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Re: “Hank Williams Jr. is irritated with me

I bought premium seats to a Hank show back in the late 70s. Asleep at the Wheel opened, Hank had to be helped to a barstool center stage, 2 people, each holding an arm, after he was seated a tech brought him a guitar. Half way through the first song he passed out cold drunk and fell off the stool. The band carried him off stage and never came back. 20 minutes later Asleep at the Wheel came back onstage and played for two hours. I've not listened to Hank since that night, but have been a huge fan of Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel ever since.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 19, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Hank Williams Jr. is irritated with me

I also "interviewed" Bocephus, and had an identical experience.

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Posted by Charlie Morrison on July 19, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

There are a lot of really dumb folks out there. Rex gets to meet them after they have clouded their small brains with a bit of ETOH.

Posted by localhutch on July 19, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Tales from the door side

Please continue doing this. ... PLEASE!

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Posted by Art Perry on July 18, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

Rex is hilarious amd Tin Roof is awesome!!

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Posted by JeanineCafaro on July 18, 2017 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Tales from the door side

Would maybe read again!

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Posted by Nolan MacDonald on July 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

I've been anticipating this for some time, and I'm not dissapointed.

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Posted by 010011 on July 17, 2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

Rex you're too much !! :)

<3 ya dude!

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Posted by Shannon Graves on July 17, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

You can look for this column every month! Rex rules.

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Posted by Kelly Rae Smith on July 17, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

Please make this a regular column!

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Posted by Lily McLeod Slay on July 17, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “End of an Era: Musician Michael Flynn is leaving Charleston

Let me know when you find that Mayberry, I've been looking for it for decades.
All the little / cheap towns I've found are waaaay, out in the boonies, with no way to make what little money you need to live there.

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Posted by Dan Blake on July 16, 2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Tales from the door side

Just start telling all the yuppies that it is Home Team. Those bands need to get paid.

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Posted by Glenn Nelson on July 12, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

Ummm I'm gonna need about 500 more of these stories please best article ever!

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Posted by Liza Kara Hartz on July 12, 2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Joel T. Hamilton goes on record

Where can I sample the new Album? I still have my signed copy of The Working Title CD kept in plastic...was fortunate to get everyone to sign it at the concert in Maryland...

Posted by Ron Long on July 12, 2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Tales from the door side

This is too funny!

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Posted by Walter Lange on July 12, 2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Charleston needs an all-ages, mid-cap venue that caters to all genres

I am Joe from AREA 51 in myrtle beach we play a good bit in Myrtle and did N Charleston and Augusta this year so we are moving around abit this year.I would be interested in your Venue .We are putting out a vinyl end of the summer and touring come spring this would be a great pre-tour .please contact me .I am Joe out here and www.reverbnation.com/joemilo or area51myrtlebeach.com

Posted by Joe Milo on July 3, 2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “A musician's case against the $5 cover charge

I raised the cover to 7 dollars at my club back in January. Bottom line, if you can't afford to pay a few bucks to see a live band, then perhaps you really can't afford to go out. If the cover charge takes in more than the band asks for, I give it to them. I am there for the bar and the food, not the door. The hardworking musicians deserve it. I just don't want to have to pay for a live band out of my pocket. I support local musicians, love to have them but they should also have some sort of following. You can put the cover on your card if you don't carry cash. Also, Club owners expect you to purchase beer from them, not drink your own 30 pack in the back of your truck between songs. You should try to do that outside the supermarket where you purchased it and try to meet beautiful gals and hear live music.

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Posted by Ken Neenan on July 3, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “A musician's case against the $5 cover charge

The bar owners dropped the ball over the last 40 years. If they increased the cover by one dollar every eight years then we would be at $10 by now. My wife theorizes that $5 was easier to deal with for making change. If that was a big reason, that's bullshit on the part of the owners. Sad thing is she could be correct. About a year ago I conducted a survey on my band's Facebook page about paying $10 at the door and 100% of the people who participated said they had no problem with that yet a couple of days ago I posted a message on a local (Minneapolis) musicians network FB page and I ran into the opposite reaction among most of the musicians. I got the tired old "people don't even want to pay $5" to which I responded that the person walking away because of a $5 cover charge is the same person who feels that music and art for that matter should be free for them and are probably downloading most of their music for free. So what if you loose 2, 3 or 4 at the door that night. Good riddance. Drink and food prices in bars have doubled or more in the last 3 to 4 decades and there is no reason musicians shouldn't paid be more as well. Just another age old battle in the "screw the musician" war. The bars may argue they are doing us a favor by providing a place to show off our talent but quite honestly we are the ones doing them a favor. Most of my band's fan base wouldn't normally go to the venues we play (and we play nice clubs not dives) unless we were there in fact there are a couple of bars they didn't even know existed until we brought them in. I can confidently say there are a few bars in Minneapolis that would have gone under years ago if they didn't have live music. Having said that I don't understand why the local musicians didn't demand an increase in the cover charge 20 years ago or more.

Posted by Rory Bezecny on July 1, 2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Charleston needs an all-ages, mid-cap venue that caters to all genres

Charleston Pour House?

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Posted by Jp Treadaway on June 30, 2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Charleston needs an all-ages, mid-cap venue that caters to all genres

colton... sometime's the lease rate is so high (lemme tell ya how i know!!) that we rely on ticket sales ourselves. it's part of their business model. and until I have the money to renovate my building the exact way I want it... i will be stuck at a 450 cap myself, but i have room for 1150 if i re do the baths...

Posted by Andrew Peek on June 30, 2017 at 12:55 PM
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