Saturday, December 03, 2016

Hogjaw interview for Bands Of Dixie (published in issue #105, July - August 2015)


The first Hogjaw's album, that was-seven years ago... Watch what happened after seven years to the rock bands and their music, If they have lived for so long... Not the same it seems with a few exceptions. Well, Hogjaw is one of it. A new guitar player, perhaps, but no wrinkles. Hogjaw, it's the same energy and passion than the first day. On record and on stage, it gives a damn punchy rock but this energy and this passion burning them, radiate just as much this interview. Hot!



English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with Hogjaw.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

John Rehmel (Southern Thunder Project) interview for Bands Of Dixie (published in issue #105 (July - August 2015)

Southern rock is traditionally a matter of bands and, this, maybe even more than elsewhere. By the way, the "Band" term is frequently used in Southern rock group names, and browse the issue #50 of your favorite magazine and you’ll see that all the fifty best releases have been made by bands. But now is appearing an other form of creative organization, still collective, but more punctual and bringing together musicians from different origins. First were Brothers Of The Southland, then Dixie Tabernacle and - to some extent - Dusty King James and now comes the Southern Thunder Project. John Rehmel tells us about this project.

English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with John Rehmel.

Billy Crain interview (published in Bands Of Dixie #102, January - February 2015)

A lot of events happened to Billy Crain since our previous interview. A dark period opened for him with a succession of misfortunes. He tells about it as well off course as its new record. Third interview subject: we know the Billy Crain qualities as guitar player but Billy appears increasingly to be also a nice singer.

English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with Billy Crain


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Eddie Stone interview for Bands Of Dixie (published in issue #101, november - december 2014)

Doc Holliday is back!
Doc Holliday is back!
Doc Holliday is back on the road... what a surprise!
Yes, this Doc Holliday is without John Samuelson, Danny “Cadillac” Lastinger and, above all, Bruce Brookshire, and it can raise questions...
But the presence in this new Doc Holliday of Rob Walker, the great Stillwater guitar player and close friend of the band, but also of Michael Gilbert, ex guitar player of Preacher Stone, are great assets for the band...
To talk about this Doc Holliday new start, was it a better than to meet Eddie Stone, the historical keyboard player of the band?
The opportunity to talk also about his solo career and his adventures with Grinderswitch, Wet Willie, the Winters Brothers, etc.

English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with Eddie Stone

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Gig Michaels (Swamp da Wamp) interview for Bands Of Dixie (archive, 2015)



A lot of readers are keeping in mind the noteworthy Gig Michaels interview from 2012. It was natural for Bands Of Dixie to offer a new interview with this colorful figure. The opportunity was a little overdue but finally the new Swamp da Wamp album is out... We talked about it with Gig.

January 2016 addition: this interview was done September 2015. Gig Michaels died January 3, 2016 just hours before his 52nd birthday. The death of this fabulous and endearing artist is a great loss for all the music lovers.


English version of Bands Of Dixie interview with Gig Michaels.

Sweet Pain interview for Bands Of Dixie (archive, 2014)

As every ten years, it is, this year (2014), the Czech Music Year. If traditional music, jazz or rock aren’t forgotten, first and foremost are celebrated the classical composers. And Southern rock? Apparently nobody thinks about it while the Czech Republic is perhaps the land outside the United States where the Southern rock is the more active. No, the czech rather celebrate Antonín Dvorák, the most famous of the national composers, with his Symphony of the New World ... a work that notably results from the dazzle of Dvorák by the black music in the South. This same music was also fundamental in the birth of the rock through the blues. And it was one of the roots of the specificity of the cultural Southern soil in which the Southern rock owes its special feeling. This feeling, this atmosphere are what mainly attract Sweet Pain in the Southern rock and guide the band to define its own musical way. It’s one thing that emerges from this interview done while the band celebrates his ten years career. The quality of their albums, especially the new one, "I Believe In Your Lovin'", one of the best album of the European Southern rock, ranks Sweet Pain among the most interesting bands of our continent. It was time to get to know better Sweet Pain. Zvonicek Michal, Petr Smutný and Jirka Cástka explain everything.

English version of Bands Of Dixie interview with Sweet Pain.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

The Outlaws - Once An Outlaw (2007)


Now, here's a nice surprise. Got this one anonymously with the following information: "I think you know by now that Outlaws - "Once an Outlaw" will never be commercially released. That said, it is out there in select hands in two versions - 11 tracks and 13 tracks. Some say that it is Hughie's finest work when the truth is Hughie had a hand in authoring less than half of the tracks. LA writers wrote the majority except for those HT collaborated on and the excellent "Almost Home" that was penned by bassist Randy Threat and his wife, Alex. The disc is a fine piece of work yet contains an unclear history that HT worshipers refuse to embrace. Line-up was: Hughie Thomasson (guitar and vocals, Chris Anderson (guitar and vocals - lead vox on Trail of Tears), Randy Threet (bass and vox -lead vox on Almost Home), Monte Yoho and David Dix (drums)."

