Monday, September 29, 2014

Harsh Creek Skatepark Will Ripped By Christian Hosoi, Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Many More on 10.18.14

Get Rad For Ray in Raleigh, NC on October 18, 2014

Tony Hawk And Other Skate Legends To Descend Upon Raleigh For Free Event

Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Eddie Elguera, Ben Raybourn, and other skateboard legends confirmed to appear at Marsh Creek Skatepark for Ray Underhill charity event on 10/18.

Tony Hawk is bringing the 80s back to Raleigh, North Carolina’s Marsh Creek Skatepark. At least skateboarding’s version of that notorious decade. And he’s not coming alone.

Racing Through The Streets Of Mexico With All Eyes Watching BJ Baldwin

Monster Energy knows how to direct a video
Dan Bilzerian may be the current most interesting man of mystery, but the real star of this video is the driver BJ Baldwin. They are working to take a page out of Ken Block's Gymkhana videos but this is done with a rally truck and in Mexico. This feels like a video game commercial about to come on at any given second

"What better place than the city streets of Ensenada Mexico, the home of the Baja 1000, to set the stage for the sequel to Ballistic BJ Baldwin's viral hit Recoil. This short film by Monster Energy follows BJ and his 800hp Trophy Truck as he tears through this seaside Mexican city, ripping over every drop and jump the town has to offer in an attempt to win a bet set by his friend, and international playboy Dan Bilzerian. Will he win? What will he lose?"

Custom Guitar Strap To Adorn A Megath Inspired Flying V Guitar

As the orders roll in daily, we are constantly shipping merch to countries, locales and folks far and wide. One of the coolest honors that we ever receive is when we get the chance to do a custom order in which someone wants something very specific. 

On this particular strap we got an email through our Etsy store and Scotty was asking to have one of our black straps done up with antique brass hardware. We quickly emailed back to let him know that it could indeed be done and we would just have to order the right pieces for him. Really stoked to see the type of guitar he was putting it on, along with all the custom airbrush work. Honored to say the least.

Friday, September 26, 2014

James Kelly Is One Fast Dude On Urethane Wheels

James Kelly is one fast dude on four urethane wheels

"On a rare occasion, you see a video that makes you stop - stop what you’re doing, stop what you’re thinking, even stop how you’re breathing - a video that masters your emotions and alters your vitals. At that moment, when your heart jumps into your throat, and your nerve endings fire, you realize you’re seeing something memorable.

S & S Cycle Is A Legend In Land Speed Racing

A modified land speed racer, ready to run the salt flats of Bonneville

One of the great motor company's that is alive and well and providing never ending support within the motorcycle industry is S&S. Whenever you have a tech question they are just a phone call away and will never cease to amaze with the in depth knowledge and support.

In our quest to get the Buell race bike finished, we have contacted them numerous times on carburetor issues, best case scenarios, correct jetting, etc etc and without fail, its been a warm conversation. The folks at S&S invoke the customer support and passion for their business and we do our best to follow their lead in the way we approach all of our business endeavors. To be honest, straight forward and there to help when called upon.

Reverend Horton Heat Speaks On How The Music Scene Has Changed

As a mainstay act constantly on tour, Reverend Horton Heat has seen the ups and downs of popular music

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Even though we are in an era akin to Disco in which an overpaid dj gets paid to mix songs on a laptop to a live audience, live bands are where the real talent is. It is just another wave within the ongoing cycle of popular music that is taking precedence. Read on and hear what Reverend Horton Heat has to say on this matter...

Dripping Slits Mini Song Clip - Cadillac

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jesse James New Show, American Craftsman

Jesse James new online series - American Craftsman
Crafting anything with your own two hands is a more satisfying feeling than any drug could ever hope to achieve. The sense of satisfaction and purpose from creating anything are buried deep within our DNA as another form of survival and perpetuation of our human existence. It is so damn great to hear about and now view the show that several major networks passed on finally be aired even if its just online. Keep up the great work and can't wait for more.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

American Roots Custom Merch Design

American Roots custom merch design

Brand new two color design for the IBMA's here in Raleigh next week. Support the #americanroots of country, punk, blues and specifically for next week, the great sounds of bluegrass.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Run What Ya Brung 2014, Featuring Live Music With Rory Kelly and The Go Devils

Run What Ya Brung 2014, featuring live music with Rory Kelly and The Go Devils

Damn stoked to hit the road this fall with an awesome road crew on our annual fall Run What Ya Brung road trip. We have a killer show set up at Jack Of The Wood with Rory Kelly and The Go Devils in Asheville, NC on Friday October 10th.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Custom Guitar Strap For Brophy Of The Go Devils

Custom guitar strap for Brophy of the Go Devils

Can't say thanks enough for all the custom guitar strap orders coming in. Check out this one for Brophy of the Go Devils!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Custom Guitar Strap Coming To Life With The Music Of Peewee Moore

Custom guitar strap for Johnny Isaacs coming to life

Ever watched a custom guitar strap come together? Well, why not listen to some Peewee Moore and watch how a piece of leather can be transformed into a guitar strap that will last for many years to come.

