With Nuge running through my blood one can rarely play any iconic Rock n Roll without some interference. A few riffs of what Carry On Wayward Son might sound like if Ted Nugent had written it.
A few months after the Dallas Guitar Festival in 2017, Ted is on tour once again. This time Ted plays two shows in my home town area in FL. After some communication with TedQuarters regarding the shows, once again my phone rings and the number said “Blocked” hmm, it’s not the IRS because they never call you so could it be, again? Yup! Ted calling to see if I’d like to join them at a soundcheck for a quick jam. I said no thank you…Yeah right.
The picture is terrible as it was taken from video. Believe it or not, there is not a single photo of this event. I’m playing the Gibson, Howard Roberts Fusion I received from Ted in 1994 in this picture. I have oodles of people to thank for what amounted to an act of selfless kindness by many. At the top of the list has to be Ted! After that, the band: Greg Smith, Jason Hartless and then of course Linda at Tedquarters and the crew. It turns out that a soundcheck jam for which I thought I might be fortunate enough to participate in, was actually held for my benefit. A gesture of generosity on a level I was not aware of at the time and would never have asked, expected or even wanted of anyone to do. I don’t know what to say because “thank you” seems trivial… I left this event with a new signature on my Byrdland and a rain-check for lunch with Ted next time he’s in town. FYI, I answer all “Blocked” and “Private” calls from now on! Keep y’all posted!
Steve “Byrdman” Lewis
Ted Nugent pinball machines are not so easy to find these days. I have only my Partner-In-Ted Brad Kline to thank for this machine. He located this thing many years ago, even before we had internet! I’ve had it for many years but only recently completely restored it’s operation. It just needed a new sound board, then another new board, and even another new board. A few hundred extra shekels later and voila!
Now the real challenge begins, getting Ted to stop by and sign it!
In 2007 I had the chance to spend some time with Ted in Waco Tx. I was floating on a cloud in this video with Ted’s famous Byrdland Blackie as we did some strumming in the backyard. Ted was showing me the song Do-Rags and A .45, a never released song of Ted’s at the time. And just think how many more there must be.
Ted later released this song in 2014 on the Shutup & Jam album. I never would have imagined getting a behind the scenes peak like this years ago! I had been keeping this video private all the years but suspect Ted wouldn’t mind my telling the story now.
Well, there can’t be much left on my bucket list now, can there?! This video was from the Dallas Guitar Festival in May of 2017. One of my best weekends on record!
The excitement was made possible by so many, but if it wasn’t for my long-time close friend Greg Hagood’s invitation and his rolling out the red carpet for me, I probably wouldn’t have made it out there. Thank you, Greg and of course Thank you Ted!
I could write 10 pages on this event, but the short story is it was two full days with Ted, his son Toby, and Todd, Ted’s trusty guitar guru and handler.
The Nuge family n gang are as good a folk as you’ll ever meet. The Dallas Guitar Festival is a top-notch event in every way. The circle of Ted and the folks there to see Ted, are an incredible bunch.
If you want to see what America is made of, better yet what made America great, come to a Ted event like this and observe the backbone of America that just happens to appreciate Ted Nugent.
There was a time as a teenager when I thought if only I could get to see a Nugent concert. Then I thought if I only could shake his hand and express my appreciation. The only thing missing now is the fact that my mother didn’t live to see this.
Thank you Ted!
Another Tedly dose of riffs are protruding! Guaranteed to make liberals bleed at 60 paces… There is a riff for Flesh and Blood (I now realize is not played entirely correctly) and a little Violent Love to start. An earthy Love Grenade with a tutorial and Do-Rags and A .45 to wedged in there too.
Remember, if you intend to try this at home, do so at your own risk as riffs are not guaranteed to be 100%. “There can be only one ToneGod! The rest are warriors.”
Thank you, Ted!
Here’s a few greasy lil ditties I swept up from my hard drive floor! Experience my interpretation of nature’s ToneGod as it slithers through my veins on an hourly basis.
This one includes Ted Nugent licks from some gritty movements like Can’t Live With ’em, Love Grenade, Crave, Rawdogs & Warhogs, Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine, and maybe even a little Stranglehold Teaze.
Enjoy at your own risk and celebrate the deadly force of truth and logic on a daily basis. Remember, “There can be only one ToneGod, the rest are warriors”
Thank you Ted!
Byrdman here with another video! This one showcases the Beastual song Gonzo! One of the crispiest, defiant little ditties Ted has ever spawned! This relaxing Rock n Roll elevator tune has always been guaranteed to make libs bleed at 60 paces!
I go into a bit of a tutorial with some “how to” in the middle, but it’s primarily a Klstr of usual soothing Byrdman Byrd racket! I’m using my 1968 Gibson Byrdland Florentine guitar and the Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion. Both are barely tamable predators, to say the least.
Ted Nugent never released a studio version of this song. Its only officially released recording was from Double Live Gonzo.
My YouTube channel is tightly packed with like-minded, freedom-loving, asset-pounding, rugged individuals!
Thank you chronic great comments, requests, and inspiration and thanks for all the Byrdbrotherly love.
Here is another bunch of outtakes, so to speak, from our first night of jammin’ in the living room in a very long time. Finally some Free-For-All on the channel. It’s rough, and the Byrdman’s no vocalist or Ted, that’s fir sure!
I will, however, accept the term “adequate guitar player” -:) This video is all with the Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion or, should I say, previously Ted’s Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion. This guitar is a wild animal, it’s so hot! I recently learned there are PRS pickups in it… it Screams!! For some reason I did not have my toggle in the middle position as should be the case for Free for All.
Free For All is an incredible KLSTR of Fluid Ted groove! It’s basic but it ain’t as easy as one might think… As one of my buds out there always reminds me in the name of Ted, “Stay Defiant.” Don’t forget to Live It Up every day after being an asset to yourself, family, and community!
This is what happens in the Byrdman’s living room when good ole friends come over. I flung a bunch of clips together for this video and I think it’s worth a listen.
Cat Scratch Fever is without a doubt a Ted Nugent classic and nothing more really needs to be said. I am playing another one of the Xavier XV-950 guitars. This one resembles Ted Nugent’s famous Black Byrdland. It is a full hollow body so it does howl and looks very Tedly. It took some tweaking but for the money it’s pretty awesome. Thanks for all the great comments and support!