Friday, November 17, 2006

DBT WIR - 11/17

Not much DBT news this week except for a killer AHC! show coming up but we are looking forward to the beginning of 07 as more information on the long awaited solo albums from the DBT family will assuredly start flowing.

I'm heading back the Florence, Alabama for Thanksgiving with my brand new Canon XTi SLR digital camera. I'll be taking photos of a few DBT/Shoals song references I missed and hopefully I can sneak the Canon into the Alabama Theatre for the Thanksgiving show.

However, I am looking for suggestions from you folks. If there's any North West Alabama sites that you'd like to see that I haven't covered in the previous DBT pictures tours, drop me a comment in this post. I need a lot of practice with this camera and any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

Here's a recent sunset picture I took from my balcony:

On to the post:

Back to the future with DBT... for a damn good cause:

Adam's House Cat Show

Remember Adam's House Cat? That's the band Patterson and Cooley had way before DBT, and they had some incredible songs. Some of the most rockin' DBT songs were once AHC songs in fact - Buttholeville and Lookout Mountain to name a couple - but there were lots of other amazing tunes that rarely see the light of day anymore.

Cooley and Patterson have only gotten together to do AHC songs 2 or 3 times since AHC broke up, but they're gonna do it again for a great cause. Sabina Hartley-Burke is the 7-year-old daughter of some old friends. Sabina was recently diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her brain stem, and of course medical costs are an incredible burden on the family. Here in the DBT camp we're all too aware of the insane problems with medical costs in this country, and doing whatever we can to help bring attention to them is important to all of us.

The benefit will be held on December 1, 2006 at Nu├ži's Space in Athens, GA. It's a rare opportunity to see Adam's House Cat songs performed once again, as well as help a wonderful little girl and her family with their overwhelming medical expenses. Keep an eye on and for ticket sales and information (and please, feel free to make a donation even if you can't come!). We hope to see you all there!

Nine Bullets:
"Great video of DBT performing 'SINK HOLE' outside in the sunshine of New Oleans."
Check out rock and roll youngster and part of the DBT family, Audra Brown's websit for some nice shots of her with DBT. Also, check out some of the Rock this young lady is producing. She's gonna be a star someday!

Audra Brown:
"Here I am onstage with the worlds greatest rock band, the Drive-By Truckers, at the Library in Oxford, MS April 22, 2005. They asked me to sing Zip City (my favorite song) again!!! These guys (and girl) are the nicest people and I am proud to be a small part of their family. Their fans rawk too!! And I cant say enough about how wonderful the crew take care of me...Jenn, Patrick, Matt, Ryan and Brian. Can't wait till we get to see em again!"

From the Yahoo Group:

dbts : Message: Matt Conley mentioned in Maxim:
"Ran across the following reference to Matt Conley, about whom Dress Blues was written, in the November Maxim (I usually only read it for the pictures). The article is called 'Angel of Death' by Pat Dollard, a former Hollywood agent who now spends his time with Marines in Iraq.

Tony, the drummer for The Drams writes about the final show with DBT on the recent tour.

the Drams:
"Nashville was next on our little journey. There was a change of venue, but that didn't seem to bother attendance. Of note: Cooley's wife and kids came in town, and his oldest son got to watch backstage(with aircraft headphones and mini-guitar). Many of you do not know I'm an old softie, and seeing that boy rock out to his daddy was cuter than fucking puppies and kittens. Also of note Jenn, and Shayne came into N and brightened our lives! Jayne and her boyfriend came in for her B-day, and I got to meet Jason's mom. A good time was had by all. Keith more than others. I could tell by his hangover the next day.

The official last gig of this tour was in Memphis. I have a small love affair for dirty,filthy, nasty, Memphis. S.B. recorded EYTWRWWT at Ardent studios, and we got to stay there a month, with fond memories. This was kinda like a small homecoming for the Truckers as they lived there for a time. The theater had to have been sold out. I think we did o.k., there were some dropped jaws. I don't know if it was because we kicked ass, or if the people were thinking 'What is this shit?', but we had a blast. Mark came out shirtless we a tray of drinks in the middle of the set. It seems we had another member of the Sasqautsch Nation. After the DBT's blistering set we hung out on their bus, kissed their asses, exchanged #'s, lamented that we weren't going to see each other for a while. Just like summer camp. We then hopped in the van with tears in our eyes and headed home for Denton."
Speaking of Tony, apparently he refurbishes drums and has a couple of sets on e-bay:

Undertow Music :: View topic - Pass it on!:
"Hey everybody, it's Tony da' drummer! The last six months or so I have been refurbishing drums for extra scratch and to keep busy between tours. Maybe you have seen my most recent project on the last two tours or at the Our Band../Replacements show.

