Trendy Entertainment rebrands to Chromatic Games

first_imgTrendy Entertainment rebrands to Chromatic GamesDungeon Defenders studio plans to reinvigorate its IP and return to indie roots Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 11th March 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTrendy EntertainmentDungeon Defenders studio Trendy Entertainment has announced today a rebranding as Chromatic Games following an employee buy-out.Original co-founder and now-CEO Augi Lye has returned to the studio after repurchasing it from investors, and is joined by long-time Dungeon Defenders developer Colin Fisher as creative director. The team, now wholly independent, wants to refocus the vision of the franchise and return to its indie roots.GameDaily.biz reports that as a part of the transition, the studio has seen some veterans depart but has also brought on new developers, and now stands at around 30 employees.”The development team and I worked with him to figure out how we can have a good plan to move forward and start creating Dungeon Defenders games in the way they were meant to be made: for our players,” Fisher said in a post to the Dungeon Defenders official forums. “One of the things we wanted to make clear was that Trendy was no longer really Trendy. There’s brand-new leadership, a new creative direction, and new energy at the studio that was just waiting to be released. So we decided that we’re not really Trendy anymore.”…We’re not answering to external people anymore. We’re in control of our own destiny. We were able to keep the majority of the development team around, but we had some people move on to newer pastures. We’re so grateful for their years of service. We love and respect all of our previous Trendy family, but now the Chromatic team is focused on the future – and that future is to keep improving DD2 and crafting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened.”As a part of the shift in leadership and branding, the team has opted to continue releasing small quality of life updates to Dungeon Defenders II, but has also launched a Kickstarter to fund a new title, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. The crowdfunding effort is already over halfway to its $250,000 goal at the time of this post.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games With its rebrand, Chromatic Games looks to shed a fraught history. In 2013, a Kotaku investigation revealed that the studio under then-president Jeremy Stieglitz was a crunch-ridden, toxic place. Stieglitz allegedly were forced to work seven-day weeks with 10 to 12-hour days all year round.The report also revealed sexist hiring practices, such as deliberately paying women less than equally qualified men in the same position, and Stieglitz yelling at women from across the room rather than walking up to them to speak with them.Stieglitz eventually departed Trendy in 2014 with a one-year non-compete clause, but in 2016 became entangled in a legal battle with his former studio as it was revealed that he had attempted to poach employees for his new studio, Studio Wildcard, just a few days after he left. The lawsuit was eventually settled.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTrendy sues Studio Wildcard over origins of Ark: Survival EvolvedUPDATE: Case settled, details emerge on TwitterBy Matthew Handrahan 5 years agoPre-alpha game sees PS4 launch this monthPurchasing virtual currency bundles will give users access to free-to-play Dungeon Defenders II while it’s still in developmentBy Brendan Sinclair 5 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Sustainable Production

