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Dan Aykroyd’s Wines are No Joke

1 Oct

Dan Aykroyd Wines celebrate the spirit and flavour of the world’s top wine producing regions.

From his highly successful career in film and television to his co-founding the House of Blues, Dan Aykroyd has brought laughter, music and entertainment into the homes and hearts of millions of people around the globe.

Under Dan’s direction, his wines will be produced by Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd., a top independent Toronto-based wines and spirits agency which owns several Canadian award-winning wineries.

Dan Aykroyd has found a way to share his passion for great wine and his affinity for entertaining by creating a portfolio of new and exciting world-class tasting wines that people can proudly serve at their tables.

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www.danaykroydwines.com – This is no joke, people. The wines are said to be very good!

Note: Aykroyd credits former Blues Brothers guitarist Steve Cropper (Booker T & MGs/STAX fame) with introducing him to the many wonders of the fermented grape. Who knew a Tennessee country boy like Cropper could have such a far reaching impact on the typically snobby wine industry? Good work!

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New Book Celebrates the Mighty Potato Chip

1 Oct

Looking forward to checking this one out — sounds like a pretty cool read.

“The appealing tale of how the pedestrian potato was transformed into America’s favorite snack food.” —Margaret Engel, coauthor (with Allison Engel) of Food Finds: America’s Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them

The potato chip has been one of America’s favorite snacks since its accidental origin in a nineteenth-century kitchen. Crunch! A History of the Great American Potato Chip tells the story of this crispy, salty treat, from the early sales of locally made chips at corner groceries, county fairs, and cafes to the mass marketing and corporate consolidation of the modern snack food industry.

It’s not available yet via Amazon.com, but try contacting the publisher (University of Wisconsin Press).

Tony Joe is Back with “Deep Cuts”

1 Oct

Here is the product description we found at Amazon.com:

Revered as one of the originators of swamp rock, Tony Joe White has recast a number of his classic songs on Deep Cuts, proving that time has no jurisdiction over funky. His signature groove, starting from his 1969 hit “Polk Salad Annie,” is what he uses to paint a vivid picture of the world he experienced growing up, where poverty provided unity between otherwise divided races and bad-news women were sometimes too good to pass up. Tony Joe cut the tracks with his son Jody providing a rich palette of beats and loops, utilizing both digital and live drums, strings, organs, and the unmistakable timbre of his guitar. White’s time-worn baritone is positively haunting, like a restless spirit conjured by the funk that was always the core of his music. As a collective work, Deep Cuts portrays the complications of living on the cusp of impending danger, be it an encounter with a brutal country sheriff or a poisonous snake through the eyes of a master songwriter who has seen and lived all of it. Deep Cuts not only updates a cache of classic songs for a contemporary audience, it reframes them, revisiting his timeless imagery in a new, modern context. With Deep Cuts,Tony Joe reveals that there is still plenty to be gleaned from his irresistible, timeless groove.

Get your copy today at http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Cuts-Tony-Joe-White/dp/B0018OAOPI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1222820025&sr=8-1

www.tonyjoewhite.com