The Charlie Daniels Band Live at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater in Columbia Falls with special guest Danny Harper

It was a beautiful day in Columbia Falls for a concert. The weather was fine, the sun unleashed its brightness upon the waiting crowd, and the anticipation for The Charlie Daniels band grew as the time passed. The day would be one of thanks to our veterans both serving and having served as sponsored by Wreaths Across America (WreathsAcrossAmerica.org) remembering those who have returned and those who have fallen in the name of our freedom. FSCN0412

A young man named Scott G. took the stage and popped off a few acoustic numbers including some originals, one exclaiming that he wanted to be famous and was met with appreciative cheers.

Danny Harper and his band of merry musicians took hold of the audience with his sincerity and honesty both in word and song as he praised our military and our country with truth pouring out through the speakers. His style is humble and strong. Danny has had his ups and downs in life and has endearingly expressed them through his lyrics having battled alcohol and defeated the demon. His straight pointed method of telling a story shines through with a type of directness not found very often anymore declaring if you want the truth then listen to Fox News. His ballads touch your spirit and his kickers do just that. A talented man with a lifetime of stories to tell. FSCN0374

As soon as The Charlie Daniels band took the stage, the storm had begun. His sudden burst of presence and his large stature along with the surrounding wall of music left no place to hide. He was here and everyone knew it. Song after song pleased the crowd after what seemed to be a long absence of time from the Maine stage.FSCN0381 His strength lies within his ability to convince you of his conviction to what he sings and his dedication to a way of life in which he clearly stands, God, freedom, and America. Hit after hit bombarded The Balsam Falls Amphitheater with mass approval from the enthusiastic audience. His more than well seasoned musicians were featured as the night came upon us being well evident that Charlie Daniels does not skimp when it comes to surrounding himself with talent. A most moving rendition of “How Great Thou Art” began with a delicate acoustic guitar and roared into a spiritually touching crescendo praising God for his many blessings. Charlie’s fiddle playing is nearly unmatched soloing about as quick as lightening, notwithstanding his amazing guitar solos side by side with the rest of his virtuosos taking the lead guitar to another level.FSCN0378 The well laid notation and sometimes intricate guitar leads only show the dynamics of this well oiled machine called the Charlie Daniels band. Needless to say, the final tune was the swansong “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” a number where the devil is beaten once again. A magnificent evening all around concluded the show leaving us with the inspiration that God, country, our military, Fox News, and The Charlie Daniels Band still stand for what we need to live out in our daily lives.

KKB/got to get back

kkb   This album is one of the most refreshing new rock recordings to come out in a long time. A new band with an old direction and a brand new drive. Their message is clear, guitar, bass, and drums, the way straight rock what meant to be played. The interesting thing is that there are some complex melody signatures looming above and beneath the sound. Intricate guitar work is backed up by bass colorization and a more than steady drum beat. The songs are exciting and do contain a wide variation of heaviness with melody as its sister component. Fresh, organized, and at times wild. Got to get back to basics.

Ringo Starr/Postcards from Paradise (continuing on the classic way)

ringo   You don’t know how refreshing it is to have a new release in classic form prevail like this album does. Ringo (who has apparently reached one name status officially on this album) has always placed his musical priorities with good strong basic great tunes that defy much of the junk being spoon fed into the music business today. Instead he is obviously more interested in multi-varied styles and surrounding himself with top grade musicians from his All Star Band and the like. This one has captured Ringo’s smooth voice in a flurry of songs that will make you rock, relax, and reminisce. Employing the great Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics on “Rory and the Hurricanes” grants us access to those good old numbers with a lot of vocal backing and a most catchy tune. Joe Walsh rides once again with a tag along cut entitled “Bridges” which lulls you along. Todd Rundgren and his lengthy guitar wizardry is featured on the title song “Postcards from Paradise”, a haunting melody with great guitar work. All of the songs have been co-written by the great Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Star) and each one has Ringo all over it. The title cut has a most amusing set of lyrics which incorporate titles of Beatle songs and some Ringo as well. All in all, our Ringo has forever remained classic and has managed to remain an all star.

Supercar (the complete series)

supercar     From the genius of Fireball XL5 and beyond comes yet another unbelievable collection of those wonderful marionettes powered by string power and their creator, Gerry Anderson. One of the most amazing feats of its time to create an entire show complete with speaking movement, action scenes, and those loveable characters scanning the universe searching for the bad guy aliens. They’ve saved the ship, the earth, and the whole galaxy in a seemingly effortless parade of adventures. This set has an abundance of extras, including interviews, a close look at our marionette heroes, and commentary. Space exploits have never been duplicated as they have been here. Take a ride in a Supercar.

Hill Street Blues/season six (can blue men sing the blues)

hill   As the legend continues, so does the story of a precinct pebbled with problems during the break of day and the falling of night. the men and women of these uniforms are in full swing, carrying out their duty while watching each others backs as well as those of others. This show did revolutionize cop shows as a staple on television for its time and time to come. The realism has remained prominent and at the helm of it all, the excitement of gunfire, as well as the human side of things parallels themselves with the characters hearts and souls. Honor tries to maintain itself in a fallen world and sometimes you just have to do what is necessary. See all twenty three episodes in classic glory.

The Facts of Life (season six)

facts    This show was more than a classic sitcom. We developed along with the characters presented to us over the years, growing up with them. Time after time we laughed and cried the situations these kids surrounded themselves with. Sometimes witty remarks and wiseguy answers threw us for a loop. While other times our hearts were touched simply from kindness to an indecisive moment through their growing pains. Mrs. Garnett watched over them as if they were her own. Not all of it was fair, fun, or easy, but it certainly was honest. In this season the girls are working with budgeting their time balancing it with school, learning to face the challenges ahead in their growing world, and live through a broken spring break blasted by a hurricane, The one thing they can all count on was their friendship. A most adored TV show.

From a Whisper to a Scream (the best things come in fours)

scream    On a certain night when you believe you’ve heard an uncharacteristic sound coming from another room in the dead of night, a voice that only you seem to hear, or even more frightening something you see, then you’ve crossed paths with the darkness that envelopes you for its own. Much like these grisly tales of the macabre surreptitiously surrounding you with proper horror as the masterful man of the morose, Vincent Price delivers them to your doorstep. This merry moribund collection of terrifying tales from hell itself sends the message that you are not alone…ever. The little town of Oldfield harbors secrets that are about to tear the strange little village apart. Much like its victims. We’ve included executions, murders, slayings, killings, necrophilia carried out by a simple madman, and supernatural black magic in the form of voodoo leading children down the road to cannibalistic tenancies. These morbid menageries of fear will grasp you in the night as your whisper becomes a scream.