first_imgHumans have been consuming resources at an alarming rate that is certainly not as sustainable as the earth that we inhabit cannot regenerate the materials at that rate. For comparison, between 1950 and 2005, worldwide metals production grew six-fold, oil consumption eightfold, and natural gas consumption 14-fold. So, if we continue on the same path, our future generations will not have access to the resources the way that we have now. The harmful effects of our consumption and its final impact on the humankind are well known.Though production systems create material wealth for humans, they consume a great number of resources while generating a lot of waste. The waste generated during the production processes, during the use of the products and after the end of the life of the products is responsible for the degradation of the environment.Sustainable production can be defined as a method to maximize efficiency while minimizing waste and reduce environmental impact. The core of sustainable production is what happens on the factory floor. The tool mostly used to implement sustainable production is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA tries to gauge the environmental impact at various production stages starting from raw material acquisition to product use and final disposal. The choices we make affect the direction of sustainability.Sustainable production requires that all production organisations should aim for the following four activities• Energy use reduction• Water use reduction• Emissions reduction• Waste generation reductionSustainable Production example:Cutting fluids are used extensively in metal machining processes to remove and reduce the heat during the machining operations. The use of cutting fluids greatly enhances the machining quality while reducing the cost of machining by extending tool life. However, the mist and vapour generated during the machining processes are harmful to the operator and stringent regulations exist to control them. Direct exposure of cutting fluids has been responsible for a number of skin cancer cases. Stringent environmental legislations require that the spent cutting fluids be recycled or disposed of in a manner that is not harmful to the environment. This calls for increased expenditure on the recycling and disposal procedures used depending upon the type of cutting fluid.The cost and environmental impact lead the researchers to find an alternative to the traditional cutting fluids such as Minimum Quantity Lubricant (MQL) or dry machining which is more eco-friendly. Use of synthetic and vegetable oil-based esters are mostly used. The first type of sustainable vegetable oil base metal fluids used are based oils like triglycerides, but for these base oils, a proper additive is also required. These base oils are biodegradable and can degrade more easily in soil. Data reports indicated that bio-based fluids performed better than mineral-based oils in terms of better chip breaking, higher durability and lower wear and lower cutting forces. Due to the combination of biodegradability, renewability and excellent lubrication performance they are said to be potential environment-friendly lubricants. These green fluids also do not have any harmful chemicals that complicate the disposal procedure and thereby reducing the disposal cost.Conclusion:Sustainable production is the most important aspect to be considered by all production engineers, not because it is a fad but a necessity as an obligation to the world we live in. Product Life cycle assessment has become a tool of choice being used to establish the environmental impact of the products that we produce. The three major principles to be considered are reducing the resource utilisation in the process, use environment-friendly materials, reduce all forms of waste and reuse and recycle as much material as possible to realise the goal of the self-recovery capability of the earth.last_img read more

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Astronauts get dramatic view of Hurricane Michael from International Space Station

first_imgNasa via ZUMA Wire(PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.) — As the destructive forces of Hurricane Michael were set to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station were able to capture breathtaking video of the storm.“That is one scary-looking storm,” Serena Aunon-Chancellor, a NASA astronaut, could be heard saying on a live feed from the station just before the storm made landfall.The hurricane reached wind speeds of over 150 mph when it made landfall between Tyndall Air Force Base and Mexico Beach, just south of Panama City, according to NASA.Michael, the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, immediately left a trail of destruction as it tore down buildings and submerged neighborhoods.As the storm continues on a northeast path, it is expected to hit Georgia and the Carolinas, the latter of which is still recovering from the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Florence last month.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

