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Randy Culler

Randy Culler 

Bluegrass banjo, SF Fan, C++ Programmer

Occupation: I work as a computer engineer, designing and programming SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems and doing energy management control. While I've concentrated in C++ and C programm

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Weird!

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A PERIOD OF JUVENILE PROSPERITY, 2006 - 2009
Photos of modern-day teenage hobos from Mike Brodie
via +Frank Beacham who had this to say about it:

Mike Brodie spent five years riding freight trains across America, returning with a visual record of the teenage “freighthoppers” that travel the United States illegally by rail.

Without any formal training in photography, Brodie began documenting his experiences after finding a discarded Polaroid camera behind a car seat.

As a way of keeping in contact with the people he met while traveling, he started posting images to various websites under the name “The Polaroid Kidd.”

A selection of his photographs, spanning 2003-2008, have been collected in a new book “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” published by Twin Palms.

“A lot of the kids I knew have since gone back to their oldlives. It was ... more »

A PERIOD OF JUVENILE PROSPERITY, 2006 - 2009
Photos of modern-day teenage hobos from Mike Brodie
via +Frank Beacham who had this to say about it:

Mike Brodie spent five years riding freight trains across America, returning with a visual record of the teenage “freighthoppers” that travel the United States illegally by rail.

Without any formal training in photography, Brodie began documenting his experiences after finding a discarded Polaroid camera behind a car seat.

As a way of keeping in contact with the people he met while traveling, he started posting images to various websites under the name “The Polaroid Kidd.”

A selection of his photographs, spanning 2003-2008, have been collected in a new book “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” published by Twin Palms.

“A lot of the kids I knew have since gone back to their old lives. It was something they did for whatever reason before they settled down. Some were running away, some were out for adventure,” Brodie told the Guardian. “It's like being homeless by choice, I guess, but, living like that you learn a lot of American values like self-reliance, independence.”

_Brodie no longer takes photographs. After training at the Nashville Auto Diesel College he now works as a diesel engine mechanic.
In his words “a good, solid career.”_

http://mikebrodie.net/projects/gallery/___

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2016-05-02 10:49:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Dublin Blues
Guy Clark is an accomplished luthier and often plays his own guitars. He achieved success as a songwriter with Jerry Jeff Walker's recordings of "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train". Artists such as Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Hayes Carll, Brad Paisley, John Denver, Alan Jackson, Rodney Crowell,The Highwaymen, and Kenny Chesney have recorded Clark's songs. Emmylou Harris has accompanied him on several recordings, particularly his own version of "Desperados Waiting for a Train" on his first album, Old No. 1, released in 1975.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Clark

Dublin Blues
Guy Clark is an accomplished luthier and often plays his own guitars. He achieved success as a songwriter with Jerry Jeff Walker's recordings of "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train". Artists such as Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Hayes Carll, Brad Paisley, John Denver, Alan Jackson, Rodney Crowell,The Highwaymen, and Kenny Chesney have recorded Clark's songs. Emmylou Harris has accompanied him on several recordings, particularly his own version of "Desperados Waiting for a Train" on his first album, Old No. 1, released in 1975.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Clark___

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2016-05-02 10:46:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Guy Clark has been suffering from numerous health ailments recently. In June 2015, he was hospitalized right before he was scheduled to appear at an Austin City Limits event being held in his behalf. Clark had a bad reaction to medication he was prescribed after a recent surgical procedure, and missed the ACL Hall of Fame induction. The induction ceremony continued on in Clark’s absence, and Lyle Lovett accepted the honor on Clark’s behalf.

