Tuesday, September 2, 2008

R.I.P Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed (1937-2008)

Singer/guitarist/songwriter/actor Jerry Reed passed away on Monday due to complications from emphysema at the age of 71.

Reed got his start in music when he dropped out of high school to tour with Ernest Tubb and Faron Young and, in 1955 at the age of 18, was signed by publisher and producer Bill Lowery. His first record, "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise," was released that same year and was followed by a series of country and rockabilly recordings.

Reed's first real success came when Gene Vincent covered his song "Crazy Legs" in 1958 and, while he was in the military, his name continued to grow when Brenda Lee recorded "That's All You Gotta Do."

Once out of the service, Reed moved to Nashville where he became known not only for his songwriting, but also for his guitar playing. He worked as a session man through the middle of the decade while trying to jump start a recording career, which finally happened in 1967 when his "Tupelo Mississippi Flash" made it to number 15 on the country charts.

Reed had six more records that peaked in the top 20 over the next three years, including "Amos Moses," which hit number 16, but went all the way to number eight on the pop charts. It was the next single that would finally solidify his recording career when "When You're Hot, You're Hot" went all the way to number one on the country charts for five weeks in mid-1971, along with peaking at number nine on the pop charts. Throughout the balance of the 70's to the mid-80's, Reed would have a total of 28 more top 40 country hits, including the number ones "Lord, Mr. Ford" and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)."

As a guitarist, Reed was known as a fine session man and was a regular on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. In addition, he did a number of recordings with another guitar great, Chet Atkins.

Reed was also known for acting in a number of films, starting with "W.W. & the Dixie Dance Kings" with pal Burt Reynolds and followed by "Gator," all three "Smokey and the Bandit" films and, most recently, "The Waterboy" with Adam Sandler.

Major singles:

Amos Moses (1970/#8 pop/#16 country)
When You're Hot, You're Hot (1971/#9 pop/#1 country)
Lord, Mr. Ford (1973/#1 country)
East Bound and Down (1977/#2 country)
(I Love You) What Can I Say (1978/#10 country)
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) (1982/#1 country)
The Bird (1982/#2 country)

Major albums:

Ko-Ko Joe (1971/#7 country)
When You're Hot, You're Hot (1971/#2 country)
The Best of Jerry Reed (1972/#4 country)
Hot A' Mighty! (1973/#9 country)
Lord, Mr. Ford (1973/#4 country)
East Bound and Down (1977/#10 country)

Grammy Awards:

Me & Jerry (with Chet Atkins) (1970/Best Country Instrumental Performance)
Sneakin' Around (with Chet Atkins) (1992/Best Country Instrumental Performance)

Major songs recorded by other artists:

A Thing Called Love (Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley)
Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Stray Cats)
Crazy Legs (Gene Vincent)
Georgia Sunshine (Dean Martin)
Girl of Mine (Elvis Presley)
Guitar Man (Elvis Presley)
If the Good Lord's Willing (Johnny Cash)
Misery Loves Company (Porter Wagoner)
Talk About the Good Times (Elvis Presley)
That's All You Gotta Do (Brenda Lee)
U.S. Male (Elvis Presley)

Ashbrook Haynes

Written by Robert Benson

As I continue to review bands for www.ilike2rock.net Internet Radio, I have heard some fantastic music by some very talented artists. One particular band immediately caught my ears: the acoustic mastery and folk-rock sounds of Ashbrook Haynes.

For a band that had its start as a “side” project, the Leominster, Massachusetts-based group has certainly progressed into a finely meshed songwriting team. Their second CD release, “One Long Chase,” is full of catchy guitar licks, impeccable harmonies and well-crafted folk/pop rock.

For many years band members Marc Rines (vocals, guitars) and drummer Bob Soar collaborated, writing 80’s/90’s rock songs with the group Badger. Bob went on to work in studio projects while Marc played bass in a group called The Installers, which released two CDs. After seven years, Marc decided to focus on songwriting and honing his guitar skills. Karen Stanley played with The Luckless Pedestrians and then with the classic rock band The Next Five before concentrating her efforts and energy on songwriting. Paul Bradley had been playing bass with the 60’s rock band Cornerstone before joining Ashbrook Haynes. Dan Stanley was added to the mix, expertly playing lead guitar, while Paul Bradley added his signature bass lines and vocal harmonies to tie it all together. Shawn McCann’s eloquent keyboard work completes the group.

Some cuts on “One Long Chase” certainly stand out, including the infectious “How To Love,” an acoustic ditty with stellar vocal harmonies and expert musicianship. The lead-in bass lines of the funky number “Telephone Song,” immediately reel you in, and the cut progresses into a dazzling bluesy guitar break that is sure to please. “You Make Me Smile” is an instant classic, filled with old-fashioned, fun rock that is sure to get the shiest wallflower up and grooving on the dance floor. “Hold Me,” with its tight-structured guitar work, interwoven harmonies and expert lead guitar licks is another fine, acoustic pop gem.

As a creative change of pace, “When Love Finds You” is a slow-tempo, melodic cut with an exhilarating sweetness and irresistible flavor. “Restless Wind” is delicate, yet strong, and is played with obvious acoustic zest. “Today’s Another Day,” with its reflective lyrics, is an instant “fall in love the first time you hear it” song, with impeccable piano work and interwoven harmonies. It is every bit as infectious as it is original.

All in all the release “One Long Chase” is filled with catchy choruses, tasty contributions from all the band members and seductive acoustic pop. Kudos to all who had a hand in this marvelous, easily digestible pop rock masterpiece!


