the civil wars band


Rick Hall, FAME Studio Founder and Legendary Producer, Dead at 85

Rick Hall, the music producer who founded Muscle Shoals’ legendary FAME studios and helped launch the careers of Otis Redding, Duane Allman, Aretha Franklin and others, died Jan. 2.

He was 85 and was buried at a star-studded funeral in Muscle Shoals Friday.

”Music lovers around the globe will mourn this loss as Rick was the foundation upon which the Muscle Shoals music legacy was built,” the studio posted in announcing Hall’s death.

Though Hall was mostly invisible and inaudible to music lovers, Lynyrd Skynyrd immortalized him and FAME’s famous rhythm section, the Swampers in “Sweet Home Alabama,” where the studio was located.

Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood recalled Hall as “a larger-than-life character who literally created a miracle” in Alabama.

”What he achieved in a small, blue-collar, Bible Belt, dry county is nothing short of miraculous,” Hood wrote on Facebook, while crediting Hall with making him the musician he is today.

”There will be a lot of bold statements made and none of them are exaggerations. … He was one of a kind. He will be missed but not forgotten.”

Anthony Mason, the music-loving CBS newsman who often narrates artist profiles on the network, mourned Hall on Twitter, calling him “one of the giants of American music.”

”Incredibly sad,” Rosanne Cash tweeted.

”I’m grateful for the case and point that was Rick Hall,” Elizabeth Cook said on Facebook.

The Osmonds, Tom Jones, Mac Davis and others benefitted from Hall’s production.

”I’m grateful for the profound influence he had on my life and my career,” Donny Osmond, whose debut solo single, “Sweet and Innocent,” was a Hall production, said on Facebook.

Gregg Allman recorded his posthumous Southern Blood LP at FAME, eager to get back to the place where brother Duane got his start as a session player.

”We lost another great one … RIP Rick Hall, the owner of FAME Studios … you will be missed,” the Allman Brothers Band said on Facebook.

Hall gave Hood’s former Drive-By Truckers bandmate Jason Isbell his first job in music and the guitarist said, “nobody in the industry ever worked harder than Rick. Nobody.

”American music wouldn’t be the same without his contributions,” Isbell wrote on Facebook. “His death is a huge loss to those of us who knew him and those who didn’t.”

The Civil Wars John Paul White said the death of his “hero and friend” finally motivated him to follow through with a long-simmering idea.

”I’m going to commit to recording a video each week all year of a song by a hero of mine that’s still with us,” he tweeted. “Some you’ll know, many you won’t - and that’s the idea.”


Surprise - Steve x Reader

Originally posted by forassgard

Summary: Reader is in a rock band (she has a lip ring and tattoos). Steve introduces her to the Avengers who are big fans of her band.
Requested by: Anon
Notes: ‘(Y/n)’ - Your Name, ‘(Y/f/n)’ - Your full name, ‘(B/N)’ - The Rock Band Reader is part of in this one shot

Waiting outside the looming building of the Avengers tower, you pulled out your phone to call Steve. You got a few odd looks. Some people who were judging your fashion choice and others who seemed to be wondering if you were indeed (Y/f/n). It was quite amusing really to see them dismiss it. A few people on the other side of the street pulled out their phones to take photos but you ignored them.

Steve wasn’t answering his phone so you decided to enter anyway. A receptionist directed you up to the Avengers main floor. Your time in the elevator seemed to last hours, in which your heart felt like it was going to burst out of your chest.

The doors chimed open and a British sounding electronic voice announced your arrival.

“(Y/f/n)?” You heard a man say loudly and saw several faces staring at you.

A man you recognised as Tony Stark ran over to you, “Holy crap. I am a huge fan.”

You laughed, glancing over his shoulder for Steve but you couldn’t find him.

“Thanks.” You nodded at Tony then put your attention on the other man suddenly by your side. His platinum blond hair ruffled.

“You must be Pietro?” You asked and his jaw dropped. He quickly recovered however.

