These are photos from the March 22, 2013 show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The Wallflowers opened for Eric Clapton. The tickets said no cameras, but I managed a few from my point and shoot.
Bluegrass, Bows & Bold Guitars
Award-Winning Bluegrass Duo THE ROYS Join Andy Ross of Krossroad Guitars For A Special Facebook Giveaway
Nashville, TN (March 11, 2013) — Award-winning Bluegrass duo THE ROYS join Krossroad Guitars in offering fans a chance to win an autographed camouflaged guitar via a special Facebook contest sponsored by Andy Ross. The guitar’s designer, fellow musician, famed hunter, hunting bow designer and star of the Sportsman Channel’s TV show Maximum Archery, Ross is thrilled to offer the custom Krossroad guitar emblazoned with the ever-popular Realtree™camouflage and signed by Lee and Elaine. “It’s always exciting to work with super-talented people like THE ROYS,” notes Ross. “Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway!”
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, all “lucky leprechauns” can enter for a chance to win from now until April 17. To enter the contest, Bluegrass and hunting fans simply LIKE the following three Facebook pages and SHARE THE PIC using the hyperlinks provided below:
The winner will be selected at random and notified by a Facebook message at the close of the contest.
The EP is currently on the BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE Top 15 Chart and is one of SiriusXM BLUEGRASS JUNCTION’s most played albums. Last October, Lee and Elaine were named Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year (2012). They were previously honored with that award in 2011 and dubbed the organization’s Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.
Fans can keep up with the red-hot duo online at THE ROYS and can look for Lee and Elaine’s next CD this summer.
Ross, famous for producing some of the world’s best hunting bows and for his television show, is also a skilled pro in the creation of quality musical equipment. In the 1960s, his father Bud Ross founded Kustom Electronics, at one time the world’s largest music equipment manufacturer. Kustom Amplifiers, easily identified by their tuck-and-roll cabinet, made the company famous. Because of his father’s success, Andy grew up surrounded not only by the manufacturing process but also by legendary artists of the day. He developed a personal love for music that is matched only by his passion for hunting.
About Krossroad Guitars™
A Krossroad guitar is a quality “full-size” guitar that performs perfectly with a solo acoustic artist in a small town band or on the big stage. Made of only the finest materials including a solid spruce top, rosewood fretboard, mahogany sides and back and Fishman ® Electronics pickup, Krossroad delivers quality, sound and performance with an outdoor edge. Krossroad Guitars™ are only available factory direct from Krossroad and offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee. For more information on Krossroad Guitars™, please visit Krossroad Guitars.
[Artist of the Week is a new feature on CreativelyMusical.com. It’ll be where I share some of the artists I like and have an interest in. These articles will include a few facts and some personal thoughts about each artist, plus some of my favorite songs as well. I won’t promise you’ll hear the most famous recordings they’ve done, as I have come to love deep album cuts more than radio singles. Sources for each article will be at the bottom where available.]
Artist: Rickey Medlocke
Birth Date: February 17, 1950
Rickey Medlocke has been playing music nearly all of his life. While most famous for fronting Blackfoot and playing guitar in Lynyrd Skynyrd, he has been playing and performing since he was a child.
He got his start playing with his grandfather, Shorty Medlocke, learning such instruments as the banjo, guitar and drums. He also learned to play the mandolin and dobro, as well as the keyboards as he got older.
Rickey played with Blackfoot from its inception until rejoining Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the early seventies, playing drums on the Muscle Shoals sessions. He also wrote and sang a few songs on those sessions.
Music is a passion for Rickey; he practices or plays every day and has an energy on stage that performers a third his age can’t match. For me, personally, that energy is what has captivated me and just made me a fan from the first time I watched him live.
I will rarely say I am the biggest fan because a lot of the time I’m late to the party. I had known a Blackfoot song or two and a Lynyrd Skynyrd song or two. But in 2010, the first time I got to see Lynyrd Skynyrd live I was hooked. I had to have everything I could get my hands on. Now I had seen Lynyrd Skynyrd and Montgomery Gentry on CMT Crossroads, I remember taping it. I am a Montgomery Gentry fan. I knew of Blackfoot from Warrant covering “Train, Train.” That was about it until 2010.
In 2010, my boss opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The rest as they say is history. I was hooked on everything Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackfoot. I bought the “Lyve” DVD before I went to New Jersey to see Lynyrd Skynyrd live and I just fell in love with Rickey and the way he played. It is one of those things you can’t explain. He’ll often say that the pre-crash version of Lynyrd Skynyrd had this “magic” about them, well he does, too.
Through interviews, articles and stories I have learned a lot about Rickey, Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the whole scene that they emanated from. I still have much more to learn, but as time goes by I learn a lot about what drives people with longevity in this business. Rickey was once asked how to describe himself in three words. Those three words were “a real musician.” That is the definition of someone who would play no matter what, they live and breathe music and it is a big part of their soul.
I appreciate that, it is what has endeared me to the musicians that I admire. Many of those are guitar players – Marty Stuart, Keith Urban, Vince Gill – and they all have a passion for music that shows in everything they do. Rickey’s passion is evident, always front and center, he enjoys himself and that makes him fun to watch.
Rickey, of Native American heritage, is also working with First American Productions on a series of documentaries about reservations and Native heritage in America. The first episode of “Homeland Nation” was about the Mescalero Apache. Rickey narrated, interviewed guests and wrote and performed songs for the soundtrack. Additional episodes are in the works as well.
The music selections for Rickey’s Artist of the Week feature are selections from throughout his career with Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd and solo pieces as well. All of the following selections, except for “Guitar Slinger’s Song And Dance” can be found on Rhapsody and links are below (and iTunes).
1. “White Dove” – Lynyrd Skynyrd’s First -The Complete Muscle Shoals Album – Lynyrd Skynyrd
2. “Gimme Gimme Gimme” – Tomcattin’ – Blackfoot
3. “Every Man Should Know (Queenie)” – Tomcattin’ – Blackfoot
4. “Rattlesnake Rock ‘n’ Roller” – Marauder – Blackfoot
5. “Fly Away” – Marauder – Blackfoot
6. “Skynyrd Nation” – God and Guns – Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. “Guitar Slinger’s Song And Dance” – Medicine Man – Blackfoot
8. “Train, Train” – Strikes – Blackfoot
9. “Bandalero” – Homeland Nation Soundtrack – Rickey Medlocke and Mark Woerpel
10. “Native Colors” – Homeland Nation Soundtrack – Rickey Medlocke and Mark Woerpel
You can also check out the following YouTube videos:
1. Native American Music Awards 2008 (Rickey was inducted into the Hall of Fame) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGmgbgB8Axk – This video contains the song “Guitar Slinger’s Song And Dance.”
2. German interview from 2012 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBUZfdXYlfw
3. Homeland Nation promo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wESBgfVupXY
5. From Homeland Nation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jSDSSSaxqs
Various Interviews I’ve read over the last couple of years.
Photos are from my personal collection.