August 2003 Archives
Top Fuel driver Tim Gibson and Stevens Family Racing have teamed with rocker George Thorogood for the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. The team will debut a special paint scheme for the race promoting the release of Thorogood's 11th studio album, "Ride 'Til I Die."
"This is a great opportunity for the Stevens Family," said team owner Dave Stevens. "George Thorogood & the Destroyers are rock-and-roll legends and to have them associated with our team at the biggest race of the year is an honor."
The partnership was coordinated through Knockout Talent, Inc., who also has successfully partnered major recording stars Meat Loaf, Zakk Wylde, and Motley Crue with NHRA Drag Racing in 2003.
Tim Gibson's George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Top Fuel dragster.
The dragster's paint scheme will promote the next single from the album, "American Made," with a patriotic red, white, and blue design. Racing Champions will produce a die-cast collectible of the car.
"Drag racing and rock and roll are a natural fit," said Stevens. "Both are fast, exciting, and wildly popular. To have the opportunity to promote one of our favorite bands is the chance of a lifetime. Plus, the exposure will help in our quest to find a marketing partner for the 2004 season."
From the day they began playing their rough and tumble blues-based rock in Wilmington, Del., Thorogood and his cohorts have made a point to keep their music basic and fun. Twenty-five years later, with the release of "Ride 'Til I Die," they're justifiably proud of having done just that, although this time around they've added some new wrinkles that even die-hard fans will find both surprising and intriguing.
"I'm having a better time now than ever before," Thorogood said. "I may be 50, but I'm still kickin' it and don't even want to think about stopping."
An overwhelming majority!
I think you'll find the streaming audio section a little improved. I've embedded the player in the webpage tonight.
This weekend I'll will do my best to get a "jukebox" style player going where there will only be one player with several songs instead of a player for each song. Oh, and I'll get some new tunes up for you, as well.
Bar blues on a big scale: that's the best way to describe George Thorogood. His time honored blues-boogie sound wouldn't sound out of place in any bar in the country, but songs like "Bad to the Bone" and "I Drink Alone" are instantly recognizable to anyone who touched a radio dial in the 1980s. Over the years Thorogood has stayed remarkably consistent, rarely straying far from a sound informed equally by Elmore James and Chuck Berry.
Since 1974, George Thorogood and his Destroyers have enlivened audiences with their lively, good-time blues-rock. Thorogood's gravelly voice and Chuck Berry-inspired guitar riffs are instantly recognizable; the inclusion of "Bad to the Bone" in the movie Terminator 2, among other films, delighted audiences. Recording and performing steadily throughout the 1990s, Thorogood makes his future goals clear with the title of his 2003 release, Ride Till I Die.