“That’s me, Pietro Maximoff. Pleasure to meet you.” He took your hand in his, gently placing a kiss on the back of your hand.

You managed not to blush but couldn’t help the involuntary smile creeping on your face. Steve hadn’t told you they were fans.

“’Scuse me boys.” A woman with beautiful red hair, pushed them gently to either side and flashed a smile at you.

“Natasha Romanoff. I’m a big fan.” Her composure broke on the last sentence and she could barely keep the smile off her face.

You smiled at both of them, your tongue flicking out to wet your lips, touching your lip ring briefly.

Suddenly you heard your band’s music playing.

You saw that the culprit was Pietro.

Wanda got your attention on her. “This is your band?”

You nodded.

“They’re good. I like them.” She smiled secretively and you traced the pattern of your tattoo like you did when you were nervous.

“Ah! I see you’ve all met (Y/n)!”

You sighed in relief as Steve entered the room, standing beside you.

The other Avengers shared confused glances.

“And I see they’re big fans?” Steve grinned at you and you wrapped an arm around his waist, prompting him to wrap an arm around your shoulders.

“What?” Tony gasped. “I’m sorry, what?”

You grinned.

“I’m glad you’re fans of my girlfriend’s band.” Steve said, laughing slightly.

As if on cue, you leaned up to plant a kiss on his cheek.

Tony raised a finger, “Sorry, this is a joke right? You’re joking. (Y/n), (Y/f/n) from the band (B/N) is not dating Captain America.”

“Actually I am.” You smirked, “I’m that lucky.”

Tony laughed, “Excuse me, I have to go get a drink.” He left the room leaving the Avengers still in shock.

“Surprise!” Steve said weakly causing you to laugh and rest your head against his chest.

5 graphic novels we’re reading this weekend


It’s springtime at Sheffield University—the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and fast-pals Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue to survive their freshman year of university. Susan is barely dealing with her recent breakup with McGraw, Esther is considering dropping out of school, and Daisy is trying to keep everyone and everything from falling apart! Combined with house- hunting, indie film festivals, and online dating, can the girls make it to second year? Collects issues #13-16.

LUCIFER Vol. 2: Father Lucifer

After being wrongfully accused of deicide by his angelic brethren, the Prince of Hell undertook an epic quest through the cosmos to clear his name. Now he wants nothing more than to retire to his Los Angeles club, Ex Lux, and drown the world’s sorrows one drink at a time. 

With the throne of Heaven still vacant, archangels are turning on each other in an effort to seize their absent Father’s crown. And since the Lightbringer has no desire to revisit his former kingdom, a vicious power struggle has erupted in the infernal realm, as well.

Caught between chaos above and below, Earth has never been more vulnerable. In order to keep his terrestrial retreat safe from collateral damage, Lucifer must reluctantly rejoin the fight for control over Creation. But as the battle rages, the aftershocks from his Father’s demise are growing stronger and making it clear that some fates really are worse than death.

The saga of the world’s original antihero reaches new heights (and depths) in LUCIFER VOL. 2: FATHER LUCIFER, collecting issues #7-12 of the acclaimed series from author Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and artist Lee Garbett (Loki).


Jake just wants to have a nice relaxing weekend without any adventures. Not too much to ask for, right? Too bad the Governor of Ghost-A- Rica has plans of his own and that means releasing his ghost minions to steal the youth of all the citizens in Ooo. It’s a battle for youth, literally! Collects issues #50-54.


Collects Power Man and Iron Fist #6-9, Sweet Christmas Annual #1.

Luke and Danny have only just put the band back together — will CIVIL WAR II tear it apart? Maybe, when Iron Fist finds himself behind iron bars! But who better to get him out of a cage than Power Man? Then again, Luke’s crack team of former criminals may be more of a hindrance than a help! And there’s the small matter of Captain Marvel’s reaction to the Inhuman Ulysses’ prison-break premonition! As for the philosophical disagreement underpinning the conflict rocking the Marvel Universe, our two heroes start out on the same side — but the predictive justice vigilantes Preemptive Strike may just change that! Plus: From Civil War to peace on Earth! It’s Luke’s favorite holiday — but demonic toys might make this a bitter Christmas, not sweet!