first_imgChief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Position NumberF67310 Open Until FilledYes The faculty member will be responsible for:– The overall operations and growth of the clinical enterprise inconjunction with their administrative counterpart and theDepartment Chair;– Establishing short and long term clinical goal;– Serving as a catalyst for innovation, leading the advancement ofpsychiatry, psychology, and other services by building programs ofexcellence, implementing new services and models of care, growingexisting programs, and bringing the latest evidenced-basedpractice/care models to our patients and community;– Collaborating with departmental leadership to ensure theeffective integration of trainees and faculty in all aspects ofclinical care;– Supervising medical directors and other lead clinicians;– Maintaining a clinical practice sufficient to assure clinicalcompetence, obtain direct observations, and provide professionalcredibility;– Providing direction to, holding accountable, developing, andevaluating department faculty in their performance of goals andobjectives related to the clinical mission;– Recruiting developing, mentoring, and retaining faculty andsupport staff necessary to support the clinical mission of thedepartment, health system and university. Preferred Qualifications DepartmentPsychiatry The Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University iscurrently seeking a full-time senior level academic psychiatrist toserve as its inaugural Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs. Reportingdirectly to the Chair, this position will oversee and coordinatepsychiatry and psychology clinical services across the department.This Vice Chair will be looked upon to build and grow clinicalprograms of excellence and to foster collaborative relationshipswithin the Department of Psychiatry, with our clinical partners inother departments, VCUHS, MCVP, the University, and with and forthe community we serve. Type of SearchNational Number of Months12 To oversee psychiatry and psychology clinical care across the VCUHealth enterprise. To build and grow clinical programs ofexcellence, innovate, and to foster collaborative relationshipsbetween the department and our clinical partners, and the communitywe server. Required Qualifications – MD/DO or equivalent Medical Degree– Clinical training in Psychiatry and certification through theAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology– Virginia state medical licensure or eligibility– Significant clinical leadership experience in a psychiatryprogram at a major academic healthcare organization. Leadershipexperience should include clinical practice oversight, strategicplanning, direct faculty/provider oversight, and managing staffingand recruitment, and fostering of clinical research.– Proven background in clinical care optimization, quality, safety,and patient engagement– Experience fostering and leading clinical services andeducational programming that supports, develops, and mentors thenext generation of clinical and scientific experts in Psychiatryand Psychology– Nationally recognized leader in the field of psychiatry asevidenced by positions in national organizations, presentations atmajor conferences/symposia, and scholarly activity in the area ofpsychiatric health services– Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff and student environment and a commitment to do so asa faculty member at VCU Working TitleVice Chair for Clinical Affairs Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Date Posted04/23/2021 Mission or Goal of Unit Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/105530 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Application Process/Additional Information RankOpen School/UnitSchool of Medicine Grant funded position?No Posted Salary Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Application Deadline Date Diversity Statement InformationFor more information on diversity statements, includingguidelines, please click here . Applications must include a diversity statement, letter of interestand CV online via eJobs (https://www.vcujobs.com/). Only electronicapplications and documents will be accepted.Questions about this position should be directed to:Tammy BeltzHR [email protected] a preeminent national, urban, public research university andacademic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University iscommitted to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – anenvironment where all can thrive in their pursuit ofexcellence.Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions toDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words)providing your career aspirations and contributions towardpromoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement,you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, andfuture academic and professional activities have or will contributeto VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.Note: Examples include working with others to further thegoals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity thattangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed,fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research andscholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoringstudents, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff fromtraditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive andsuccessful organizational experience. Position Responsibilities Proposed Hire Date09/01/2021 Tenure StatusOpen Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum Vitae (CV)Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)Optional Documentslast_img read more

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Angela Merkel: Refugee surge won’t happen again

first_imgIn 2015, Merkel’s open door policy to refugees resulted in a massive influx into the country. Germany recorded about a million new arrivals, according to estimates.Representatives of CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Merkel’s CDU welcomed the chancellor’s plan to send more refugees back in the coming months. Max Straubinger, the party’s parliamentary secretary in the Bundestag, told the Huffington Post that his party “had demanded that for a long time.”Merkel said earlier this week that she remains confident that migrants who had arrived in the country over the last year will successfully integrate into German society.According to an opinion poll that was published Thursday, Merkel’s approval rating has fallen to 45 percent, which is the lowest in five years. The country’s most popular politician is Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, according to the poll. Also On POLITICO ‘No reason for Plan B’ on migration deal: Merkel adviser By Ivo Oliveira Angela Merkel lifted refugee crisis catchphrase By Cynthia Kroet Angela Merkel’s soft offensive By Matthew Karnitschnig Chancellor Angela Merkel assured politicians of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that Germany will not admit as many refugees as it did last year.German press agency dpa — that was informed about a private meeting of CDU’s executive board — reported on Friday that Merkel told politicians they can go public with it: the refugee crisis of 2015 will not be repeated.“[In] the next few months, the most important [thing] is to return refugees,” Merkel told them. Repatriating migrants who either don’t qualify for asylum or those, whose requests have been rejected would free up capacity for people, fleeing war and prosecution to remain in Germany.last_img read more

