Last Night Your Shadow Fell Upon My Lonely Room

Webb Wilder: guitarist,singer,songwriter

Webb Wilder: guitarist, singer, songwriter

“Last night your shadow fell upon my lonely room
I touched your golden hair and tasted your perfume
Your eyes were filled with love the way they used to be…”

Oh where to start this story that takes me back to 1967, but isn’t really about me, or child hood memories. When someone sends me a press release to consider for Searchamelia, I usually go a bit further and research backgrounds of the story and a clearer all around picture about the message in the release.

So a couple of days ago I got a release in my inbox from island resident Michael Rothschild, mostly known locally because of his involvement with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Michael also has a record company he started in 1981 in Atlanta GA, Landslide Records, and since those early days he has made it his life’s work to scout and produce amazing and promising talent, mostly in his favorite arenas of blues, jazz and americana. He stood at the crib of quite a few genre greats such as Bruce Hampton, Tinsley Ellis, Sean Costello, Derek Trucks, Widespread Panic and others.

So when he sent me the following press release about Webb Wilder, I have to admit that I had no idea who he was talking about, but armed with this past experience I went on a hunt for more information. Needless to say the rest of my morning was gone. It was foremost revealing to find that Michael’s greatest music industry pet peeve is, that there’s no radio format here in the US that covers music which falls between the cracks.

My childhood friend Jack Bruning, who in the sixties was a hit DJ for Radio Luxembourg, often complained about the same, as we explored programming concepts such as the Dream Machine. It reminded me that success in popular arts; whether music, movies or painting and writing, was and has always been largely depended on exposure in the right places at the right times, preferably with a mass market appeal.

And honestly this is not a country specific phenomenon. In the Netherlands where I grew up, you had to be in Amsterdam or the Hague in the late 1960s to have any shot at stardom. The Beatles would have never found the spotlight if not for the affiliation with the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, followed by exposure in London’s Soho district. If you were Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell you had to be in the New York Village in the early sixties, just as country stars even today head to Nashville and the love generation musicians found themselves in Haight Ashbury San Francisco.

My friend Joe Bonamassa moved from New York to LA more than 10 years ago and found the right audience to propel him from an amazing guitarist into a world-famous guitar player; Stevie Ray Vaughan, who sadly passed away exactly 25 years ago today (8/27) went to Europe to find recognition for the giant he was on guitar; the same goes for Jimi Hendrix, who made $100 a week as guitarist for the Isley Brothers in New York, but once discovered in London’s Hotspot Soho in 1966, he never looked back and became the highest paid performer at the Woodstock Festival.

My friend Chris Kellam, who fronts Jacksonville’s hard rock bank Blistur on lead guitar and vocals, deserves a global spotlight, but would only get the proper attention if he moved to LA. With wife, daughter, family and friends in Northeast Florida however that’s a hard choice to make, so consequently a lot of his talent unfortunately falls between the cracks of stardom.

Music that falls between the cracks.

Michael Rothschild promotes music and talent that has a propensity to fall between the cracks. I don’t think it was a conscious career choice, but it just turned out that way. A handful of years ago he let me in on a secret called Sean Costello . Since that introduction, I have collected every album Costello put out in his tragically short life. Simply amazing!

Experiencing a same vibe of recognition with this press release, I set out to find more information on Webb Wilder and it did not disappoint me. Rather Webb Wilder strikes me as another greatly underrated music performer who spent a lifetime in the trenches of music, never gaining a tracking momentum outside of the chitlin circuits, yet always hoping for the lucky break. Because that’s what it is, a lucky break, hardly ever related to talent, but almost always directly related to the right time and the right place.

While tackling Webb Wilder’s youTube presence I immediately recognized 2 songs that my band the Surgeons featured in our repertoire line up in 1967: ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, a 19th century blues tune from the Mississippi delta, brought to Europe and the world by then 19 year old Van Morrison as frontman of the Irish blues-rock band Them, and a garage band front-runner of the psychedelic era titled ‘I had too much to dream last night’ by the Electric Prunes. And that’s when I lost a couple of hours reminiscing the sixties, when rock, blues-rock and beat were still new and later superstars were still learning to master their instruments.

Guitar God Jimmy Page, who later starred in Led Zeppelin, was reportedly the session guitarist on Them’s ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ and “I had too much to dream” was recorded at Leon Russell’s house on a 4-track machine.
Kudos to Webb Wilder for bringing these cherished memories back to me and especially for the quality of his voice and guitar playing. I had fun spending a couple of hours back in 1967 and I will make an effort to attend his new album release party on September 25 in Nashville, TN when we’re visiting our old friends Ric and Kay Ronveaux who moved there 6 months ago from Amelia Island.