This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

Adrift In Hiatus

Now that Oliver and Felicity have set sail into the encompassing waters of marital bliss, I am wondering what is next for them. They have solidly become a team in all the ways two people in love can be. Oliver really does love Felicity. And Felicity’s fear of losing him has been tempered by assurance whenever he wraps her in his arms and tells her so.

When Felicity told him after their flashback Bunker sex that she wasn’t ready yet to let Oliver back into her life, one could see in her eyes that she wasn’t really onboard with that sentiment. And again in 505, on the Loft balcony and at Oliver’s office, she looked uncertain of her conviction to move on with Detective Nobody. Oliver was unsure too. Both of them were struggling against the eddies and currents they swam in as their hearts were crying out silently to one another, as if they could look at each other and be okay living with that lie.

I remember thinking at the end of 520 when Felicity came into Oliver’s hospital room—are you ready now? Oliver had been ready (11months ago) ever since he gently lowered her down from the salmon ladder and spun her around with an urgency almost savage. Actually truth be told, Oliver has been ready ever since he smiled at Felicity in the QC IT Department. He might not have had the understanding of what happiness really was back then, but he did know she was a person not out to hurt or torture him, a person that was guilty of only two things—being normal and beautiful.

There is a rare moment when hindsight and foresight become one. Both of them at the beginning began to think about the other on a scale neither could claim experience with. Felicity calmed the raging storms inside Oliver, and Oliver touched those parts of her left barren and cold by Noah and Cooper. When he climbed into the back seat of Felicity’s car trusting and bleeding, Oliver brought with him an excitement and a life that Felicity could not have envisioned.

So here they are now at the other end of that spectrum. All their adventures together, all the pain and hope and frustration, all the smiles and tears and the close proximity of love trying to reach out and claim them—it built itself on the foundation of trust and certainty, a certainty that kept them together for six years; in spite of them getting in their own way from time to time. Finding love and the reasons to cultivate it can sometimes be just as challenging as going  up against a villain, a villain like Merlyn or Ra’s Al Gu or Darkhe—and my personal favorite; Adrian Chase. But when things slow down, when the turmoil of being a vigilante is put aside in favor of reaching out to make a connection with someone who has thoroughly captured your heart—it can be so complex in those matters of the heart. It takes compassion and empathy, tolerance and a little elbow grease. You feel love for someone, a wash of colors that brighten your outlook on life, but it still make that leap of faith a scary thing.

No more. Oliver and Felicity have made that leap. Standing next to that quicksilver lake in Central City and telling each other their lives are one; it was an outcome and a dream both had lived on the outside looking in. For far too long. When Oliver told her he was a better human being because he had loved her—one could hear the cosmic click of two souls aligning into place. If felt like relief. They don’t have to deny themselves the reality of why their hearts beat so strong—because they have each other’s.

It is the truth of true love.


So, where do they go from here? To jail? Into the clutches of Cayden James and his band of dark pariah’s?  Fighting a civil war against the newbies? Is it the end of their superhero dream? Quiet possibly all of those things are ahead. At least until 623 unfolds, when all the storylines converge to spell out a successful season , if the ride we took was a breathless one. Unless there is another cliffhanger.