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Lettuce Funks Up Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads On Winter Tour

first_imgLet us funk!Premier funk band Lettuce is cruising along on a killer Winter West Coast tour, stopping at the Phil Lesh owned Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA. Touring on the heels of their recently-released Crush album, the funky ensemble let loose with a proper raging set. Between new tracks like “The Lobbiest” and “Phyllis,” old tracks like “The Dump” and “Get Greazy,” there’s no telling just how exciting a Lettuce show can be. Fortunately, our photographer Courtney Harrington was on hand to provide coverage. Check out some of her images below: Load remaining images If you want to catch Lettuce lay down some funk and collaborate with GRiZ for the first time ever, along with Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Nth Power, Goldfish, Cory Henry and more then be sure to head down to St. Augustine, FL from April 1-2 for Fool’s Paradise! The brand new festival promises one of a kind music, just minutes away from the beach. What better way to funk out could there be?! Tickets and more information can be found here.Setlist: Lettuce at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 2/10/16Set 1: The Dump, Suppit, Get Greazy, New Reel > Ghost of Jupiter, Rule The World, Remember The ChildrenSet 2: Egyptian Secrets, Double Header, The Force, Yakatori, “Neal Untitled,” The Lobbiest, Phyllis, Makin My Way, Sounds Like A PartyEncore: Elephant Walk, Madison SquareA full gallery of Courtney Harrington’s images can be seen below:last_img read more

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Take a sneak peek at All-Star softer tires

first_imgCheck out the speedy, soft tires set to make its debut May 20 (8:15 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), compared to the regular “prime” tires. NASCAR revealed Tuesday a revamped format for the 2017 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Part of this update includes tire strategy, with different colored lettering to identify the varied rubber. Each team will be granted one set of softer “option” tires to use, which provide more grip and thus, speed. The catch, however, is teams who choose the soft tires for the fourth and final stage must start behind drivers who choose regular tires, which do not wear out as quickly. Decisions, decisions. RELATED: Read more Inside GrooveREAD UP ON All-STAR NEWS: RELEASE | FAQs | Upping the ante </p>last_img read more

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From driving days to a musical encore, Kyle Petty finds his voice in heartfelt second act