Press Release

Webb Wilder IS Mississippi Moderne on New CD Coming September 25 from Landslide Records

NASHVILLE, TN – Landslide Records is proud to announce a September 25th release date for Mississippi Moderne, the all new album from veteran roots rocker, Webb Wilder. A 2011 inductee into the Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame, Wilder has crafted a lively recording that pays homage to his home state through a striking set of originals, coupled with distinctive cover renditions that stretch from tunes by the Kinks to Charlie Rich and Jimmy Reed. Given superb backing from his highly accomplished and longtime bandmates, the Beatnecks (Tom Comet, bass, Bob Williams, guitar, and Jimmy Lester, drums), Mississippi Moderne captures the full flavor of Wilder’s raucous style, based on his singular baritone vocal delivery, solid guitar, a tight, punchy rhythmic foundation and some surprising touches of the heart added in as well.

Tracked at Studio 19 (originally Scotty Moore’s Music City Recorders) in Nashville and produced by Wilder, Tom Comet, Bob Williams and Joe McMahan, Mississippi Moderne represents the first new Webb Wilder album since 2009, and it shows that the man has, without question, furthered his charismatic singing style while maintaining a strong group of musicians who are well-schooled in cranking out Wilder’s unique brand of energized rock and roll music. The package also showcases Wilder’s compelling ability to write catchy melodies and lyrics, either on his own or with notable co-writers Dan Penn, John Hadley and Patrick Sweany.

The Hattiesburg, Mississippi native first hit nationally in 1986 with the now iconic classic, ‘It Came from Nashville’, and ever since he has confounded a slew of fans and critics attempting to define and categorize his style. As 20th Century Guitar Magazine noted, Wilder is “a master at scrambling the sounds, songs and threads of country, blues, British rock, rockabilly, and the freedom and emotion of soul music.”

Wilder has always described his sound as simply “a roots band for rock fans and a rock band for roots fans. On Mississippi Moderne, we’ve kept some of our trademark craziness, but there’s also a lot of roots solidity and some balladry to boot.”
To celebrate Mississippi Moderne, Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks will appear in Nashville on September 25th for a CD release party at the Basement East. On September 30 in Franklin, Tennessee, Webb will perform as part of a Music City Roots Benefit Concert for Tommy Womack that also includes Jason & the Scorchers, Todd Snider and Will Kimbrough & Friends at the Factory (

And on September 28 at 7:00 PM Central Time, Webb will be the featured interview guest on the Roots Radio Hour, streaming live on the Music City Roots app and WHPY 94.5 Hippie Radio (
In addition, a full slate of bookings in the United States and overseas will follow that feature Webb Wilder in both a solo setting (including shows as special guest for Dave & Phil Alvin) as well as full-out band shows with the dynamic Beatnecks.

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5 Top EDM Festivals You Must Attend

5 Top EDM Festivals You Must Attend EDM festivals take place in some of the best cities in the world. If you haven’t planned to visit some of these EDM cities this year, it’s time to contact your travel advisor to make your bookings. Your travel agent may also recommend you visit, and their guide on EDM festivals.

Below are five of the best EDM festivals that you should plan to attend:

1. COACHELLA, California, USA, April
Paul Tollete founded Coachella festival in 1999 and it has grown to be one of the most popular and most profitable festivals in the USA. In 2014, 579,000 fans attended the 6-day festival.

The festival gets its name from its host destination, the Coachella Valley, which is a desert in California. Though EDM is played at the festival, you will also get to experience other genres such as rock, hip hop and indie music.

2. EXIT Festival, Serbia, July
During the 2014 EU festival awards, the exit festival officially received the title of the best major festival in Europe. It beat 360 festivals from 34 countries, including Tomorrowland, which has been famous for the longest time as the holy grail of electronic music.

The venue for Exit, the Petrovaradin Fortress, is one to behold. It is located on the Danube River, and overlooks the city of Novi Sad.

Exit takes place over 5 days, starting on the 2nd Thursday in July and has an estimated attendance of at least 200,000 people.

3. Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Netherlands, October
amsterdam-dance-festivalADE started in 1996, and takes place every year in mid-October. The festival features 2200 artists performing in 450 venues all over Amsterdam.

Attendance for ADE is 350,000 every year, making it one of the most highly attended EDM festivals in the world. DJs such as Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Paul Van Dyk have featured performances at ADE.

4. KAZANTIP, Georgia, August
Kazantip EDM festival launched in 1992 and takes place for 2 to 3 weeks in August. This is perhaps the longest EDM festival to be held anywhere in the world. Kazantip is held in an open air 15 acre piece of land, where 300 DJs play on 14 stages.

The festival is themed to mimic a republic (called republic Z), complete with a president (spelled preZident) and military guards. There are many sculptures on the grounds to go with this theme. Attendants are called ‘paradiZers’ and they need a visa (spelled viZa) to enter into the republic.

The venue for the festival has moved from Crimea to Georgia due to the instability in Crimea, so it is quite safe to attend.

At least 100,000 paradiZers attend each year. You should attend this party and be a part of this amazing republic. Make sure you prepare for a good time by reading’s guide on rock concerts.

5. Stereosonic, Australia, November and December
The first Stereosonic festival took place in 2007. This event is indeed so popular that in 2013, it attracted the attention of SFX entertainment, an EDM giant from the US, to purchase the company that organizes the festival.

Stereosonic takes place in November and December in five Australian cities. The event has received major awards since its inauguration, such as the 2013 award for Best Major Festival, awarded by In the Mix.