I like to think that despite everything else that could go wrong, Oliver and Felicity can step back from it and focus on more important matters:

…like finding a larger more homey place to live, like Felicity taking over the interior design of said dwelling; drapes and linens and what to hang on the walls, like Oliver running for a second term as Mayor, like enrolling William into a karate class so he can fight his own battles, like OTA re-establishing the core of Team Arrow again, like bringing Roy back home and teaming up with Thea as a kick-ass duo husband and wife team, like Felicity getting her company up and running (okay, Curtis can come back for that) to make a difference not just on a city wide scale but a global one, like playing match-maker and bringing Donna and Lance back together, (Olicity’s kids are going to need loving grandparents) like take another vacation traveling the world; this time though, it will be more intimate and endgame and won’t seem like such a whirlwind romance…and the sunsets in Bali will be more spectacular.


Is it wrong for me to want more of Oliver and Felicity’s journey of everlasting love together, more than the threats they are facing with the lackluster stories we’re getting with the FBI and Cayden James, and god forbid, the disillusionment of the Newbies? Is it wrong thinking that Olicity is the main strength of the show? Is it wrong to want to watch two lives building upon each other, enriching and full?

There are some out there who do think all of that is wrong. They are horrified that Oliver and Felicity have become cannon. They are angry and disrespectful and downright fed up. I am not one of those who would want to upend any momentum that Olicity’s relationship and chemistry brings to the show. I will stand shoulder to shoulder and fight against those trying to sink my ship.

Often times during Arrow’s run, it has been a hit-or-miss prospect, a will-they, won’t-they endeavor by the writers. But if you go back through the seasons (as I am currently doing) there are parallels that scream endgame when it comes to Oliver and Felicity. For example: there is symbolism, (like the ring made from the ruins of the Bunker at the end of 423) there is truth, (like Oliver telling Felicity there’s no place he’d rather be) there is belief (like Felicity trusting Oliver with her life and his with hers) and there is love, (like in just about every episode since they first came together.) It’s not hard to see the writing on the wall.

I find myself thinking that there is really nothing left for them to ponder on when it comes to being with one another. They are sailing high, up above anything that would try to dislodge them and bring them crashing down. Regardless of whatever may challenge them, Oliver and Felicity are there for one another, they are there to take what is good and bad and make it their strength. Yes, there will be times they disagree with each other, times when fear of the unknown will touch their doubts and insecurities, times when the whole world (at least the Star City portion of it) will seem too vast and wide and overwhelming.

But there will also be times when all of that will seem easy to deal with; as easy as just reaching out and holding on to one another.

That is their always. And mine too.

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The Girl I Left Behind Me

A Napoleonic War/Crimean War/American Civil War song performed by the 97th Regimental String Band

A Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing

Originally posted by sebastianstahn

Note: REQUESTS ARE OPEN—it would be appreciated if you requested fics!! Thank You!!

Request: an imagine with bucky, like, he’s kinda shy and doesn’t talk too much but he’s a sweetheart and something really cute? please? and thank you again! –@theh3aven 

Prompt: You are apart of the Avengers and have been friends with Steve for a while when he finally introduces you to bucky, knowing that you two will hit it off. However Bucky is a cute adorable shy puppy who can’t find the words to tell you he likes you!

Word Count: 779

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Reader

Warnings: Just some fluff and cute shy puppy dog Buck

Your Name: Submit What is this?

You always loved the parties that Tony threw at the Avengers tower. You would always meet the most interesting people, but you had never met someone quite like Bucky. Steve had always told you about Bucky, and had said that you two would get along very well, but you had never had the chance to meet this Bucky and find out for yourself. Until tonight.

“Hey Y/N, come over here I want to introduce you to Bucky!”, Steve yelled over the loud music. You made your way over to Steve, squeezing past a crowd of women dancing; the lights reflecting of of their glittering necklaces like knives in your eyes.

“Y/N this is Bucky, Bucky this is Y/N.”, Steve said as he introduced you to a tall man with chin-length brown hair, broad shoulders and stubble that stretched across his defined jaw. He was a particularly handsome man, yet he seemed to shrink around the crowd.