Guy Clark has been suffering from numerous health ailments recently. In June 2015, he was hospitalized right before he was scheduled to appear at an Austin City Limits event being held in his behalf. Clark had a bad reaction to medication he was prescribed after a recent surgical procedure, and missed the ACL Hall of Fame induction. The induction ceremony continued on in Clark’s absence, and Lyle Lovett accepted the honor on Clark’s behalf.___

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2016-05-01 13:15:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

James Webb Space Telescope's Golden Mirror
The telescope's mirrors are covered in a microscopically thin layer of gold, which optimizes them for reflecting infrared light, which is the primary wavelength of light this telescope will observe. To ensure the mirror is both strong and light, the team made the mirrors out of beryllium. Each mirror segment is about the size of a coffee table and weighs approximately 20 kilograms (46 pounds). A very fine film of vaporized gold coats each segment to improve the mirror's reflection of infrared light. The fully assembled mirror is larger than any rocket, so the two sides of it fold up. Behind each mirror are several motors so that the team can focus the telescope out in space.

James Webb Space Telescope's Golden Mirror
The telescope's mirrors are covered in a microscopically thin layer of gold, which optimizes them for reflecting infrared light, which is the primary wavelength of light this telescope will observe. To ensure the mirror is both strong and light, the team made the mirrors out of beryllium. Each mirror segment is about the size of a coffee table and weighs approximately 20 kilograms (46 pounds). A very fine film of vaporized gold coats each segment to improve the mirror's reflection of infrared light. The fully assembled mirror is larger than any rocket, so the two sides of it fold up. Behind each mirror are several motors so that the team can focus the telescope out in space.___

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2016-05-01 11:33:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Thanks to Ricksdailytips.com !

Thanks to Ricksdailytips.com !___

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2016-05-01 11:27:32 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Down in the dumps?

Me new motto___Down in the dumps?

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2016-05-01 11:21:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Talladega
via Butch Robins who says:
It's race day at Talladega! Having been a racing fan my entire life, I wrote this tune and recorded it on my album "Forty Years Late" with some friends of mine. We have Buck White on mandolin, Ronnie Reno on guitar, Jimmy D. Brock on the bass and Karl Himmel doing the percussion. Will you be watching today?
#bluegrass  

Talladega
via Butch Robins who says:
It's race day at Talladega! Having been a racing fan my entire life, I wrote this tune and recorded it on my album "Forty Years Late" with some friends of mine. We have Buck White on mandolin, Ronnie Reno on guitar, Jimmy D. Brock on the bass and Karl Himmel doing the percussion. Will you be watching today?
#bluegrass  ___

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2016-05-01 11:02:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Tennessee Blues
Live at Festival of the Bluegrass,Lexington,Ky early 80's with Keith Whitley,JD Crowe,Bobby Slone,Wendy Miller and Randy Hayes

Tennessee Blues
Live at Festival of the Bluegrass,Lexington,Ky early 80's with Keith Whitley,JD Crowe,Bobby Slone,Wendy Miller and Randy Hayes___

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2016-04-30 12:41:48 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Ralph's Wish Came True

Ralph's Wish Came True___

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2016-04-30 10:48:19 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

It's true! I've made TENS of dollars with my  #banjo  

It's true! I've made TENS of dollars with my  #banjo  ___

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2016-04-30 10:47:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Followed by a drizzle of win-10 popups....

Microsoft interrupted a weather report with their annoying Windows 10 popup lol___Followed by a drizzle of win-10 popups....

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2016-04-30 10:41:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Chiseled In Stone
Vern "The Voice" Gosdin

Chiseled In Stone
Vern "The Voice" Gosdin___

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2016-04-30 10:23:30 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

"Sailin' Shoes" - Sam Bush - One-Take
Dusty Wright presents mandolin maestro Sam Bush performing "Sailin' Shoes" at Gibson Guitars in NYC. Dusty Wright's One-Takes are a series of live songs by artists you know, should know, or will know soon enough!

#bluegrass  

"Sailin' Shoes" - Sam Bush - One-Take
Dusty Wright presents mandolin maestro Sam Bush performing "Sailin' Shoes" at Gibson Guitars in NYC. Dusty Wright's One-Takes are a series of live songs by artists you know, should know, or will know soon enough!

