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I survived the move. More or less. I’m staying with friends for a bit while I find something I can live with for a long time to come. It works. I still haven’t stopped sneezing. Decided to go for full-blown bronchitis. But I’m heavily medicated so we should be right as rain soon. Now that the move is over (for now), I’m trying to get back into my writing. I made sure not to pack all my writing gear into the storage unit. I have been making notes on a new alien story. I don’t usually write aliens but I can’t get this idea out of my head. I’ve let it stew long enough that it’s about ready for a full outline and some serious writing. It’s funny and has a point and I am liking this idea a lot. Now I just need to stop coughing…
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re saying. Isn’t it a little early for that? To give you a quick answer, No! I’ve decided not to buy the little house I’ve been staying in. It’s not so little and a bitch to keep warm and tons of stuff need fixed or freshened up. I’m just not that in love with the house.
That means I’m packing again. But it’s not just packing up all the stuff I have. I’m cleaning out, too. I’m asking myself if I really need all those empty binders and notebooks. Do I really need to keep the two dozen magazines I’ve not looked at in over a year? Do I need two dozen pairs of shoes when I only have about four pairs I wear regularly? How much stuff am I holding on to simply because I remember growing up without a lot of stuff?
Don’t get me wrong. My brother and I had everything we truly needed as kids. But we didn’t get a lot of the stuff we wanted because it wasn’t possible. So I’m cleaning out boxes and drawers and notebooks. I’m packing up the stuff I will use and need. I am not packing the other stuff. The fluff and detritus of 43 years. I’m trimming the fat, so to speak. And once I stop sneezing from all the dust, it’s going to feel really good.
Several people helped participate in my first Rock Blog Tour. Much thanks to Whitney Coble, Tim Marquitz, Kristyn Phipps, Glenn Walker, Robin Renee, and Jennifer Cardonick Walker. All of these wonderful people helped boost the signal for the band Skinn Jakkitt. The band is keeping busy. They have a CD trailer now airing on several satellite TV channels, but I have it for you here:
The guys are getting ready for their tour that begins in Chicago in February. Rock blogger Hellion Rocks had a round table discussion with members of Skinn Jakkit, Death Rattle, The Black Cross Brotherhood, Final Curse and Stevil Helmer of Helmer Management.
Check out the discussion in its entirety here: Hellion Rocks. You can find Skinn Jakkitt at the following venues:
Jan 18th @ The Sand Shack, North Charleston, SC – The Helmer Management Show
Jan 25th @ The Wizard Saloon, Hickory NC, with Bonz from Stuck Mojo, and Nefarious
Feb 7th Knoxville Tn tentative
Feb 8th @ Bada Brew, Chicago, Illinois with Final Curse and more.
Feb 15 @ St Valentines Massecre in Charleston, WV with Black Cross Brotherhood and Final Curse
March 29 @ The Drunk Horse Pub, Fayetteville, NC
June 21 @ Main City Cellar, Hickory, NC, for the Hillbilly Beardsman Club’s beard competition
The Rock Blog Tour was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again soon. Who knows what music you’ll see here next?
I am very happy to be today’s stop on the Rock Blog Tour. I have seen several shows with Skinn Jakkit and they are a hard rocking band with a lot of energy. Their self-titled CD went live on November 5 and covers a range of topics in some really interesting, relevant, and sometimes surprising lyrics. You can find the CD on Amazon, iTunes, Tate Publishing, and ReverbNation. You can also find the guys on Facebook and at their SkinnJakkit page.
Skinn Jakkit is Greg Stephens on vocals, Barry Sams at lead guitar, Shane Farris on rhythm guitar, Jeff Hayworth at bass, and Jeff “Pup” Price pounding the drums. I had the chance to ask the guys a few questions…
Describe your writing process. Is it lyrics first or does a particular melody catch your attention?
Jeff Price: Melody First
Barry Sams: A cool riff usually sparks the writing process. Me, Shane or Hayworth will toss around a few notes till one of us has a spark that will ignite a song.
Greg Stephens: Barry and Shane are the masters of the riff. They usually jam and I start trying to formulate a lyric pattern. Sometimes I have some lyrics but most of the time I write them at the same time.
Who are your musical influences?
Barry Sams: We have the late 70’s- 90’s metal influences, I myself prefer bands like Fear Factory, All That Remains and GZR.
Jeff Price: Tesla, Stryper, Metallica
Greg Stephens: My influences are all over the board. I love Iron Maiden, Clutch, COC, Alice In Chains and Megadeth. New bands I love Eye Empire and Kill Devil Hill. Guilty pleasure would be Journey.
