Happened to see a super fine photo Chris Klondike Masuak posted today on Facebook. I loved this incredible "Chorus Line" of his guitars....we are a huge fan of Klondike's and loved seeing these axes and knew a lot of my readers would dig em too.... Thanks CKM xxK

Chris Masuak's Chorus Line..

Guitars L - R

2006 Ampeg Dan Armstrong reissue
1968 Ampeg Dan Armstrong
Early 90's Robin Ranger... A Houston based company that made great hand crafted guitars. A great hunk of wood!
1996 Fender Custom Classic Strat
2003 Gibson Firebird VII

1964 Fender Bandmaster
Fender VibroKing

From Klondike: "You wanna hear what the Dan Armstrongs sound like?? I make all these suckers work! CLICK HERE check out Niagara and The Hitmen to hear what the Dan sounds like cranked!

Four years after his debut solo band album, ex-Radio Birdman guitarist Chris "Klondike" Masuak is back with another even more lethal dose of high-powered rock and roll.

"Workhorse" is a stunning statement, a blues-wailing, guitar-soaked testament to Masuak's standing as one of Australia's most talented guitarists.

Its 14 tracks span a dizzying gamut of sounds, from the Eastern cadences of "She's Gone Away" to the rousing pop of "Hey Girl" and the incandescent hard rock of "Intoxication", this is the sort of album too few bands make any more - it's soaked in guitars.

Recorded in Sydney and Mittagong, Australia, it's also a tribute to the late sound engineer Greg Clarke (Billy Thorpe, Rose Tattoo) who co-produced "Workhorse" with Masuak. Clarke completed the final mixes just days before passing away.

Masuak assembled a crack power trio for "Workhorse" with bassist Red Porter and drummer David Alexander on board for the recording sessions.

The songs are cathartic and striking in their directness, full of ironclad riffs but with powerful melody lines not far from the surface.

Rather than bringing in guest vocalists as on his last album "The Straight Path", Masuak did all the singing and worked up his parts during a now legendary 13-week residency at Sydney venue the Sandringham Hotel in 2010.

Guests during that run included Radio Birdman bandmate Deniz Tek and Screaming Tribesmen song-writing partner Mick Medew and most of the "Workhorse" tracks were aired.

Masuak is now based in Spain but is returning to Australia for select shows with his band, The North 40, now comprising Red Porter and Gerard Presland (ex-Hitmen DTK.)

"Is there a better blues-based rock guitar player on the planet than this Ukranian-Canadian-Australian, currently hanging his hat in Spain? I think not. Impeccable tone, clean attack, monstrous vibrato – Klondike’s got it all…just shy of an hour, "Workhorse" is a better integrated showcase for his strengths and enthusiasms." - Ken Shimamoto


Released November 1, 1996

What an amazing industrial amalgamation of killer musicians! MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, the legendary voice and guitar of Scott Morgan, and the ever evolving incredible Motor City-via-Australia Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman make up Dodge Main, with help from bassist Paul Ill and drummer Brock Avery.

I transferred a VCR tape of this show for Dennis Thompson about 3 years ago. The quality isn't perfect but it captures this historical night in Detroit!

City Slang...

The Dodge Main CD is fantastic! What a great record... thankfully Scott Morgan gave me a copy awhile back... You gotta listen to these samples....

1. City Slang Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Fred "Sonic" Smith) 4:36
2. I.94 Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, (Deniz Tek) 2:57
3. Citizen of Time Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Wayne Kramer) 3:48
4. Future/Now Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Rob Tyner) 3:01
5. Fire Comin' Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Paul Ill / Deniz Tek) 4:11
6. 100 Fools Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, (Deniz Tek) 2:38
7. The Harder They Come (full song) WKramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Jimmy Cliff) 2:54
8. Over and Over Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Fred "Sonic" Smith) 2:49
9. Better Than That Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Kramer / Deniz Tek) 3:29
10. I Got a Right Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Deniz Tek (Iggy Pop / James Williamson)

Here is a treat... Dodge Main cover of KICK OUT THE JAMS!

So a few days a ago I was talking to Dennis Machinegun Thompson on the phone and he told me how great Dodge Main was. MGT told me what an incredible mix of players that composed Dodge Main. So we wrote to our very busy friend Deniz Tek and asked him to write his take on this moment in Detroit Rock and Roll History.

