Thursday, August 17, 2017

Facts May Cause Headaches and other stories

Spent six hours in the studio yesterday and Tommy and I completed my vocals on two (count 'em - TWO) new songs.  The song with the working title "Empty" is complete but now known as "You've Always Known".  The heroin song "It's A Lie" is also completed, and yes, it has a Marilyn Manson tinge to it in places.  Can you believe we wrote a song with the words "fentanyl and heroin" in a lyric together?  Yup.  We did it!

The Pink Floyd-inspired "Fly With Me" is also back in play with a "redundant" segment being removed post mix-down, possibly taking the song back under the 10-minute mark when all is said, sang and done.  Tommy also played the beginnings of a new track I'm eagerly awaiting that has a very heavy Soundgarden sound to it.  That alone makes it interesting to me!

In a weekend off situation with no wrestling.  Saturday will be interesting with the Panthers v. Titans pre-season game on at 3pm and the Bristol NASCAR race on Saturday night!  Redneck heaven, ya'll!  Saturday will be massive veg day for real!  Then, back to work the following Saturday in Gibsonville NC's Mid Atlantic Sportatorium for CWF Mid Atlantic's 2017 JOHNNY WEAVER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT Finals!  Tickets at!  VIP Offers available!  Oh, and that #Neckbone thing, too!

Got so much going on politically, between my battle for transparency concerning the stadium project that the City of High Point announced was happening, taxpayers be damned.  Made contact with our only City Council member that has opposed this plan since day one and have an open line of communication set up between us.  Nationally, I broke Facebook today with the declaration that the state of New York was named after a famous British slave-trader, James II Duke Of York.  And that whole 1860 census map, which shows so many more held slaves in the northeast than across the south.  But enough of that.  Facts give people headaches and may be offensive.  Right?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spread Thin With A Grin

With some time to reflect on the RCW BOOGIE'S BIRTHDAY BASH at Riders In The Country and realize how big my actual family has grown in the past 25 years around the sport.  Realizing that you are actually talking with several folks in person you've only known on Facebook for years is an interesting experience as well.  Riders will have a million stories, but searching for Robert Stanley a suitable entrance song, he discovered Rebel Meets Rebel, which he'd never heard of.  The second song, titled Rebel Meets Rebel, also features Hank Jr singing on the track, so that was chosen.  I look up and ask "and what's your name?"  "Robert Stanley."  Holy cow, we've been friends for years!  And Rebel Meets Rebel is actually a Pantera project (with the late DIMEBAG DARREL) with David Allan Coe on vocals, that I think was released in 2008 or 2009.  Mr. Kingfish uses the track "One Night Stands" for entrance music from the same album!

I don't know if we'll ever return to Riders for RCW Wrestling, I don't know for sure there will be an event next year at this point.  We had a big turnout, we had Ronnie & Amy from Lizard Lick in the house taping the premiere episode of their new tv show "Lick Life".  The crowd was as excited about being on television as they were about the added attraction show cars and the wrestling event itself and there was a roar throughout the entire evening.  Much like a larger arena show.  I won't lie.  I love Riders In The Country.  But in all honesty, I think maybe I loved George Rider and that bled over into his club and it's facilities.  I certainly felt an empty spot in the building Sunday night, and that was beside the bar where you would often find George grinning like a cheshire cat after complaining loudly about how many hot dogs the wrestlers consumed.  

I got to tell the story during the show Sunday of my first time meeting "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant.  Granted, I'd seen him at the Coliseum at least a dozen times over the years, heck, he was my grandfather's favorite wrestler.  But I remember before one of the very first ACW events that my mother called to tell me she'd met a "celebrity" earlier and was most impressed with his gentle demeanor and sincerely sweet attitude.  Yup, it was one of 3 people in my life that I'll sometimes call "Daddy", Jimmy Valiant.  I met him later that day at the same location and he treated me like an old friend on first meeting.  Pretty sure there's an autographed Polaroid here somewhere of Jimmy and I from that meeting.  [And for the record, the only other 2 folks I have ever called "Daddy" was my dad Jack Hedrick and my buddy Garry Stevens, the Madd Trucker!  Oh, and Dirty Daddy doesn't count!]  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bits and Pieces...

Summer heat is already starting to get to me here in God's Country, as July has been impersonating mid-August all month already.  We've got CWF Mid Atlantic events rounding out the rest of the Saturdays of this month and the return of RCW on Sunday August 6th at Riders In The Country.  And yes, Lizard LIck's Ron & Amy Shirley will be on hand to help celebrate the 75th Birthday of our friend and mentor "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant at RCW BOOGIE'S BIRTHDAY BASH - LIZARD LICK STYLE!  All kinds of special goodies for the fans at this one, as the General Lee, the Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 and Starsky & Hutch's iconic Ford will all be on hand for the fans to see prior to the kickoff of the evening's wrestling festivities.