first_imgOn May 22, 1987, Kyle Petty stepped on stage with a guitar at Hampton Coliseum. His career as a next-generation driver in NASCAR’s big leagues was already gaining momentum, but the on-again, off-again exposure to country music stardom was back on, with Petty opening for the popular Janie Fricke in a 10,000-seat arena.Petty performed well enough that the thought of an encore wasn’t out of the question. However …“Couldn’t do it,” he told reporters days later. “I only knew 10 songs, and I already had sung them.”Petty whisked back from that Friday night concert in Virginia to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where questions loomed about whether his heart was more in becoming a twangy troubadour or continuing the family tradition as a stock-car driver. That Sunday, Petty was in Victory Lane after another standout performance, surviving a sweltering Sunday to win the Coca-Cola 600 in the Wood Brothers’ famed No. 21.Racing Photo Archives | Getty ImagesTwo career breakthroughs, less than 48 hours apart, almost presented Petty with a choice.“What’s that saying: jack of all trades, master of none? I think that’s where I was going to get to that point,” Petty said earlier this month. “I was going to get to the point where they were going to start detracting from each other. For me, probably at that point in time, the music was going to detract from the racing, more so than the racing would detract from the music. I thought in the beginning, being naive, you could just stand up and sing a song and that would be the end of it.”Petty attracted some big-label attention, but the recording industry had many of the same obligations that racing did.“So all of a sudden, there were two jobs, and I never wanted a job, period — zero. No job,” he says. “And I felt like driving a race car wasn’t a job, and I didn’t want music to become where I despised it or resented it because it was a job, because I enjoy it so much. So I kind of put one on the shelf for a while and said, you know, maybe I can come back to that later.”RELATED: Kyle Petty’s career statsPetty’s career in racing continued for nearly 20 more seasons as a driver and for more than a decade after as a broadcaster, now with NBC Sports. But the guitar never found a permanent home in storage, making frequent trips with him from track to track as a near-constant creative outlet.Petty’s musical path could have unfolded on a glossy Nashville route, where he sang other people’s songs in big-budget productions. Instead, his lifelong side project has guided him to intimate clubs, where he connects with smaller audiences through his own deeply personal acoustic messages that blend country and folk.“He writes some songs that are really special,” says Dolph Ramseur, who has a long-running association with Petty through music and his early days as a Wood Brothers fan. He also knows a measure about special songs, having discovered the Avett Brothers and bringing their gritty, hybrid brand of alt-bluegrass to prominence through his Ramseur Records label.“I hope that people in the NASCAR world understand,” Ramseur says before pausing, “Kyle just might be … how can I phrase this … a very good driver, a very good TV personality, he might turn out to be a world-class excellent songwriter. He’s got a talent.”Petty now has more than 10 songs in his supply, and they tell revealing stories about his family and his experiences. They’re also finding a platform to help others, conveying messages of sympathy and hope as the world deals with a public-health crisis.At age 59, the driver who grew up as the son of stock-car racing’s king is still learning with each note and lyric, and his best songs may be ahead of him.Radio gold and early influencesIn Kyle Petty’s estimation, the miles spent riding in cars in his youth numbered in the millions. His father, Richard, sat alongside mother Lynda up front while Kyle and his three sisters crammed into the back. The radio played front and center with country gold: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, early Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty. The advent of the 8-track player only expanded that spectrum.Petty’s preteen years included a brief affair with big-band music, and his adoration of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller led him to play saxophone in his middle school band. But an appreciation also developed for songwriters who blurred the lines drawn by his country influences — artists like Harry Chapin, James Taylor, John Prine, Carole King, Jim Croce.Two childhood experiences galvanized Petty’s path toward music. Brother Bill Frazier, the founder of Motor Racing Outreach, would sometimes play the guitar during trackside chapel services; he gave Petty his first six-string, which he still has in his extensive collection.The second was watching Marty Robbins, a legendary country singer-songwriter and NASCAR hobbyist, playing poolside outside of Talladega, Alabama. Those events, plus a realization, steered him from woodwinds to a closer relationship with guitars.“One thing was that it was a lot easier to converse with the opposite sex with a guitar in your lap than a horn in your mouth,” Petty says, “so when you’re 12, 13, 14 years old or you’re in that zone a little, it’s like, which one’s cooler, and the guitar won out.”RacingOne | Getty ImagesPetty goes nationalPetty claps his hands and laughs when one of NASCAR’s musical skeletons is mentioned. Laughing is probably the better reaction, and cringing would be the worst-case reflex.A 1984 recording called “World Series Of Country Music Proudly Presents Stock Car Racing’s Entertainers Of The Year” came with slick (for the era) production and a collection of NASCAR racers taking the microphone for a terrifying 22-track double LP of original country songs. A producer wrote songs that correlated to each driver — Hall of Famers and journeymen alike — based on interviews that summed up their personalities. It’s what led Bill Elliott to warble “Crazy Racin’ Man,” Dale Earnhardt to croon “Hard Charger,” and Richard Childress to warn about the crash they call “T-Bone.”“Listen, it didn’t age after the first week, it was bad,” Petty says, thankfully still smiling. “It was always bad. That’s the way it was.”Petty’s song — “The People Who Love Me (Worry a Lot)” — was the first song after Ned Jarrett’s spoken-word introduction. It was the double album’s clear standout, but it also insured that the recording got no better after that track. “I would love to be able to tell everybody we did that horrendous album and made a ton of money, but we didn’t,” Petty says.  Token promotion of the recording meant a return trip to Nashville, where Petty was booked for an appearance and a brief musical interlude on what he thought was a local talk show. At the following race weekend at Riverside, California, multiple people came up to him to say they’d seen him perform. It was only explained later that Petty had appeared on “Nashville Now,” a top-rated cable show hosted by Ralph Emery on The Nashville Network.RELATED: @nascarcasm: Novelty album revisited“I’m like, oh my God, this is a national show?” Petty recalled. “You mean I went on TV and sang on a show that’s on national cable? And they were like, sure did. So that was the part of the whole deal of it that was amazing to me or I would have never … If I’d known it was a national show, I would’ve said no.”What followed was no novelty act. By 1985, Petty had left his family-owned team for Wood Brothers Racing and scored his first Cup Series win the following year. That time frame overlapped with his first record deal with RCA and his association with manager Don Light, who had discovered Jimmy Buffett and dabbled in racing at a grassroots level.Petty admits now that he was “scared to death” each time he took the stage, but that he learned from his exposure to that side of the music industry. When the music side stalled, he opted to sharpen his focus on racing, waking up to the realization that he needed to commit to one career path or the other.