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-04-30 10:20:02 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Headlines from All Over

Headlines from All Over___

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2016-04-29 16:39:15 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Gizmodo: Google Patents Electronic Device That Would Be Injected Onto Your Freaking Eyeball. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwrpDR3iQ

Gizmodo: Google Patents Electronic Device That Would Be Injected Onto Your Freaking Eyeball. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwrpDR3iQ___

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2016-04-29 10:58:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-29 10:48:47 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Bill Posters Beware!

Bill Posters Beware!___

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2016-04-29 10:40:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Carolina Moonshine Man
via one of the co-writers, Ray Edwards who said: 
A stone-cold, #1 #bluegrass hit by one of the finest voices and bands in the business!..Terry Foust, Lou Reid & I wrote the song which is a true story about my Dad running moonshine back in his younger days here in NC...I'm very proud to have two songs on Lou's new CD which will be released on May 1st...One song I wrote with Terry Foust and the other I wrote with Matt Dylan of the Honky-Tonk Outlaws...Folks...get your dancin' shoes on and enjoy "Carolina Moonshine Man" by Lou Reid and Carolina!!!

Carolina Moonshine Man
via one of the co-writers, Ray Edwards who said: 
A stone-cold, #1 #bluegrass hit by one of the finest voices and bands in the business!..Terry Foust, Lou Reid & I wrote the song which is a true story about my Dad running moonshine back in his younger days here in NC...I'm very proud to have two songs on Lou's new CD which will be released on May 1st...One song I wrote with Terry Foust and the other I wrote with Matt Dylan of the Honky-Tonk Outlaws...Folks...get your dancin' shoes on and enjoy "Carolina Moonshine Man" by Lou Reid and Carolina!!!___

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2016-04-29 09:56:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

47 Years Ago: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Split Up
Forty-seven years ago today (March 11, 1969) was a sad day for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. It was on this day that the men, together known as the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs, split up, ending a musical partnership that spanned 25 years.

47 Years Ago: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Split Up
Forty-seven years ago today (March 11, 1969) was a sad day for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. It was on this day that the men, together known as the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs, split up, ending a musical partnership that spanned 25 years.___

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2016-04-28 17:06:10 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

JD Crowe & The New South 1975 - JD Crowe,Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Bobby Slone
Here's a whole set from JD and the boys!

#bluegrass  

JD Crowe & The New South 1975 - JD Crowe,Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Bobby Slone
Here's a whole set from JD and the boys!

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-04-28 10:28:55 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Blatantly stolen from +Cybergrass 

#banjo  

Blatantly stolen from +Cybergrass 

#banjo  ___

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2016-04-27 17:23:41 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Check In With the Velociraptor at the World’s First Robot Hotel

JAPAN HAS A national gift for holding in balance the stateliness of tradition and the marvel of novelty. So it ought to come as no surprise that on the western margin of the archipelago, on a serene bay in a remote area of the Nagasaki Prefecture, there is an enormous theme park dedicated to the splendors of imperial Holland. It follows with perfect logic that the historical theme park’s newest lodging place is the world’s first hotel staffed by robots.

Check In With the Velociraptor at the World’s First Robot Hotel

JAPAN HAS A national gift for holding in balance the stateliness of tradition and the marvel of novelty. So it ought to come as no surprise that on the western margin of the archipelago, on a serene bay in a remote area of the Nagasaki Prefecture, there is an enormous theme park dedicated to the splendors of imperial Holland. It follows with perfect logic that the historical theme park’s newest lodging place is the world’s first hotel staffed by robots.___

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2016-04-27 10:19:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Benny Martin, John Hartford & Roy Huskey - Wabash Cannonball
Martin typified the "country stompin'" music, with his enthusiastic fiddling while dancing around on stage. For almost five decades he was a popular entertainer making numerous appearances throughout the United States and Europe. He also recorded a number of records on which he performed on the fiddle and sang vocals. Martin's fiddle style was revolutionary. His recordings with Flatt and Scruggs are among their best, and he's particularly remembered for "Someone Took My Place With You," which exemplifies his unique use of double stops. Martin continues to astonish and influence contemporary fiddlers even now, notably in the style of Michael Cleveland, who's recorded many tunes originated by Martin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Martin

