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A version of “That’s Alright Mama” by Elvis, covered by The Muckrakes. Recorded live in Richmond, VA at The Capital Ale Music Hall.

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It’s Thursday, that means “punk rock” mayhem. With that said, here a video of me breaking my collar bone as I played with with The Trauma Dolls. There’s also some blood and broken glass. Good times, good times.

Poster for The Muckrakes gig in Norfolk, VA at The Colley Cantina on October 19th @ 9PM.

Poster for The Muckrakes gig in Norfolk, VA at The Colley Cantina on October 19th @ 9PM.

UNKNOWN HINSON on romance: “Show me your breast and let’s have some safe sex…”

UNKNOWN HINSON on Rock n’ Roll: “Any damn idiot can make that racket…a damn 15 year old punk can do it…”

UNKNOWN HINSON

Looking somewhat like Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show, Unknown Hinson translates that vibe to  his style of country and western-tinged psychobilly. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, this red-necked crooner gained regional popularity with a self-produced television show in 1992 and soon was touring nationwide, wowing audiences with his outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone. Hinson’s most recent CD release,  “Target Practice”, melds weepy twang and searing guitar riffs and lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad and the dark side of the honky-tonk lifestyle.  Raucous, theatrical and over-the-top, Unknown Hinson isn’t just for the trailer park set anymore!

He’s toured with Hank3 and Rev. Horton Heat. Billy Bob Thornton names Unknown as one of his favorite songwriters and a genius picker. Matt Groening (the Simpsons) labels Unknown as a guitar maniac (and funny as hell to boot!) Hank3  has Unknown’s face tatooed on his bicep! Marty Stuart introduced him as his illegitimate brother at the Ryman in Nashville, and is placing Unknown on the front cover of his upcoming book of personal photographs. Tom Petty came backstage at a Hollywood event to ask Unknown how he gets his “sound”. The Rolling Stones invited him to participate in the soundcheck session for their latest show in Charlotte, NC.

Unknown is also gaining notoriety (and fans) as the voice of lead character “Early Cuyler” in the popular new show from Cartoon Network “The Squidbillies”. The first season was so well-received that an immediate green light was given to two more seasons.

What do ventriloquism,  hoola hoop contests, target practice, monster sideburns, and hellacious guitar solos have in common? Go to an Unknown Hinson concert and find out.

UNKNOWN HINSON

Looking somewhat like Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show, Unknown Hinson translates that vibe to his style of country and western-tinged psychobilly. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, this red-necked crooner gained regional popularity with a self-produced television show in 1992 and soon was touring nationwide, wowing audiences with his outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone. Hinson’s most recent CD release, “Target Practice”, melds weepy twang and searing guitar riffs and lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad and the dark side of the honky-tonk lifestyle. Raucous, theatrical and over-the-top, Unknown Hinson isn’t just for the trailer park set anymore!

He’s toured with Hank3 and Rev. Horton Heat. Billy Bob Thornton names Unknown as one of his favorite songwriters and a genius picker. Matt Groening (the Simpsons) labels Unknown as a guitar maniac (and funny as hell to boot!) Hank3 has Unknown’s face tatooed on his bicep! Marty Stuart introduced him as his illegitimate brother at the Ryman in Nashville, and is placing Unknown on the front cover of his upcoming book of personal photographs. Tom Petty came backstage at a Hollywood event to ask Unknown how he gets his “sound”. The Rolling Stones invited him to participate in the soundcheck session for their latest show in Charlotte, NC.

Unknown is also gaining notoriety (and fans) as the voice of lead character “Early Cuyler” in the popular new show from Cartoon Network “The Squidbillies”. The first season was so well-received that an immediate green light was given to two more seasons.

What do ventriloquism, hoola hoop contests, target practice, monster sideburns, and hellacious guitar solos have in common? Go to an Unknown Hinson concert and find out.

I see your “punk rock” Sid Vicious T-shirt and raise you a GG Allin T-shirt.

I see your “punk rock” Sid Vicious T-shirt and raise you a GG Allin T-shirt.

The one, the only, the simply amazing, Mr. Robert Johnson.

According to legend, as a young man, living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson was branded with a burning desire to become a great blues musician. He was “instructed” to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation at midnight. There he was met by a large black man (the Devil) who took the guitar and tuned it. The “Devil” played a few songs and then returned the guitar to Johnson, giving him mastery of the instrument. This was, in effect, a deal with the Devil mirroring the legend of Faust. In exchange for his soul, Robert Johnson was able to create the blues for which he became famous.

The one, the only, the simply amazing, Mr. Robert Johnson.

According to legend, as a young man, living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson was branded with a burning desire to become a great blues musician. He was “instructed” to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation at midnight. There he was met by a large black man (the Devil) who took the guitar and tuned it. The “Devil” played a few songs and then returned the guitar to Johnson, giving him mastery of the instrument. This was, in effect, a deal with the Devil mirroring the legend of Faust. In exchange for his soul, Robert Johnson was able to create the blues for which he became famous.

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I PUT A SPELL ON YOU by SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS

I Put a Spell on You" is a 1956 song written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, whose recording was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It was also ranked #313 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Johnny Cash spoofs Elvis

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TRASH by THE NEW YORK DOLLS

The New York Dolls is an American rock band, formed in New York in 1971. In 2004 the band reformed with three of their original members, two of whom, David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, continue on today and have released two records of new material. The original bassist, Arthur Kane, died shortly after their first reunion concert.

The band’s proto-punk sound prefigured much of what was to come in the punk rock era; their visual style influenced the look of many new wave and 1980s-era glam metal groups, and they began the local New York scene that later spawned the Ramones, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads.

This is going on tonight, Norfolk, VA.

This is going on tonight, Norfolk, VA.

The New York Dolls in one of the greatest TV performances of all time.

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TRAILER PARK LOVE STORY by THE MUCKRAKES

I wrote this song long before I started playing with The Muckrakes. It’s going to appear on our upcoming CD, Grandiphonia.

Pigeonholing South-East VA, fitting The Muckrakes into any one genre is a difficult task because they meld so many vibrant instruments into a heady mash uniquely all their own.

Their music can shift to sometimes quiet and reflective, sometimes foot stomping and rambunctious, sometimes pure and innocent, and sometimes dark and moody. This is a rock band with bluegrass guts, ragtime legs, folk sensibilities and a dash of the blues for good measure.

Together, the group has found the right combination of sweet and sinister, of power and weakness, of new and old and is here to help make the celebration of life a little more rowdy.

Please leave a comment or reblog.

Whatcha think?

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I GOT A PAIR OF BRAND NEW ROLLER SKATES (BRAND NEW KEY) by MELANIE

"Brand New Key" is a pop song written by folk singer Melanie (Melanie Safka), which became a novelty hit in 1971-72. Taken from Melanie’s album Gather Me, it was also known as “The Rollerskate Song”. It was her biggest hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in December 1971 and January 1972. It reached #1 in Canada and Australia, and #4 in the UK charts.

The song has been covered by numerous artist including Janis Joplin.

Melanie’s version of “Brand New Key” was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights.