Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy. RIP!

Posted February 27, 2015 by Kreuzer33
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Leonard Nimoy, whose notorious role of “Star Trek’s” logic-driven, half-human, officer Spock made him an iconic figure to generations, died Friday at the age of 83.

According to his son Adam, Nimoy died in Bel Air, California, and the cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

From Time:

Nimoy was most famous for his role as the Vulcan Spock on the Star Trek TV show in 1966. He would also later appear in J.J Abrams’Star Trek reboot movies.

“He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author—the list goes on—and friend,” his granddaughter Dani said in a statement.

“I loved him like a brother,” William Shatner, who starred in Star Trek alongside Nimoy as Captain Kirk, said in a statement. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

No Charges for George Zimmerman in Death of Trayvon Martin

Posted February 24, 2015 by Kreuzer33
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According to reports, federal authorities have decided to close an investigation of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin back in 2012. Federal prosecutors concluded there is not sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights.

Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer, never denied shooting Martin. But he argued that he shot Martin in self-defense.

From the New York Times:

The department began its civil rights investigation shortly after a national furor erupted over Mr. Martin’s death, which set off protests, demands for justice and an emotional response from President Obama. The shooting was the first in a string of racially tinged cases involving the death of young black men that have prompted a rethinking of the nation’s criminal justice system.

Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted in a state court of second-degree murder in 2013; some jurors said they believed that Mr. Zimmerman had shot Mr. Martin, 17, in self-defense.

Concert Review: “Rumor Has It” Clay Walker and Toree McGee Rocked San Jose, California

Posted February 16, 2015 by Kreuzer33
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Ho hum. Just another Sunday night. Just another KRTY show at the Rodeo Club.

OK. I can’t even begin to attempt keeping a straight face and hide my sarcasm trying to say that. The high praise I have for the efforts put in by both Toree McGee and Clay Walker (one of my ALL TIME favorites) probably can’t even be put into words, but I’m gonna try to do it anyways.

On February 15, country music fans in San Jose, California, were treated to a heck…no…a HELL of a show by two artists who both demonstrated a passion and a love for music (and their fans) that I haven’t seen in quite some time.

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Opening the show was Toree McGee, an up-and-coming, East Bay-based singer/songwriter who I first came across last August when KRTY sponsored a contest to give a local act a chance to sing with award-winning country musician Keith Urban. Suffice to say, I was not disappointed.

First, a little background that I learned. McGee’s grandparents were part of a traveling gospel quartet, and her father was a singer in what can only be described as a “garage rock band”. Her father can be credited with giving McGee her love of classic rock and her passion for music, while her mother gravitated toward classic country. Not surprising that I enjoyed her show with my professed love for classic rock and country music.

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McGee has some of the strongest vocals I’ve heard in a long time at the Rodeo Club. To me, her vocal range pulled in a little LeAnn Rimes and one of the all time greats, Janis Joplin. How can you go wrong with those two?

On top of her own songs, including “Run Right Back to You”, and “Amen” (which by the way I heard for the first time on KRTY during Randy Jones’ broadcast prior to the show), she flawlessly pulled off two fan favorite cover songs: “Stay” by Jennifer Nettles and “Kerosene” by Miranda Lambert.

But what I enjoyed the most about McGee (both during her show and during the 10 minutes I was able to chat with her following), was her happy go lucky personality and her passion for life and her music. Nothing sums this up better than the following clip where she first heard herself on the radio (on KRTY as mentioned above) This is what it’s all about!

Check it out:

Oh yeah, there was also a few minutes during the set for what McGee called #toreeselfee time. Here’s mine (thanks Toree):

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If you haven’t checked her out before, do so now. Also, make sure you keep up with her via her website or follow her on Twitter and Facebook for her latest news and concert schedule.

Also, props to Gary Tackett, a guitarist and manager who’s worked with the likes of Merle Haggard, Billy Currington, Vern Gosdin, Eddy Raven and Tammy Cochran, who I had the opportunity to speak with before and after the show. Thanks for coming to San Jose!

As we neared the 9 o’clock hour, it was time for our main event of the evening…Mr. Clay Walker!