Who would you most like to perform with?
Barry Sams: At this point Fear Factory or Five Finger Death Punch.
Jeff Price: Shinedown
Greg Stephens: Id say Clutch, Megadeth or hell I said it Metallica.
What are your favorite and least favorite songs to perform?
Barry Sams: Favorite song to perform is a new one we wrote “Cover Story” and then “Farther” off the album. Least favorite is none of the above 🙂
Jeff Price: Shame 🙂 / End of the Line 😦
Greg Stephens: Id favorite is a tie with Shame the brand new one and Change. Least I really don’t have any.
Jeff Hayworth: favorite any of ours ,/ least favorite anyone else’s. (covers)
Jeff Price: Difficult, wasn’t able to have much volume to the playback so it made it hard for me, the drummer to really show much energy or aggression in my playing. Still was a great experience.
Barry Sams: You have to be still, then more energy, then don’t look at the camera, then the cops get called, then break, then change clothes, more pictures. Its cool I like it!!
Greg Stephens: It was a very overcast day. Industrial park, old steel mill. In the shadows of downtown. Had people driving by and watching. Got the cops called on us for noise. Funny enough we had a hard time hearing the music. Lol, the noisy one was Mr. Price. Trouble maker. We had a scene that is only briefly in the video where I had to walk down this fence line while all the band members were scattered along the fence line. I walked slooooooow at their orders we did it a few times. Price says man there is a bag at my feet and something stinks. We go look and it’s a dead animal. Ewwwwww true story.
Let’s talk tour riders: what is the one thing you MUST have when on the road?
Jeff Price: Peace Tea, BBQ or Hot Pork rinds, Granola bars
Barry Sams: Nothing but the essentials for the road. Well…maybe Diet Sundrop.
Greg Stephens: Water, Juice, Fruit and some Cheerwine as a special
Any road stories you can share without incriminating anyone?
Barry Sams: Scaring Price into thinking he was late for the plane. Being laid over in Chicago for 9 hours. Hayworth scaring the hell out of convenience store patrons hollering WHAT THE F*%K!!! [He’s over 6′ tall. Would scare me!]
Shane Farris: ( The Quiet One) Yeah I would agree with the WTF story.
Jeff Price: Getting woke up abruptly while sleeping on a bench while waiting on the flight to leave for Oklahoma.
Greg Stephens: Welllll, we pull a lot of pranks and Price is a common target but the best prank was one I Orchestrated in the studio on Barry. Barry took his prized “never take it off the wall don’t even look at it” Schecter guitar to OKC to record and do the video. I immediately started to scheme. He is laying down scratch tracks for Price to do his drum tracks and he has to go to the restroom. I get Shane to be lookout and to let me know when Barry is coming, I have Price lay in the floor and he wraps Barry’s guitar chord around his leg. I litterally take about 5 mins to carefully lay the guitar down on the floor. Shane gives me the high sign and I kick over an empty guitar case and Price starts with the “OOOOOooo Ooooo.” The look on Barry’s face was priceless, if you will. He is gritting his teeth taking it all in. After about 3 or 4 mins he’s like “are you ok” with gritted teeth. “Because if you are I’m gonna kill you. Of all the things to happen, you and your big clumsy feet.” “Hey Barry” I’m pointing to the guitar case. “I swear I should have never brought it.” “Hey Barry,” the case. “You are so damn destructive.” Finally I drop the case again. “You sorry Son Ofa”…and he walks out of the room!
Sounds like these guys are as much fun off stage as they are on stage. They are based out of the Hickory, NC area but are about to start touring to promote their CD. Be sure to check them out! The next stop on the Rock blog Tour is on Thanksgiving, November 28 at Kristyn Phipps blog. Here is the video for Epiphany to whet your appetite:
It’s hard to believe it’s almost Thanksgiving. Yes, I have started my Christmas shopping but only because I don’t want to have to deal with the crowds later on. And I’m making a present this year and would like to not have to worry about more shopping while I try to finish it.
What else is going on? I was sick the entire month of October. I’m halfway through the current quarter of school. And I’m attempting NaNoWriMo this year. Attempting because I really haven’t had much time to write until one of my classes ended this past Friday. But I am really excited about my story. I think it will be good once it’s finished. I’m also still editing at Voluted Tales. That’s actually been a lot of fun. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to help out Mark Turner and the rest of the staff.
One big thing I have coming up is a blog tour I’m putting together to help showcase an awesome band. I’ve seen Skinn Jakkitt perform live a few times now and will happily go see them again. I love music and will gladly help showcase and promote good performers. Be sure to come back soon for a run down on the blog tour.