Benny Martin, John Hartford & Roy Huskey - Wabash Cannonball
Martin typified the "country stompin'" music, with his enthusiastic fiddling while dancing around on stage. For almost five decades he was a popular entertainer making numerous appearances throughout the United States and Europe. He also recorded a number of records on which he performed on the fiddle and sang vocals. Martin's fiddle style was revolutionary. His recordings with Flatt and Scruggs are among their best, and he's particularly remembered for "Someone Took My Place With You," which exemplifies his unique use of double stops. Martin continues to astonish and influence contemporary fiddlers even now, notably in the style of Michael Cleveland, who's recorded many tunes originated by Martin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Martin___

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2016-04-27 10:12:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Tony Rice's Martin D-28

A fascinating read about the journey of 58957 (The Antique) from its birth at the Martin Factory thru today

Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you look at these things – Roland and Clarence didn’t have much money that day and didn’t find a single D-28 they could afford at any of the dozen or so pawn shops they frequented. But there in the music store, propped in a corner alongside other pending repair jobs, was 58957. For the princely sum of $25, they bought the 1935 Martin herringbone as is.

Tony Rice's Martin D-28

A fascinating read about the journey of 58957 (The Antique) from its birth at the Martin Factory thru today

Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you look at these things – Roland and Clarence didn’t have much money that day and didn’t find a single D-28 they could afford at any of the dozen or so pawn shops they frequented. But there in the music store, propped in a corner alongside other pending repair jobs, was 58957. For the princely sum of $25, they bought the 1935 Martin herringbone as is.___

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2016-04-26 17:11:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I'm thinking a little Lynn Morris would go well this afternoon. Here's a 39 video playlist I stumbled across

#bluegrass  

I'm thinking a little Lynn Morris would go well this afternoon. Here's a 39 video playlist I stumbled across

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-04-26 15:07:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-26 14:21:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Happy Belated Birthday Peter Jurasik, who played Londo Mollari in #Babylon5, Crom in #Tron & was in #ThirdRockFromTheSun, #Sliders & more!

Happy Belated Birthday Peter Jurasik, who played Londo Mollari in #Babylon5, Crom in #Tron & was in #ThirdRockFromTheSun, #Sliders & more!___

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2016-04-26 10:57:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Flint Hill Special
featuring Kenny Ingram and Marty Stuart

Having been inspired to learn the banjo by watching the Flatt & Scruggs TV show at the age of 12, his parents purchased him his first banjo. As a teenager he played dances in and around Dickson, TN before landing his first professional job with James Monroe and The Midnight Ramblers.

In May of 1972, he joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys. Late in October of 1973, Kenny he went to work with Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass that gained him world acclaim from their appearances each week day morning on The Martha White Show broadcast on WSM radio in Tennessee. Kenny rejoined Jimmy Martin in June 1978 and remained a band member until 1980. During1981 – 1986, he then worked with Curly Seckler, a former band member of Lester Flatt's who had taken over as bandleader of the former Lester Flattb... more »

Flint Hill Special
featuring Kenny Ingram and Marty Stuart

Having been inspired to learn the banjo by watching the Flatt & Scruggs TV show at the age of 12, his parents purchased him his first banjo. As a teenager he played dances in and around Dickson, TN before landing his first professional job with James Monroe and The Midnight Ramblers.

In May of 1972, he joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys. Late in October of 1973, Kenny he went to work with Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass that gained him world acclaim from their appearances each week day morning on The Martha White Show broadcast on WSM radio in Tennessee. Kenny rejoined Jimmy Martin in June 1978 and remained a band member until 1980. During1981 – 1986, he then worked with Curly Seckler, a former band member of Lester Flatt's who had taken over as bandleader of the former Lester Flatt band.

more at http://www.larrystephensonband.com/members.htm___

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2016-04-26 10:20:16 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Want!

