Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Annual Picnic

Instead of a normal meeting in August, we have our annual picnic. It will be at Rickwood Caverns on August 23rd. There will be plenty of food, music & fellowship. Don’t forget your swimsuits! Please consult your member newsletter for details.

Our next regular monthly meeting will be on September 21, 2014.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bill Grant talks to ARCA

ARCA wishes to thank Bill Grant for a very informative and musical meeting mixed with background and funny stories of 'The Gents' as a Birmingham band in the early 60s.  He obviously loves to talk about music and was very entertaining to listen to. 

Bill was another in a long line of special guests ARCA has had over the years.  These guests help us to get some insight into these bands and into music radio (behind the scenes).  We are working on several more guests in the coming months, so please keep checking this website or 'Like Us' on facebook to find out when the next one will be appearing.  Guests are always welcome.  You do not have to join ARCA, but we would welcome anyone who does.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Special guest at July meeting

ARCA will welcome a special guest at the July meeting.  Bill Grant was the lead guitarist and founding member of the Birmingham band, The Gents.  Bill wrote "Breezy" which was the A-side of their only record recorded on the Vestal label in 1963.  Bill is full of musical stories about the band and loves to talk about music.  Please make plans to attend this month's meeting to meet Bill.  Guests are always welcome.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

July Meeting

Our next meeting is July 20th. We gather at 2 pm for refreshments and music conversation. The business meeting is at 3 p.m. Visitors are welcome to drop by and meet us! We’re at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

JUNE MEETING

Our next meeting is June 22nd. This is one week later than normal due to the Father's day holiday.  We gather at 2 pm for refreshments and music conversation. The business meeting is at 3 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to drop by and meet us! We’re at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

ARCA now on Twitter!


ARCA now has a third way for you to keep up with us and the latest happenings concerning music collecting and preservation. In addition to this great website and facebook, we are now on Twitter.  Just go to twitter.com/arcabirmingham.  When you do, be sure to 'Follow' us!  Also be sure to tell your friends about us as well.  Tell them to 'Follow' us on Twitter and 'Like' us on facebook.

We at ARCA are doing all we can to tell as many people as possible about us and what we do.  We are a non profit organization made up of members from all over the country who are dedicated to the memory and preservation of recorded music.  Our membership is open to anyone, anyone who loves music, that is!  We have monthly meetings and sponsor the big annual CD & Record Show in March in the Birmingham area.  Our organization is pretty laid back and we also have an annual picnic and Christmas party for our members and well as other happenings.  We often have special musical guests at our meetings or just have a particular musical themed program for expanded knowledge or interest.

Remember, 'Follow' us and Twitter and 'Like' us on facebook!  As always, 'Help keep the music alive!"

Monday, May 5, 2014

ARCA facebook page

 
In addition to this website, you may also check us out on www.facebook.com/alabamarecordcollectors.  Be sure to 'Like' us when you visit.  That will help to keep you up-to-date on ARCA events, such as our monthly meetings and CD & Record Show.

We will also occasionally post music videos of songs you may have forgotten about, both local and national.

Once you 'Like' us, be sure to 'Invite' your facebook friends to go to our facebook page and 'Like' us as well.

Friday, May 2, 2014

May Meeting

Our next meeting is May 18th. We gather at 2 pm for refreshments and music conversation. The business meeting is at 3 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to drop by and meet us! We’re at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

APRIL MEETING


Our next meeting is April 27th. This is one week later than normal due to the Easter holiday.  We gather at 2 pm for refreshments and music conversation. The business meeting is at 3 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to drop by and meet us! We’re at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level.

Monday, March 3, 2014

MARCH MEETING

Our next meeting is March 16th. We gather at 2 pm for refreshments and music conversation. The business meeting is at 3 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to drop by and meet us! We’re at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Travis Wammack coming to the 2014 CD & Record Show

There will be a special guest appearance this year as ARCA honors the “Fastest Guitar Player In The South,” Travis Wammack.  Travis will be be made an honorary member of ARCA at 10 A.M.

[Information from Travis’ website]  Travis was born in Walnut, Mississippi. He began his professional music career when he wrote and recorded his first record at the tender age of eleven, and also became the youngest member ever voted into the musicians union. After moving to Memphis, Tennesse, the young guitarist made his mark on the music world at the age of sixteen with his 1963 number one hit “Scratchy”.  He was the first to develop and use the fuzz tone for an electric guitar. 

By 1969, Wammack’s skills landed him in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he teamed with legendary producer Rick Hall at Hall’s FAME Records. Travis’ guitar licks can be heard on hit records that have sold over 'SIXTY MILLION' copies!…songs recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, Mac Davis, Clarence Carter, the Osmond Brothers, Bobbie Gentry, Candi Staton, Delbert McClinton, Liza Minnelli, Narvel Felts and many more. 

Wammack’s solo artist career (produced by Hall) also sky rocketed with the release of albums in 1971 and 1975.  He traveled the world as Little Richard’s band leader from 1984 until 1995, performing on several nationally syndicated television programs as well as President Bill Clinton’s inauguration party.  Wammack became known as the “Fastest Guitar Player In The South”, where he was described by Rolling Stone’s Greg Shaw as “the fastest guitar player I have ever heard in my life, and not just fast but good.  Brilliant, even.  His stage show is flamboyant and exciting.” In 1998, Wammack  released his live CD "Still Rockin’".  It contains a collection of rock and soul classics from the 60's and 70's.  In 2000, his “Snake, Rattle & Roll in Muscle Shoals” CD was released.  This release contains a collection of Travis’ best original material and is sure to rock you with a touch of soul.  In 2002 Wammack released another live CD “Rock-N-Roll Party" which showcases everything from his soul vocals on ‘Dreams To Remember’, his dazzling guitar work and voice-box on ‘Rocky Mountain Way’, to the swampy slide work on his original ‘Rock-N-Roll Shoes’.  In 2008 Travis released the CD "Memphis + Muscle Shoals = Travis Wammack" which includes more of his original rock-n-soul tunes, including a medley of "Scratchy" & "Firefly". In 2008 he also released his first gospel CD "Almost Home". In 2009 he released his fist country CD "Country In My Soul". In 2010 Travis released "Rock-N-Roll Days", an acoustic show of oldies but goodies and in 2011 released "Rock-N-Roll Days Vol. II".

Travis now works with Muscle Shoals Music Marketing, and has added “Producer” to his already impressive resume.  He is a member of the ‘Memphis Music Hall of Fame’, and in 1999 Wammack received the Professional Musician Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was inducted into The Southern Legends Entertainment And Performing Arts Hall Of Fame. In May 2006, Gibson Guitars presented Travis with a new Gibson ES-335 guitar as part of their documentary honoring legendary Gibson ES series players. In 2011 Travis was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

February Meeting

Our February meeting (Sunday February 16th) is at 2:00 PM for refreshments, socializing and trading. We’ll have a business meeting at 3:00 PM. Visitors are welcome to drop by and meet us! We’re at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level.

Monday, January 6, 2014

No January Meeting (Record Show Mailings Work Day)


We don’t have an official meeting this month. Instead you’re invited to our annual party at Fred’s house on Saturday the 18th at noon. Don’t be late or you’ll miss lunch! There's a good chance there may be some music at the gathering.

BTW we will be preparing the Record Show mailings.

Monday, November 18, 2013

ARCA CHRISTMAS PARTY


There is no business meeting in December. Instead we’ll be gathering for food, fun and fellowship at our annual Christmas party on December 14th.

Specific details are in your ARCA newsletter. We hope to see everyone there!