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Re: “The night Dickey Betts broke my guitar

First, well done! Second, most of the people commenting here have poor reading skills/comprehension and an even poorer understanding/ of the literary mechanism... and trust me, I ain't no English major. Get a clue, people, or find someone to help you.
As for your guitar - condolences. I feel for you. I have a vintage Les Paul I've owned since my teen years. I was in a band a few years ago and one of the members insisted on playing candy-ass late 50's rock. It took almost five years of serious blues to restore the guitar's mojo after playing that tripe.

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Posted by JimmyJoeJammer on 02/14/2018 at 11:56 AM
Posted by Angela Haigler Gee on 01/24/2018 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Cover bands — making money off those with talent

I just wish the Charlotte crowd would go to shows of original music. I used to be in a cover band and we always had a decent turnout and got paid. The same is not true now that I'm in an original band. It's a struggle to get people to come and see you here. We have better luck in other cities. And it's not just my band. I went to a show last week of a pretty good band and I was the only person who showed up. It's all about demand. If people would show up to original music, maybe venues like the Visualite would take a chance on more local bands. It would help if Creative Loafing would write more articles about underground bands that don't fit into a typical mainstream genre.

Posted by Candy Durant on 01/18/2018 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Cover bands — making money off those with talent

Here is my take as a musician and writer of almost 40 years. Most of the cover bands I saw at local bars when I was in my 20's (in the 80's & 90's most if not all venues in St. Paul were cover venues and the good original music was happening in Minneapolis and I stopped watching cover bands a long time ago ) were mediocre at best. Some seriously had trouble even playing their instruments or vocalizing and that was early on in the 1st set so I don't think it was alcohol to blame. Occasionally on their breaks I would go up to various members and talk to them because I guess I felt some sort of kinship with them. When they found out I was also a musician and a writer they would usually say they wish they could write original music or they had already composed a song or two but were having trouble with the lyrics and so on. The bell in my head didn't go off until years later that maybe the main reason they were doing covers is that they lacked the ability to write. Just because one can play an instrument or sing doesn't mean one is also able to create something from nothing. With some cover bands I saw that did "write" and mix original music in, well quite honestly it was better that they stuck with 100% covers if you know what I mean. Comparing what the Beatles or the Stones did with covers and the current situation of music is pointless and somewhat dangerous. The culture of music was completely different then. In the late 50's and early 60's it was just becoming acceptable to musicians to write their own material and even then. If you wanted work you were expected to do a lot of popular covers. In the last 2 to 3 decades a band can go into a local venue, draw 20 or 25 people playing 100% of their own songs and be just fine. I was last in a cover band about 10 years ago with my current guitarist/vocalist whom I play original music with now. I don't believe either types of bands or venues are taking money from the other. In Minnesota, most of the cover bars are concentrated in the suburbs and small towns where as the venues that do original music are mainly in downtown Minneapolis and a few in St. Paul. Those who enjoy hearing covers probably aren't interested in a band playing their own music and vice versa. Having said that we don't in my opinion have the music scene like we did when The Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum or Prince were playing around town. Much of that may be due to local bands going on the road to actually attempt making a living so only part time bands stay behind. I think the other half is the venues themselves not devoting a enough time and effort into promotion to get people off their asses and away from Netflix on a Friday or Saturday to make stars out of some of the local bands. The talent is there and I know because I book my band and find other bands for the bill and we have played with some phenomenal acts that are still unknown.

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Posted by Rory on 01/09/2018 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Artist Vice Creates Stadium-Ready Rock for the Soundtrack of Your Youth

The photos of Artist Vice were captured by Lynsey Teague (, a talented photographer in the Charlotte area!

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Posted by Heatherle14 on 01/04/2018 at 9:38 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Fun police want to stop entertainment after midnight

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Posted by Daniel Marshall Wheeler on 01/02/2018 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Bad Company deserves a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I saw bad company linearly 70s at mackey auditorium in boulder and they were bad. Terrible, Rogers was so fucked up he couldn't sing I think I want my money back

Posted by jerry hime on 12/31/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Bad Company deserves a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I'm very upset I thought this year my be Bad Compenys chance if not Paul Rodgers should be he getting better with age his voice is still amazing they got rappers in there not Rocking Roll why???

