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Thursday, November 15 2018 11:24

RIP Superpicker Roy Clark (1933-2018)

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TULSA, OK: Roy Clark, the legendary 'superpicker', GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed 'Hee Haw' television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

Jerry Reed and Burt Reynolds were both national treasures as far as I'm concerned. It looks like Midland would agree, and after ripping through a twanged-up version of Reed's "East Bound and Down" from Smokey and The Bandit on the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, a studio version of the cover was immediately released. Accompanying the YouTube stream (which you can check out below), the group issued the following statement: "Eastbound & Down is a balls to the wall, honky tonk, fast tempo tornado of a song that was a great challenge to master and to make some tweaks to make it our own...It’s now one of our favorite songs to perform live and we can only hope that The Guitar Man is smiling somewhere up above with approval." I do believe a tip of the cowboy hat is in order, now crank this one up!

October 31, 2009. It was on that night that Slipknot would bring the touring cycle for All Hope is Gone to a close by performing to a sold-out crowd at the Pearl Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort as part of FANGORIA's Trinity of Terrors. No one knew it at the time, but that Halloween night concert would be the final time that the band would perform with bassist Paul Gray, who died in the spring of 2010. I was at that show - a memorable highlight of my short tenure working for FANGORIA magazine, serving as the Director of New Media for the event and co-hosting live webcasts throughout the weekend, including installments with Slipknot's Sid Wilson and Corey Taylor. Oddly enough, early this morning, Facebook memories surfaced a few images from that event that led me to dig into the archives to take a look at some never-before-seen photos and video that I was tempted to share... pausing and considering that sharing them next year on the 10th anniversary would be more appropriate. And then something unexpected happened: Slipknot released a surprise new single and music video... "All Out Life."

Whether you believe that this last hurrah really is the end... or that KISS has become bigger than its members and will live on with other performers wearing the iconic makeup, 2019 is going to be an important year for the band as KISS (in their current form) will embark on their final tour ever. After an epic 45 year career, KISS made the initial announcement last month on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and today comes news with the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. Check out the details and tour trailer below!

They were out on the road with Ben Folds this summer, and now CAKE is back on the scene with their first new single since 2011, breaking their seven-year hiatus with Sinking Ship. It's a welcome return, though it's been great fun seeing my daughters (6 & 9) enjoy the back catalog, particularly enjoying Comfort Eagle (they think "onion head hat" is a funny line). All sales from CAKE's new single will benefit the work of Doctors Without Borders, and this is promised to be the first in a series of physical and digital releases that will lead into the release of a new album. Check out the video for Sinking Ship below...

If you're looking for a Halloween Playlist, then you've come to the right place. The right mix of tunes for your Halloween party or seasonal enjoyment can be a tricky thing in that there's a balance that needs to happen between classic tunes with timeless flavor and some new school jams to keep things fresh. That's why I've curated a new Halloween Spotify Playlist for 2018 that aims to do just that - some tricks are there, but it's all treats! With over 5 hours of music, this genre-spanning playlist includes tracks for the whole family, featuring Disney hits from The Descendants, Vampirina and The Nightmare Before Christmas to classic tracks from Warren Zevon, Michael Jackson and AC/DC to gems from Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures and Vince Guaraldi to fresh tracks from the likes of Ghost, Demon Hunter and Product of Hate. Best enjoyed by hitting "shuffle" and playing it loud, we'll be spinning this at Rock Father HQ for the Trick or Treaters to enjoy! Get it on Spotify or the player below...

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