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Join The Outlaws for the 2016 Rock Legends Cruise!  Cruise in style (1/21/16) with Royal Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Cabins are close to selling out - so click here now to make your reservation! 


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Outlaws-1000x1000 5.08.15The 117th edition of the Rochester Lilac Festival takes place on Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 17 and today the full music lineup was announced.

“It’s always a delight to plan the musical lineup for the Rochester Lilac Festival,” said Jeff Springut, festival producer and president of the Springut Group, Inc. “It’s a wide-open canvas, a free stage that goes from 10:30 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening. It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to bring in some of the best touring musicians in the country.”  For more information click here.


The Headliners:

Southern rock legends The Outlaws
ZBTB: Zac Brown Tribute Band
Top 40 sensation The Psychedelic Furs
The young Philadelphia rockers Dr. Dog
California crossover band Cracker
The Grammy Award-winning band Blues Traveler
Rusted Root, a Lilac Festival favorite
Mingo Fishtrap, a Texas band with a Memphis sound
Blues master Charlie Musselwhite
Chart-topping blues musician Ana Popovic

Courtesy -

by Michael Buffalo Smith

He was a  member of the legendary Southern Rock band The Outlaws, He also scored big with his own Henry Paul Band, and as a member of Top 40 country band Blackhawk. Now, Henry Paul is touring and recording with a new set of Outlaws, as well as assembling a new Blackhawk record that will feature some of his classic rock pals. Life is good for the Florida rocker. We caught up with Henry for this long awaited GRITZ interview.

I know you were born in New York. You moved to Florida at a really young age, right?
I was eight. I was in third grade. I’ll never forget it. It was great man, (laughs) it was like culture shock. I mean, I come from a working family farm that grew a thousand acres of sweet corn. We’d hire 70 migrant workers to go into the field and care for it. When I got to Florida my parents split. My mom packed her stuff up in her 1957 Oldsmobile and we drove down 301 to Lakeland. I kept thinking to myself that there were going to be like indians and natives in the jungle down there. I wasn’t that far off. (Laughs) The obvious emotional issues on the table were large. But getting there and being turned loose in the orange groves and the phosphate pits and the many, many lakes and fishing - it was huge. It was also an unusual time in our country. Segregation was front and center. Nobody was pulling punches. It was very graphic and clear where people stood. That was a shock to me, because where I came from we didn’t see much of that.




It's with profound sadness that we acknowledge the death of of our friend and original Molly Hatchet drummer Bruce Crump. This marks yet another loss of a talented member of our highly respected musical family and good friend. Our hearts go out to Bruce and his family. HP


Images from the "Rock Legends Cruise" taken by Monte's brother Robbie.
(the fiddle player is Nick Nguyen from Swampdawamp)

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