Album review: Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 1, 1989 By Steve Newton You've gotta like a band like the Georgia Satellites--they know what they do best, and the just keep doin' it. On their first two albums they made pulverizing boogie-blues their one-and-only forte, and on their excellent third album they've not only kept the … Continue reading Album review: Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin (1989)

Album review: Webb Wilder, Hybrid Vigor (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 24, 1989 By Steve Newton I'd never heard of Webb Wilder before his Hybrid Vigor album showed up in the office, but lemme tell ya--one spin on the turntable and this scribbler was an immediate fan. Singer-guitarist Wilder fronts a band that churns out straightforward boogie in the … Continue reading Album review: Webb Wilder, Hybrid Vigor (1989)

Album review: The Royal Court of China, Geared & Primed (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 31, 1989 By Steve Newton You might expect--with an uppity-sounding name like the Royal Court of China--that these guys would be yet another panty-waisted synth duo creating namby-pamby dance sounds for high-fashion losers. Wrong-O! These guys come up with some of the best thrashing hard-rock these ears have … Continue reading Album review: The Royal Court of China, Geared & Primed (1989)

Album review: Kings of the Sun, Kings of the Sun (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 20, 1988 By Steve Newton I'd never heard of these guys before snagging a copy of their debut album, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear plenty from them in the near future, because they're good. Very good. And you'll think so, too, if you crave the kind … Continue reading Album review: Kings of the Sun, Kings of the Sun (1988)

Album review: Dan Baird, Buffalo Nickel (1996)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 8, 1996 By Steve Newton The name Dan Baird might not be familiar to the average music fan, but to hardcore devotees of southern boogie, Baird is a hero. Former lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for underrated ’80s swamp-rockers the Georgia Satellites, the gap-toothed, goofy-grinning … Continue reading Album review: Dan Baird, Buffalo Nickel (1996)

Album review: Jason & the Scorchers, A Blazing Grace (1995)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 23, 1995 By Steve Newton If there’s one band I really miss these days, it’s the Georgia Satellites. The raging southern boogie blasted forth by that Dan Baird–fronted unit on three underrated ’80s albums never failed to lift my spirits. So it does this old heart good … Continue reading Album review: Jason & the Scorchers, A Blazing Grace (1995)

David Bowie’s Glass Spider tour bites Georgia Satellites fans in Van

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 21, 1987 By Steve Newton Fans of the Georgia Satellites who were expecting to see the hard-rocking Atlanta band open for David Bowie at the scheduled time of 7 pm last Saturday (August 15) were in for a rather nasty surprise. The Satellites' gig was pushed ahead to … Continue reading David Bowie’s Glass Spider tour bites Georgia Satellites fans in Van

The Georgia Satellites’ Rick Richards prefers three chords and a clouda dust

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 20, 2001 By Steve Newton Sometimes I feel like I’m the only guy around who still goes nuts for southern-fried guitar boogie, the kind the Georgia Satellites churned out so mightily in the late ’80s. But after talking to GS guitarist-vocalist Rick Richards from his home in the … Continue reading The Georgia Satellites’ Rick Richards prefers three chords and a clouda dust

Ear of Newt exclusive: Mike Fraser says AC/DC was all business on Rock or Bust: “We were there to get it done.”

By Steve Newton The anticipation surrounding the impending release of the new AC/DC album, Rock or Bust, has been building for months. The fact that it's the legendary Aussie hard-rockers' first release without original rhythm-guitarist and co-songwriter Malcolm Young has been making headlines, and this Tuesday (December 2) the physical product will hit stores. With or … Continue reading Ear of Newt exclusive: Mike Fraser says AC/DC was all business on Rock or Bust: “We were there to get it done.”

The Newt pays tribute to Dan Baird, guitar-rock great from the Georgia Satellites

I figure it's time I paid tribute on Ear of Newt to Dan Baird, former frontman for '80s riffmeisters the Georgia Satellites. With singer and main songwriter Baird at the helm the Atlanta quartet only recorded three albums' worth of southern-fried guitar-rock—1986's self-titled debut, 1988's Open All Night, and 1989's In the Land of Salvation and Sin—before … Continue reading The Newt pays tribute to Dan Baird, guitar-rock great from the Georgia Satellites

Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson sings the praises of unsung Satellite Rick Richards

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 13, 1999 Everyone I’ve talked to about new L.A. guitar band Buckcherry—including Vancouver rocker and reporter John Armstrong, the original “Buck Cherry” of the Modernettes—views the group as a rehash of riff-rock acts from the ’70s (Kiss, AC/DC) and ’90s (the Black Crowes). But Buckcherry’s retro raunch-boogie doesn’t … Continue reading Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson sings the praises of unsung Satellite Rick Richards

Nashville Pussy’s Ruyter Suys saw KISS in Vancouver on the Dynasty tour

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 2005 By Steve Newton Nashville Pussy lead guitarist Ruyter Suys was born and raised in Vancouver, but for the last six years she's called Atlanta, Georgia, home. Her current location makes perfect sense once you sample the raunchy southern-fried boogie on her band's new CD, Get Some!. Any Lynyrd … Continue reading Nashville Pussy’s Ruyter Suys saw KISS in Vancouver on the Dynasty tour