Paul Bradley – Bass, Vocals
Shawn McCann – Keyboards, Vocals
Marc Rines – Vocals, Guitars
Bob Soar – Drums
Dan Stanley – Guitars
Karen Stanley – Vocals, Percussion

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New Vinyl Releases


A Perfect Circle - Mer De Noms [2 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Satin Stock Jacket) (LIMITED EDITION)

Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider [2 LP]

Amy Macdonald - This Is The Life [LP]

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

Birdmonster - From The Mountain To The Sea [2LP]

Boz Scaggs - Boz Scaggs (1969 Self-Titled) [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl and 1/2-Speed Mastered)

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

Coldplay - Parachutes [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

Coldplay - X&Y [2 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket includes 2-sided poster) (LIMITED EDITION)

Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos [2 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket)

Game - LAX [2 LP]

Kenny Larkin - Keys Strings and Tamourines [2 LP]

Led Zeppelin
- Mothership [4 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl Box Set)

Machine Head - The Blackening [2 LP] (in Gatefold Jacket)

Motorhead - Motorizer [2 LP]

Prisonshake - Dirty Moons [2LP]

R.E.M. - Document [LP] [180 Gram Vinyl] [LIMITED EDITION]

Radiohead - Amnesiac [2-10'' LP] (140 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket) (LIMITED EDITION)

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief [2 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket) (LIMITED EDITION)

Radiohead - Kid A [2-10'' LP] (140 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket) (LIMITED EDITION)

Radiohead - OK Computer [2 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket) (LIMITED EDITION)

Radiohead - Pablo Honey [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

Radiohead - The Bends [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

Real Mckenzies - Off The Leash [LP] (Includes CD Insert)

Sigh - A Tribute To Venom [2LP]

Slipknot - Vol 3. The Subliminal Verses [2 LP] (in Gatefold Jacket)

Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits 1974-78 [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

Toxic Holocaust - An Overdose Of Death [2LP]

Urges - Psych Ward [2LP]

Verve - Forth [LP] (Includes CD AND DVD in Gatefold Jacket)


E-40 - Wake It Up (feat. Akon)

Madonna - Give It 2 Me [12'' Picture Disc] (in a Clear Plastic Sleeve)

Madonna - Give It 2 Me [Double 12'']

Tony Lionni - Mamadu EP

T-Pain - Can't Believe (ft. Lil Wayne)


Madonna - 4 Minutes / Ring My Bell / Give It 2 Me [Double 7''] (WHITE Vinyl in Gatefold Board Sleeve)

This Date In Music History- Sept 2


Rosalyn Ashford, best known as one of the Vandellas behind Martha Reeves, was born in Detroit in 1943.

Jimmy Clanton ("A Million To One") turns 68.

Bobby Dickey of James & Bobby Purify ("I'm Your Puppet") is 69.

Joe Simon ("Drowning In The Sea Of Love") turns 65.

Sam Gooden of the Impressions ("For Your Precious Love") is 69.

Drummer Buddy Miles (Electric Flag & Band Of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix) was born in 1946.


The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland in 1995.

In 1965, the Beatles released "Yesterday." The Paul McCartney song becomes one of the world's most-played records.

In 1970, Genesis ran an advertisement for a drummer in the English magazine Melody Maker. Former child actor-turned-skins beater Phil Collins answers and convinced the band to hire him by revealing that he played bongos on George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass."

The Angels become the first white all-female group to have a No.1 record in 1963. The song was "My Boyfriend's Back."

The popular Lubbock, Texas duo of Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery auditioned for radio station KDAV's Sunday Party in 1953. They earned a time slot on Sunday afternoon that became known as The Bob and Buddy Show.

Alan Freed's First Anniversary Rock 'n Roll Party kicked off at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York in 1955. Among those appearing on the bill are Chuck Berry, Tony Bennett, the Nutmegs, the Rhythmettes, the Cardinals and the Four Voices.

In 1956, 19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at Sun Records hoping for an audition, only to find that owner Sam Phillips was on vacation in Florida. Jerry Lee recorded some demos that Phillips heard when he got back.

Tommy Roe had his first number one hit in 1962 when "Sheila" reached the top of the US Pop chart. The record was a re-recorded version of a song that was first released in 1960 when Roe was part of a group called The Satins. Roe's recording success would continue until 1971, during which time he had five more Top 10 hits.

In 1977, Blondie, featuring former Playboy Bunny Debra Harry, signed their first major record company contract with Chrysalis Records.

It had been twenty-four years since Tina Turner had been on Billboard's Hot 100 with a song she recorded with her husband Ike called "A Fool In Love". Now she was back with the number one song in the US in 1984, "What's Love Got To Do With It.” The record would go on to win Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Pop Vocal Performance - Female and Rock Vocal Performance - Female.

Barry Cowsill, bass guitarist for The Cowsills, died on or about September 1, 2005 from injuries believed to be caused by Hurricane Katrina. His body was not recovered until December 28th, 2005, from the Chartres Street Wharf, New Orleans. He was 51.

Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to kill his wife Sharon in 1989. Ozzy was released on the condition that he immediately went into detox, the case was latter dropped when the couple decide to reconcile.

2005, Mariah Carey became only the fifth act ever to hold the top two positions in the US Hot 100 singles chart. The singer's ‘We Belong Together’ notched a 10th consecutive week at number one on the Billboard chart while ‘Shake It Off’ jumped two places to second place. The feat puts Carey in a select group of acts to hold the top two with Nelly, OutKast, The Bee Gees and The Beatles. ‘We Belong Together’ was Carey's 16th number one, giving her the third highest number of chart-toppers in the US behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Born on this day in 1925, Hugo Montenegro, composer, died 6th Feb 1981, (1968 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly', from the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film).