“If I’d have torn down a bunch of walls early in my career, I’d have probably gone off in the music direction,” Petty says, “but by this time I was so deep into racing. I’d wanted to be a race car driver since I was 5, and I just couldn’t give that dream up to chase another dream. Although I had two dreams, I guess.”Crafting handmade songsDolph Ramseur was a teenage fan at Charlotte Motor Speedway on that steamy Memorial Day weekend in 1987, watching Petty’s victory in what he still calls the World 600. But his fandom of the Wood Brothers predates that momentous win back to the team’s glory days with David Pearson, who was often a thorny rival of Petty’s father.Ramseur watched Petty play to a six-figure crowd back then, but the former driver’s audiences now are far more intimate. Petty still soaks in the bustle of the race track with his role at NBC Sports, but he also feels the pull toward rural music halls or cozy neighborhood clubs. Even as his driving career transitioned into his broadcasting tenure, Petty would show up unbilled at open-mic nights at Charlotte’s The Evening Muse, which holds little more than 100 people at best.Chris Graythen | Getty ImagesHis songwriting has matched the well-worn, comfortable personality of these rooms. There’s a measure of hardship, as writing music helped him mourn the loss of his son Adam in a racing accident in 2000. But there’s also underlying joy behind the weighty nature of his songs, which draw inspiration from his parents, his wife Morgan and their 22-month-old son, Overton. Some of the songs were so personal that Petty kept them in what he described as a “cocoon” with his family members, but his desire to connect with others as a creative release eventually won out.“He’s very funny, so he really gives people a little bit of sugar to help the medicine go down when he performs,” Ramseur says. “I mean, he really pairs laughter with the somber kind of moments of his songs really well. So it’s a very good roller-coaster of emotions, but Kyle, these songs are very personal. They’re really intimate. They all come off like a handmade quilt. They’re very revealing, I mean, opening his soul so people can see it.”RELATED: Brief history of NASCAR, country musicWhile Petty has built a solid musical baseline, he’s also made a point to ask Ramseur for advice on how to develop as an artist and to add more layers to his craft. Years ago, Ramseur paired him with David Childers — a longtime songwriter and North Carolina native — as a mentor. The two are now collaborators and frequent touring companions. “I walked in and it’s like David and I had known each other our whole life,” Petty says. “Instantly we just clicked.”While there are similarities in their musical backgrounds, Petty and Childers have found balance in their differences. Petty describes a melancholy quality to his songs, leaving it to Childers’ more upbeat tunes to bring the crowd back up. But Childers has also been impressed by Petty’s appetite to learn more and add texture, describing a breakthrough in the pair’s most recent show together in Sparta, North Carolina.“There’s a lot of dimensions to the guy,” Childers says. “He’s a car racer and he’s passionate about that, but he has a lot of other interests, some broad interests and I’d like to see more and more of that get into his songs. I don’t think he’s written his best songs yet.”Ramseur was there when Petty’s career faced its 1987 crossroads, when he ultimately steered down the stock-car racing path. Had his exposure to the mass-produced Nashville sound taken firmer root back then, Ramseur isn’t sure Petty’s personality would have had the chance to come through in his music. Instead of a “paint-by-numbers” music career, he says, Petty’s approach is more like a potter shaping clay at the wheel.“To be honest with you, these are the kind of songs that ought to be on country radio,” Ramseur says. “I would think a lot of the guys in country music if they heard a lot of the songs he did, they would probably sit up and number one, take notice and then number two, they would do a gut-check on the art that they’re presenting out to the world.”Childers also isn’t sure what sort of influence mainstream country would have had on Petty’s musical arc.“I’m not very good at prognosticating any of that, but what I see now, I see a man who has lived a very full life and has a lot of joy in it despite tragedies that he’s suffered,” Childers says. “He has a joyousness that’s infectious. I think he could be a hell of a politician, too, but he’s probably too honest for that.”Giving back through musicThere but for the grace of God stands me or youOnly by the grace of God will he get throughHe’s just another sign that we’re living in hard times.— Kyle Petty, “Hard Times”Kyle Petty has never had much trouble communicating — outspoken as a driver, vivid as a musical storyteller and never one to hold back an opinion as a broadcaster. So when the racing world — and the world in general — went on hold with the aggressive advance of the coronavirus, Petty found a means to keep the communication lines open.He found inspiration in the virtual concerts played by other artists in recent weeks and thought, “I’m never going to sell a million albums, but I can sit in a room and play a guitar.” Through his social media channels, “quarantunes” were born.Ramseur RecordsBut there was a greater need to use his voice to help others as well as entertain. When the virus outbreak forced the postponement of the annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America motorcycle rally for charity this spring, he found another way to give, again with the help of Ramseur and Childers. Ramseur’s label announced last week a digital split single for charity featuring the two artists, with proceeds to benefit Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit food pantry helping needy families in the Charlotte area.“I think that affects so many people,” Petty says. “I think that’s something that’s beginning to raise its head that’s been lost in the coronavirus is people unemployed, people running out of food, not having a place to go for a hot meal, not having this or that — just the basic needs of humanity.”Ramseur says the only digital element to the two-track release is the format, a necessity because of the closure of plants that would have pressed the vinyl. “It’s just him and acoustic guitar. It’s no bells and whistles to it,” Ramseur says of Petty’s cut, titled “Hard Times.” “There’s no smoke and mirrors here. You can’t hide behind a band and you can’t hide behind autotune. This was all recorded on a tape — all analog — so it’s a totally different world that we’re swimming in, and thank the Lord that’s the case.”Fans of authentic roots music can thank the Lord, too, while tipping a cap toward Brother Bill Frazier and 8-track players, Marty Robbins and Ralph Emery, Dolph Ramseur and David Childers, and whatever it was that kept Kyle Petty from putting his six-string guitar on a shelf so many years ago.“I just said for the fans that are out there that want to know a different side of Kyle Petty, other than just riding around in circles or just running my mouth on TV, it’s given me an opportunity and I’ve connected with a lot of people, honestly,” he says.“A lot of musicians, but a lot of friends and a lot of people that I’ve known my whole life that are like, man, I didn’t know you were still doing that. It’s like, I never quit, man. I never quit.”last_img read more