In 2012, the attendance for the festival, which took place in Perth, was at over an estimated 30,000. Each year, the lineup of performers keeps growing, and it will keep growing as the demand for the festival continues to increase.

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What was Really Behind the American Pie Lyrics?

What was Really Behind the American Pie Lyrics?Betsie, a SearchAmelia viewer, asked the question, “Has Don McClean ever confirmed that this is what his song is talking about? I thought he would never say.”

McLean admits on his website that the song, American Pie, does indeed begin with lyrics written based on a tragic plane crash that happened in 1959, and his memories of the death of Buddy Holly.

Don has never admitted or disputed other lines of the song, adding more mystering to its meaning.

The following statement is credited to his website, thought I didn’t find it there.

“I’m very proud of the song. It is biographical in nature and I don’t think anyone has ever picked up on that. The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it’s part reality and part fantasy but I’m always in the song as a witness or as even the subject sometimes in some of the verses. You know how when you dream something you can see something change into something else and it’s illogical when you examine it in the morning but when you’re dreaming it seems perfectly logical. So it’s perfectly okay for me to talk about being in the gym and seeing this girl dancing with someone else and suddenly have this become this other thing that this verse becomes and moving on just like that. That’s why I’ve never analyzed the lyrics to the song. They’re beyond analysis. They’re poetry.”

My search to find a Don McLean quote about the song led me into a lyrical journey, disecting this nearly nine minute song, line by line. There are many interpretations of the lines, and some authors disagree on their meanings.

After having spent way too much time in an attempt to answer a viewers simple question, I found myself engulfed by our political, social and musical history of the 1960s.

While I would enjoy digging into this more, I don’t have the time, so after hours of research, here are just some of the plausible interpretations I found to the line-by-line lyrics of American Pie.

A long, long time ago…
(The song was released in 1971 and reached number 1 in the U.S. in 1972.)

I can still remember how That music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance, That I could make those people dance,
And maybe they’d be happy for a while.

(Music usually makes people happy, and often they dance.)

But, February made me shiver with every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep – I couldn’t take one more step

(McLean learned of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper on a February morning, when he was a young newspaper delivery boy.)

I can’t remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside, The day the music died.

(Buddy Holly’s wife, of barely six months, was pregant when he died. She miscarried shortly after his death.)

So, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin whiskey and rye
Singing “This’ll be the day that I die, This’ll be the day that I die.”

(Chevrolet and Apple Pie are American icons. “That’ll be the Day,” a Buddy Holly tune, included the lyrics, “That’ll be the day that I Die.”)

Did you write the Book of Love and do you have faith in God, above?
If the Bible tells you so.

(Song reference to The Monotones, “The Book of Love.”)

Now do you believe in rock ‘n roll?
Can music save your mortal soul? And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

(Before music became ten minute guitar solos, people used the music as an excuse to dance close together.)

Well, I know that you’re in love with him, ’cause I saw you dancing in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes – man, I dig those rhythm and blues

(Imagine a sock hop, an era of innocence in the 1950s when people believed in the Bible, family values, America, and an acceptance of Motown.)

I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew that I was out of luck, the day the music died.
I started singing…

(He had just witnessed his date dancing with another man in the gym.)


Now, for ten years we’ve been on our own and moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone, but…
(Fast forward to the 1969. Rolling Stone could be Rolling Stone magazine, the Rolling Stones, or Dylans, “Like a Rolling Stone.”)

That’s not how it used to be
(What a difference a decade made.)

When the Jester sang for the king and queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean
(The Jester is Bob Dylan, pictured on the album cover, “Free Wheelin’, in James Dean’s jacket. He performed at Royal Albert Hall in 1966.)

In a voice that came from you and me
(Dylan sang Folk music – music of everyday people.)

Oh, and while the King was looking down The jester stole his thorny crown
(There are many interpretations to these two lines including the Kennedy family, the decline in Elvis’ popularity and Dylan’s rise to fame.)

The courtroom was adjourned, No verdict was returned.
(Possibly the trial of the Chicago Seven. When the jury initially sent a hung-jury message to Judge Hoffman, the judge replied, “Keep deliberating!”)

And, while Lenin read a book on Marx
(John Lennon reading Groucho Marx, or perhaps John Lennon reading a book of German philosopher and revolutionary socialist, Karl Marx?)

the quartet practiced in the park, and…
(The Beatles played a number of parks and stadiums in the 1960s.)

We sang dirges in the dark, the day the music died
(Dirges: A song or hymn of grief.)

Healter Skelter (Beatles) in the summer swelter (Watts)

The Birds flew off with a fallout shelter, Eight Miles High and falling fast
(Eight Miles High, a song by The Byrds, experienced a radio ban after allegations it held drug connotations in its lyrics. The song could have made the top ten, but it fell off the charts after the ban.)

It landed foul on the grass
(Rumors are one of the members of The Byrds was arrested for possessing marijuana.)

