On this day in 1954, a young Elvis Presley appeared at the Hillbilly Hoedown, which was held at the Overton Park Band Shell in Memphis, Tennessee. Other notables on the same bill were Slim Whitman and Sonny Harvelle. When it came time for Elvis to perform, he was so nervous that he stood up on the balls of his feet. That stance coupled with him shaking his legs inside his baggy pants to the beat of the music got the crowd so excited they began yelling at him. This wild gyrating got…Continue
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:30am
Written by Dan King
Having been a CD reviewer for Prescription Bluegrass in the past, as well as having written for various other publications including my own, it came as no large surprise when I received a package in the mail from a music publishing company containing a few CD’s that were hoping for my attention.
When you are a published reviewer, all sorts of offerings come your way shouting for attention, and they can run the gamut from pretty darn good to just…Continue
Posted on March 4, 2014 at 1:30am
Everybody is raving about the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show.
I didn’t like it.
To me, Bruno Mars’ act was something that you could see in any lounge in Las Vegas, and the Chili Peppers were, and are, just ridiculous. Seriously, why do people think everything has to be amped to the max to be entertaining? You have twerking and jerking, tattoos and nudity, profanity, obligatory dancers, lasers, smoke machines, make-up, pretty faces, and glitter, but not a…Continue
Posted on February 2, 2014 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments
Though unrelated by blood, three men named King were arguably the most influential blues guitarists of the past sixty years. Such luminaries as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Carlos Santana all credit the Kings as being major influences on their playing styles.
Subtle differences distinguish each of the men's music, but each of them is/was a blues master in his own right.
As of this writing, BB King is still performing at age 88, however Freddie King died in…Continue
Posted on December 15, 2013 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment