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Just got back to the hotel here in Tallinn, Estonia, where tonight, we rocked the Harley-Davidson Super Rally with a healthy dose of Crossfyre southern goodness.  I have to say that this was a real highlight for our band, as bikers from all over Europe had converged on Tallinn to partake in the big bash, and since we play Texas Biker Blues (as we have come to coin it), Crossfyre was a perfect fit for the Super Rally!

Our band mugs with one of the Super Rally big wigs, Hanna Mursula, before the show.

Our band mugs with one of the Super Rally big wigs, Hanna Mursula, before the show.

The word was, that the Hell’s Angels were all in St. Petersburg, Russia for Harley Days 2014 this weekend, and therefore, no one from their club attended.  However, anyone and everyone else was on hand, from the Cannonball MC to the Diablos MC and tons of others from all across Europe.

Getting downright southern...up north! (photo by Marianne Saari)

Getting downright southern…up north! (photo by Marianne Saari)

Right before showtime, there was a pretty interesting and intense altercation right in front of the main stage where we were slated to play.  Some big biker dude from Russia knocked the shit out of some other dude with a huge punch, and no one came to save the day.  I was thinking a biker war was about to maybe break out, but nothing came of it, and we went on with firing up our gig.  Before we went on, Mr. Bill Davidson, CEO of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, raffled off a brand new hog.  I put my name in the hat, but to no avail.  The bike did, however, go to some bloke from Finland.

Striking a pose with Mr. Bill Davidson of Harley-Davidson motorcycles!

Striking a pose with Mr. Bill Davidson of Harley-Davidson motorcycles!

Our regular bassist Dan Ronnbacka was unable to make it to Tallinn, due to his work commitments back in Finland, so Sami Salminen from The Slidemobile filled in on this Super Rally gig as the four-stringer.  We tore through a 75-minute set, focusing mainly on our new “Iron Horse” album’s tunes, in addition to select covers from Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and Stevie Ray Vaughn.  I worked up a good sweat, running around the huge stage, which happens to be the biggest of its kind in Europe, right in Tallinn.  Maybe this ain’t metal or hard rock, but I gave both Bruce Dickinson and David Lee Roth a run for their money with the way that I painted the bodylanguage storytelling of my vocal interpretation.

Lighting up the main stage at the Super Rally (photo by Hanna Mursula)

Lighting up the main stage at the Super Rally (photo by Hanna Mursula)

We even got placed in a top, four-star hotel by the event organizer, here in Tallinn.   I’ll be soaking away the sweat and grime tomorrow morning on the eighth floor in the sauna after a full-scale, no-holds-barred breakfast.  From here, we head out to Poland for a four-show jaunt, and then to Germany.

Bikers assembled from all over Europe for the bash.

Bikers assembled from all over Europe for the bash.

Life is good, indeed!  Here’s one for the road…

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This past week, I finished the last remaining vocal tracks at Seawolf Studios in Helsinki for the upcoming Crossfyre album, “Iron Horse”.

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Captain ‘Buck lays down the verbal barrage for “Iron Horse”

I laid down vocals for four remaining numbers, including Rolling Stones cover Jumping Jack Flash.  I know that song has been covered to near-death, but we arguably pulled it off in spades, as studio engineer Hannu Leiden was quick to point out.  Hannu has heard everything under the sun, being the vocalist for Havana Black himself, and having gigged far and wide with a variety of acts, in addition recording a literal list of who’s who artistically.

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Hannu Leiden recording the last vocals for “Iron Horse” at Seawolf Studios

So as it stands, “Iron Horse” will have 10 originals and two covers, the other being Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower, which is one of my personal favorites when we play live.

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Crossfyre bassist and backing singer Dan Rönnbacka waits his turn as StarBuck approves the tunes

“Iron Horse” will be mixed shortly by Hannu Leiden at Seawolf Studios, and the album will be released later this year.  Personally, I am hoping for a summer 2013 release, as Crossfyre will play a German mini-tour in July, in addition to the Southern Rock & BBQ Fest in Hyvinkää, Finland, which will be headlined by Skinny Molly & Monsters Southern Rock (featuring members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Foot and Molly Hatchet).