Celebrated Pip's 6th "birthday" on July 6th, the one-year anniversary of his arrival at the Crazy House.  He's already a long-time member of the family and an active part of our daily lives.  He's also been a very staunch supporter of my continued sanity and has a wonderful calming affect on me which I hope continues forward.  Pip still wakes me up almost exactly at 5 am, resulting in me going to the little boy's room and then downstairs to feed him some treats.  This cat's got us down to a science, I tell ya.

Nothing new to report on the music front, as Tommy's been working madman schedules for the past two months.  He told me he hoped to get the July 4th week off, but I've not heard from him this month yet at all.  His last report was he'd re-did the middle section of "Fly With Me" twice and lost both revisions when his Windows updated.  If I know him, that means he won't touch it again until he has this lost revision problem under control.  That's how he rolls.

Totally LOVE the new RoxX logo by our buddy Shugg.  Same guy that made ALL of the versions of the RCW poster, including the throwback black and white version that's being pasted on Domino's Pizzas delivered in Randleman NC all month!  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Father's Day Is Sunday!

He was my hero, my knight in shining armor and Superman all rolled into one loud, outspoken dynamo.  He was so proud of his sons and treated us like royalty.  He taught me so much that kept me out of trouble and helped me stay out of trouble if it did come around.  

Folks either loved him or avoided him.  Didn't seem to be too many in between, as he took over a room as soon as he walked in.  It became his show and he was the MC and the entertainment if needed.  It was all a part of a day's work being my Dad.  And you guys think I am loud?  Barely a whisper beside dear old Dad for real...

Dad was an athlete, still holds records in several sports at his high school and played some minor league baseball.  He was an exceptional golfer, pool player and card player, and was nearly impossible to beat even playing for fun.  He was the most competitive Putt-Putt player to not go pro I've ever witnessed.

I remember him mostly driving trucks, but he was also on the city fire department for a few years and even owned his own service station/garage for a while.  After my brother got old enough for ME to take care of, my mother joined him on the road as a passenger/companion for his treks to the west coast.  The night he pulled in front of the house, tossed out a couple of suitcases and drove off will never be forgotten.  It wasn't my mother on the other side of the street, it was Dad!  "Who's driving the truck?"  "Your mother."

And that's just part of the story.  I'm misty-eyed right now just considering which photos to include with this one.  Glad I thought ahead to prepare this ahead of Sunday, when I know I'll be working on websites and editing photos.  My Dad was the best.  He's been gone nearly 25 years, but not a single day goes by that I don't think of something he said, or how he would react, or something crazy he'd do to make you laugh...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Submitted lyrics for the so-called "industrial" tune to Tommy on Thursday, it is now known as "It's A Lie" and has nothing to do with Egypt or the story of Horus any longer.  Doubled back toward the original intent with the point of commenting on the illegal opiate problems we face today in America.  A little bit Manson-ish is how I'm hearing the first couple of verses, with a rapid-fire (almost rap) segment in between.  While remaining in the constraints of today's popular industrial bands, the song continues but by the fourth segment of the song, Roxx steps out to a more familiar sound...I hope!  I'll post when a recording date is set.

Grand-daughter Imogen is now speaking a few words and today her mother posted her signing a new sign.  "Food."  She's chasing older brother Alden, who has cookies, and signing "food" to him.  

A few weeks away from the wrestling ring and I'm getting antsy.  Good thing, I have an RGL show on Saturday and CWF ABSOLUTE JUSTICE the following Saturday.  Also, RCW made it official, we will run Riders In The Country (Randleman NC) on Sunday August 6th for Jimmy Valiant's 75th Birthday Bash, Lizard Lick Style!  Yup, we're doing it "one 'mo 'gain".  Honestly surprised by this, I thought last year was our swan song.  RCW honors the original Boogie Man along with Lizard Lick Towing's Ron & Amy Shirley, on his actual 75th birthday!  It's gonna be a PARTY ya'll.  We'll supply the #Neckbone, ya'll bring the #NoiZ!

See ya at ringside, ya'll!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

No, the year is not "half over" yet...

Made a flash-mob style trip up to Brunswick MD to spend a day with the grandkids.  We headed out Memorial Day Monday early and arrived in time for a journey to the park, hours of quality time and bonding and near exhaustion.  Yeah.  Me.  Delilah was her sweet normal self, squealing when I rang the bell and Alden warmed up to me instantly, sitting in my lap as soon as I hit the floor in the playroom.  Immy was the star of the show, we caught her saying a new word, she was trying to say "Ready Set Go" like her Mickey Mouse car and had the "Go" portion down perfectly!

(Above) Delilah setting out snacks for movie time (Moana) for everyone in the den.