The players tried for a forward pass with the Jester on the sidelines in a cast
(Dylan, the Jester, was in a cast from a motorcycle accident in the 60s, sidelining him from music for nearly two years.)

Now, the halftime air was sweet perfume
(Marijuana being smoked, or tear gas used on rioters and/or protesters in the 60s?)

while the Sergeants played a marching tune
(“The Sergeants” likely refers to the Beatles, Sgt. Pepper.)

We all got up to dance, oh, but we never got the chance
‘Cause the players tried to take the field – the marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?

(A little more complex, the summer of love was 1967, America wanted to dance once again in 1968, but it became instead a violent year, and folks never got the chance to dance on the field.)


And, there we were, all in one place – a generation Lost in Space
With no time left to start again

(The race for space was on.)

So, come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick – Jack Flash sat on a Candlestick, ’cause…
Fire is the Devil’s only friend

(Altamont in the fall of 1969, The Rolling Stones had a song, “Sympathy with the Devil.” Jack Flash symbolizes Mick Jagger who refused to end the concert even though people were leaving and it became violent.)

And, as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell could break that satan’s spell

(Hell’s Angels had been hired, by The Rolling Stones, for security at the concert.)

And, as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite, I saw…
Satan laughing with delight the day the music died

(A man with a gun heads for the stage and is stabbed to death by security, a sacrifice, while Jagger continues dancing on stage.)

I met a girl who sang the Blues, and I asked her for some happy news
She just smiled and turned away

(Possibly Janis Joplin who died of a drug overdose in 1970.)

I went down to the sacred store where I’d heard the music years before, but…
The man there said the music wouldn’t play

(No one wanted to hear the Buddy Holly music anymore.)

And, in the streets the children screamed, the lover’s cried, and the poets dreamed, but…
(Clash of youth and authority, grieving families touched by war, but yet hope remains.)

Not a word was spoken – the church bells all were broken
(Had the music died? Would America recover?)

And, the three men I admire most: the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, they…
(Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens.)

Caught the last train for the coast, the day the music died
(They took their last train.)

American Pie lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

For a indepth look at American Pie, visit Understanding American Pie.

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I’m a Stranger and I Love the Night

Scrapomatic by Susan Tedeschi

It says something about a "bloodline" if your band's publicity picture is taken by Susan Tedeschi

The last time I received a band’s CD from Fernandina Music Promotor Michael Rothschild to review, I was blown away by the unfortunately deceased Sean Costello. But it opened my eyes to the fact that Michael has some stellar talent in his Landslide Record label.

When I received the material on SCRAPOMATIC and their latest release “I’m a Stranger (and I love the Night)” I was in the midst of the Blues Festival madness last month, but when I finally put on the CD this morning (I still think in terms of vinyl, needles and record players!!) I was literally blown away once again.

Scrapomatic have been at it for thirteen years.  But don’t let the absence of so-called “overnight” success fool you into thinking that we have another ordinary group of angry young men trying to make it big. Scrapomatic is essentially a creative engine (outlet) where a couple of extremely gifted singer-songwriters get together and make music beyond the cookie cutter studio formatting.
Four albums later, the initial duo, now a trio, is flooring audiences with their uncompromising sound.  “It’s like song craft and the blues had unprotected sex,” says vocalist and co-songwriter Mike Mattison.  “We’re not sure what it is, but it’s spreading.”  Not surprisingly, the band’s latest Landslide Records release, I’M A STRANGER (AND I LOVE THE NIGHT) continues its distinctive forays into an intoxicating variety of American musical styles.  “Blues, roots, Americana, country, yeah, that’s us,” adds Mattison.  “But in updating our sound, we always remember the acts who’ve inspired us along the way:  Taj Mahal, Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Sly Stone.” Well there you a concoction for greatness in my opinion.

Band History

Mattison, who also sings and writes songs for the Grammy Award winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Paul Olsen, an in-demand New York musical director with two ASCAP songwriting awards to his credit, met in 1994 at a Minneapolis P-Funk concert.  Mattison had just graduated from Harvard with a degree in American Literature while Olsen was completing his studies in music composition at the University of Minnesota.  It was the beginning of a rich creative relationship.  “Immediately, collaborating was a snap.  If one guy couldn’t finish a line or a musical idea, the other one would.  I think we shared a midwestern worldview: somewhat fatalistic, laced with dark humor.  That’s what drew Paul and I to the blues.  To Howlin’ Wolf, Skip James, Charley Patton: Their musical and lyrical tone made sense to us.  People think of the Midwest as the ‘Heartland,’ a wholesome place.  But it’s not really–it’s often pretty dark too.”

The duo moved to New York City, formed Scrapomatic and made a name for themselves on the singer-songwriter circuit.  “We were playing the same joints as Norah Jones, Joseph Arthur, all of those early-2000s people.  We developed quite a following, but in a programatic world, I don’t think audiences knew where to file us.  Bands were whisper-singing about their ex-girlfriends, then here came Scrapomatic screaming about transvestite motels, spittle flying everywhere.”