Need a custom strap - ralph.knuckles at 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Santa Cruz Guitar Company Carves A Unique Balance Between Work And Life.

Richard Hoover of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company

The Santa Cruz Guitar Company carves a unique balance between work and life. They fully understand that one song can change the world, altar country borders or most of all be the passion to which you seek to perfect sustainability in a small ecosystem. 

Santa Cruz Guitar Company

LR Baggs Presents Santa Cruz Guitar Company. This short film narrated by Richard Hoover, founder of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, documents the culture of their boutique lutherie and a mission to provide exceptional instruments for musicians that truly change the world.

Video by: Cameron Ingalls & LR Baggs

Billy Don Burns and Shooter Jennings, Paint An Epic Picture

Billy Don Burns and Shooter Jennings

Billy Don Burns and Shooter Jennings, paint an epic picture. Thanks to the great eye behind the lens of the camera, Kerry Langford.

You Are Not Entitled To Make A Living Off Of Music

Want to survive in the music business, prepare to shed some blood

The idea of having a certain amount of entitlement is just plain bad for business. This could be your personal business or maybe that of you as a musician, for this quick discussion. Who cares if you have toured thousands upon thousands of miles and have fans in every state of America. If they are not buying your music and the audience isn't growing or sustaining your career, call Houston, because there is a big problem.

Custom Guitar Process Video Goes Live On Friday

Custom strap being put together for a customer

The amount of custom one off orders has been coming in steadily as of late for guitar straps. With the great response that we have been receiving, it was time to create a short video to show exactly how they come together. This Friday, the full process video will launch on all of our social media channels.

In the interim, check out our store page or Etsy shop to view all of our leather work. If you are in need of something truly unique, give us a shout - ralph.knuckles at gmail

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rusty Knuckles Custom Leather Will Be At The International Bluegrass Music Association 2014

World of Bluegrass invades Raleigh, NC on September 30th to October 4th

What an honor its going in a few weeks, to be a part of the International Bluegrass Music Association here in Raleigh the first weekend of October. We will have our full booth for custom guitar and banjo shop setup and working to vastly expand our wholesale business for handmade in the USA, quality crafted music gear. If you are coming into town, looking forward to seeing many of the great bands here that week. We will be setup right across from D'addario Strings. One step closer to another milestone.

Find out more about the IBMA

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rory Kelly - Black Widow, Live Acoustic Track

Rory Kelly - Black Widow, Live Acoustic Track

Rory Kelly Black Widow (Acoustic) - Exclusive performance for Rockpills (The Black Logde Sessions)

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Custom Guitar Strap For Jim Avett

Custom hand made guitar strap for Jim Avett, father to the Avett Brothers

Things are getting quite hectic around the shop and its a great problem to have. A plethora of custom orders steadily rolling in such as this strap for Jim Avett, father to the Avett Brothers. Stay tuned as we have some big album announcements for the fall as well with the Go Devils, Whiskey Dick, Black Eyed Vermillion and a few more...

By the way, check out the Go Devils latest video...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A BMR R9T Custom Motorcycle With All The Right Lines

Cherry's Company, BMW R9T custom motorcycle

Not all motorcycle were created equal and this custom beast from Cherry's Company out of Japan is beyond clean. The smooth lines all done in sheet metal, the race vibe and the overall attention to detail is absolutely stunning. Ok, its time to just drool...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Antiseen Conquered Muddy Roots, Hear More From Mad Brother Ward

Mad Brother Ward and Antiseen about to take the stage, first show ever without the almighty Joe Young
A great write up and article can do many things. It can shape the way a memory is collectively thought about and also help to give deeper clarity to an exact moment. Reading Mad Brother Ward's article about his thoughts on Muddy Roots and playing the first ever show in Antiseen's 30 year history without the almighty Joe Young, was quite enlightening. I was damn stoked how the fellas charged right into their set and proved that they haven't missed a beat with Joe Young's passing.

Dead Soldiers From Memphis, TN Is A Band On The Rise

Dead Soldiers From Memphis, TN Is A Band On The Rise

Slowly diggin' through all the photos and music from the epic weekend at Muddy Roots. Have a listen to a few great tracks from a new band on our radar, Dead Soldiers. Just can't get enough of a few of these tracks. Deep, soulful and well versed is a quick way to sum up these Memphis natives.