.

This was one of the few cover songs Skynyrd recorded, and the only one on the album a band member didn't write. They recorded another J.J. Cale song, "Same Old Blues," on their 1976 album Gimme Back My Bullets, and had plans to work with Cale that were derailed by the 1977 plane crash that killed three members of the band.

Despite being one of the most popular Lynyrd Skynyrd songs, this was not released as a single. Albums were a much bigger deal in 1974, so just two singles were issued from Second Helping: "Don't Ask Me No Questions" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

Since it never got overplayed when the album was out, "Call Me The Breeze" found a spot on most classic rock playlists for many years.