___Want!

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2016-04-26 10:17:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-25 10:23:40 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Larry Sparks
in a 1955 Crown Victoria

Larry Sparks
in a 1955 Crown Victoria___

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2016-04-24 12:14:52 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Hrmmmph!

#banjo  

Hrmmmph!

#banjo  ___

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2016-04-24 12:06:27 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

A frog goes into a bank to get a loan. He approaches a desk with a plaque on it: Ms. Whack, Loan Officer. The woman behind the desk asks "What can I do for you?" 

The frog says I'd like to get a loan, Ms. Whack" 

She says "Call me Patty. Hmm, I don't know, you're a frog . . . What's your name?" 

The frog says "Jagger, Kermit Jagger." 

She asks, "Like Mick Jagger?"

"Yes ma'am, he's my father; my mother was a frog, so they named me Kermit Jagger."

Patty: "And what do you want a loan for?" 

Frog: "A new lily pad." 

Patty: "Well, you'll need collateral. Do you have anything?"

Frog: "Just this," he hands her a small, shiny pink glass elephant. 

She examines it. "Idon... more »

A frog goes into a bank to get a loan. He approaches a desk with a plaque on it: Ms. Whack, Loan Officer. The woman behind the desk asks "What can I do for you?" 

The frog says I'd like to get a loan, Ms. Whack" 

She says "Call me Patty. Hmm, I don't know, you're a frog . . . What's your name?" 

The frog says "Jagger, Kermit Jagger." 

She asks, "Like Mick Jagger?"

"Yes ma'am, he's my father; my mother was a frog, so they named me Kermit Jagger."

Patty: "And what do you want a loan for?" 

Frog: "A new lily pad." 

Patty: "Well, you'll need collateral. Do you have anything?"

Frog: "Just this," he hands her a small, shiny pink glass elephant. 

She examines it. "I don't know about this . . . I'll have to consult our manager. Be right back." And she goes into her boss's office and tells him all about the frog, and shows him the little pink elephant. "This is his collateral. What is this?" she asks. 

"It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan; his old man's a Rolling Stone."___

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2016-04-24 11:22:01 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Confused

Confused___

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2016-04-23 13:13:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The  Museum of Urban Art

The  Museum of Urban Art___

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2016-04-23 13:01:51 (2 comments; 14 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Weird!

Weird!___

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2016-04-23 12:38:59 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

For #Caturday  
Auditions for the part of a black cat in Roger Corman’s Tales of Terror, Hollywood, 1961

Photo by Ralph Crane
via +Frank Beacham

For #Caturday  
Auditions for the part of a black cat in Roger Corman’s Tales of Terror, Hollywood, 1961

Photo by Ralph Crane
via +Frank Beacham___

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2016-04-23 12:33:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Hold yer tater!

😂___Hold yer tater!

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2016-04-23 11:29:32 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Get the x-tra strength version!

via +Joe Craig 

Get the x-tra strength version!

via +Joe Craig ___

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2016-04-23 11:13:24 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-22 17:10:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

By Addi Fernandez Facte.

By Addi Fernandez Facte.___

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2016-04-22 17:08:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Time's A Wastin'

June Carter Cash & Carl Smith - 

Time's A Wastin'

June Carter Cash & Carl Smith - ___

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2016-04-22 10:51:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Country music legend Loretta Lynn is among the headlining artists to appear at the 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival this September; the announcement was made during a special "super fan" event held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday.

___Country music legend Loretta Lynn is among the headlining artists to appear at the 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival this September; the announcement was made during a special "super fan" event held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday.

