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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’re Never Too Old to Rock and Roll

It seems like yesterday that I was pulling into the Nassau Coliseum parking lot to attend one of the many rock concerts that came through town.  The windows of my red Camaro were wide open as the music blared out of my Blaupunkt car stereo.

Life was good in the mid 80’s!  I didn’t have a care in the world.  The part-time jobs that I worked paid terribly, but with no other bills to pay, I earned more than enough to buy the albums that I wanted and see the concerts that I wanted to see.

In what seems like the blink of an eye, I found myself rocking out to the same songs that once blared from my Camaro with my kids in a minivan.  A truly surreal moment to say the least!

Minivans serve a purpose for families, but no amount of hard rock will ever make them cool.  I still cringe every time that I see the Honda Odyssey commercial featuring “The Hellion” by Judas Priest.  This painfully ironic melding of rebellion and conformity serves as a stark reminder that, despite our best efforts, we simply cannot fight father time.  But it doesn’t mean that we should stop trying.

As a member of Generation X, I will shamefully admit that I have used the phrase…“these kids today…” Perhaps this is merely due to my nostalgic nature, but I suspect that it goes deeper than that since I often catch myself saying the things that my parents used to say to me.

One thing that has always stuck in my mind was my father’s steadfast reluctance to listen to any music made after 1964.  As a music lover, I just cannot imagine there being an expiration date on music.  That being said, I do admit that I think that the rock music of my youth was the best that there ever was.

To this day, I believe that the 90’s were a terrible time for rock music, and the malaise carried over into the new millennium.  Of course, this is only a generalization.  Unlike my father, I do not believe that the last great rock song was made in 1989.  While I always found a few bands and a number of songs that were memorable, the fact of the matter is that most of the rock music in the 90’s was kind of disposable to me.

Lately, however, I have felt a resurgence in rock music.  I don’t know if it is because the music is actually getting better or if it is just more easily discovered because of Internet and satellite radio.  More than likely, it is a combination of both.

The rock music that I grew up on will always mean a lot to me.  After all, it is the soundtrack to my youth.  But there is still great rock music being made, and I want to be a part of it.

One of the best things about discovering new music is sharing it with others.  Thankfully, in today’s social networking world, that can be accomplished in a matter of seconds.

I have to imagine that other rock music fans of Generation X have felt the same musical void as me, which is why I have decided to start a blog called Generation X Rock Music.  It will be a place to discover new music together and also to reminisce about the music that shaped our youth.  Please feel free to share your stories and links to music on the site.

Generation X may be getting older, but remember…we’re NEVER too old to Rock and Roll!

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