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Turkuaz Shares ‘Live From Out There’ Beatles Cover, “You Never Give Me Your Money” [Watch]

first_imgTurkuaz has released a video cover of The Beatles‘ Abbey Road track, “You Never Give Me Your Money”, which the band initially recorded for Season Two of 11E1even Group‘s virtual festival series, Live From Out There.On June 8th, 2020, Turkuaz premiered an hour-long Beatles cover set for Live From Out There. For those not able to watch live, Turkuaz has since started to rollout individual videos of the set, which started with their cover of “Rain” and quickly followed up by “Here Comes The Sun“. Much like that video, and the entirety of the set, their rendition of the Paul McCartney-penned “You Never Give Me Your Money” sees members Dave Brandwein (guitar/vocals), Taylor Shell (bass), Craig Brodhead (guitar), Michelangelo Carubba (drums), Joshua Schwartz (vocals), Chris Brouwers (keys), Shira Elias (vocals), and Sammi Garett (vocals) following the typical quarantine music video formula of recording each part from a separate location.Much like McCartney on the original, Brouwers began with a boogie-woogie piano progression on a song Brandwein described in a press release as the “Last burst of magic as a band.” Shell then slides into the mix on bass before Brandwein captures The Beatles’ vocal work eloquently. Schwartz, Elias, and Garett then add some vocal harmonies before Carubba kicks the song into high-gear on drums. The song stays true to the original, even more so than the previous covers, and highlights Turkuaz’s ability to master the complexities of a difficult composition.“This song being third might represent the inevitable complications that arise in life, even after a sunny period. There’s always more. Things are always changing and evolving and this represents some of that,” he continued in the press release.“This song really does it all,” Shell added. “It unfolds with elegant mystery, it’s super catchy and the rhythm section parts are amazing. It’s really just a bold statement at the end of their amazing run.”Peak into the band’s interpretation of “You Never Give Me Your Money” below.Turkuaz – “You Never Give Me Your Money” – Live From Out There[Video: Turkuaz]Follow Turkuaz on Facebook for their latest releases, and catch their recurring variety show, Hey You, Stay Tuned,  with Episodes One and Two available on YouTube now, and Episode Three coming soon.On Sunday, June 28th, Turkuaz, along with many other musicians, participated in Justice Comes Alive, the day-long music marathon benefitting the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund which raised over $55k for organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, as well as Black and Indigenous-led grassroots organizations combating racism.Brandwein wrote a new song for the occasion based on the social issues present in society today, titled “The Sideline”. Justice Comes Alive and Live For Live Music have since began to rollout individual performances from the event. Head to the JCA Facebook page to watch the performances as they become available.last_img read more