Deniz Tek tells the Dodge Main story...

Dodge Main

I got a call from Patrick Boissel, who at the time had recently taken over Greg Shaw's BOMP and Total Energy labels. He suggested assembling a band to be based around me and Wayne Kramer for a studio recording. Wayne's rhythm section, Paul Ill and Brock Avery were included.

Wayne came up with the name "Dodge Main" after the monolithic abandoned Chrysler assembly plant in Hamtramck, Detroit. I flew out to LA, and was put up in a motel in Burbank. During the day, we recorded in a little studio in east Hollywood.

In the morning before heading over to the studio, I wrote songs for the album, reworking lyrics and so forth. We did some older material from the MC5 and (Radio)Birdman, but also wrote some completely new tunes.

It all took about a week. Scott Morgan was in town and joined for some vocals. Wayne produced the sessions, keeping a tight rein on things, and he later mixed the album. Mark Arminski did the brilliant cover artwork. I got paid a small token amount and had all my expenses covered.

SCOTT MORGAN "FUTURE NOW" at the State Theater Greasy show!

Later, Dodge Main assembled in Detroit for a benefit at the State Theatre for local guitarist Phil "Greasy" Carlisi who had to have cardiac surgery. On that occasion, Dennis Machinegun Thompson played drums, and we added some Rationals material to round out the set, including, I think, "Guitar Army" and "Respect".

We also played a show in Cleveland, with Gary Rasmussen on bass and Scotty "Rock Action" Asheton on drums. Wayne and Margaret have a tape of that show which is rumored to be of high quality. They have suggested releasing it at times, but it remains in the vaults at Muscletone Records, Wayne's label. For a while Dodge Main was a revolving door of Detroit/Ann Arbor based musicians. They did some shows without me. The recording was out on both vinyl and CD, and still sounds great. It has stood the test of time. -D

Thank you Dennis and Deniz!!!!



Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach Hal David

2 of my very favorites....

Burt Bacharach/Hal David
Promises, promises
I'm all through with promises, promises now
I don't know how I got the nerve to walk out
If I shout, remember I feel free
Now I can look at myself and be proud
I'm laughing out loud

Oh, promises, promises
This is where those promises, promises end
I don't pretend that what was wrong can be right
Every night I sleep now, no more lies
Things that I promised myself fell apart
But I found my heart

Oh, promises, their kind of promises, can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises, take all the joy from life
Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises
Can lead to joy and hope and love
Yes, love!!

Every night I sleep now, no more lies
Things that I promised myself fell apart
But I found my heart

Oh, promises, their kind of promises can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises take all the joy from life
Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises
Can lead to joy and hope and love
Yes, love!!

"Theme From 'Valley of the Dolls'" was recorded for the film of the same name. The song was written by Andre Previn and Dory Previn, and had initially been intended for Judy Garland before she was fired from the film. At the urging of Barbara Parkins, the song was given to Dionne Warwick.

John Williams arranged the original version heard throughout the film. Due to contractual restrictions, Warwick's voice was substituted on the LP album recording of the soundtrack and Warwick was contractually permitted to appear only on the film's actual soundtrack and not the recording released on the 20th Century label.







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Detroit Purple Harry Gross

A bit of Detroit History... Our friend, music producer/drummer Tino Gross sent us his Uncle Harry's Detroit Police mug-shot from the book "Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang' ...

Harry Gross was a Purple and was shot Thanksgiving Eve 1937 along with leader Harry Millman. The old-timers around Detroit have told Tino that Harry was a sweetheart, a gambler, not muscle, and was tight with entertainers like Cab Calloway.

Harry Millman

Harry Millman was shot to death before a crowd of horrified customers at Boesky's Restaurant in Detroit on November 25, 1937. Two gunmen approached Millman, who was standing at the bar and opened fire. Millman was hit 10 times. Several other people were also shot, including Harry Gross, a partner of Millman's in the handbook business. Gross later died of his wounds.