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via @CountryFan101

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple decades, then you are already very familiar with the man who brought you hits like “Rumor Has It”, “Live Laugh Love”, “If I Could Make a Living”, “What’s It To You”, “Live Until I Die”, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” and “Then What?”, among others.

Seriously. How many artists can you see in concert who can perform an assortment of their greatest room, but not have time to play them all? But to Clay’s defense, he played a LONG set and got each and every song in that the audience requested.

Here’s the setlist (which doesn’t include an incredible rendition of “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes that was performed during the encore):

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What a high energy, high passion and high intensity show! I know, I feel like after every show I say how “this was the best Rodeo Club show I’ve ever been too.” But heck, this certainly ranks in my top three of all time, and I’ve been going to the Rodeo Club for the better part of the last decade.

It’s not very often that you find an artist like Clay Walker who can do it all and have the audience eating out of his hands the whole time. Think Garth Brooks-esque. He mixes in his classic hits with new songs as well as a cover or two. And he takes the time to talk to the audience and shows that he really cares about his fans. He’s not just an artist. He’s an entertainer!

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One of my favorite aspects of the show came near the conclusion. Following a medley of a number of Walker’s hits, the San Jose crowd was treated to some traditional Irish Fiddle. Being the father of an Irish Dancer, there was no way that I was going to miss this.

Check it out:

See what I mean? How can you NOT love this?

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Make sure you keep up with Clay via his website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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via @CountryFan101

All in all, I couldn’t have been more pleased with flying 700 miles from Portland, Oregon, to catch this show. I was very impressed by Toree McGee and Clay Walker, who I had not seen live in nearly a decade, lived up to (and surpassed) all expectations.

If you went, please leave your comments below. Would love to hear what you thought!

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. If you ever get a chance to catch a KRTY show at the Rodeo Club, don’t miss out. The folks at KRTY (Nate Deaton, Tina Ferguson, Indiana Al, Randy Jones etc…) always have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot in country music. You never know which “unknown” is going to be the next “Entertainer of the Year”.

It’s a KRTY “Lip Sync Off”

Posted February 12, 2015 by Kreuzer33
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That’s right. KRTY DJ’s Randy Jones and Indiana Al are facing off in an epic Valentine’s Day “Lip Sync Off”

Check out the video below and let me know who YOU vote for. Is it Randy or Al?

Don’t forget to share! Let’s help this KRTY video go viral!

Trustee: Casey Anthony’s Attorney Should Not Get Bankruptcy Settlement Money

Posted February 9, 2015 by Kreuzer33
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Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez, as well as the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service, should not receive anything from a settlement in her bankruptcy case, this according to a trustee’s report filed recently in federal court.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

The $25,000 that was raised by the sale of Anthony’s story should go toward the bankruptcy trustees, according to the report.

Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection in early 2013, listing more than $792,000 in debts.

Baez claimed that he was owed $397,431, the largest amount in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.

Other creditors claiming that Anthony owed them money include the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, $145,660; the IRS, $80,855; and Texas EquuSearch, the search-and-recovery group that combed Central Florida for 2-year-old Caylee in 2008.

EquuSearch says it spent $100,000 searching for Anthony’s daughter, even though the mother already knew her daughter was dead.

In Honor of Coach Belichick…

Posted February 1, 2015 by Kreuzer33
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…we’re going with the grey hoodie today!

Super Bowl 49! Here’s the pick:

New England Patriots 27

Seattle Seahawks 24

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The New England Patriots, the Super Bowl and Deflated Balls…

Posted January 21, 2015 by Kreuzer33
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History Nerd Alert (from a PR guy): For everyone who is still upset about the Patriots and their deflated balls, can we all just reflect on American history for a minute.

This country was, in part, founded by people from Boston who didn’t believe in following the rules. The American Revolution began in Boston, as the British retaliated for the Boston Tea Party and the New England “Patriots” fought back! The twelve other colonies joined with Massachusetts, forming the Continental Congress, which appointed George Washington to take charge of militia units besieging British forces in Boston.

Long story short…we won our Independence!

The moral of this story: Go Patriots!

By the way, I assume that most of you are thinking this as you read this:


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