Our oldest, Delilah begins first grade in the fall and already reads, writes, counts and uses sign language fluently.  She's our little Queen Bee, she's the teacher, the playtime organizer and the budding artist.  Alden, not yet three, is such a quiet little soul, coming out of his shell and appearing to be heading toward being a big kid, size-wise.  He's the sweetest little boy I've ever met and showered me with love and attention all day.

(Above) Alden's hair goes full electric on the slide at the park!

Immy, the baby, is becoming her own little individual and I'm seeing one determined little girl on the rise.  She is almost walking and can scoot around on one leg pretty quickly, especially toward any staircase that has no kiddie gate.  And she can climb steps like a little diapered mountain goat.  She'll be walking soon if she's not now behind everyone's back!

(Above) "Baby" Immy, mean mugging Grandpa at the park.

Driving is always an adventure, this time no different.  We headed home the next morning after going with Delilah to her pre-school bus stop.  It was a most pleasant trip, as we took the Fit rather than renting (Enterprise was closed on Monday) and it kicked it out like a champ.  I did have some issues with other drivers, especially the drunken car hauler driver in Virginia driving 220 like a roller coaster with his left arm hanging out the window catching the wind.  It took 6 hours even going up, with traffic on the Interstate completely stopping twice because of wide load vehicles using the roadway, with two stops.  Made it home in 5 hours 25 minutes even with three stops (food, rest & gas).  Now to get back on my normal schedule, please!  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tales of the Road

Crazy, crazy weekend(s).  The Chapel Hill journey went smooth as glass and the Burlington trip was a pretty cool afternoon overall.  CWF packed out Hargrave Community Center and had a vocal crowd from bell to bell.  Only problem was parking, as Carolina and Duke both graduated that afternoon.  Returned to Gibsonville this past Saturday to record 3 episodes of #CWFWorldwide and then to Burlington for Benefit Championship Wrestling on Sunday.  Sunday was a fun one that raised $1630.00 for Relay For Life's fight against cancer.  Matter of fact, on preview photos, I captioned them as "This is what raising $1630.00 in three hours looks like!"

This past Saturday night after the CWF event, I loaded the sound system into my car behind the building.  In the dark.  Carried a small rubber-covered flashlight in and out with me, sticking it in whatever pocket was available when I didn't need it.  Beat the storm and got home to realize I'd lost some cash, probably pulled out of my pocket by the aforementioned flashlight.  Sunday evening after the BCW event, I went behind the Sportatorium and took a look around.  Found my money.  Clean, dry, flat and perfect bills about 5' from the bottom of the stairs.  Right where I was parked when I loaded out.  Yeah.  I'd rather have stupid luck than just be stupid...

On the music side, today was the first day I sat down to try to pen some lyrics for the new "industrial" tune Tommy sent me almost 2 weeks ago.  Every time I'd messed with it before, "City of Misery" in a Manson-like sound was what I thought would come from this one.  But no.  I'm so contrary.  Sat down with the headphones and notepad and suddenly, I'm writing a story of Egyptian gods and the Eye of Horus.  You know what that is.  It's on the top of the pyramid on the back of one dollar bills.

Guess I should buy the t-shirt I saw today on Facebook.  It says "I'm not condonscending (that means someone who talks down to people)"...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bits & Pieces

→ Received the first complete rough mix for the eleven minute unreleased RoxX original "Fly With Me" from Tommy and it is incredible.  So let me try to describe the almost finished epic to you...It's got a deep Pink Floyd vibe with Beatles overtones and a run-in attack by Yes/Styx/Kansas before returning to the Pink Floyd vibe with Beatles overtones.  Tommy's additional vocals create a great feel for this one and the backing vocals are indeed epic.  This one will turn a few heads when released, I'm betting. 

→ After feeling under the weather for several days, my new malady has exposed itself to me and is NOTHING more than a momentary discomfort, not some crazy painful ailment that would require surgery or such...  How do I spell relief?  W-H-E-W!  Pretty confident that I'll be 100% again in a day or so at the most.

→ Road trips abound this month in a spanning only a couple of weekends.  The scheduled CWF-RGL event over Memorial Day weekend has been cancelled to allow for family vacations.  So Saturday I'm rolling in with the CWF Mid Atlantic crew to Hargraves Community Center in Chapel Hill NC for CWF DOUBLE OR NOTHING!  The following Saturday, the 20th, CWF Mid Atlantic returns to their home base of Gibsonville NC for MADNESS IN ANY DIRECTION 2017!  On Sunday, May 21st, I'll be handling the sound duties at Benefit Championship Wrestling's CAGE UP CANCER in Burlington NC's Positive Attitude Youth Center!  Stacked cards all around, BCW includes FOUR bouts inside of a steel cage on a Sunday afternoon matinee!