The Bee Gees, formed of Brothers Barry Gibb, Robin and Robin's twin Maurice, first found international success in the late 60s with the album Bee Gees' 1st. My favorite Bee Gee songs featured Barry on lead vocals. Robin's vocals were just too sad for me. Here is my most favorite of the Bee Gees.... "To Love Somebody"

Hits including Words and I've Gotta Get a Message to You, Massachusetts, followed, but the group hit even bigger heights in the 70s with their songs featured on the soundtrack to John Travolta film "Saturday Night Fever".

I really loved so many of their songs... the disco tunes not so much... but here is a great one...... "Lonely Days".

Maurice passed away from cardiac arrest at age 53. Youngest brother Andy had a brief successful solo career but sadly... passed on at age 30 from years of depression induced drug and alcohol abuse.

The soundtrack to John Travolta's classic film Saturday Night Fever spawned some of the Bee Gees' most famous hits with How Deep is Your Love, Stayin' Alive and Night Fever all managing to hit the top spot.

As well as enjoying phenomenal success as a group – the Bee Gees are one of the biggest selling acts of all time – the brothers also wrote hit records for an array of other artists.

Paying tribute to Robin Gibb, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said: 'Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music.

'Their accomplishments have been monumental. Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on.'

Robin Gibb, who passed away earlier this month, will be given a special ceremony this September, the Guardian reports.

Rumors of a memorial service for the star had surfaced over the last week, with a source telling The Sun: 'This will be the biggest send-off since the death of John Lennon. Robin was so very highly regarded in the industry and this will be reflected in the turnout.

'Robin's boys, Spencer and Robin-John, are also working on ideas for their dad's farewell.'

Gibb had many fans both in and out of the music industry, and it is expected they will attend the public memorial services in large numbers.

It was originally thought that the singer died after a long battle with cancer, until Gibb's son Robin-John revealed that it was kidney failure. Read more:


Donna Summer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner.

Born: December 31, 1948, Boston
Died: May 17, 2012, Florida
Children: Brooklyn Sudano, Amanda Sudano

As TMZ reported, "Disco Queen" Donna Summer will be laid to rest Wednesday during a private ceremony at a church in Nashville, TN. We're told the church is expecting a capacity crowd -- roughly 1,000 people -- but the service is invitation only. The family is adamant ... they don't want the ceremony to become a media spectacle and they've put together a strict guest list consisting of close friends and family members.

It's unclear if any of Donna's famous friends will attend -- but we're told people are flying in from all over the country.

TMZ broke the story ... Donna passed away in Florida last week after battling lung cancer. She was 63.



We had some exciting news this week! I sold some of my Coachville photos to a German Film company that is doing a documentary on Jim (Iggy Pop) Osterberg's life.

Back in 2009 I had a visitor from Australia staying at my home and I took him to see this tiny trailer court. He wasn't an Iggy fan so I shot the photos pretty quick and we were off to see other sights in Ann Arbor.

So far I have had 3 sets of people interested in these images and that is really gratifying. This little park used to have airstream trailers and mobile homes. Now the trailers are vinyl sided or manufactured homes.



What's on the 6th Floor?

The greatest prankster of the nineteenth century, P.T. Barnum (1810-1891) was impresario, humbug, circus owner, lecturer, speculator, politician, and America’s greatest showman. For decades he reigned supreme as he presented one curiosity and extravaganza after another. He had a huge gift for entertaining and amusing the American public.

Barnum for all his faults and failed schemes was a dreamer. He had a talent for knowing what types of things would entertain the public. Didn't matter to him if he had freakish people, wild animals, and often items he invented to thrill the people.

In my opinion... Barnum lived to entertain...yes money was important as was his religion... but to me Barnum was always envisioning new ways to enthrall his audience.

A good show promoter focuses on their events not on their own ego... When you create a show to draw attention to yourself, you'll get it but most likely you won't like it for long. Barnum knew this... He produced the "Greatest Shows on Earth". He used his name on shows like his Barnum and Bailey circuses to brand them. That way lesser circuses would be recognizable as a fake.

Years ago I met Bill Goodman from the "Gun and Knife Show". He used his name on his show for the same reason. Most promoters know that ego has no place in the business. You just make a target out of yourself that way. Keep your goals for the audience out front....

P. T. Barnum Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810-April 7, 1891), known as P. T. Barnum, a prominent Universalist, the most influential American showman of the nineteenth century, was the founder of the first important public museum and creator of the modern three-ring circus.

