Saturday, July 25, 2015

Annual Picnic

Instead of a normal meeting in August, we have our annual picnic. It will be at Rickwood Caverns on August 22nd. 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 20, 2014.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

July Meeting

Our next meeting is July 19th.  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, June 15, 2015

Hotel - "Half Moon Silver"

ARCA Honorary Members, Hotel, and their last Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Half Moon Silver" from 1980.  This was the title song from their second album.  With mainstream music moving more toward the 'New Wave' sound of the 80s, Hotel, with its second album, tried to get an edgier sound.  This song utilized multi-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Eagles. Sadly, Hotel would disband two years later, but members Marc Phillips and Tommy Calton would carry on with Split the Dark, which won an MTV Basement Tapes award in 1986 with the song "Always A Chance."

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jubal John Album

Be sure to check out this article on Jubal Dalzell (i.e. Jubal John). Jubal is an accomplished area musician and has been a member of the Alabama Record Collectors Association for several years. CLICK HERE 

June Meeting

Our next meeting is June 28th. 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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Tempos update

I spoke to Mike Shell and he said that he and Terry are in the process of getting things together to "show and tell' at the meeting next week.  He his very much looking forward to it. Larry Cook is now only a possibility, however.  Mike is hoping Larry can make it, but can't guarantee it.  It should be a great meeting.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Special guests lined up for the May meeting


As previously announced, we will have members of the Tempos come and talk to us about the band and give us all the behind-the-scenes tid-bits and stories that are always entertaining. We even have some more good news. We had thought and announced that two members, Mike Shell and Terry Barnett, were coming, but also coming is a third member, Larry Cook, which are all of the surviving members.  The Tempos released one album, "Speaking of The Tempos."  That album has become a highly sought after and hard-to-find gem for collectors.  This should be a very informative and entertaining meeting.

We gather at 2 pm for refreshments and music conversation. The business meeting/program 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 3, 2015

Lou Christie - Drive In Dreams



Here is a great new (2015) song from Lou Christie, "Drive In Dreams."  This was not written by Lou like most of his early hits were, but by a new friend, Gregory Scharpf of the band, Sweet Breeze.  The song was written with Christie in mind and is very nostalgic.  At 72, Lou sounds as good, if not better, than ever.  Still has that great falsetto voice.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Notepad of original lyrics to "American Pie" sold, but meaning of song still unclear


The original lyrics for Don McLean's "American Pie" (including rejected and edited lines) fetched $1.2 million at a New York auction Tuesday (April 7). The buyer remains anonymous. As for the meaning to the song, Don said in the auction catalog, "Basically, in 'American Pie' things are heading in the wrong direction. [Life] is becoming less idyllic. I don't know whether you consider that wrong or right but it is a morality song, in a sense. I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this, so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game It was an indescribable photograph of America that I tried to capture in words and music, and then was fortunate enough through the help of others to make a successful recording." The catalog did say it was "fair to surmise" that "The King" was Elvis, "The Jester" was Bob Dylan and "Helter Skelter" refers to the Charles Manson murders.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Made In Alabama" CD


I wanted to make everyone aware of a new CD which spotlights the rich musical heritage of Alabama.  Tony Lumpkin, who most will remember played with the Bleus, put me on to this.  It consists of mostly original material by Alabama songwriters like Eddie Hinton, Wayne Perkins, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham.  All of the musicians, except one, are Alabama bred.  That one musician (not from Alabama) is 'Blue Lou' Marini, the saxophone player that most will remember from the "Blues Brothers" movies.

The killer songs are all well-produced right here in Alabama.  I urge everyone to give a listen.  For more information and song samples, go to http://www.musicmadeinalabama.com/

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Meeting

Our next meeting is April 19th. 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.

Please remember that Mike Shell and Terry Barnett who formed the Tempos are speakers at our May meeting and not this meeting.

Monday, March 9, 2015

MARCH MEETING

Our next meeting is March 22nd. 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, March 5, 2015

THANK YOU!

Thanks for a great show this past weekend!   Biggest crowd in years. Many, many young people showed up to search for vinyl gems. Our show is not just for the older Rock and Roll generation, but for all ages and musical tasters. Multiple international buyers came from England, Germany, Sweden and even Japan. People have emailed us to say that they were able to find records that they've been trying to find for years. ARCA's friend, R&B singer and Birmingham's own, Roscoe Robinson dropped by on Saturday to meet the folks and talk about his days in the music business. Next year's show will be March 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Bessemer Civic Center, so if you missed this one, make plans now to attend the next one. Get on our mailing list and you'll receive a post card before the show. Keep checking our facebook page or our website for future announcements and details about the show.
 

Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Record Show

Our CD and Record Show will be held at the Bessemer Civic Center on March 6 & 7, 2015.  On Friday, the Early Bird session starts at 1 pm with an admission charge of $10. The $3 general admission hours on Friday are 4-9 pm and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday.

All dealer space is fully reserved.  We have added a few extra tables this year to help accommodate demand, but still have a waiting list.  Please contact Joe Reddick at heyjoe1357@aol.com if you wish to be added to our waiting list or for additional dealer information.

Customers can expect the largest selection we have ever had at our current location.  Make sure you allow plenty of time to search dealer inventory.

Additional details for the show can be found in our CD & Record Show Blog.