→ Had a strange happening at 5am yesterday morning.  I walked downstairs to the kitchen to feed Pip Rocket and stepped on something on the floor in the living room in the dark.  Several somethings.  Turned on a light to discover a full package of Extra Peppermint gum from the bowels of Karen's suitcase-sized purse ripped open and most of the individual pieces of gum bitten through by cat teeth.  So after a good fifteen minutes of uncontrollable laughter, I went back to bed...At least now I know why the cat burrows in Karen's pocketbook.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Messin' With Gypsies

Totally freaking out at the kind words and the number of "likes" on SoundCloud from last weekend's release of "Gypsy Girl".  Gypsy is a tribute to the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan, an artist that both Tommy and I enjoy even today.  It's upbeat and it's bluesy, it's kind of like Texas Swing with a little North Cackylacky Cheerwine flavor thrown in for good measure!

RoxX's Gypsy Girl on SoundCloud

Both releases from 2017 are doing rather well, getting positive reviews as well as shares and likes like mad.  Thanks again for listening and sharing!

We still have the 11+ minute epic "Fly With Me" in production, our idea of hanging out with Pink Floyd and several others in the can awaiting release.  Possible new releases upcoming include "Life Is Good", "We Will Not Fail" and perhaps even a re-mixed "Eleven Or Bust".  Not sure what we're going after next, but I'm eagerly awaiting our next adventure!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Still Rasslin' Ya'll!

Spent some quality time with the "younger" set of the CWF roster, guys with 3 or less years of ring-time as pro wrestlers.  That's what our Rising Generation League is all about, giving a platform for the young guys to show what they've learned against other young guys instead of getting buried on a "big" event.  I keep seeing things that make me wonder and I sometimes see things that make me cringe.

The most cringe-worthy tonight was Ethan Sharpe driving Kool J into the canvas like a human lawn dart.  I don't have a clue how Kool J ever got out of the ring, but I will report I actually saw him on his feet before I left the building after the event ended.  Donny Ray and big Luke Grimes returned as a tag team and both of these young men continue to impress with their attitudes and skills.  "Film Maker" Movie Myk also appeared tonight, taking Nick Richards to the limit in a physical singles bout.  Manager "Real Deal" Big Zoe was ejected by the referee moments before his man was put down for the three count.

Young Cain Justice and Snooty Foxx main evented with Cain's RGL Title on the line and the bout ended as a time limit draw.  Snooty Foxx asked for five more minutes and the referee agreed and restarted the match.  Five seconds later, the referee was out cold by a Foxx spear.  The second referee appeared to have called the match over at 17:41 with a title change before ordering the clock to start again declaring Justice had his foot on the rope.  Cain Justice connected and got the pinfall win eighteen seconds later over Foxx.  And for the record, Cain Justice's Mom is over a lot better than HE is!  HA!

And with that, I'm heading up for a little shut-eye, which I'm sure will end when Pip decides it's time for his breakfast.  Happy Easter Ya'll!  He Is Not Here!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

National Politics and Positive Music?

So let me understand this.  America is a nation of laws.  In 1952 the United States made the Immigration & Naturalization Act of 1952 the law of the land.  This law states that Muslims may not be granted citizenship and need specific permission to enter the country for work purposes on specifically timed visas.  Suddenly we have No Go Zones in Michigan, populated by those same alleged peace loving folks that will attack anyone who is not of their faith.

Any idea what happened in Europe and what is still happening there due to this so-called "refugee" problem?  France is in flames.  Italy can't stop new arrivals coming ashore daily.  The Muslim mayor of London tells the world that terrorism is a symptom of living in a big city.  Europe has fallen without more than a couple hundred shots.  It's all in their books, their folklore and their holy book itself.  It's a plan.  That plan is jihad.  In other words, those peaceful infiltrators are running from members of their own faith, leaving their wives and kids at home to invade far-away nations.  

Washington DC hasn't cleared up much, but progress is being made every day toward the promised draining of the swamp.  Liberals are cackling that Trump isn't able to snap his fingers and change every law (which Obama had no problems doing), but in the Art of the Deal, it's explained that sometimes you lose a times before scoring the BIG deal.  I expect more failure before the President has convinced both sides of Congress that it's better to cooperate than the alternative, which has been the norm for quite a while now.  Nuclear option?  Filibuster?  Funny how all of a sudden the party that got it's ass whipped last November is making demands for investigations and spreading false news trying to "take down" the presidency.  That's American as hell right there, ya'll, I tell ya.

Drop down to the previous post and check out RoxX most recent release, Sing Us Your Song!  Thrilled at the positive comments posted by SoundCloud listeners...

Facts May Cause Headaches and other stories

Spent six hours in the studio yesterday and Tommy and I completed my vocals on two (count 'em - TWO) new songs.  The song with the worki...