You shook his hand firmly, “Steve’s told me so much about you.”, you say cheerfully. All Bucky can do is give a weak smile, his face moves as if he wants to speak but the words don’t quite make it out of his mouth. He’s shy, you think to yourself. This is not the Bucky that Steve told you about. The Bucky you had known from Steve’s stories was brave and strong, had taken down Nazis, had helped win the second World War. This Bucky couldn’t stand to look you in the eye, much less talk to you. A sheep in wolf’s clothing.

“Well I’ll leave you two alone.”, Steve said with a wink. As Steve left, you noticed Bucky’s facial expressions tensen up. He’s scared of crowds and Steve is his shield against all the unknown, you thought to yourself.

You were surprised that Steve had set you up with someone, and that it had been his own best friend. “Should we get some drinks? Maybe go somewhere quiet?”, you asked politely. At the mention of going somewhere quiet, relief flooded into his face, “Let’s do that.” For the first time, he spoke, and you heard the coarse melody of his voice.

You grabbed a couple of drinks and headed upstairs to one of the many living areas in the tower. Here it was quiet, the voices of downstairs muffled but not completely gone, with a glass window that stretched across the entire wall giving you a beautiful view of Manhattan. The sights and sounds gave the room a peaceful ambience which Bucky seemed to enjoy.

“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”, you asked. “Very. You should’ve seen it back in my time, not nearly as pretty.”, he responded. Now that he was away from the overwhelming atmosphere that is a Tony Stark party, Bucky seemed more relaxed. His walls were down, but he still had an armory of shyness at his fingertips.

“So,” you started, “I know Steve told me a lot about you, but did he tell you about me?” He gave another one of those weak smiles. He looked as if he was holding back, like he wanted to say something but his shyness was holding back. He looked at his hands then finally answered. “He did…he uh…Told me you were very kind and outgoing. And that I should be uh… prepared… to have my walls torn down because uh…you would persist on getting to know me.” You smiled at the thought of Steve telling Bucky about you. What he said was true. You were very outgoing and would stop at nothing to get to know someone.

With a smile you said, “Do you think he’s right? Or do you think he overplayed it?” Another smile, this time not weak, but he didn’t give it all the effort. He chuckled, “No, no, if anything I think he underplayed you.” Finally, he looked you in the eyes. His eyes were a beautiful shade of turquoise, in this light they almost looked green. “I’ve only known you for a few minutes and yet,” he continued, “you seem like the most amazing person I’ve ever met.” The words came out of his mouth with difficulty, but he truly meant it. You could see it from the way he looked at you.

Your cheeks lit up with warmth, “Stop it Barnes, or else you’ll end up in trouble tonight.” This pulled a smile from him. When Bucky smiled it was the most beautiful thing ever. To see someone who’s hiding so much pain and emotion finally smile and be truly happy for the first time in a while, is heartwarming. “I mean it.”, he said, “you really are amazing.”

Let’s Make Music Together


I love drawing.  I also love music.  I also also love Zootopia.  I also also also love the band Lake Street Dive.  So………here’s a combination of all four! :D

This idea came from the simple fact that I like imagining characters from whatever fandom I’m into at that time singing whatever bands I’m listening to.  In this case, it happened to be an amazing band called Lake Street Dive.  I’ll be doing another one for Nick and Judy as the band The Civil Wars at some point.  But on to this for now, shall we? :D

Skye - Lead Vocals
Jack - Guitar and Backing Vocals
Nick - Drums and Backing Vocals
Judy - Bass and Backing Vocals

I really had a lot of fun drawing this, and this is probably the most ambitious piece of fanart I’ve ever done.  Or at least have done in a while.  For only my second piece of Zootopia fanart, I’m pretty proud of it.  It’s not great by any means, but I’m satisfied. :D  Hope you guys enjoy too!

References used: Multiple Lake Street Dive videos (ie. You Go Down Smooth, Seventeen, Bad Self Portraits) and Zootopia images from Google.

All characters are owned by their respective owner(s), which goes without saying I’m sure.


Jine the Cavalry

An American Civil War song performed by the 2nd South Carolina String Band