“If Barnum could not get his hands on a genuine curiosity for his museum, he had no problem making one up. He often mislabeled displays, claiming that ordinary items were really historically important artifacts.

Thus a wooden club was transformed into ‘the very one that killed the esteemed Captain Cook.’ A boat oar became ‘the very tool with which Miles Standish himself rowed his fellow pilgrims to our great American shores.’ And a deer antler became a ‘rare specimen of the horn of the mysterious elusive unicorn.’” --Candace Fleming, The Great and Only Barnum (2009)

Barnum’s celebrities included the curious Feejee Mermaid; General Tom Thumb, the Man in Miniature; the singer extraordinaire known as the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind; conjoined twins Chang and Eng, Madame Josephine Clofulia, the Swiss Bearded Lady, and Jumbo the elephant.

Art of Money Getting Free Book

Phineas was born on July 5, 1810 in the small Connecticut community of Bethel to Irena Taylor and Philo F. Barnum. Barnum's first job was clerking in his father's country store. As a young man in the 1820s and the 1830s he worked as a clerk in Brooklyn, ran a fruit and confectionary store back home, and was a lottery agent in Pennsylvania. In 1829 he married Charity Hallett. In time they had four children.

Between 1831 and 1834 Barnum edited his own newspaper in Danbury, the Herald of Freedom. He started the paper to combat what he perceived to be sectarian attempts to bring about a union of church and state. Three times charged with libel for statements he made about opponents, he was once convicted and was incarcerated for 60 days.

He spent his time in jail comfortably. "I had my room papered and carpeted previously to taking possession," he wrote. He had a constant stream of visitors including a pastoral visit from a local Universalist minister. His release was a public relations event. (Of course it was...)



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist and fashion world pioneer who created a natural look in the 1960s and built a multimillion-dollar business on his name, died on Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 84. Sassoon died at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones and his wife of 20 years, Ronnie, his family said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed," they said. ...

Sassoon 5 point haircut



Jim Smith "To Truly Live"

When you meet true love/friendship...you know it and Jim was that for me... we met at work and we had an unusual connection from the beginning.... he was my Jiminy Cricket. He had all the right answers for me. All the time. He got me to quit smoking and to lose weight. He helped me in every way. What a great father, friend, and life counselor he was. This is just so unfair...

Without exaggeration Jim and I talked into the wee hours by phone for years. He left the cable company and I sadly stayed. Down the road he met a girl and I met a guy...we drifted apart from our phone calls but not our emotions.

Jim loved to ride dirt bikes

We really loved to talk about health, religion, love and all forms of life. This man was a such joy and I have no doubt he is coaching people on the other side. I can barely write this without sobbng...I miss him already. At least he introduced me to our mutual friend Scott Buel...also a great guy... There are some fun Jim videos on his Facebook please leave your thoughts there for his daughter and parents....

Jim truly saved my life...I will never forget him....

I miss you already JR....thanks Scott for keeping me in this sad loop xxKim



'Supermoon' May Outshine Meteor Shower This Weekend - Yahoo! News

The biggest full moon of the year, a so-called "super moon," will take center stage when it rises this weekend, and may interfere with the peak of an annual meteor shower created by the leftovers from Halley's comet.

The supermoon of 2012 is the biggest full moon of the year and will occur on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT (0335 May 6), though the moon may still appear full to skywatchers on the day before and after the actual event. At the same time, the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be hitting its peak, NASA scientists say.

"Its light will wash out the fainter Eta Aquarid meteors," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center told SPACE.com in an email. Still, Cooke said there's a chance that the brightest fireballs from the meteor display may still be visible.

Meteor Shower To Coincide With ‘Supermoon’ This Weekend

Peak viewing conditions for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which occurs annually when Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley’s Comet, will begin on the evening of May 5 and last until the early morning hours on May 6, NASA officials announced earlier this week.

The meteor shower, which is caused by the cosmic debris from the comet burning up in our planet’s atmosphere, produces between 40 and 60 meteors per hour under ideal conditions, the US space agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

However, they report that a full moon will occur on May 6, and the light from the full (or nearly full) moon will make it more difficult to observe the Eta Aquarid meteors this year.

