Archive for the ‘attempted murder’ Category

from the Colorado Springs Gazette.com

ASPEN — A banjo player accused of assaulting another man with his instrument will get to keep pickin’ while awaiting his trial.

Thirty-three-year-old Joseph Stancato of Denver faces second-degree assault charges after allegedly hitting another man upside the head with his banjo on New Year’s Eve. Authorities say Stancato got into an argument with two men at a bus stop.

District Judge James Boyd on Monday approved Stancato’s request to be allowed on the road to tour with a band while awaiting his next court date Feb. 6.

The banjo is considered “a deadly weapon” under Colorado law, so Stancato could face prison time, the Aspen Daily News reported.


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Here’s another YouTube find from the ‘they just don’t make ’em like they used to’ bin.

My ears perked right up; the guitar playing is sooo good here. I normaly don’t think of Huddie as a bottleneck player, but he has this one nailed down tight. Huddie learned to play by busking with Blind Lemon Jefferson in Dallas and later performed with Josh White, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and it really shows in this performance.

I can only reflect on how different this version is from the one Carl Perkins popularized from his rockabilly sessions at the Sun Studio.

Huddie made his reputation with popular melodies like Good Night Irene and folk songs and I sometimes forget that he was in fact a real-deal bluesman. John Lomax first recorded Huddie when he was serving hard time at Louisiana’s notorius Angola Prison Farm. Huddie’s first recordings were hundreds of blues tunes recorded there in Angola.

John Lomax described Huddie as ’emotionaly volitale’. There is a real visceral anger to In the Pines and Bourgeois Blues. Huddie had killed one man, had tried to kill at least four others and threatened to kill Alan Lomax (John Lomax’s son and Huddie’s touring manager) several times.

The process whereby this all gets turned into compelling, beautiful music is still a great mystery to me.

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from Tampabay.com
by Curtis Krueger

PALM HARBOR — A Palm Harbor man has been accused of attempted murder and aggravated battery after repeatedly hitting his sleeping roommate in the face with an electric guitar, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay

Chris Frost, 23, allegedly struck roommate Cody Starks, 26, with the guitar. When a third person, Sara Jandreau, 21, tried to intervene, Frost allegedly struck her too.

There was no word on what sparked the alleged outburst. After the incident, Frost punched his fist through a window, and injured himself, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

All three were treated at the Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs. Frost will be taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

— Curtis Krueger

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