Here's the deal though, I'm getting sick of E-Bay. I know that people expect to get good deals there, but my time and $ go into these sets and I'm not selling crap. Eventually I will get a website, but till then I gotsta get paid, Yo! I got this set, plus three more ready for some TLC.

So what I am proposing is if you or anyone you know want drums, vintage drums,or their own drums refurbished, get in touch with me. Also, here is my current set on auction that ends today(11/9/06). $700.00 or I will take $650.00 and put the $50.00 to shipping.
To see the set go (here):

Thanks Dogs,

And speaking of The Drams, Jayne informed that one of the first shows from the recent tour has hit archive. Wouldn't you know it was the show in San Francisco that I posted about here:

Internet Archive: Details: The Drams Live at Bottom Of The Hill on 2006-09-25

Tony from the Yahoo Group posted an excellent little read on Rock and Politics:

dbts : Message: NO DBT: An Academic on Rock and Politics:
A New Kind of Star:

Rock & Roll and the Politicization of Celebrity

David R. Shumway

Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, December 1, 3pm

Stardom, a particular kind of celebrity, becomes politicized after WWII, when the cultural meaning of stars shifted from one focused on personality and glamour to one in which stars increasing stood for ideological positions or were understood as spokespeople for political causes. Stars of the studio era represented not ideologies, but a range of richly conceived personalities. They appeared in films that, because of the production code, seldom featured political controversy. Popular musicians were if anything even more remote from politics. The Cold War and changes in the cultural industries meant that after the war, popular culture would much more often be perceived politically. John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean as instances of politicized movie stars. Rock & roll stars, however, were political from the start, as the controversy generated by Elvis Presley in 1956 shows. By the late the 1960s, rock stars had displaced movie stars as the leading entertainment royalty, but they very different from the movie stars they replaced. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, and Joni Mitchell all have distinct political significance. The talk is illustrated with photos showing how the visual representation of stars changes from glamour photos of the 1930s to the provocative images typical of Rolling Stone. Sponsored By the Department of Communication"
Speaking of Rock and Politics:

Dixie Chicks peck at Bush

Be sure to catch their documentary that's out.

Maines Regrets Bush Apology:
"Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines regrets the public apology she made after blasting U.S. President George W. Bush onstage in London -- because he has never earned her respect."

Maines jokes she should have claimed she was intoxicated when she made her comments: "I wasn't about to say, 'Oh sorry, I didn't mean it, I was drunk, let's go to rehab ...' Sales probably would have been huge."
They run out on the field to 'Ace of Spades'. Lemmy!!!

Rockers to sponsor under-10 team:
"A Lincoln boys football team have won a sponsorship coup with a difference after striking a deal with heavy metal band Motorhead.

The Greenbank under-10s B team have the internationally renowned band's name on their shirts along with the band's motif - a skull named Snaggletooth.

The North Hykeham team also run out to the band's famous Ace of Spades track."

The future is looking bright and looking like a whole hell of a lot of fun:

T-shirt turns air guitar into music:
"CANBERRA, Australia - Scientists announced Monday that they have developed a high-tech T-shirt that turns the strumming of an air guitar into music.

The T-shirt has motion sensors built into its elbows that pick up the wearer's arm motions and relay them wirelessly to a computer which interprets them as guitar riffs, said Richard Helmer, an engineer who leads the research team from the government's Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

Rarely is the question asked....

Who was the best rock band of the '80s? :
"You can tell a lot about a band by how they tell their own story. This fall, R.E.M. released And I Feel Fine, a collection of songs from their early years, 1982 to 1987. The deluxe two-disc edition comes with liner notes in which R.E.M.'s four founding members relate stories of the band's early years. As a one-time devoted fan, I devoured these 11 short pages of storytelling—a tiny window into the songs I'd spent so many hours rapturously listening to, obsessing over, and decoding."



Jesse said...

Hey, man, I can't remember if you posted it somewhere here or on the Yahoo groups, but if you're going to be doing another photo tour of the Mussel Shoals area, could you find your way up to Zip City and take a few photos. Mayhap you could find the Salem Church of Christ, and the closest Reynold's Wrap or Alcoa facility?

That would just be so cool to me.


Jesse in Indiana

JPW said...

Hey Jesse: I've already got some pictures up of zip city, salem cc and Reynolds. Check out this link.

I'm sitting in the ATL airport. First time back in the south in a year. The waitress must like me. She keeps calling me honey and sweetheart.


Jesse said...

Thanks for the tour. I guess I started reading regularly after you posted this. Hell, who am I kidding, I've only been reading regularly about a month now.

I was just in Houston. Normally, I wouldn't address a waitress as Darlin', but the waitress at the Mexican restaurant serving me up margaritas was just very nice.

JPW said...

Houston, huh. Yeah, I don't really count Texas as the South.... kinda like Florida. :-)

Glad to have you hanging around AAW Jesse!