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New Music Spotlight – “White Trash Millionaire” by Black Stone Cherry

When you think of “white trash,” you usually don’t think of millionaires, but Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry has blended the two worlds brilliantly with their new song “White Trash Millionaire.”  The song is the first single from their upcoming album “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” which will be released at the end of May.

The raw, dirty guitar sound is the perfect backdrop for the message being delivered in “White Trash Millionaire,” a song that seems destined to become a modern-day rock anthem.

Money has a tendency to change people, especially those who seek out material possessions for status as much as for need or desire.  But it doesn’t change everyone, and it doesn’t buy happiness.  Since the economy crashed, many people have learned to live with less while focusing on the things in life that really matter to them.  Some may call it simple.  Others may call it practical.  Either way, “White Trash Millionaire” shows that wealth is in the eye of the beholder.

It has been nearly three years since Black Stone Cherry released their sophomore album “Folklore and Superstition,” which featured their hit song “Blind Man,” so BSC fans are undoubtedly anxious for the new album to hit the streets.

Black Stone Cherry will be hitting the road in April as the supporting act for Hinder, and will also be doing shows with Alter Bridge.  They are one of the many bands slated to play Carolina Rebellion on May 7, 2011 in North Carolina.

After just one listen to “White Trash Millionaire,” the song was already stuck in my head.  Check out the video below, and you’ll see why.

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You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll: 29 Years After his Passing…Randy Rhoads’ Guitar Legend Lives On

This morning, Ozzy Osbourne posted the following message on Facebook29 years ago today I lost my best friend, business partner and the greatest guitar player I have ever worked with. Loss is meant to get easier with time, it doesn’t.” Considering the talented guitarists who have played with Ozzy since Randy Rhoads’ untimely death in 1982, his message speaks volumes about what an incredible guitar player the world lost on that tragic day.

Over the years, Ozzy has put out numerous albums with a variety of different musicians, and while they were all memorable in their own way, none have come close to the legendary status of the two albums featuring Rhoads on guitar – “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman.”

Because he died so young, Rhoads is not always mentioned as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but even with his limited body of work, he belongs in the discussion.  There is no doubt that he would be right up there with every other guitar hero if he were still alive today.

Rhoads could play shredding solos with the best of them, but that isn’t what made him unique.  His songwriting ability and infectious riffs are the reasons why “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman” are a level above all of Ozzy’s other solo records.  The chemistry between Ozzy and Rhoads is something that is nearly impossible to duplicate.

By combining the beauty and elegance of classical music with the power and energy of heavy metal, Rhoads created a sound so unique that it has never been captured again.  Many have learned to play the guitar parts that he created, but none have been able to create his magical sound in all of the years since his passing.

In an interview with Ozzy on the anniversary of Rhoads’ death a few years back, he talked about what it was like to hear him play guitar for the first time.  “It was so good that I thought that I was dreaming” said Ozzy.

After only three years and two albums together, Ozzy’s dream turned into a nightmare.  On March 19, 1982, a plane carrying Rhoads from Tennessee to Florida crashed into Ozzy’s tour bus.  The crash took the life of the rising star at the age of 25 and deprived music fans around the world of the chance to see him evolve into one of the greatest guitarists of all time.  No one knows for sure what Ozzy and Rhoads would have created over the years, but there is no doubt that it would have been legendary.

Although Rhoads died long before his time, his work still lives on today, and will continue to do so for many years to come…

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