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Artist Spotlight: McKenzies Mill

May 23, 2016

I’ve been on a major southern rock kick the past couple of days. Sometimes I find that I just need to step back from listening to new music and revert to the classics. Listening to some Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers etc…

That’s probably how I stumbled across my latest Artist Spotlight: McKenzies Mill,  two brothers from North Carolina, now based in Nashville, Tennessee, that absolutely know how to rock!

Founded by Justin and Ryan Harris, and backed by the a few of the best musicians around, McKenzies Mill brings its audience what has been described as “Southern Fried Rock & Roll.”

From Ryan’s own words (via Wrangler Network):

“Southern Fried Rock-n-Roll” is definitely the way that we most often describe our music. For the people that see us live, I like to think that most of them walk away thinking, “man, those country boys can rock!” If they are, then we’re doing it right.”

There you have it! A little bit country, a little bit southern rock and a little bit rock and roll. Take three of my favorite genres, wrap them up in a package, and put them out on the road. Just what I love…and that’s what these brothers give you night in and night out!

While you might not be familiar with McKenzies Mill (yet), the duo is in no way a newcomer to the music scene. They’ve been featured at NASCAR’s Speed Street Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at BayFest in Mobile, Alabama. They’ve also been featured alongside artists such as Brad Paisley and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

In terms of music, McKenzies Mill has released two albums, “One Hell of a Ride” and a self-titled album, “McKenzies Mill”. In 2014, they were named a Band to Watch by CMA Close-Up magazine back and the duo also won Bud Light’s National Battle of the Bands back in 2012.

In addition, last September, the duo released two new singles, “Middle of Nowhere” & “Willie“.

I know there’s more that I could talk about here, but I’ll let you check out the rest of the band’s music for yourself. Here’s a sample of their own songs, as well as a few great covers:

Fishin’ in the Dark

My Heaven is a Small Town

Dirty Things

Country Born & Raised

Yee Haw

If you see McKenzies Mill on the bill anytime soon, make sure you’re there early. You don’t want to miss your chance to see this band. I said it before and I’ll say it again: they can flat out rock.

Also, make sure that you check them out on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @McKenziesMill. Upcoming tour dates can be found here.

Don’t forget to check out their music on iTunes.

So what did I miss? Have you seen McKenzies Mill live? What do you think of them? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Major Tornadoes Hit Southern US

April 15, 2011

Powerful storms and tornadoes ripped across Mississippi and Alabama this afternoon, toppling trees, snapping power lines and ripping off roofs. There’s definitely some wild weather going on and it’s certainly not over yet. Be safe if you’re living or traveling down South today!

From CNN:

The city of Clinton, Mississippi, suffered “extensive damage” when a tornado touched down, according to Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency.

The city’s mayor said no one was injured in the storm, which tore the roof from a hotel and caused major damage to a bank and numerous homes. It narrowly missed an elementary school and a church daycare packed with about 650 children between them, she added.

In Alabama, a tornado emergency was issued for the towns of Geiger, Panola, New West Green, and Pleasant Ridge, according to the National Weather Service. It said storm spotters were tracking a large and dangerous tornado that was a half mile wide and located about 23 miles northwest of Livingston Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said it had received a report of a tornado near Melvin, Alabama, that may have caused damage to the Hunt Oil Refinery there. A company spokeswoman said no damage had occurred there, however.

Tornadoes also were reported near Linden in Alabama and in or near the cities of Loper, Madden, Mount Sterling and Ludlow in Mississippi, according to the Weather Service.

Grand Ole Opry Closed Due to Flooding

May 7, 2010

The Grand Ole Opry House is officially closed for repairs following record amounts of rain which sent more that two feet of water over its stage.

From CNN:

Gaylord Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Colin Reed said he did not know how long the facility will be closed. The neighboring Gaylord Opryland Resort, a 2,881-room hotel, also is closed for restoration but will be open before the end of 2010, he said.

“We’re going to do everything in our power to restore the stuff that’s been damaged by water,” Reed said Friday.

He said that quick thinking by Opry management Sunday saved much of the memorabilia there.

Shows scheduled at the facility will move to other Nashville venues during repairs, he said.

