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Riding the Easy Rider Route and Reflecting on the film that changed America and Why

Posted in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 66, american, americana, Art, Bikers, culture, Freedom, Great Roads, Harley Davidson, highway, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 5, 2012 by The MeanStreet Riders

As our ride across the west approaches 2800 miles and we ride past the second aniversary of Dennis Hopper’s death we wandered into north Arizona to pick up Route 66 and visit the areas along this highway where Dennis and Peter Fonda and crew filmed Easy Rider. Route 66 west out of Flagstaff is spotty in many areas and hard to find. We wandered into Bellemont Arizona Harley Davidson and Mary our publicist quickly met fans that were from California and Denmark and gave out signed cds of our album “High on the Hog” and posed for a few photos. We then went next door to the Route 66 Roadhouse bar and grill which has the original “No Vacancy” sign hanging above the pool tables that appears in the film’s opening credits. The place also had great food and allows you to cook you own steak. The waitress recognized the Riders and said she enjoyed our music and asked for a signed photo of the band that she was going to hang on their ” Wall of Fame” next to some of the coolest people in the history of the motorcycle world. We appreciated that great service and food and exposure on their wall of fame.
While eating lunch we thought about the film “Easy Rider” there are many reasons that the film was a classic. Some wern’t obvious, the film basically featured 2 anti-hero’s riding across the United States in a world that wasn’t very traveled those days so it gave audiences a chance to see different parts of the US and cultures. Wyatt and Billy were basically smuggling cocaine across the country in Wyatt’s battery which is why I use the term anti-hero but the film is much more than just a movie about that. The film features music from a time when artists were real and their songs were written about a 1960s society that was changing daily. The vietnam war, drugs and art and self expression was all exploding across the country. These music artists wern’t manufactured by music labels or American Idol exposure on televison. They didnt pay professional song writers to write their music buy their clothes and work with their image, they did it themselves and wrote music based on their experiences in life. Groups The Band, Steppenwolf and The Byrds and Jimi Hendrix were some of the best music ever lived and created. The way Lazlo Kovacs photographed the bikes in Easy Rider and the terrain was nothing less than genius. His photography of the film put you on that highway with them. The movie also looked at how people were living in the country that year, from hippies in communes to hitch hikers to Jack Nicholson’s character of George who had the rich father in town so he was given a break by the local law enforcement. Many things in life are different these days although many are the same. Dennis Hopper who directed the film wanted as many local real people in the film that he could get. In the scene in Louisiana where Wyatt, George and Billy wander into the diner and are the object of local distain are actual locals that were told the actors coming in to film the scene had just raped a girl. In those days not many people knew who Peter or Jack were so the anger you see on film is real.
We then wandered down Route66 to find the abadoned Pine Bluff in where Billy and Wyatt were flashed the No Vacancy sign in the movie. The building was still very much intact with an Easy Rider poster in the front window. You could still feel the spirit of Dennis and Peter much as they filmed 40 years ago. The cabines were all right next door too. Nothing has changed in 40 years.
We were headed out of Flagstaff along Route 89 when we decided because it was too getting dark to come back into FlagStaff and sleep somewhere in Flagstaff. We cruised along Route 66 and accidentally came across the Americana Inn the place where Peter and Dennis and the crew stayed while filming in the FlagStaff area. The attendant at the front office got us some rooms and knew the story from years ago about the crew. We asked if we could stay in the room where Peter took a bath with his leather pants on in order to make them shrink tighter for the fiim and he quickly told us which room it was. You couldn’t help but feel the history of this place where the entire Easy Rider crew stayed, drank and collaborated about a piece of history.Sure there are newer hotels up by the interstate with fresher paint but they dont have the story and the history that this place had, because the history is what makes it cool….very cool.
The next morning we hit the road out of Flagstaff across what Dennis Hopper called John Ford country. This is where the sunset scenes from Easy Rider were filmed. It was incredible feeling coming across that painted dessert. Were headed to Kupatki National forrest and the painted dessert where they filmed the scenes of them around the campfire walking on the monument so stay tuned for more Easy Riding.

