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The Ram Jam TV Show has been away for a little while. I have been dealing with a family emergency for a few months that resulted in my being taken away from my proper duties. Let’s start this blog off with a great band I had the pleasure of inviting in the studio, The Slade Rhythm Band. Led by Boo Jones and consisting of some incredible musicians such as singer/ sax player Jazzy Steve, Guitarist Willie C, Percussionist Mark Pratt,  Base player Larry Carter, Drummer Terry Page and Female vocalist Yonni Soul. The Slade Rhythm Band are a newly formed band from the DMV bringing their brand of GO- GO music to a welcoming audience, belting out covers and original songs that keep the audience grooving throughout their set. It was great having them in the studio and even the film crew managed the get their boogie on while the played.

CHECK OUT THE FULL EPISODE HERE: http://youtu.be/aNKLvOs1zaA

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I know things have been tough since the Zimmerman trial and I must say I am at a loss for words other than my prayers go out to the Martin family, no parent should have to bury their children and say goodbye too soon.TRAYVON_MARTIN_NEW_PHOTO_1

I just want to say I for one will be glad when things like this will end in our society, when the violence and stereotypes will no longer be an issue so we can stay focused on the things that really matter in life which is to live in harmony and peace.

I love all my Ram Jam fans out there and pray for each and every one of you to be kept safe and blessed.

Until then Keep your heads up and reach for the stars.

Happy Jamming!!

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Welcome Back!  Happy New Year and all that great stuff, we are very excited to be back, officially kicking-off our SECOND SEASON.  Wow! It’s hard to believe we got through our first year of taping, with a little award too, might I add.  We learned a lot in our first year and the advice we have grown to give up- and -coming FPA producers is to keep doing it!  It may sometimes feel like…why?  But in the end there’s nothing like the reward of accomplishment.  You’ll never know who you may influence in some major way if you don’t keep on achieving.

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To Segway to exactly what I mean take recently deceased, music icon, Don Cornelius.  Where would black entertainment be without the spotlight of Soul Train?  What if he had given up and said, “Nobody’s ever going to sponsor or watch a black television program.”  Even with the bias that was prevalent in television especially in the late 1960s and early 70s, African-American music was not getting its share of the marketplace.  The 80s ushered in MTV and as cool as it was, it still did not feature many African-American artists.  Soul Train was peace and love, a chance to share the stage with singers and dancers alike.  Parlaying music into moveable art, creating the characters we saw ourselves as we celebrated the culture of America.  You may disagree, but the Asian lady with the real long hair always comes to mind.  Of course, you can’t forget the brother who always danced with her but constantly checked out the other ladies who were bussin’ their own moves.  No, there will never be another Soul Train or Don Cornelius but RAM Jam says, let’s let the legend live and borrow what we can from this nostalgic time in a lot of our lives and make it better.  Crediting our own show’s idea platform with Soul Train and MTV, RAM Jam’s purpose to give serious independent artists a cable-produced television show to showcase their music, make their voices heard and opens up opportunities to sell their products and gain more fans.   I’ve said it before and I’ll continue saying it, I am thankful for Nina Blackwood, JJ Jackson and the one and only Don Cornelius, if you take nothing else from the article, always take these words of wisdom “… and you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting…

we wish you love, peace and soul!”

What’s Happening Now

We have a surprise for you, our Director/Producer RJ has been hosting our Top 20 Countdown from the best, and most requested videos shown in 2011.  Over a three-week period, you will see videos that made the favorites list of some of our most discriminating viewers.  This is in an all-out effort to craft a new, fresh look for the show.  We are considering many wardrobe changes and new look.  Stay tuned for the voting and don’t forget to cast your vote for the show’s new look. Hmmm…

English: Rainy Davis - Soul Train / Don Cornelius

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