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ASK A COP — Has COVID-19 caused a vehicle registration sticker shortage?

first_img Racheal from Port Arthur asks: I believe my cousin is very negligent when it comes to her vehicle maintenance. She is currently riding around with two donut tires on her car. I told her I didn’t think that was legal. Is it illegal to drive a car with more than one spare tire? Answer: A donut spare tire should not be driven more than 70 miles or faster than 50 mph. Any speed or distance past that, the tire is not guaranteed for safe driving on our roads. I did not find any or do not know of any law that regulates how many spare tires a motorist can have on any one vehicle. Your cousin needs to keep in mind, even though riding on two spare tires may not be illegal, it’s not the safest means of transportation. That donut spare tire is only temporary solution.Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM “The Breeze” every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. as he discusses the Ask A Cop article. Ask your question live at 409-982-0247. Remember to email questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public, you can Ask A Cop! Dale from Port Neches asks: Is there a law in Texas regarding following too close to a police vehicle when it’s operating with its lights on?Answer: Who and why would someone want to follow a police unit that’s operating in emergency mode with its light and siren on? Most people want to get out of the way, breathe a sigh of relief and are grateful that police unit wasn’t trying to stop them! Dale, there’s no law in the Texas Transportation Code that specifically addresses following to close to a police unit operating in emergency mode, but there’s a law that prohibits following too close to a fire apparatus or ambulance. Texas Transportation Code 545.407 states a driver may not follow a fire apparatus or ambulance closer than 500 feet when they have their emergency lights activated. Chances are if a police unit is operating in emergency mode (lights and siren), they are legally traveling above the posted speed limit. If you’re following the police unit you’re most likely SPEEDING! Once again, police units are omitted from this law probably because police units don’t have a problem with motorists wanting to follow.center_img MJ from Port Arthur asks: My truck registration is due to expire at the end of September, and I’ve already received my renewal notice. I’m hearing that even after being inspected, I won’t be able to acquire a new registration sticker for my truck’s windshield because they’re in short supply due to the coronavirus. If this is true, what’s to prevent me from being cited for an expired registration even though the truck was inspected, but no replacement could be obtained?Answer: The worldwide Pandemic COVID-19 has readjusted just about all aspects of our lives, and the vehicle registration process in the state of Texas was not immune to said adjustment. MJ, I have good news for you, apparently that was a void rumor about Texas being short on registration stickers because of COVID-19. You can also get your registration sticker by mailing your registration back in, online or you can stop in local places to get your sticker since you have your vehicle inspected already and you’re not 30 days past your expiration date.last_img read more

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