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The MeanStreet Riders stop by the National Motorcycle Museum

Posted in 1960s, 1970s, americana, Bikers, classic, cool, culture, Harley Davidson, Harley Owners Group, Motoycycles, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by The MeanStreet Riders

The MeanStreet Riders were recently in Anamosa Iowa for the J&P Cycles open house and had a chance to drop a copy of their album and see some incredible history of motorcycling at the National Motorcycle Museum. Some of the bikes on display were the original Capt America bike from Easy Rider given to Dan Haggerty that was used in the final sequence of the film, Steve McQueen’s 1947 Indian Chief complete with sleeping bag, Indian Larrys designs and Evel Knievel’s XR 250 HD and AMA flat track and ambassador the sport racer John Tibbens bike and original leather and many other great vintage bikes.We wanted to thank Jessica Gorman office manager for extending a great time to us.

The Riders are proud to help Sturgis Motorcycle Museum raise funds

Posted in Amazon, Bikers, cool, Daytona, Daytona Bike Week, Freedom, Great Roads, H.O.G., Harley Davidson, Harley Owners Group, MeanStreet Riders Releases, Motoycycles, Music, Sturgis, Tail of the Dragon, Tea Party, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by The MeanStreet Riders

The MeanStreet Riders are getting involved with raising funds to keep the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum rolling on for years to come.They recently donated downloads of “I’ve Had a Good Ride” their song written about Sturgis and the bandlands for downloads with all proceeds going to the museum. Bill Dern the band’s manager said “Were proud to help so a great cause and tribute to some of the worlds best and first machines in the two wheeled world”.

http://www.sturgismuseum.com/cart/index.php?cPath=43&osCsid=7b2748f20da201ca1db7f5f58557a9b8

More Great Blogs are Buzzing about the Debut album.

MidLife Motorcycle Madness says You cannot pigeonhole their music into one safe genre or make a comparison to one other single popular band. The closest I could come up with to maybe compare them to would be the Eagles.Some of the songs have a definite Classic Rock style & sound and others have a more Modern Country or Americana type sound. You can hear all kinds of instruments in the MeanStreet Riders music from electric guitars to banjo.The vocals are solid with lots of harmony.

http://midlifemotorcyclemadness.blogspot.com/2011/05/meanstreet-riders.html

Easy Rider Ramblings Blog said they hear influences that are similar to the Eagles, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Zack Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Rodney Adkins, Allman Brothers Band, Skynard (yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd) and even a bit of Chris Isaak. Every song written with emotion with a Been there, done that feel throughout. It’s incredible to be able to relive some of my rides and experiences thru words and music. It makes me want to jump up, dance and ride.

http://easyriderramblings.blogspot.com/2011/05/meanstreet-riders.html?zx=1d076267ec1cd180

Stay Tuned for the album release date sometime in late July which will be distributed worldwide by E1 entertainment and dont forget to Rock N Roll on the Open Road

The Riders continue to gather great reviews from Riding Magazines across the world about their debut album

Posted in 66, Bikers, cool, Daytona, Daytona Bike Week, Freedom, Harley Davidson, Harley Owners Group, MeanStreet Riders Releases, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2011 by The MeanStreet Riders

More Riding magazines around the US and the world are getting their first copies of the debut album and more reviews are continuing to come in.
Cycle Matters Editor says the album is “Creative and engaging! That’s how we experienced High On The Hog, the debut album by the MeanStreet Riders rock music group. High on the Hog is music for dreaming about future adventures, rolling down the highway, and destinations.
Austin City Music says “the Country-Rock/Americana band Mean Street Riders are gaining National attention for their strong instrumentations and lyrics pertaining to the story of culture and motorcyclists and their freedom while enjoying “love of the open road”. Similar to the sounds of The Eagles, MeanStreet Riders are offering a unique approach to their music by singing lyrics on a wide range of topics including camaraderie and freedom compares the Riders to Jackson Brown, The Allman Brothers ZZ Top and many others.

The Riders have over 28,000 fans in 80 countries that follow them on facebook already.

The Riders debut album will be distributed world wide in July from a major distribution co, details will be released soon.
For press inqurieries on the Riders contact info@meanstreetriders.com

Reviews on the Riders debut album coming in!

