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By Alan Gordon:
There’s still a whiff of weed in the Casbah Room.
It’s one of a couple of rooms at The Big House that are furnished much as they were in the early ’70s, when members of the Allman Brothers Band lived here and were at their musical peak.
The Tudor-style house near downtown Macon, now home of The Allman Brothers Band Museum (www.thebighousemuseum.org), is full of guitars, Gregg Allman’s organ, photos — including a life-size shot of the band during a legendary Fillmore East performance — and tons of other memorabilia.
How’s this for a half-baked notion? Switch Georgia’s state bird from the brown thrasher to the chicken. The idea comes from Chris Cunningham, president of a company that runs Wife Saver restaurants in Georgia and South Carolina. Why? Because of the chicken’s economic impact on Georgia. “My wife and I, we sit on the patio and have a cocktail and we were sitting there thinking, ‘what a waste,’ ” Cunningham told ajc.com. “The brown thrasher is the state bird, and what’s it ever done for the state of Georgia?” He makes his case for the chicken on a Web site, flipthebirds.com. Included is this nugget: “A chicken once had its head cut off and survived for over eighteen months, headless.” So, what if the campaign is successful? What’s next? — Do we replace the governor with the Colonel? — Do we install a drive-thru at the Capitol? — And would […]
The name alone is so good, it’s worth coughing up a few bucks.
Roots rocker Webb Wilder (www.webbwilder.com) is gathering a group of his “musical mates” — including Steve Forbert and Pam Tillis — for a Feb. 16 show at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge to benefit Haiti’s earthquake victims.
He’s calling it “Hillbillies for Haiti.”
Happy birthday to Elvis, who would have been 75 Friday.
That’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? Elvis as a senior citizen?
— Instead of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” would he be singing “Blue Hairs of Kentucky”?
— Instead of “Suspicious Minds,” would he be doing
There are two Nashville sounds.
There’s the overproduced dreck on FM radio, the music you hear in LongHorn.
Forget Music Row, though, and hunt for the good stuff. There’s real music out there, Webb Wilder says, and real people making it.
Wilder’s been delivering that message about 25 years, staying true to his amped-up version of roots rock with just the right amount of humor.
Many of us thought eight years under the Bush administration were a nightmare.
But unless you were detained at Gitmo or Abu Ghraib, the closest you’ve probably come to unspeakable terror and horror are what you’ve uncovered in books or late nights at the movie theater.
Phil Nutman contributed to that. The Atlanta writer’s credits include the zombie novel “Wet Work” and the screenplay for “Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door.” He wrote the cover story in Fangoria magazine on the new movie “Zombieland” — filmed in Atlanta and Valdosta.