“NASA fireball cameras have already detected several bright Eta Aquarid meteors this year, so the odds are pretty good that a bit of Halley’s Comet can be seen over the next few days,” they said. “Ideal viewing conditions are clear skies away from city lights, especially just before dawn.”

The exact time of the next SUPER full moon is:
Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 05:35:06 am
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Moon sign: Scorpio 16° 01'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
SYDNEY = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 01:35:06 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 12:35:06 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 11:35:06 am (CST)
DELHI = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 09:05:06 am (IST)
MOSCOW = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 07:35:06 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Sunday, 6th May 2012, 05:35:06 am (CEST)
LONDON = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 04:35:06 am (BST)
RIO = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 12:35:06 am (BRT)
NEW YORK = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 11:35:06 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 10:35:06 pm (CDT)
LOS ANGELES = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 08:35:06 pm (PDT)
HONOLULU = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 05:35:06 pm (HAST)



Hey gang this is a trailer for a blues show The Howling Diablo's filmed for PBS that will air soon on PBS. Johnny Bee sent me today. The Howling Diablos won a ton of Detroit Music Awards last week and are one of my very favorite bands.

A Video Sampler from 2006 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival featuring Calvin Cooke, Alberta Adams, Johnnie Bassett, "Sir" Mack Rice, and the Howling Diablos.


The commission of Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. It is recognition of an individual's noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to our community, state and nation.

I Retro: Kimmer, am a KENTUCKY COLONEL...no joke I really am. I was appointed by the only woman Kentucky Governor The Honorable Martha Layne Collins on my birthday February 9, 1986. I have attended the Kentucky Colonel Pancake Breakfast at the Kentucky Derby in the past and drank Mint Juleps with other Colonels at the Derby/Churchill Downs... Y'all take a peek at the history of the Colonels... Elvis Presley was one too! xK

Kentucky colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. The sitting governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky bestows the honor of a colonel's Commission, by issuance of letters patent.


The title "Kentucky colonel" was first formalized in 1813, but was in informal use before that to refer to people with honored reputations, often related to military service in the American Revolution.

It was often associated with landowners respected in their communities. When the Kentucky Militia was deactivated following the War of 1812, Governor Isaac Shelby commissioned Charles Stewart Todd, one of his officers in the campaign, as an aide-de-camp on the Governor's Staff with the rank and grade of colonel. (Todd married Shelby's youngest daughter two years later.)

Former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins

Early colonels served military roles in the state. In the latter part of the 19th century, the position took on a more ceremonial function. Colonels in uniform attended functions at the Governor's mansion and stood as symbolic guards at state events. By the late 19th century, the title had become more of an honorary one. But, since commissioned Kentucky colonels are considered members of the Governor's Staff as his honorary aides-de-camp, all are entitled to the style of "Honorable" as indicated on their commission certificates. This is rarely used, however; Kentucky colonels are usually just referred to and addressed as "Colonel". In writing, usage is Kentucky colonel when the term is not being used as a specific title for an individual.

Famous Kentucky colonels:

Over the years, many celebrities have held the title Kentucky Colonel. Here is a list of a few of the individuals, arranged in alphabetical order by their first name:

Ann Margret

Ashley Judd

Barry Manilow

Betty White

Bill Clinton

Billy Ray Cyrus

Bing Crosby

Bob Barker

Bob Hope

Carol Channing

Crystal Gayle

Dale Evans

Danny Sullivan

Dick Smothers

Dwight Yoakam

Edgar G. Robinson

Elvis Presley

Foster Brooks

George Bush

Glenn Frey

Harlan Sanders

Hugh O’Brien

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Gordon

Jimmy Durante

Johnny Depp

Jose Ferrer

Lloyd Bridges

Louise Mandrell

Mae West

Marie Osmond

Mario Andretti

Mel Tillis

Muhammad Ali

Naomi Judd

Norm Crosby

Norman Schwarzkopf

Omar Bradley

Pat Day

Peter Graves

Phyllis Diller

Pope John Paul II

Retro: Kimmer!

Richard Petty

Richard Thomas

Ronald Reagan

Rosemary Clooney

Roy Rogers

Shirley Temple Black

Tiger Woods

Tom Smothers

Tom T. Hall

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Newton

Whoopi Goldberg

Winston Churchill

Wynonna Judd

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