Thursday, March 21, 2019

Delays & Writing My Fingers to the Bone

Well, 2019 is off to quite a start. Medical issues that started back in July kind of put the brakes on my promotional appearances for both the new book and the album. The latest album, Makin it Back to Macon, is out there and doing well. We have received airplay on some fine radio stations worldwide, and we thank you! We are gearing up for a “relaunch” soon to get the word out about the album which was produced by the legendary Paul Hornsby of Capricorn Records fame in Macon, Georgia. Paul also plays some fine Wurlitzer on the disc, and another true star, Tommy Talton (Cowboy) contributed some fine guitar, slide and Dobro. The cast is rounded out by the world’s greatest left- handed drummer, Towson Engsberg (Tommy Crain & the Crosstown Allstars); Joey Parris on bass (Silver Travis Band); Daniel Jackson on guitar (Silver Travis); Greg Yeary on guitar (my long time band mate and cowriter); Texas Honky Tonk Hero Billy Eli; and the great EG KIght on vocals. It’s my first full-length release since 2005 and I feel like its my best. I hope you’ll check it out. You can order directly from me or from CDBaby, Amazon and other online retailers.
My current book is doing well also, and we plan a reboot on that as well. I was unable to do my usual book signings and hope to do a few. The book is a follow up to CAPRICORN RISING, andother collection of southern rock interviews with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Gov’t Mule, Molly Hatchet, the Outlaws and many more. It is called From Macon to Jacksonville: More Conversations in Southern Rock and is also on the Mercer University Press. I was proud to have Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke write the foreword. The book is also available from me direct, or from, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all fine online retailers.
August will see the publication of my next book, The Road Goes On Forever: 50 Years of Allman Brothers Band Music (Mercer) and we are very excited about it. Chuck Levell kindly wrote the foreword. I am also happily working with Paul Hornsby on his biography, which will be released in 2020. The man is a walking music history lesson! I’m learning from him every day!

One final note, we recently opened a “one-stop shop” online for ordering our books and CD’s. I hope y’all will check it out here

Thank you kindly for the support and kindness. I hope to see many of you soon!
God bless. MBS

Me and Paul. 

KUDZOO Publishes Special Rock Movie Issue!

The new issue of KUDZOO magazine is online! Issue (#31) features the Greatest Rock and Roll Movies ever made!; an archival interview with RED DOG of THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND! ; a memorial to KOFI BURBRIDGE; THE SOUTHERN ROCK CRUISE! Rock Legends Cruise 7!  Concert reviews of Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks, Tedeschi Trucks with Marcus King! The Rock and Roll Health Chuck recalls the 1960's; Plenty of CD Reviews, BOOK reviews, WINE reviews,  recipes and much more, all for FREE!  Just CLICK HERE to read! Please let us know what you think! We welcome LETTERS to the editor at

Saturday, January 12, 2019

New Issue of KUDZOO Magazine Published! Check it Out!

Issue (#30)  of KUDZOO features an exclusive interview with RUSTY YOUNG on 50 years of POCO music; a new interview with WAYNE BRUCE of HYDRA; archival interview with the late JIMMY FARRAR of Molly Hatchet; a memorial to RAY SAWYER of Dr. Hook;   the BLACKBERRY SMOKE homecoming, photos from ANGELUS, Plenty of CD Reviews, BOOK reviews, WINE reviews,  and DVD Reviews, recipes and much more, all for FREE!


The Best of 2018

KUDZOO is pleased to present our list of the TOP 15 album releases of the year.

1. Blackberry Smoke   Find a Light
The first best hope for the new generation of Southern Rock bands released yet another outstanding studio rocker.

2. Bruce Springsteen   On Broadway
One man. A guitar and a piano. Amazing.

3. Paul Thorn  Don’t Let the Devil Ride
The pride of Tupelo, Mississippi pulls out all the stops on his first ever all-gospel album. Hallelujah.

4. Cowboy   10’ll Getcha Twenty
The original band reunited for a new album ten years ago and thankfully it was finally released in 2018. Sadly, it would be the swan song for the great Scott Boyer.

5. Beau Weevils  Songs in the Key of E
Charlie Daniels had so much time on his hands (lol) he formed a second band with “Slidebilly,” Billy Crain. Just a great record.

6. Jimi Hendrix Experience   Electric Ladyland Deluxe
It was the year for 50th anniversary reissues, and this one is reigning champion. Excellent alternate takes, demos and a beautiful book. Celebrate Hendrix.

7. Pearl   Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry
Pearl Aday is much more than just Meat Loaf’s daughter, she is a fabulous singer and entertainer.

8. Earl & The Agitators  Shaken & Stirred
The side project of Roger Earl from Foghat, The Agitators turn in some awesome covers and originals, playing everything from rock and blues to country.

9. Billy F Gibbons  The Big Bad Blues
ZZ Top’s frontman Billy Gibbons delivers a second smoking solo record. Good stuff.

10. Boxmasters   In Stereo
      That prolific little ol’ band from L.A. put out another fab double-cd set in 2018. It’s so good, I heard a DJ refer to them as just “The Boxmasters” without saying “Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters.” Natch.

11. Buddy Guy   The Blues is Alive and Well
      Yes, they are! And so is Buddy! Amazing.

12. Cary Morin  When I Rise
       An amazing Native American singer-songwriter. Absolutely amazing.

13. Uncle Walts Band  Anthology: Those Boys from Carolina, They Sure Could Sing
They were from my hometown, Spartanburg, SC before moving to Austin. David Ball, the late Walter Hyatt and Champ Hood.The best. 

14. John Prine  The Tree of Forgiveness
It’s the most overused cliche in the world, but Prine ages like fine wine. His latest release is filled with genius.

15. Southern Halo   Just Like in the Movies
Three beautiful young ladies with harmony to spare and great songs. The “next big thing” in country music!  •

Passages 2018

I'm still dealing with the massive amount of losses within the KUDZOO community from 2017, and now another year has passed that brought even more sad and shocking passages. Among those we lost this past year were:

• Scott Boyer, of Cowboy (and the Decoys and solo) .  Died  February 13, 2018  from peripheral artery disease at age 70.

• Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd fame who wrote the timeless guitar lick that opens “Sweet Home Alabama” died August 22 from  Lung cancer at age  68

• Tony Joe White, Singer-songwriter of “Poke Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” died  October 24 from a  heart attack at age  75.

• Jimmy Farrar, the second lead singer for Molly Hatchet (also of Southern Rock Allstars and Gator Country), died  October 29, of heart failure at 67

• Jeanie Greene, Backing singer for Elvis, Percy Sledge, Don Nix and many more as well as being an excellent solo artist and a member of Alabama State Troopers died August 19. 

• Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Aug 16 from pancreatic cancer at 76.

• Burt Reynolds, actor/star of Smokey & The Bandit died September 6  at age 82 from a heart attack.

• Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Comics creator died November 12 after a heart attack and respiratory failure at 95 years of age.

• Roy Clark, country music singer and guitar hero, star of Hee Haw, died   November 15  from pneumonia at age 85.

• Yvonne Staples of the Staple Singers died  April 15 at 81.

• Mickey Jones, drummer for Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Bob Dylan, & actor regular on Home Improvement, and in the film Slingblade died February 7 at  76    following a prolonged illness.  •

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Consolodating Twitter

Twitter followers! Some of you may notice that I deactivated the Southern Rock Hall of Fame Twitter account. It was just too much to keep up with. Moving forward, all info of me, my writings, music, life and the Hall of Fame will be Tweeted from @buffalotribe    Thanks!