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Willie G. Moseley

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About Willie G. Moseley

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  • Birthday 07/19/1950

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  • guitars
    I now only have a few "token examples " of classic models I use for lectures, + a few instruments custom-made to my specs (i.e., heirlooms) + an '84 Peavey utility bass
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    G & K Backline 110, Danelectro NIfty Fifty
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    Electro Harmonix---Small Stone, LPB-2; Danelectro chorus, distortion, and tuner (separate stomp boxes)

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    http://www.vintageguitar.com

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    Hank Williams Territory
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    My family, writing, the Space Race + early experimental aircraft history, cardiovascular weight training, acting

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  1. (South) Korea has a major influence here in Hank Williams Territory, most likely where Rich's Santa Fe was made. There's a Hyundai factory in Montgomery, AL and a Kia factory in West Point GA (right on the GA-AL line), and beaucoup tier factories in between along the I-85 corridor, including several mfrs. in my community. So I feel like I've supported the community a bit if I've purchased a vehicle that was assembled at one of the main factories. You can see church signs and real estate billboards around Montgomery that are in Korean. I bought a West Point-made Optima in '16, traded in for my current vehicle, a so-called base model Sorento, in '18. Had to switch to a "sitting up and looking out" driving posture, due to back problems. For me, sedans ride too low; I could travel about 150 miles and my lumbar area (which is missing a disc between L-4 and L-5) would start killing me. Not the fault of the Optima, however. The reason we bought an Optima and Sorento was the (convenient) location of the particular dealership (in Auburn), No problems with either vehicle other than a recall on the SUV to upgrade/correct some software. Decent community relationship for everyone concerned, and the factories keep expanding.
  2. IIRC the Who's version of "We're Not Gonna Take It" on the original Woodstock soundtrack was edited; the full version was on the The Kids Are Alright soundtrack. Like KIzanski, I wouldn't mind hearing their whole set, and comparing it to their Isle of Wight set from the next annum...which I've heard, and it wasn't too inspiring. Wouldn't mind hearing Mountain, for that matter. FWMOW they were always a better listen live than their studio material. YMMV Heard Joe Cocker and Santana live in Atlanta two months after Woodstock, along w/ the Chicago Transit Authority (who headlined) + an opening local band called the Georgia Power Company. Highlight for me at that show was Cocker's "Let's Go Get Stoned"...
  3. ...from 2010 (didn't realize it had been out that long). The entire film, which clocks in at almost two hours, is up on Youtube. Talk about "whatcha see is whatcha get," including an apartment clogged up by hoarding. Jeezus. No sanctimony, pretensions or stereotypical rock star bull****. Believe it or leave it. Underlined by endorsements of a Who's Who of hard rock/metal stars, but the recollections from Rockin' Vickers and Hawkwind members as well as Lemmy's son add to the validity. For players, Lemmy's, er, instructional segment is unforgettable: He differentiates between playing standard bass (he plunks root-five, root-five with a sarcastic smirk on his face) and his own style (dials up the "Murder One" Marshall head and pounds the **** out of three strings at one time). Seems to be an appropriate doc for the profile subject. YMMV P.S.: Anybody ever read White Line Fever?
  4. Lats paragraph of the article indicates they're continuing to make the HP2, which is an excellent value for an American-made instrument. When they started up in '17 after having been closed since '10, Hartley was cautionary, stating "One step at a time." My perception is any guitars are leftover from the '10 shutdwon; YMMV. Wonder if they'll ever re-enter the bass marketplace.
  5. ^^^^This...plus,, some of us may have sold (the bulk of) our collections yet still hang out here on accounta the camaraderie...
  6. August 1969: Musical madness and misadventures in mud I recently examined a 1969 daily schedule for a local radio station, WTLS, and noted the different genres that were blocked out for different hours. Types of music that were heard included country, easy listening, popular (Top 40) and rock, all in one day’s programming. Such a close-to-home smorgasbord of music seems to underline an assertion I usually include whenever I speak to civic clubs, other organizations or schools about guitars: The most creative half-dozen years in the history of popular music were 1967-1973. However, the point needs to be made that the musical diversity of those times was accompanied by paradigm shifts in sociological and cultural behavior. Thanks to the advent of illicit drugs (particularly hallucinogens) as well as birth control pills, the lifestyles of many Americans underwent sometimes-dramatic changes that altered the course of many facets of this nation’s history. Such cultural phenomena were epitomized by two radically different events on opposite sides of the country two weekends in a row in early August of 1969. “Longhairs” were still a rarity in this neck of the woods, and those events seemed to reinforce the disdain of stereotypical bubbas. Since being released from prison in March of 1967, a ex-con and would-be singer/songwriter named Charles Manson had developed a violent, drug-fueled cult (the membership of which included numerous naïve young females). The hallucinogens Manson was ingesting warped his perspective about certain song lyrics, particularly on tunes found on the Beatles’ “white album,” released in late 1968. Manson interpreted the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” as urging him to instigate a race war from which he would emerge as a ruler of a new world. On the nights of August 8-9, he set his demented plan into motion, dispatching several of his followers on a murderous rampage at two different Los Angeles residences, slaughtering seven people. Madness. So much for the so-called “dawning of the age of Aquarius”… A week later, the legendary Woodstock music festival was presented on a farm near Bethel, New York, a rural community in the southern portion of the