Producer John Snyder (Etta James, Ornette Coleman, James Cotton, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Chet Baker, Derek Trucks Band) found Scrapomatic through his son Ben, and understood where the boys were coming from.  “Snyder got it.  And we got him.  He put together a crack band down in Maurice, LA, at Dockside Studios; the best of New Orleans: Johnny Vidacovich on drums, Bob Sunda on bass, and Larry Sieberth on keys.  Making that first album was like getting a funky PhD.”  Scrapomatic’s eponymous debut was released on Snyder’s revamped Artist House label, and was eventually named one of the Boston Globe’s “Top Ten Hidden Gems of 2003.”

Derek Trucks and Tedeschi-Trucks

Landslide Records signed Scrapomatic in 2006 and released the follow-up production by Snyder, ALLIGATOR LOVE CRY, which BLUES REVUE called “one of the year’s most impressive releases.”  With the duo expanding its touring vistas through the U.S. and Europe, a third album, SIDEWALK CAESARS, this time produced by Mattison, appeared in 2008 and garnered unanimously positive notices, typified by ALL MUSIC GUIDE’s praise:   “Original tunes that pulse with authority, conviction and above all, personality.”

As Scrapomatic’s star rose, Mike was picked up by slide-guitarist Derek Trucks and began touring as the lead singer with the Derek Trucks Band.  “It was fortuitous,” says Mattison.  “Derek was in a jam since his singer (Javier Colon) had left and would go on to win season one of NBC’s ‘The Voice.  Snyder, who also produced Derek’s first three records, recommended me; as did Chocolate Genius [singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson] with whom Scrapomatic had done some shows.”  Mattison would soon win a Grammy with The Derek Trucks Band for 2009’s Best Blues Album, “Already Free.”  In 2010, The Derek Trucks Band announced a hiatus, and Mattison joined the new group, Tedeschi Trucks Band, as a backing vocalist and songwriter.  He won another Grammy with TTB for 2011’s Best Blues Album, “Revelator.”   His compositions, “Bound for Glory” and “Midnight in Harlem,” received significant airplay and the latter was featured in the band’s performance for the DVD of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010.

“Derek has been such a great friend and mentor, as has his wife, Susan Tedeschi,” Mattison says.  “I’ve learned musicianship, professionalism, how to tour and how to navigate the music business.  Invaluable stuff.  And I’ve seen the world!  We’ve played on five continents, played in every state (except Alaska); appeared on Leno, Conan and were invited to the White House.  I’ve been blessed to sing onstage with legends like Taj Mahal, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Herbie Hancock, Solomon Burke.  It’s mind-boggling.”

Their other exploits aside, Mattison and Olsen continue to write together and share lead vocals and harmonies while meshing distinctly different approaches into a compelling amalgam of rootsy styles.   With I’M A STRANGER (AND I LOVE THE NIGHT), they’ve added a new member, Alabama-bred, multi faceted guitarist, Dave Yoke, while again featuring the classy, tight knit Atlanta rhythm unit of Ted Pecchio (bass) and Tyler Greenwell (drums).   Yoke has been a professional musician since his teens, mostly in the Atlanta area and, like Olsen, clocked time in Susan Tedeschi’s band.  “Yoke is the missing ingredient,” says Mattison.  “He’s not just a blues guy.  He can go ‘Jazz Olympics’ or straight Chet Atkins if he feels like it.  Plus, he and Paul have uncanny guitar intuition.  You just press play and let them run.”

I’m a Stranger and I love the Night

With all original material by Mattison and Olsen, the new album showcases each man’s ample singing and songwriting talent to its most sublime level yet. Olsen’s “Alligator Love Cry” (old title, new song) provides a perfect backdrop for Mattison’s achingly gruff vocal take on a low down, vengeance-ridden tale.  In contrast, the nostalgic title track, written and sung by Olsen, beautifully evokes elusive love amidst the dreamy night air of the city. Pecchio and Greenwell provide righteous propulsion to Mattison’s hard hitting love rocker, “Rat Trap,” and the darkly comical “Mother Of My Wolf” while more eclectic offerings, like “Don’t Fall Apart On Me, Baby,” “The Party’s Over,” and “Gentrification Blues” illustrate a deep, soulful range laced with poignancy, irony and subtle humor.

Produced by Mattison, with mixing and mastering from veteran Atlanta engineer Rodney Mills, I’M A STRANGER (AND I LOVE THE NIGHT) brings forth the essence of an ongoing and fruitful partnership.  “Thankfully, Paul and I have the creative engine of Scrapomatic,” says Mattison.  “It’s where we go to refuel.  Paul’s ability to turn out song after devastating song still amazes me.  And unlike so many in this business, Paul is musically generous.  He’ll sit down and write a tear-jerking masterpiece in front of your face and then tell you that YOU wrote it.”  Mattison pauses to explain the band’s growing momentum.  “I used to say coy stuff about how we honor roots music while looking to the future.  But now I just say: ‘What’s not to love?!'”