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2016-04-22 10:23:12 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

He came from the land down under

He came from the land down under___

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2016-04-22 10:17:58 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The Blues Brothers
commentary from +Frank Beacham 

It was Marshall Checker, of the legendary Checker brothers, who first discovered them in the gritty blues clubs of Chicago's South Side in 1969 and handed them their big break nine years later with an introduction to music-industry heavyweight and host of television's Rock Concert, Don Kirshner.

Actually, none of that is true, but it's the story that Saturday Night Live's Paul Shaffer told on April 22, 1978 — 38 years ago today — as he announced the worldwide television debut of that night's musical guest, the Blues Brothers — the not-quite-real, not-quite-fake musical creation of SNL cast members Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

The characters and the band that Belushi and Aykroyd unveiled that night took more than two years to evolve.
The first incarnation came during SNL'sfirst ... more »

The Blues Brothers
commentary from +Frank Beacham 

It was Marshall Checker, of the legendary Checker brothers, who first discovered them in the gritty blues clubs of Chicago's South Side in 1969 and handed them their big break nine years later with an introduction to music-industry heavyweight and host of television's Rock Concert, Don Kirshner.

Actually, none of that is true, but it's the story that Saturday Night Live's Paul Shaffer told on April 22, 1978 — 38 years ago today — as he announced the worldwide television debut of that night's musical guest, the Blues Brothers — the not-quite-real, not-quite-fake musical creation of SNL cast members Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

The characters and the band that Belushi and Aykroyd unveiled that night took more than two years to evolve.
The first incarnation came during SNL's first season, in a January 17, 1976, appearance singing "I'm a King Bee" as "Howard Shore and his All-Bee Band."

There were no dark suits, skinny ties or Ray-Bans at that point, but the appearance did feature Aykroyd on the harmonica and Belushi on vocals belting out a blues classic very much in the style of the future Elwood and "Joliet" Jake Blues, albeit while wearing bee costumes.
The Blues Brothers' look — and much of their repertoire — would come together after Belushi's trip to Eugene, Oregon, during the hiatus between SNL seasons two and three to film Animal House.

It was there that Belushi, a committed rock-and-roll fan, met a 25-year-old bluesman named Curtis Salgado, future harmonica player for Robert Cray, frontman for Roomful of Blues and a major figure on the burgeoning Pacific Northwest blues scene of the 1970s.

Belushi became a regular visitor to the Eugene Hotel to catch Salgado's act during the filming of Animal House, and it was from that act and from Salgado himself that he picked up a passion for the blues as well as the inspiration for the Blues Brothers' sound and look.

Back in New York for the third season of SNL, Belushi and Aykroyd honed their concept for the Blues Brothers Band and recruited an incredible roster of backing instrumentalists drawn from among the finest blues and R&B session musicians in the country.

Even if their debut performance on this night in 1978 hadn't been a huge hit, the band was far too good to break up after a single gig.
Indeed, the closing portion of Paul Shaffer's introduction that night: "Today they are no longer an authentic blues act, but have managed to become a viable commercial product."

That ended up being borne out in real life, with the Blues Brothers earning three Top 40 hits ("Soul Man," "Rubber Biscuit" and "Gimme Some Lovin'"), a #1 pop album (Briefcase Full of Blues) and a piece of screen immortality via their 1980 film, The Blues Brothers.

Thanks History.com___

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2016-04-22 09:34:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Will read your novel for ca$h

Will read your novel for ca$h___

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2016-04-21 10:22:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Here's Carl Jackson shredding on FMB
Check out that ending!

Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Here's Carl Jackson shredding on FMB
Check out that ending!___

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2016-04-21 10:04:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

My Better Years
Dudley Connell, founding member of the Johnson Mountain Boys and the Seldom Scene's lead singer/guitar player since New Years Eve 1995. Here, Dudley pays tribute to his friend, the great Hazel Dickens, with "My Better Years". 

My Better Years
Dudley Connell, founding member of the Johnson Mountain Boys and the Seldom Scene's lead singer/guitar player since New Years Eve 1995. Here, Dudley pays tribute to his friend, the great Hazel Dickens, with "My Better Years". ___

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