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“THE ROCK FATHER is participating in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central Consulting for The Calling Wines. He has received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Pursuing a passion and inspiring others. Those are two points that sportscaster Jim Nantz and winemaker Peter Deutsch have focused on with THE CALLING, their collaborative effort on bringing fine wines to the world. THE CALLING is a business rooted in Fatherhood, the end result of a perfect meeting - one in which the two men would be introduced at a Greenwich, Connecticut restaurant where they both had been dining with friends. Deutsch had recently read ALWAYS BY MY SIDE, Nantz' book about his father - and it hit home with him in reminding him of his own Dad. Eventually, the Deutsch-Nantz Alliance (DNA) was born, and the two headed for California, working together to create great wine... wine I'm including here in my #RockFathersDay Gift Guide for 2014.

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Fatherhood is the greatest responsibility and honor a man can have placed upon him. I never met my biological father, nor did I grow up with a male figure in my home. I didn't grow up with money, a nice home or fancy clothes. In fact, I spent the majority of my childhood living in the projects or with family members. However, thanks to my mom, I had no shortage of love. Because of that I feel very strongly that love, faith, strength and courage are the most important elements of growing and learning at any stage of life. Now, as a father, I strive to demonstrate these in my home because the greatest lesson my kids have taught me is how to love people unconditionally.

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"I was on tour with FROM GOOD HOMES in 1996 and my wife called me," recalls BRADY RYMER about the moment he first realized that he'd soon become a father for the very first time. "I was ecstatic! I wanted to come home immediately!," he continues, "I had the feeling that a big ol’ lovely, challenging, unknown adventure was about to begin!" Now, ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, and with his new album slated for release next week, Brady took a few moments to talk a little bit about Fatherhood, and his role as a "Rock Father."

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"I started when Ella was about one," explains Lucky Diaz, discussing the musical introductions for his now 10-year-old daughter. "One of the first things I purchased Ella was a cute little boom box. Every night before she went to sleep I would play a CD of something I wanted her to be exposed to. She learned about so many artists this way. THE BEATLES, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, MILES DAVIS, THE BEACH BOYS, BUDDY HOLLY,  the list goes on and on." Leading LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND, he, along with his wife, Alisha Gaddis, have become some of the biggest names in the growing "kindie" movement - their prolific output resulting in no less than four albums since 2012 - two of them in Spanish. Now, ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, Diaz and the entire family are on the road in the midst of a 60-day road trip and tour, where he took a few moments to talk Fatherhood during a stop in Gallup, New Mexico...

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For the second year in a row, I'm fortunate to be working with Oral-B as a #PowerOfDad Ambassador in the days leading up to #RockFathersDay. While I'm not exactly "smiling" in the picture above (taken with my dad back in 1978-ish while he put my first Big Wheel together), creating healthy smiles is what Oral-B is all about, and with two daughters and a supportive wife - I have a lot to smile about as a grownup.  Want to see 15-seconds of what makes THE ROCK FATHER smile? Watch this video to find out...

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What do you get for the "Rock Father" who has everything this #RockFathersDay? Specifically... a "Southern Rock" Father that digs bands like ZZ TOP, THE BLACK CROWES, BLACK STONE CHERRY, or THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND? And what, if by some chance, said "Southern Rock" Father is an axe-slinger himself? Well, the new Gibson Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul is an idea... if you have some bucks to splurge with...

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