Yes, it's finally out there. And nobody making money on what they don't own, either. So, what about the music on the album? Well, it sounds very good, the playing is excellent and it features some pretty terrific songs as well. Don't expect another 'Diablo Canyon', this is actually closer to their first albums in sound and song choice, though more polished. I really don't much care for the 'Almost Home' track, which is way too sappy but would probably do great on CMT. Other than that, I couldn't find a bad song. My favorite tracks so far are 'Rippin' Through Kentucky', 'Full Circle' and 'Trail Of Tears'. Basically, it's got everything you'd want from a new Outlaws release: great guitars, great harmonies, great song. Happy new year, y'all!

Les Dudek interview for Bands Of Dixie (archive, 2014)

In 1973, Les Dudek made a name for himself because of his guitar work on the famous "Brothers And Sisters" where he played on the two albums gems. One might also wonder whether if we would sumptuously celebrate, in 2013, the 40th anniversary of this record if Les Dudek hadn't been there? But 2013 also sees the release of a new album after more than ten years of waiting ... and what an album! A delight from start to finish! The career of the Florida biker is rich in many projects and we would have had a thousand questions to ask him... priority to the Macon period, to his solo career and especially this "Delta Breeze" which we don't want to wait ten more years for enjoy its successor!

English version of Bands Of Dixie interview with Les Dudek.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chain Lightning - Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie (2000)

Posts are few and far between these days, I realize that. And it's not likely to change soon. But for those still following Skydog's Elysium, the wait pays off regularly. Like today. Every once in a while I get a gem like this thrown into my lap. Chain Lightning is yet another band that produced only one album, but what an album it is. 'Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie' starts off sounding very similar to The Outlaws, but at their very best. Gradually the album shifts into rocking gear, eventually reminding you of all the greats in Southern Rock, like Doc Holliday or even Brothers Brooks. Thanks to Tom, who contacted Chain Lightning's leader Greg Lee on the possibility of posting this album here (which he allowed), we now have one of the better Southern Rock albums of the 2000's. The band only released this album, and their original singer, Chuck Worden, died in 2004. Since then, Greg has kept the band going, though no new material has surfaced (yet). Read the full story on their website. As for now: grab this, turn it up, enjoy! It's About Time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Raisin' Kane - It's About Time (1978)

Well, this is a nice surprise. "It's About Time" is the only album released by Raisin' Kane, but what an album. This absolutely belongs to the cream of the crop of everything I have posted thus-far. It's got everything that's good about Southern Rock. And then some. Excellent songs, great harmonies and superb playing. Yes, it's superlatives time. And thank you Laurent for sharing this with all of us! If you dig The Outlaws, The Charlie Daniels Band or stuff posted here, like Oklahoma, you'll love this. Let's not waste another minute and grab this fast! It's About Time

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Rodney Justo and Steve Stone (Atlanta Rhythm section) interviews for Bands Of Dixie (archive, 2013)



Bands Of Dixie #94
No, the original Atlanta Rhythm Section singer wasn't Ronnie Hammond, it was Rodney Justo!. Leaving after the first album, he is now back in the band and his showmanship and his dynamism have probably something to do with the quality of the current ARS version. The Rodney Justo's story goes beyond the Atlanta Rhythm Section but is rich of many bands and artists with whom he worked. This great storyteller talks about Roy Orbison, the Candymen, Beaverteeth, Roy Buchanan to name only the best known.
Rodney Justo
English version of Bands Of Dixie interview with Rodney Justo.


Steve Stone If he joined the Atlanta Rhythm Section after its golden age, Steve Stone is now in the band for over a quarter of a century and is one of those who played the longest time in the band. This pillar of the Doraville band actually speaks about the Atlanta Rhythm Section history in the CD era. He also displays his admiration for Ronnie Hammond and Barry Bailey and reveals the rest of his career.


English version of Bands Of Dixie interview with Steve Stone.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thunderhawks - Thunderhawks (2005)

Ok, back to rock-and-rollin'. Thunderhawks features Eddy Shaver on guitar, and it's a fine piece of Southern fried boogie. Musically it's somewhere in between The Georgia Satellites and AC/DC (vocals do resemble Brian Johnson's at times), with a dash of Black Crows thrown in for good measure. Thunderhawks only released one album, a few months later Eddy Shaver would pass a way and that was that. Nice legacy, though. Spirit!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Pearl Handle Band: Big G interview for Bands Of Dixie (archive, 2013)

The CD edition of the rare Pearl Handle Band’s LP and the lack of information intrigued us ; so Bands Of Dixie put its detectives on the case ; they tracked down Big G who tells us the story of his band and the amazing story of this album.

English version of Bands Of Dixie interview

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Steve Grisham interview for Bands Of DIxie (archive, 2013)


Bands of Dixie closely follows Ghost Riders' career, one of the most talented contemporary Southern bands. We we've been waiting for their new album for quite a while... It's been entitled "V". We took the opportunity to talk once again with Steve Grisham.

A few days after this interview, we learned the return of Steve in the Outlaws... a few more questions were required.

English version of Bands Of Dixie interview