Saturday, April 27, 2013

Layout Is Done, And The Book Is At The Printers

Hey There-

I've finished the layout, and am awaiting copies of the proofs. Final corrections will be made, and then the book will be ready, and available to buy. Stay tuned.
April 27, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

June 28th book release party!

Hello All-

I'm proud to announce that we'll be holding a release party on June 28th for "There Was A Time: Rock & Roll in the 1960s in Charlotte, and North Carolina". The location is Neighborhood Theatre, in Charlotte, on June 28th. Doors will be at 7pm, and show will start at 8pm. The bands will be Good Bad & The Ugly (first show since 1994), Young Ages, Abbadons (first show since 1967), Bobby Donaldson & The Ravens/Premiers reunion revue, and the Mannish Boys (featuring book co-author Jacob "Jake" Berger). The show will be MC'ed by yours truly, Daniel Coston. Tickets will be $15, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the show. You can get more info about the show at

The new issue of Ugly Things Magazine, which will be out in May, will feature one of our chapters from the book. More news coming soon. See you all again soon,
April 22, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Upcoming Ugly Things issue that excerpts our book

Here's the cover of the new issue of Ugly Things Magazine, which will feature an excerpt of our chapter about the Paragons, and "Abba". The issue (30th anniversary!) should be on the shelves in the next few weeks. More news coming soon,
April 18, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Tamrons, and the Huns, Concord, NC

In honor of some friends of mine from Concord, NC, here's a double-shot of music from the Concord area. Despite being smaller than nearby Charlotte, the town of Concord had a thriving music scene. Several bands emerged from Concord High School,  and several venues popped up to cater to both local and regional acts.

Both the Tamrons and the Huns recorded singles in 1966 for the Pyramid label. Pyramid was owned by Arthur Smith, and operated out of Greensboro, NC. Many of the Pyramid acts recorded at Arthur Smith Studios, in Charlotte. The Tamrons recorded "Wild Man" at Arthur Smith, and there's a good chance that the Huns recorded "Shakedown" there, as well.

You can read more about the Concord scene, and the real Battle Of The Bands that almost happened between the Tamrons and Huns, in There Was A Time. Until then, enjoy these two slices on '60s Garage Rock, Concord style.
April 14, 2013

Tamrons, "Wild Man"

Huns, "Shakedown"

Friday, April 12, 2013

Mountain Xpress series on the Asheville scene

In doing some additional research for the book, I discovered an amazing seven-part series done on the Asheville scene. Ironically, it was done by a magazine that I sometimes contribute to, Mountain Xpress. Miles Britton has tracked down several of Asheville's top bands of the 1960s, and gotten a wealth of information. I really wish that more writers and media outlets would do things like this. This not only leaves an important document about the music of that time, but also informs those about their hometown's scene was really like.

Here's a link to the first part of Miles' series, which also allows you to listen to the Satyrs' 1965 single. Turn it up!
April 12, 2013