state. Hyped as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” it also turned into a gargantuan and logistically-bereft mud wallow (thanks to numerous cloudbursts) beset by shortages of food, medical facilities, and portable toilets. Ultimately, the National Guard and other government organizations had to be called in to assist. The notion that military assistance was provided to hundreds of thousands of members what singer Janis Joplin pronounced to be “a whole new minority group” was incredibly ironic, particularly since the Vietnam War was raging. Idealistic commune members in attendance also made food for the concertgoers, with one spokesperson gamely announcing from the stage, “There is always a little bit of heaven in a disaster area!” The 1970 Woodstock documentary is iconic as well, since there was some incredibly good music generated at the event. Every Baby Boomer who’s seen the film probably has a favorite performance, and more than one band was said to have “broken out” on a national basis thanks to the movie. There were also tons of trash left behind. More than one concert that drew from the Woodstock legend had been staged in the ensuing half-century, but the so-called official “Woodstock 50” event was canceled a couple of weeks ago. Seems no municipality wanted the hassle of dealing with an event that was probably going to be gargantuan, if what happened in Max Yasgur’s alfalfa field half a century ago was any indication of what to expect. Can’t say that I blame ‘em. Many books and movies about the madness of the cult of Charles Manson have been proffered over the last 50 years. Woodstock has been chronicled with additional albums and videos (VHS and DVD formats) of concert footage. One wonders what average fans who attended Woodstock are up to now, and how the event impacted their lives, being as how the festival was a landmark cultural and musical event. On the other hand, Charles Manson and his minions validated the dark side of so-called alternate/non-traditional lifestyles. The less they’re remembered—except as cautionary examples—the better.
  7. I have book signings scheduled for the next two upcoming weekends in Gardendale, AL (a Birmingham 'burb) and Hotlanta. The Gardendale event is the 35th annual Birmingham Record Collectors show on 16-17-18 AUG at the Gardendale Civic Center. I'll be there on Friday and Saturday 16-17 AUG but as of now I am not planning on being at the Sunday session. Focus in on the Atlanta Rhythm Section history but will also bring along copies of other books---The Bass Space, the Peavey history, the Roosa biographyetc. This should be interesting, on accounta it's a music swap/sell exposition, not a guitar swap/sell exhibition; i.e., a potentially-wider market for a band history book. That said, I'll prolly bring a couple of instruments to use as "hooks", as is the case when I've worked guitar shows (even events for Vintage Guitar where I wasn't signing a book). On Saturday 24 AUG at 6 p.m. I'll be doing a signing at A Cappella Books in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta for the Atlanta Rhythm Section book. Dealer is a preeminent independent book seller, located in a retro/funky part of the city. I think there's still hippies in the area... Stop by either one if convenient. Thanks in advance.
  8. Three pecan trees providing shade figured into the location of our home in the country, when we built it in 1994. Less than a year later, Hurricane Opal, one of the most rapidly-moving storms ever chronicled, came ashore at Fort Walton Beach, FL and headed due north. It still had winds of 90 MPH when it reached us, about 200 miles inland. Pulled over the center pecan tree (away from the house, fortunately), which had been the primary shade tree for afternoons. Another of the three was leaning a bit, with ominous cracks/fissures in the ground running away from it. That one survived, albeit in a new position (and it isn't obvious that the tree's upright angle is a bit off straight-vertical). Yours truly, an erstwhile city boy, learned how to use a chain saw pronto following Opal's visit, and my father-in-law and I pulled the stump of the fallen tree out with two tractors and chains; hauled it into the woods. Replaced it with an oak sapling that has shaped up very nicely in the ensuing 24 years and is now the size of the somewhat-leaning pecan tree. The other surviving pecan tree is the largest and its limbs had crept over the house but we've used a tree service since the hurricane for "arborial adjustments" more than once. The bubbas down here are able to trim 'em in a manner to where they shape up nicely next to each other each spring, and that's something that homeowners-turned-amateur-lumberjacks might not be able to foresee or accomplish.
  9. If "stadium" includes indoor college gyms and venues (indoor or outdoor) that double as sports arenas, I'd cite The Allman Brothers Band, Feb. 1971 (a month before they recorded Fillmore East) Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Spring 1972 The Who, Who's Next tour, Spring 1972 (Bell + Arc opened)
  10. In the mid-'80s, legendary discounter Rhythm City in Atlanta displayed a caricature portrait of Hartley with an international "No" symbol (red circle w/ diagonal slash) over it. Once owned a Firenza w. P-90s. Excellent instrument but I needed a maple fretboard. Still got a Wolfgang Special, and those two models seems awfully close to each other, ergonomically and aesthetically.
  11. There's more than one person in the music business named Jimmy Johnson. The one I'm referring to was the longtime guitar tech for Tommy Shaw of Styx. Johnson died on 24 JUL in his motel room while on the road with the band. Before his affiliation with Styx, he teched for Rush. He was also the inventor/marketer of Gorgomyte guitar fret/fretboard cleaner. Shaw has put up an eloquent memorial commentary on the Styx official web site: Go to https://styxworld.com/ then scroll down to "The Latest". Talk about unexpected---things like this can (and perhaps should) make someone aware of his/her own mortality. In my dealings with him (usually trading magazines for guitar picks during load-in), he was a consummate pro (polite but firm if necessary), just like everyone else affiliated with the Styx road experience.
  12. So I picked up a black Reverb 'gimme' cap at the recent Atlanta Guitar Show; does this mean it's gonna be a collector's item on accounta it's a "pre-Etsy" example???
  13. Had an ornate Ibanez Artist (gold hardware, abalone trim, etc.) that looked and felt fine
  14. No surprise that the Spinal Tap performance was, IIRC, "Big Bottom"
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