Adam Joad talks Swamp Rebel Machine!!

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Grab a cold one, crank up the volume, and enjoy my conversation with the one, the only, Appalachian Apostle: ADAM JOAD from Scattered Hamlet.

After listening go to www.scatteredhamlet.com  and preorder Swamp Rebel Machine!!!

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it Scattered Hamlet!!!

-the Hellion

it’s all you

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With all of the news of racial/social/political unrest as of late it has caused me to reflect on things, and I have come to the conclusion it is all because of you.

You have the choice to not hit your child or your spouse. Sure you might have grown up in a home where domestic violence was the norm (I myself witnessed my mother beaten by my stepfather and I was at the end of a few myself), and yet I choose to respect my wife and children. I choose to not follow that path.

You have the choice not to sexually abuse others. Again, I knew  people who were abused by people they trusted and yet they grew up and made choices to help others that were being abused.

You have the choice to not abuse alcohol. Again I have firsthand experience with alcoholism in the home. This is a devastating problem int he country today. I have again made the choice to stay away from that lifestyle.

You have the choice to not abuse drugs. Once more, I have experienced this in my home as a child. This is another choice I am proud to have made in staying away.

You have the choice to obey the law and not run from the police. I am saddened to see all of the death and destruction in the news today regarding this issue. Think of how many would still be alive if they had just obeyed the law and the police. I say again, you have the ability to choose the right thing.

There is only one race, the human race. We are all brethren and should not be afraid to embrace each other publicly and claim our love for one another. We could achieve miracles then.

Choose wisely my friends

-the Hellion

Go home iHeartRadio, you’re drunk

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I used to enjoy listening to the radio. Now it’s just a jukebox with the selector buttons broken so we hear the same songs over and over. While I enjoy all forms of music, I predominantly listen to Rock N’ Roll. Recently one of my favorite long time radio stations, KZRR 94 Rock, was assimilated by the collective known as  iHeartRadio. This assimilation has brought with it inane commercials for  iHeartRadio advertising artists and events that have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GENRE OF ROCK N’ ROLL!!! I also tried out their streaming of 94 Rock while I was out of state for three months. With their streaming they have something called “Fast Tracks” which turn out to be an abbreviated version of a song…wait, WHAT? PLAY THE WHOLE SONG!!!! Here’s another idea for iHeartRadio, how about playing some of the new artists trying to break through? I mean as much as I love the artists that do get play, there are many others out there.

I get the feeling that iHeartRadio is actually trying to kill off live radio and music as well. Just the other day another station that I listened to, 104.1 The Edge, dismissed its long running morning show personalities. This dismissal has led to an out-crying of support for said personalities. The reason was given as “restructuring” of the radio station…sigh.

I think we need REAL radio stations back with REAL DJ’s who played the music that they loved and had some control over it. I mean think about how many bands you were turned on to by a DJ.

I say now go home iHeartRadio you are not welcome anymore.

-the Hellion.

“Honky Tonk Metal” Band SCATTERED HAMLET Announce Upcoming U.S. Tour‏

“Honky Tonk Metal” Band SCATTERED HAMLET Announce Upcoming U.S. Tour

 

Announcing New Partnership with COLDCOCK WHISKEY

 

In the Studio Now Recording the Follow Up to Skeleton Dixie

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SCATTERED HAMLET is what would happen, “If science mutated the genes of AC/DC, Motorhead, Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Steven Jones all into one new being, then added a shot of Nashville Pussy for good measure.” – Tony Sison, All Access Magazine

 

SCATTERED HAMLET is pleased to announce their upcoming full U.S. tour and partnership with COLDCOCK WHISKEY. The band, who have dubbed their live act “The Hillbilly Sideshow Extravaganza”, will be headlining several dates on their “Shotgun Shells and Dynamite Run”, while select dates will feature Kingshifter (Pavement Entertainment). The 30+ day tour will also include festival stops at Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), Hogrock (Cave in Rock, IL) and Trishstock (Hannibal, NY).

 

See below for all confirmed tour dates.

 

SCATTERED HAMLET “Shotgun Shells and Dynamite” U.S. Tour:

May 15 Newhall, CA @ Vu

May 16 Phoenix, AZ @ Blooze Bar

May 17 Midland, TX @ Blue Max

May 18 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog

May 20 Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room

May 21 Pryor OK @ Rocklahama Retrospect Kickoff Party

May 22 & 23 Pryor OK @ Camp Jager Stage at Rocklahoma

May 24 Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge

May 25 Fayetteville, AR @ Smoke and Barrel

May 27 Asheville, NC @ One Stop/Ashville Music Hall w/ Gutterhound

May 28 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

May 29 Roanoke, VA @ Coffee Pot Roadhouse w/ Media Downfall

May 30 Ladson, SC @ The Hive May 31 Greenville, SC @ Gottrocks

Jun 3   Portland, ME (TBA)

