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Sunday, July 19, 2009


Neil Young's influence on Knoxville, Tennessee musician James Jackson Toth is -- quite literally -- tattooed on him. From The Daily Times:
"It's a reminder James Jackson Toth wears around his wrist, only it's a tattoo instead of a bracelet, and instead of the obligatory 'WWJD' slogan, it says something else: 'What would Neil Young do?'

Call it blasphemous (it's not) or call it weird (an adjective Toth has been saddled with ever since he started making music); it doesn't matter. What does matter is that it's a beacon Toth homes in on when considering his next musical step, an indication that whatever he does may not please everyone -- even his most ardent fans -- but as long as he's following his own muse, everything's going to turn out OK.

'I'll buy whatever record Neil Young makes, even though I haven't liked a lot of his latest ones, because I think he's a great artist, and I owe him that,' Toth -- who performs under the stage name Wand -- told The Daily Times this week. 'I want to hear what he's up to and where his head was at when he made it. And if I don't like it ... well, part of being a fan is being burned sometimes.'"


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At 7/19/2009 07:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thrasher....jeffry form ibm here...great article but NO picture of tattoo..can you get him to send to you and you post it..would love to see it?

At 7/19/2009 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking about a Neil tattoo also and would like to see it as well.

At 7/19/2009 12:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go toth! though the earlier stuff might be a bit hard for rustie-type to digest, the last few wooden wand and/or wand releases are excellent. check out 'hard knox' or 'born bad'. jjt is definitely cut from the mold of neil...

At 7/21/2009 01:06:00 PM, Blogger Lil' Jimmy Eightball said...

hey everyone -'wand' here. a friend just drew my attention to this. i'll be happy to snap a pic and send it to someone on this forum to post - email me at if interested. thanks for the support! Bring on Archives Vol 2! (and, uh...Toast!)

At 7/21/2009 01:12:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

Thanks Wand! We'll be in touch.

At 7/21/2009 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous ren said...

just want to add another recommendation for Wand's music- i've been a fan for awhile and he has released a ton of killer material. I especially recommend "Harem of the Sundrum" and "Second Attention" to all of the Neil fans... and for the more adventurous, "Xiao" and "Buck Dharma" are incredible!


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