Posted by Melanie Janow on 12/15/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “The night Dickey Betts broke my guitar

Did anyone commenting besides Dillon Taylor read the first five words of this story?!? It says,"Before I became a humorist..." Geez!

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Posted by John Green on 12/10/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Former Charlotte on-air staple passes away

I have some stuff that belonged to him.
I have 3 album awards that he helped make big

Posted by MR. BISHOP on 12/03/2017 at 8:25 AM
Posted by Step Tekola on 11/18/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Halsey leaps into headliner status

Not her first headlining tour. Her first ARENA headlining tour, but she's played headlining shows several times before.

Posted by E RamCrom on 10/28/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “How Erykah Badu Inspired Ali Steele's Musical Journey

Ali is an amazing young man!I first met him at my home("the New UNDERGROUND)as a vendor.
One night I'm in the kitchen cooking vblack bean burgers and I hear someone singing the hook for Black Linen. I run down the stairs just in time to witness this amazing sound coming from Ali's adontis like black body.
I had no f****** idea!
Ali Steel is beautiful inside and out!!!

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Posted by Bunny Gregory on 10/25/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “How Erykah Badu Inspired Ali Steele's Musical Journey

This is a great article and truly sheds light on who he is. As a friend, I respect this young man's hustle and I know he will make it far!


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Posted by lisalee on 10/25/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “A run-in with Van Morrison

Peter G, you are full of shit. I was at this show. Had hitchhiked down from New Hampshire after catching two great Van shows in Boston on October 16th; 39 years ago, today. The first number on November 2nd, for the second show (he did TWO shows per night on this tour ~ a dubious decision since he hadn't toured in four+ years), was MOONDANCE. He dumped the mic over during the 8th number, "Natalia", which was well over 15-minutes into the show; more like 40-45 minutes. To his credit, Bobby Tench took over the lead vocals and the band finished the song. Expecting Van to return to the stage, the band went into Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me" (appropriately enough), which without vocals sounded remarkably just like "Green Onions". When the band realized Van would not be returning, they cut that number short. The stage lights went out. The band hustled off stage. End of show. A handful of goons jumped up on stage, and the PA announced Van had wanted to come back for two encores, but he was sick. Encores? How about just finishing the set, which had another eight numbers left in it! Man, was I pissed. Pissed off all the way to Penn Station. Pissed when my train rolled into South Station the next morning. Still pissed now. But Peter are full of shit, pal.

Posted by Acoustic Shadow on 10/16/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “VIDEO PREMIERE: Cuzco Releases New Video Exclusively at 'CL' Vibes

Hi, guys - Your dad was able to hook me up live and it sounded great. Wish I could have played it through the iPad so it was bigger, or better yet had been therein person. If I had known he was going I would have had him pick me up. Love you, grandma.

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Posted by Kathy Schoonmaker on 10/07/2017 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Scowl Brow Singer Robby Hale Burns Cross, Posts Pic to Facebook

I'm really disappointed in Creative Loafing for printing this article. I guess with what was going on in Charlottesville at the time you needed to get something out quick to remain relevant and trendy. Truth is Robby is a good guy. He just likes to go against the grain so to speak and push buttons to get a rise. He would give you the last dollar out of his pocket to make sure you got home safe after a night of drinking no matter what color/sex you are. Bringing up a picture that is almost 2 years old without knowing the facts - ambulance chasing journalism at its finest. I guess everyone that has called him out and talked bad has a squeaky clean past and has never said or done anything they regret.

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Posted by bobafett77 on 10/05/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Southern comfort: Whitey Morgan

The name of Waylon's band was the Waymore Blues Band and the .357's were the band mates of Waylon's son Shooter.

Posted by Jay Mitchener on 10/03/2017 at 4:24 AM

Re: “VIDEO PREMIERE: Bless These Sounds Under the City, "The Sleeping 8"

Wow! So glad to know these incredibly creative gifted geniuses. Awesome video. Spacey and magical.

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Posted by Saundra Porter Thomas on 09/30/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “VIDEO PREMIERE: Bless These Sounds Under the City, "The Sleeping 8"

Incredible video- great work everyone who worked on the project!

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Posted by QC Skits on 09/27/2017 at 11:57 PM

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