Fisher-Price High Chairs Recalled

March 25, 2009

Here is the list from the Associated Press:

High chairs
About 24,000 3-in-1 high chairs, manufactured in Mexico and imported by Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., because the seat can fall backward from the frame if the release is unlatched while a child is inside. The seat back can also detach if not snapped fully into place. The company has received one report of a detached seat back that resulted in a fractured skull. The high chairs were sold at Target stores around the country between December 2008 and March 2009. Details: by phone at 800-432-5437; by Web at http://www.service.mattel.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

OTHER RECALLS INCLUDE:

Pacifiers
About 2,900 Baby Necessities pacifiers, manufactured in China and imported by OKK Trading of Los Angeles, Calif., because they failed federal safety tests. The nipples can separate from the base and pose a choking hazard. No incidents have been reported. The recalled pacifiers were sold at dollar and discount stores around the country between August 2007 and January 2009. Details: by phone at 877-655-8697; by Web at http://www.okktrading.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

Heart medication
Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling one lot of Propafenone HCL 225 milligram tablets sold in 100 count bottles in the United States. Some of the tablets may contain higher levels of the active ingredient than specified. Some patients who are particularly sensitive to small variations in dose might experience serious side effects, including irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure. No illnesses or incidents have been reported, according to the company.

Propafenone is a prescribed drug used to treat cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeats. The recalled product was shipped to customers between Oct. 15 and Nov. 26 last year. It has the lot number 112680A and the expiration date July 31, 2010. For more information, consumers can call 888-352-9616.

Cheese
Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC is recalling Asadero and Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheeses due to possible listeria contamination. Eating food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease. No illnesses have been reported, according to the company.

The products were distributed to retailers and delis in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The recalled cheeses were sold in 10-pound balls and 16- and 12-ounce plastic packages under the name “Aguas Calientes” and in 6-pound blocks shrink-wrapped in clear plastic under the name “El Jaliciense.” For more information, consumers can call 517-368-5990.

Thousands Lose Power in South, East

February 12, 2009

Wild weather with wind gusts reaching hurricane force knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers from the Midwest, to the South and to the East.

From the Associated Press:

About 255,000 customers were without power in Ohio alone. There were also about 52,000 outages in Michigan, more than 30,000 around Buffalo, N.Y., and about 80,000 in Pennsylvania. Outages are also reported in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Maryland and other states.

The weather service reports a wind gust of 92 mph in Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. About 200 people in the county were evacuated from homes and an assisted living center because of a storm-related gas leak.

Government Warns of “Catastrophic” Midwest Earthquake

November 21, 2008

I guess it’s not just us out here on the West Coast who need to worry about the next big earthquake. According to a new Government report, people in a large seismic zone in the southern and midwestern United States will face catastrophic damage if a major earthquake struck there.

From Reuters:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said if earthquakes strike in what geologists define as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, they would cause “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States.”

FEMA predicted a large earthquake would cause “widespread and catastrophic physical damage” across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee — home to some 44 million people.

Tennessee is likely to be hardest hit, according to the study that sought to gauge the impact of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in order to guide the government’s response.

In Tennessee alone, it forecast hundreds of collapsed bridges, tens of thousands of severely damaged buildings and a half a million households without water.

Transportation systems and hospitals would be wrecked, and police and fire departments impaired, the study said.

The zone, named for the town of New Madrid in Missouri’s southeast corner, is subject to frequent mild earthquakes.

Experts have long tried to predict the likelihood of a major quake like those that struck in 1811 and 1812. These shifted the course of the Mississippi River and rang church bells on the East Coast but caused few deaths amid a sparse population.

“People who live in these areas and the people who build in these areas certainly need to take into better account that at some time there is … expected to be a catastrophic earthquake in that area, and they’d better be prepared for it,” said FEMA spokesperson Mary Margaret Walker.

Two Men Arrested in Barack Obama Assassination Plot

October 28, 2008

Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tennessee, and Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Arkansas have been charged in U.S. District Court in Nashville today with illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun, conspiracy to rob a gun store and making threats against a major presidential candidate.

Cowart and Schlesselman are currently being held without bond. Agents seized a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and three guns from the men when they were arrested. Authorities alleged the two men were preparing to break into a gun shop to steal more weapons at the time.

AP Daniel Cowart Photo from MySpace

Credit: AP Daniel Cowart Photo from MySpace

From the Associated Press:

Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.

In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people — 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, “shooting at him from the windows,” the court documents show.

“Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt,” the court complaint states. “Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt.”

An Obama spokeswoman traveling with the senator in Pennsylvania had no immediate comment.