Scrapomatic may just have ‘finally’ found the perfect line up to push them to the top of their genre, because I’m telling you, this album has it all; great songwriting, great voices and fabulously tight musicianship while the titles move through surprising twists and turns. Certainly intriguing enough to keep this old blues dog sniffing for more.
Available at Landslide Records and Amazon

ZZ Top Head Back to their Blues Roots With La Futura

ZZ Top Head Back to their Blues Roots With La FuturaContributed by: Brynn Alexander

With the Amelia Island Blues Festival this weekend, everyone has blues on the brain, and that’s great timing for ZZ Top, who have chosen this week to release their first album in nine years, La Futura. This record is a full-on throwback to the band’s blues roots, with a bit of modern styling thrown in for good measure.

Right from the first track, “Gotsta Get Paid,” it’s clear this is the pure ZZ Top that originated in the ’70s, before MTV got ahold of them and turned them into ’80s synth-based pop stars. The song is actually a reworked cover of DJ DMD’s “25 Lighters,” but this is no hip-hop track; it’s a raunchy blues romp that highlights both the growling vocals and the wailing guitar of Billy Gibbons.

From there, the album oscillates back and forth between Stevie Ray-style blues rock, and more retro-sounding blues tracks. Although the songwriting borrows a lot from traditional themes, the production is all modern. Producer Rick Rubin, famous for staging the comebacks of several big names like Metallica and Johnny Cash, created a new version of his signature raw, stripped-down sound for La Futura. The result is the one of the best albums ZZ Top has ever put out, and possibly their most cohesive effort to date.

Those who only know ZZ Top from their MTV days may be surprised at just how much
this band is rooted in a heavy blues tradition. If there was ever any doubt about
it, La Futura puts that doubt to rest, and this album is one that will please both
rock and blues fans of any generation.

When Brynn isn’t scouring the internet for new music, videos, and her favorite viral
features, she’s writing about music, festivals, and all things entertainment at Clickitticket.

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Tornado Relief Efforts for Southern Indiana

Tornado Relief Efforts for Henryville IndianaJesse Vest from The Louisville Crashers has posted a video on their Facebook page announcing the total funds raised during the Southern Indiana Tornado Relief Concert. The benefit was organized in less than one week, featured 40 bands on 4 stages, and raised over $60,000. This is $10,000 more than the original estimations!

Here is the final breakdown of those funds:

    -Admission fees, additional door donations and the silent auction brought in $55,611.78. Every penny is going to the Clark County Red Cross in Southern Indiana.
    -$4,500 from concessions sales will go to the Salvation Army.
    -T-shirts from the benefit concert have completely sold out raising $5,058.50. This money will be donated to the Gilles Family.

Darrell Gilles, his wife and three children took shelter in the closet of their Henryville home when it was thrown about 300 yards when the first tornado struck. See their incredible story HERE.

Red Cross Donation for Tornado Relief

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The fundraiser was held at Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, Indiana just nine days after the storms ripped through Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

The Louisville Crashers made it clear from the beginning that this event was about raising money by stating, “Bring Money!!! This is first and foremost a fundraiser, so stop at the ATM on your way and bring everything you can spare! Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids 12 and under.” Even the musicians and bands who volunteered to perform at the event paid the admission fee.

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Jerry Lee’s Music and Artisan Emporium

Jerry Lee's Music

Jerry Lee’s Music & Artisan Emporium

101 St. Patrick Street
Saint Marys, GA 31558
(912) 576-4401

    -From Fernandina Beach, bear right onto US-17 North in Yulee towards Savannah.
    -Hop on I-95 North into Georgia.
    -At exit 1, get off of I-95 and turn right onto St Marys Rd
    -Go about 3 miles then take the ramp towards St Marys and Cumberland Island
    -Turn left onto Ga Highway 40 East
    -Go about 4 miles and then turn right onto St Patrick Street where you will find Jerry Lee’s Music

Hours of Business:
Monday to Friday – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday – 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Lessons by Appointment are Available

Email: or visit for more information.

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Fender – Bedell – Kustom – Egnater – Breedlove – Live music venue

Instruments for Sale in Southeast Georgia Instruments
Whatever type of music you play, we have the products you will need to play it.
Lessons Lessons
Take your instrumental playing to the next level! We offer lessons for a variety of instruments. Please visit our store or give us a call for more information.
Recording-studio Recording studio
Our recording studio supplies you with a wide range of professional recording services to compliment virtually every genre of music.
Instrument repairs Repairs
If your action is too high or your volume is too low, bring your instrument by. Our trained and experienced repair staff will quickly have it back in your hands better than new.
DW Drums DW Drums
At Drum Workshop, The Drummer’s Choice® is more than a slogan, it’s a fact. After more than thirty years of innovation and tireless dedication to improving the way drum products are made, DW drums, pedals and hardware are the standard by which all others are measured. To get here, it takes more than a working knowledge of the instrument or a few good ideas; it takes a true passion for designing and manufacturing the very best.
Sabian Sabian
SABIAN was founded in late 1981, when one of the world’s great names in cymbal making, Bob ‘Sabian’ decided drummers deserve better cymbals. Not happy with the quality, sound and relevance of cymbals made at that time, he launched SABIAN.
PA's and AMPS PA’s and AMPS
We will customize your PA System for your needs. FREE on site estimate.
Guitars Guitars
We carry a wide selection of guitars; come in and check them out.