Posted in 1970s, 66, Amazon, american, americana, Bikers, classic, Daytona Bike Week, Freedom, Harley Davidson, Harley Owners Group, MeanStreet Riders Releases, Motoycycles, Pop Culture, Rock N Roll, Route 66, Sturgis, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by The MeanStreet Riders

Riding magazines around the US and the world are getting their first copies of the debut album and the reviews are starting to come in.
Iron Works Magazine are giving the Riders a thumbs up for the album track by track with all 10 songs. Irons Works said the Riders have created music that will “haunt your soul.” “The boys have taken the feeling of riding and translated it to harmonies, strung chords, picked strings and driving compression”. With Comparisons to Jackson Browne, Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top and Shooter Jennings and saying its “Southern Rock Done Right!” http://iwblogger.com/2011/street-riders-southern-rock/
The Riders are also getting another thumbs up from The Biker Hotline magazine The worlds largest online magazine for Bikers. Jack Lawford the magazines editor says its “Foot Stompin and it’s an album that once it goes in your CD player, it ain’t coming back out any time soon!” and “Guaranteed to have your feet keepin’ the beat with a number of the songs, especially “I’ve Had a Good Ride”, where the lyrics reflect many things bikers hold as a God-given right including the freedom to ride the open road in the company of their brothers.” http://www.bikerhotline.com/bookreviews/2011/11mstreet/
Reviews from France are also coming in from Motorbiker Magazine saying “Though there are many motorcycle riding musicians out there, with a few exceptions, not many write and sing about motorcycles and do it in a professional way. The Riders are one of the exceptions”.

Danielle David contributing writer for Yahoo Entertainment says “The Riders are gaining momentum throughout the Country with similar sounds as the Eagles, many listeners are enthused with the band’s musical talents and devotion to life, liberty, and the pursuit of freedom.”

The album is set to release in late June or early July and will be carried by J&P Cycles, Amazon and many other aftermarket parts suppliers in the riding world.

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The Riders hang with the Motorcycle worlds top Builders, Bloggers, Writers, and Riders at Daytona Bike Week

Posted in Bikers, Cafe Racer, culture, Daytona Bike Week, H.O.G., Harley Davidson, Harley Owners Group, MeanStreet Riders Releases, Motoycycles, Music, Rallies, Sturgis, Tail of the Dragon, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by The MeanStreet Riders


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The MeanStreet Riders had a great time at the Daytona rally this year They also had a chance to give away advance copies of their new album " High on the Hog" to a few friends in the riding and Television world you just might know.They also rode the loop and enjoyed the Rats Hole Bike show.Check out the bikes, rides and people of Daytona Bikeweek 2011
MSR band member Dowlin Mayfield and publicist MeanStreet Mary had a chance to say hello to their friend and author and TV show developer Edward Winterhalder at his book signing at Barnes and Noble. Edward has developed the TV Shows “Biker Chicz” and is currently developing “Livin on the Edge” starring Lorenzo Lamas. Edward has written many books in riding community including “ All Roads Lead to Sturgis” and “Biker Chicz”.
The Riders also had a chance to catch up and drop of a the new album with woman rider and author Cris Sommer Simmons and see "Effie" her 1915 Harley Davidson 3 speed that just finished the Cannonball run from Kitty Hawk NC to Santa Monica Ca. Cris is also married to Doobie Bros band member Patrick Simmons who’s a rider as well!
Dowlin Mayfield singer with MSR got a chance to look over new Harley Davidson CVO models with friend SE Regional HOG manager Bruce Motta at the HarleyDavidson tent on main st and also dropped of a copy to Michael Ballard owner of Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis and star of the TruTV Television show Full Throttle Saloon.
The band was also able to visit with Dan Stuckenschneider and David Uhl from UHL studios who created the MeanStreet Riders logo and dropped off copies of the album. Eric Buelle CEO of Buelle Racing got a chance to say hello to MSR publicist Mary and Dowlin Mayfield at the Daytona Speedway infield while watching 180 mph plus bike racing.The guys also stopped by and said hello to and Eric Stephens CEO of Twisted Throttle, LLC and got a chance to drop off a the album and visit at the Twister Throttle trailer at Daytona Speedway.
Destination Daytona was the next stop when Dowlin Mayfield ran into Gerald Rhinehart CEO of Rhinehart Racing. Gerald and Dowlin got a chance to visit about what the bands plans were and listen to the new MeanStreet Riders album.MSR has allways dug that Rhinehart sound and pipes! The world famous Rats Hole bike show was the last stop where the guys got to meet and visit bike builder and motorcycle blogger Cyril Huse while checking out the bikes. We appreciated Cyril waiting on us and hope he enjoys his copy of the new MSR album.We also got a chance to meet womans clothier desighner and owner of "Rebel Girl" apparel Cher Bell who invited us over to see her display at the Expo center across from the Rats Hole Bike show. It was an awesome display! Thanks so much Cher!
Thanks to everyone who made it a great trip.
Rock N Roll on the Open Road