This is a call for help to all the friends and fans of Joe Bethancourt.

As reported by Robert Zucker:

On Saturday, April 30th, Joe’s home in Phoenix was heavily damaged by fire. Joe, his wife Cher, their rescued animals and Joe’s instruments all made it out safely. The house will have to be completely rebuilt.

A Benefit Concert will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 1pm to 4pm in the Big Room at Fiddler’s Dream in Phoenix to help Joe and Cher with living expenses while the long and involved process of getting the house rebuilt takes place. Admission to the event will be a requested minimum donation of $10.

We need you, Arizona’s music community, to:

1. Volunteer to play 2-3 songs
2. Volunteer to help at the event
3. Tell all your fans that they should attend this event
4. Tell other musicians who have not received this e-mail about the event

ALL PROCEEDS from the event go to Joe and Cher Bethancourt. The folk’s at Fiddler’s Dream arranged for the room and AMAZ Radio will cover the cost of renting the room as a donation.

If you want to play or volunteer at the event, e-mail Mr. Zucker at rzucker@amazradio.org.

To make this event a success we need all of you to use your own promotional resources to spread the word and get your fans and friends to attend.

To those of you who are in the media and are receiving this note; please do what you can to get your media resources to help publicise this. Tell other people in the media about it. Mr. Zucker is available to answer questions from any media outlet.

Many have filked his tune, True Story, about the FBI investigation of the society in the 70s.  I’m sharing this in my blog as he was a huge influence on myself and others in the early days of the S.C.A.

Ioseph of Locksley, mundanely known as Joe Bethancort..
http://www.whitetreeaz.com/joeb/

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Joe Bethancourt is an Arizona treasure. He is also a friend. Let’s show Joe and Cher that we are the friends and the music community they can count on in a time of need. Thanks for your help.

Robert Zucker
AMAZ Radio
P.O. Box 1554
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142

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Celtic Rockabilly!

December 29, 2008

If like me, you’ve a taste for rockabilly and torch singers, then you really should pick up a copy of the “Love Tatoo” album featuring Imelda May.

You can get a taste on the YouTube Video of the Dublin-born rockabilly singer, featuring Darrel Higham on guitar, Al Gare on bass, Steve Rushton on drums, singing ‘Johnny got a boom boom‘ and ‘Falling in Love With You Again’.

You might have noticed I mentioned ‘torch singers’ above. The third cut on the album is “Knock 1 2 3” and it really showcases her talents.

This album has some great music!

BeBook Reader!

December 19, 2008

Now this has to be the eBook reader I’ve been waiting for!

The reason is simple. Flexibility! I will read all of the popular eBook formats and it also acts as an MP3 player.

There are a lot of YouTube videos that discuss it. Here is one that shows how it works.

This is an awesome device! If you decide to purchase one, you can save an instant 25 Euros by putting my email address in the discount coupon section of the order form. My address is masteranthonystevens@gmail.com

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Fantastic eBook Reader!

A Music Review

December 14, 2008

Normally, I don’t comment on music since I don’t know that much about it.

Your friendly neighborhood geek was at a lovely party last night and was given a CD of homemade tunes. These are my impressions at first listening.

Although hesitant, I must admit, I’m predjudiced in favor of any album that starts with an announcer saying, “You want to make people’s heads explode? Sure! We all do!

Gojira is the first cut and it starts a bit ragged, but then settles into an enjoyable series of progressions.

The second cut is called Fiareduc and is very mellow. I liked it a lot!

Toontime is next and it hit me with a kind of upbeat 80’s flashback feeling. The term ‘jaunty’ comes to mind as this would go well as a club dance number.

Fretless is addictive. I found myself listening to it several times, just to get a handle on the hypnotic themes. Later on in this tune, I was reminded of some of Uriah Heep’s early work. This would be a fine soundtrack for a sword and sorcery video.

The last track is mEnsoleille’. And once again, I was reminded of the classic Magician’s Birthday Album. The tune is good, but like a lot of us Olde Phartes, I equate buzzing sounds with distortion and I found that component distracting. I realize we’re in the minority since a lot of modern tracks use distortion effects to great commercial success.

Overall, Mercator.Skep is an enjoyable CD and it’s got a place in my car’s CD folder.

This musician deserves a wider recognition. I would recommend you take the time to visit Matt Kremer’s PopStarIndustries website and download all of his free tunes.

Thanks for turning me on to it, Matt!