Music is my Ammunition

Enjoy this weekend's Sunsplash Music Festival at the Beach at Slider's

My wife and I sat on our back porch for a late afternoon cup of coffee, enjoying the breeze coming off the ocean (it is early August after all)  exclaiming gratitude for living in this marvelous place, when a bunch of cicadas (tree crickets) started their daily “chirp song” which we normally find a bit irritating and noisy. They can actually produce a decibel level of 120 equaling a jackhammer, but yesterday they “played” an actual rhythmic melody, something we never witnessed before. Whether it was by coincidence or design, in a tree a bit further out some cicadas laid done a fast track on the snare drum. In a tree a little closer to the right some cicadas worked various tom toms and a tree to the left produced hit hats and cymbals. The beat was Caribbean/African and believe it or not after a while we were “dancing” in our chairs. It was a wondrous moment. It sounded like reggae or SKA in preparation for this weekend’s Sunsplash Festival

About as wondrous as when I first fell in love with the Playing for Change” project a couple of months ago after reading the story of Mark Johnson and Roger Ridley connecting in 2005, which resulted in a project video taping performing musicians from all around the world in the span of one song. I immediately befriended “Playing for Change” and as a result I found in my inbox this morning the latest Video Episode titled “Music is my Ammunition” in which camera and crew once again go around the world and visit new and old friends to contribute to the Reggae Rhythms of the song telling about songs of ancestry and friendship. Revealing for me is the completion of the lyric’s sentence that states Music is my Ammunition fired on Babylon. A plea to do away with all the misunderstandings because music connects, no matter if we all understand the lyrics. I connected for the first time with cicadas although I didn’t understand a word they were saying…who’d ever guess?

Music Is My Ammunition | Playing For Change from Playing For Change on Vimeo.

Coming Sunday is the annual International Friendship Day. Established in 1935 as a National Holiday we are encouraged to honor and appreciate those special persons in our lives whom we call friends.

Over the years I have learned some real important things from real friends such as:

• Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes

• Friends have taught me how I can feel wealthy, rather than relentlessly pursue the acquisition of the symbols of wealth

• Sometimes it is worth to dig a bit deeper and inside the shell you will find someone who likes to be appreciated, inspite of an appearance to the contrary

• ignoring facts does not alter them

• It’s better to buy a top of the line mattress than a luxury car, unless you spend more than 8 hours a day in your car

• most of all I appreciate my friends who help me to savor the time spend with them, the smell of the ocean, the taste of food and wine and the consideration for the less fortunate.

I deeply appreciate my (our) friends who have pointed out after all these years that even God didn’t do everything in one day. He stopped and smelled the roses and savored his accomplishments. So why on earth should I even try. True friends not only understand that, they’ll encourage it too. And isn’t it special that all my friends enjoy music. …….I may need to contract the cicadas for an encore.

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra has Amelia Island Connections

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra My daughter and I went to see the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at Jacoby Hall recently in Jacksonville, Florida. We were there for the 2011 Major/Minor concert where the Youth Orchestra played along with the JSO.

Browsing the program, we recognized some students in the Youth Orchestra and realized some of their Conductors as well have Amelia Island connections. Not to mention that Rayonier was a generous sponsor of this evening’s events.

Marjorie Dutilly, Conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Strings is the founder and director of Selah Strings of Nassau County, Director of Music at Faith Christian Academy in Fernandina Beach and she has taught at Amelia Arts Academy.

Judith Steinmeyer, who was conducting the JSYO Premiere Strings and Philharmonic Strings, is not only a voting member for the Grammy Awards, but she too, has maintained faculty positions with a number of prestigious music organizations including Amelia Arts Academy.

It is exciting to know our local community has such talented and generous musicians!

This celebration of youth included featured performances by scholarship winners Hannah Fell, Mitchell Kuhn and Likai He who offered outstanding presentations in flute, oboe and the violin respectively.

Music is truly a universal language and if you have the opportunity to witness the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in action, don’t miss it!

Amelia Island Residents in Action for the Symphony (ARIAS)
ARIAS is a local, non-profit that was founded in 1999 to support the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, share with local residents JSO offerings and to bring music to Nassau County schools. For more information about ARIAS and their mission, visit Julie Simmons’ article in the Amelia Islander.

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Marketing Mogul, Musician or Both?

John Oszajca

John Oszajca

John Oszajca has experienced a growth in music not unlike many musicians from Fernandina would love to tell as their own story. Take a boy who grew up on an tourist island and drop him into Seattle’s music scene and then move him to Los Angeles.

That takes a lot of dedication and passion and that is just what Oszajca has done. Oszajca’s (pronounced Oh-zsa-kuh, as in the French children’s song, “Frere Jacques”) full-length albums include From There To Here – Interscope and First Sign Of Anything – Warner Bros. and his latest Elephant Graveyard that heralded fantastic reviews:

“His tunes brim with melodramatic hooks as well as irony, conjuring up the best of 1970′s era-pop and rock styles…”

“daring… reveals moments of brilliance!”
Entertainment Weekly

Reminiscent of legends Hank Williams and Bob Dylan, I find John’s music confessional and contemporary, classic and often timeless.

