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The MeanStreet Riders Riding Across the West

Posted in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 66, american, americana, Art, Bikers, classic, cool, culture, Freedom, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2012 by The MeanStreet Riders

The MeanStreet Riders are currently on a 2300 mile ride across many of the western states exploring Route 66, Sedona, The Grand Canyon Utah , Easy Rider filming locations and Americana.
The Riders get inspiration for their music by getting off the beaten path and exploring highways that most of America doesn’t drive anymore because so many are in a rush these days.Many of these highways have been bypassed by the quickest way to get from point A to point B. Their offramps are littered by hotels from corporations that offer cookie cutter accomodations with little or no history about the building or people that were here before them and thus no stories from interesting people that have been passed down through generations. By exploring the places and people that still live and work along these roads the Riders are able to meet and be inspired by some of the world’s most interesting places and people and travel back to a time when being on the road was a great adventure waiting to be had by anyone ready for it.
Once the Riders made it to LasVegas and explored the north part of RedRocks just north ofLasVegas they came across an intersting Ghost Town called Boiling Springs. Mary and the Riders met Stephan the bartender who was from SanFrancisco and had many great stories to tell about how the place was founded in the 1940s and how the original owner was still there.The Riders then rode south to Kingman Az and caught one of the longest stretches of Route 66 that still exhists to the world today to the famous Hackberry Store. They had a chance to say hello to Thurmon the owner and met fans all the way from Canada that were riding Route 66 themselves. They then rode south to Prescott Arizona where the movie Billy Jack was filmed and then took highway 89a a great twisty road with plenty of challenging riding to an awesome town of Jerome Az that sits on one of the largest copper mines in Az. Getting into Jerome late Saturday night allowed them to meet a few local bikers and visit but there wasnt a room to be had and most of the hotel rooms in Jerome are said to be haunted so we then rode down to Cottonwood Az.We ended up staying at a great place for bikers with a view of the entire area called The View. The View has plenty of Hollywood history as it was once owned by Lucille Balls brother and is still owned by her family and is very Biker friendly.It sit atop one of the highest points of Cottonwood and has an incredible view of the surrounding hills and area.
Next morning we then packed our bags and rode into Sedona Az and turned right on Airport Road which gives you some of the most incredible view of the areas rock foundations. Airport Road is worth the few minutes off of main street.
We then took 89a to Flagstaff and connected to Interstate 40 to Winslow Az where Jackson Browne wrote the song “Take it Easy” while standing on a corner. While in Winslow at Standing on a Corner we ran into more fans from California that said they enjoy our music on a Rock station out there. Its really cool to run into fans anywhere but especially in Winslow AZ. MeanStreet Mary and members of the band signed a few autographs and we had a chance to talk with everyone and make sure they all had personalized signed cds and some extra bandanas we allways carry. We also ran into the brother in law of the Sheriff that arrested Jackson Browne in Winslow on that corner 30 years ago. He said the real story is Jackson was arrested for public drunk on that corner and when released hung out around town for a few more weeks then wrote “Take it easy” The rest is history.
Were now headed back info FlagStaff to explore more of Route 66 and the route that the fim crew and Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper took while filming the movie Easy Rider took over 40 years ago. 2300 miles so far we will keep you updated as our adventure continues into May and early June.

Rock n Roll on the Open Road!
MSR

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.

MSR

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

MeanStreet Riders invited to hang with organizers of the Florida H.O.G. Rally

Posted in H.O.G., Harley Owners Group, MeanStreet Riders Releases, Motoycycles, Music, Our Riding Culture, Rallys with tags , , on October 26, 2010 by The MeanStreet Riders

The MeanStreet Riders were recently invited to hang out with their friends Bruce Fuller Florida H.O.G. President and organizer of the Florida State Rally and International Manager for H.O.G. Bruce Motta at the Fl State Rally in Destin Fl.The guys also had a chance to catch up with their friends from the rock group The Guess Who and The Bobby Friss Band and also found time to relax with Warren Jones owner of AEN that managed the shows. We appreciated all the hospitality and access given to MSR. Could MSR possibly be playing next years Rally in their hometown…. stay tuned!


Music,Art,Motorcycles and anything that endures the Test of Time

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 14, 2010 by The MeanStreet Riders

The MeanStreet Riders are passionate about music, motorcycles, motors, movies and anything mechanical that has endured decades without being molested and changed to conform to current trends and gimmicks. Timeless art like this comes in many forms. This week we take a look at one of our favorite timeless artists Jeff Decker who we met while we were at Daytona BikeFest in Feb 2010. Jeff’s bronze sculptures are in the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and many other locations worldwide. His commitment to historic accuracy and his passion for the subject allows anyone who witnesses his work to be aware of the journey it took not only to get there but to stay there captured…. and non conforming.
We thank Jeff for his vision, passion and commitment to artistic integrity.
http://www.jeffdeckerstudio.com/

The Riders Release their first single ” High on the Hog”

Posted in Art, Great Roads, MeanStreet Riders Releases, Our Riding Culture with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by The MeanStreet Riders

In the spirit of the open road and the adventure and freedom it brings we roll out the album’s title track “High on the Hog.” The song was written about the deep rooted friendships and the unique comaraderie found in the riding community that seems to transcend countries, borders, and languages.The songs attitude” I don’t need no Cadillac to make me feel on top” also reflects on how NOT to follow along with the media’s constant message about how they think you should look, dress and what job you should have…. but instead rejecting their programming and finding your own way through life on your own terms and rolling through life with that same great feeling you get when riding free on the open road with great friends, good times and living your life” “High on the Hog”