Jun 4   Long Branch, NJ @ The Brighton Bar

Jun 5   Brooklyn NY @ The Shop

Jun 6   Hannibal, NY @ Trishstock Festival

Jun 7   Providence, RI @ Dusk

Jun 9   Akron, OH @ Empire

Jun 11 Cave In Rock, IL @ Hogrock Motorcycle Festival

Jun 12 Algona, IA @ The Afterlife

Jun 13 South Bend, IN @ McCormicks

Jun 14 Madison, WI @ Frequency

Jun 15 Chicago, IL @ Live Wire

Jun 17 Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge

Jun 18 Kansas City @ Aftershocks w/ Kingshifter

Jun 19 Witchita, KS @ The Elbow Room w/ Kingshifter

Jun 20 Tracy, MN @ Bonnie & Clyde’s

 

 

SCATTERED HAMLET is again working with multiple Grammy-nominated producers Jason Dongaghy and Jake Rodenhouse to record their follow up to Skeleton Dixie. The band will be performing tracks off of the highly-anticipated album (due out the end of 2015) throughout the tour.

 

According to frontman Adam Joad, “People are going to be hearing a lot of the new material on this tour. We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from the demos so we’re looking forward to seeing the audience reactions come May.”

 

Joad adds, “We’ve upped the ante all around for our live show. We’re pumped to have COLDCOCK WHISKEY right alongside our beer kegs, deer skulls, shotgun mic and the chaos people have come to expect from the HILLBILLY SIDESHOW EXTRAVAGANZA.”

 

Rick Zeiler, founder of COLDCOCK WHISKEY states, “We are thrilled to be working with SCATTERED HAMLET! The guys put on a great live show and have an energy that fits perfectly with COLDCOCK WHISKEY!”

 

 

SCATTERED HAMLET is known for a relentless touring schedule of over 200 shows a year. The band has played in 40+ U.S. states.SCATTERED HAMLET’s music has been featured on CBS, CMT, the Travel Channel as well as VEVO Entertainment.

http://www.scatteredhamlet.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ScatteredHamlet

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s SCATTERED HAMLET!!!

     – the Hellion

Bar Bands, Bar Bands, Bar Bands…2

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First off I want to thank you all for the overwhelming response to last nights Bar Bands post. I was however, reminded of a few more things regarding bar bands and I am addressing them now.

Promoters, you need to do just that. I have seen an unfortunate trend as of late with putting up an event page on social media sites, dusting off your hands and calling it a day. I am sorry that is not good enough, period. I cannot tell you how many times at the last minute I get a message “hey you coming to the show tonight?” and because of the lack of show promotion this is the first time I hear of the show. Shame on you, shame. You are doing the band a complete disservice to say the least. EVERYONE should know about a show you put together.

Club owners, pay the bands a decent rate!!!!! These guys are traveling on their own usually on limited means throughout the country. Club owners wake up because you know they are talking to each other about clubs to play in and which to avoid. Imagine if you treat a band decently and they spread the word and you have bands knocking your door down to play your venue. Word gets around, locals will see the bands are dying to play your venue and will be beating your door down to attend.

Promoters and Club owners, ADVERTISE!!!!!! There are usually on most towns several means of advertising the show.  If people don’t know, they wont go!!! If you work with the advertising outlets I am sure a bond can be made and some kind of deal can be made.

Lastly, remember these bands are providing us a service and we should be thanking them.

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s Rock N’ Roll!!!

-the Hellion

Bar Bands, Bar Bands, Bar Bands…

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Recently a couple of people have made disparaging comments about bar bands. One person in particular  made it known that bar bands were beneath him and a waste of time. Well I am here to tell you that most bands you have heard of and listen to today got their starts in a bar somewhere. Ok, ok there are those few anomalies out there I’m sure who jumped immediately into arena gigs.

The Doors, Motley Crue, the Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, the list goes on and on. These bands played to small crowds at first and honed themselves into arena machines.

Now, in today’s world, arena bands are mostly extinct so the return of the bar/club band is more important than ever. There are several bar/club bands that live in my heart these days. They are there because I have insight as to the blood,sweat, and tears they exude. Their craft is important to them and they are willing to go that extra mile to give their all to their fans. I wish to personally thank the following bands/performers in no particular order: Dellacoma, Nomada, Skulldron, Throw The Temple, Scattered Hamlet, Darken The day, Wulf, Beard, Ragdoll, Crowned By Fire, Mike Araiza,  and many, many more. I salute you all for being the warriors you are and for flying the Rock N’ Roll flag high. All you other local bands, STEP UP!!! And to you naysayers out there, I’ll debate you on camera anytime, you know how to reach me.

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s Rock N’ Roll!!!

-the Hellion

 

 

Speaking on the Grammys

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I was doing my best to stay out of the “Grammy bashing” posts, but alas, I find myself jumping in. If we as music lovers and consumers are unhappy with the situation we need to speak up. If everyone who has made a statement would take the time to make their thoughts known to the right people we might make a difference. By flooding the radio stations with emails, phone calls we might make a difference. By writing and emailing the Grammys and telling them your thoughts we might make a difference. Lastly, by PURCHASING the music you love and telling others about it, and going to shows and supporting the music you love we WILL make a difference. – the Hellion