With John recording in New Zealand over the holidays and the New Year, I received an exciting email this morning announcing a Christmas ditty to be included in his next album. John has given me permission to share it with you, our readership, and I am excited to surprise my partner Han, here at SearchAmelia with this wonderful new song for the holiday season.

The song is called “John Oszajca’s Golden Christmas Classic” and it is refreshing to hear something new for the holidays.

You can download two of his songs for free HERE, such as John’s latest single from his album Elephant Graveyard as well as I Hate You My Friend as featured in the feature film, “What Happens In Vegas.”

Marketing Mogul

John also “gets it” when it comes to internet marketing and has helped other musicians reach the top in on-line sales. Musicians flocked to his Music Marketing Manifesto program that was so popular, well, John had to label it sold out just to catch up on the orders!

From me to you, for the holidays, I hope you enjoy this special treat from John Oszajca and Team SearchAmelia!

Merry Christmas Han, I am looking forward to a wonderful New Year with you on SearchAmelia!

Justin Bieber – JB Shooting Star

Only 16 and already on his way to superstardom

I have been watching this new young talent Canadian Born Justin Bieber or JB as he’s already known out there, and I must say it is not often we see a rising star come along with his level of potential. I have been involved in the music industry for many years, yep I could be the kid’s grand dad, and I still write music today mostly in collaboration with the legendary Howard Scott of WAR (Cisco Kid) and the band Lowrider. He and I were talking about this new young star just last night and he feels the same as I do; if managed right and he keeps his focus on the right track, he could be as large as Elvis or the Beatles. At just 16 years of age he has the entire world before him with many stages and billions of people to perform for. (See our previously published article Who is Justin Bieber.)

Atlanta’s Scooter Braun is his manager, he actually discovered Justin on YouTube, made contact with him, introduced him to Usher and the rest is history. Actually I heard that another Justin (Timberlake) had a shot at him, but dropped the ball.

So many times new performers hit the scene and all of a sudden find themselves losing track of what they are doing. Focus and goals are what has made most of the performing artist, once they lose track of direction and think that fame and admiration is an “everlasting love” their careers are already in decline. I think this young man has a future that is bright and stardom is his to lose. Let’s hope he does not fall into all the traps other young superstars so painfully experienced.

Which reminds me, I watched America has Talent a couple of days ago and saw this young guy with a guitar play a song that would have blown young Michael Bolton out of the water. Can anyone tell me the kids name?

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Community Conversations with Joey and Jeanie

Community Conversations with Joey and Jeanie

Community Conversations with Joey and Jeanie

Joey and Jeanie are contemporary Christian musicians from Fernandina Beach, Florida and they have just released their first CD together. Their songs are composed of inspirational and motivational words of faith set to catchy and often toe tapping tunes.

In this Community Conversations with Joey and Jeanie, I had the opportunity to ask them about their music while enjoying an acoustic sampling of their newest release in the sanctuary of United Memorial Methodist Church on Amelia Island. This talented duo is passionate about their faith and they take their musical mission to others.

Playing at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in Fernandina Beach has given them the opportunity to share their music and faith while touching the lives of others creating a spiritual ignition of the soul.

Joey Daddario is a six-time ASCAP Plus Award Winner. Every year since 2005, Joey has won this award that recognizes composers whose work has unique prestige value and represents diversity in the entertainment business. Jeannie Scheff has been singing since she was a child. After relocating to NE Florida she performed with the Dixie Angel Band, a family friendly show before joining Joey for this inspired mission.

If the Son Sets You Free, Blessed Wind, Red Letter Day and Hold Me Up are just a few of the songs you’ll see performed on this video. This is indeed a CD you will want to have to keep you motivated for your 2010 New Year’s resolutions. To learn more about Joey and Jeanie, or to purchase their CD, visit

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Richard Gilewitz Guitar Pickin Workshop

Photo by ZenGator Productions

Photo by ZenGator Productions

One of the strangest men in acoustic music today is Richard Gilewitz. He fascinates his audiences with finger style gymnastics on his 6 and 12-string guitars while spinning tales too unbelievable not to be true.

He began honing his skills during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama while pursing a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Gilewitz eventually worked in the field of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems. Soon, his passion for music took over and Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time.

His workshop: Fingerpicking Guitar is only $250.00 and takes place at the Florida House Inn this weekend, August 7th, 8th and 9th. Visit either of the Web sites for more information.

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Han and the Current Ex

Intercoastal Winery
The Intercoastal Wine Company is located on North 2nd Street, right off Centre Street in Historic Fernandina Beach. They sell beer and wine, and often provide free wine tasting.
Local friends, Han and Dave, who are lovingly referred to by friends as Han and the Current Ex, will be playing guitars and singing on Saturday night, August 16th, from 7:30 pm until close.
It is a great little place, so come on out and have some fun!