Rest In Peace, Nick Curran
One of the best rockabilly guitar slingers of our time, Nick Curran, passed away Saturday after a three-year battle with cancer. He was only 35 years old. Curran played with a bunch of rockabilly and blues bands over the years, including Ronnie Dawson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, but I knew his work mostly as a member of modern rockabilly singer Kim Lenz’s band, The Jaguars.
Check him out tearing it up with Lenz and the gang at Amoeba Records from back in 2009 on the tune That’s The Breaks. If this doesn’t make you want to stuff a pack of Marlboro’s in your T-shirt sleeve, then there’s something wrong with you.
Thanks for the great music, Nick. You will be sorely missed.
This is absolutely amazing to me. I came across this video on the Living Legends Music webiste of an interview with Swedish guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen giving one of the better lessons on American exceptionalism and capitalism that you’ll hear from any celebrity.
The money quote for me is when he says “America needs no change.” A not-so-subtle jab at the Community Organizer in Chief, if you ask me.
If only our elected officials would speak this way about the greatness of this country. Heck, I say we find the guy who forged Obama’s birth certificate, have him create one for Yngwie and draft him to run on the Republican ticket!
Viva la Yngwie!
Alabama Jammer In Pictures
In reference to my earlier post about my Alabama Jammer article in LongLeaf Style, I shot a handful of photos for the article that didn’t make it in the print version. The one above is of local jazz guitarist Eric Essix playing the guitar on state at the Carver Theatre in downtown Birmingham during an event announcing The Year of Alabama Music, a campaign launched by the state’s tourism board.
Click here to see an album of photos from the event.