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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.



Egypt Central – White Rabbit: An Invitation to Step Out of Ordinary Time

February 17, 2011 1 comment

In June of 1967, Jefferson Airplane released a psychedelic, acid rock song called “White Rabbit.” The lyrics were derived directly from the story of “Alice in Wonderland.”  Nearly 44 years later, in May of 2011, a band called Egypt Central will release their sophomore album entitled “White Rabbit.”

Aside from the song title and inspiration, Egypt Central’s “White Rabbit” is an entirely different animal.  It has nothing to do with magic mushrooms or psychedelic trips.

Egypt Central’s “White Rabbit” is much deeper than that and much more powerful because it is about real life.  It is about the struggles that the band has gone through as a group and as individuals.  It is about a willingness to step outside of one’s personal comfort zone, to be open to unexpected life-altering experiences.  It is about letting go of preconceived notions and embracing the unknown.  It is about letting go of fear and doubt and choosing the road less traveled.

According to the band, the upcoming release is “a 12-song compilation of heavy riffs, lyrics from the soul and strong melodic hooks.”

While the band doesn’t go so far as to call “White Rabbit” a concept album (like Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime” or W.A.S.P’s “The Crimson Idol”), there is an underlying theme that threads the songs together…“a story of consequences that occur when one accepts or declines an invitation from the White Rabbit.”

Many bands would have rushed to put out their second album, but Egypt Central wanted to do it the right away, despite pleas from anxious fans to release the record.

The band will be touring extensively in support of “White Rabbit.”

According to Egypt Central drummer, Blake Allison, “Our secret weapon has always been our live show.” Allison continued “I can’t tell you how excited we are to play this new batch of songs for our fans that have stuck by us, and this is our invitation for anyone new to Egypt Central to come along on this journey…we hope you accept!”

Take a listen to the title track (below), which was just released this week.  If you love powerful, melodic hard rock, you will definitely want to take Egypt Central up on their invitation to join them on their journey.


Hard Rock Music is Traveling “Back to the Future”

The year was 1985, and the world was a much simpler place.

In an attempt to escape from terrorists, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) put the pedal to the metal of Doc Brown’s DeLorean / time machine and ended up thirty years back in time.  While McFly was fighting back his mother’s advances in an effort to ensure that his parents got together in the future, hard rock music was thriving in the real world.

Hard rock artists sang about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll because it was what they knew.  For better or worse, it was how they lived their lives both on and off the stage.

Excess was the norm for hard rock artists back in 1985, as evidenced by the flamboyant wardrobes, the heavily-teased hair, the over-the-top stage shows and the sheer multitude of groupies who wanted to get close to these rock gods, if only for a night.

They were living the dream.  All of the girls wanted to be with them, and all of the guys wanted to be like them.  But most importantly, their music provided a great escape from the pressures of the real world.

W.A.S.P. brought out the “Wild Child” in all of us as we experienced “Crazy Nights” with Loudness.

Accept had us “Screaming For A Love Bite” while KISS took it a step further by encouraging us to “Uh! All Night.”

“In My Dreams,” I thought that Dokken had us all “Under Lock and Key,” but I was wrong.  Somehow, we had lost our way.   We thought that we had found Nirvana, but it turned out to be something else entirely.

It took a number of years, but we were finally able to wash the grunge off of us to once again become Dio’s“Rock ‘n’ Roll Children.”

After an extremely long journey, it seems only fitting that Motley Crue is at the forefront of welcoming hard rock music back to “Home Sweet Home.”

In January of 2008, Nikki Sixx came up with the idea for a summer tour called Crue Fest.

Dubbed “The Loudest Show On Earth,” Crue Fest featured a number of bands that Motley Crue felt“embodied the spirit of rock and roll.”

Motley Crue headlined the tour which featured four other hard rock artists: Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx: A.M. (Nikki Sixx’s side project).

In April of 2009, Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba (Sixx: A.M.’s guitarist) produced the major label debut for a band called The Last Vegas, entitled “Whatever Gets You Off.” The album was released on Sixx’s Eleven Seven Records.

The Last Vegas represents everything that hard rock should be.  They’re dirty and sleazy enough to sound right at home on a dive bar stage, but their glam image, confident swagger and incredible songs make them ideally suited to one day fill arenas as a headliner.

The resurgence that hard rock music is currently experiencing will only be enhanced and accelerated by up-and-coming bands like The Last Vegas working with hard rock music icons like Motley Crue.

Once you’ve checked out The Last Vegas’ video for the song “Apologize” (below), you’ll realize that the only thing that they have to apologize for is not arriving sooner to help launch the next phase of the hard rock music revolution.