In Monday night’s airing of one of the new seasons most intriguing new television programs, the Raiders of Rock (Grammy nominated Robert Reynolds of hip country group The Mavericks and longtime Music Row historian Stephen Shutts) uncover a rare, one—of—a—kind recording by The Beatles’ Paul McCartney, inflate an anatomically correct flying pig from Pink Floyd and visit with the famous queen of the groupies Pamela Des Barres.
The program is set to air on CMT Television Monday at 11:30 p.m. (ET / PT) and on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. (ET / PT).
Drawing comparisons to the popular program American Pickers may be stretching it a bit as Shutts and Reynolds direct their a one track minds as they travel coast to coast in search of valuable, authentic and often quirky music memorabilia.
In the season opener, the duo visited with a KISS urber fan who had filled rooms of his home with an over the top collection of KISS memorabilia, including the iconic boots and stage leotard worn by bassist Gene Simmons, a neck retrieved from one of the group’s broken guitars, and a on stage makeup kit. They also met with a collector who had purchased a chair from Michael Jackson’s bedroom (and seen in many of the courtroom photographs, stained with the pop singer’s makeup). The second show featured a visit with a Memphis collector who had a motorcycle once owned by Elvis Presley, rusting away on a trailer in his backyard.
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Longtime collectors of pop culture memorabilia themselves, Reynolds and Shutts are at the helm of this Crazy Train as it chronicles the quest for all things rock-n-roll and country music memorabilia. Along with quirky sidekick Kevin Smith (Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones possible love child), they embark all across America looking for authentic memorabilia including Johnny Cash’s personally owned, haunted jukebox, Pink Floyd’s concert fly over inflatable pig and Slash from Guns & Roses first amp.
“Its not just about America we traveled and the colorful people we met, but about the music and its artifacts left behind that tell the true stories of the recording artists who played the instruments, wore the stage clothing and signed the autographs they gave to adoring fans,” says Shutts. “Music is the greatest common denominator across the world. It is an international language.”
Reynolds himself has sold 6 million records, won a Grammy, 3 ACM awards and 2 CMA awards. Reynolds knows firsthand what is it like to be a rockstar. His desire for collecting music souvenirs began as a child of the 60’s when the Beatles conquered America.
Shutts has had his hand in the world of pop memorabilia for years, and with Reynolds brokered the sale of Elvis Presley’s Audubon Drive home in Memphis for a cool $1 Million, bought Presley’s favorite roller coaster at Liberty Land in Memphis just to own the front car that Presley always chose, and was involved in a controversial discovery of a personal notebook at a yardsale that once belonged to none other than Hank Williams, Sr.
With 10 episodes in the first season, week two is set for Tuesday, April 8. Meanwhile, Reynolds with his band, The Mavericks contribute on the Motley Crue tribute album with “Dr. Feelgood”, destined for release during the Crue’s final tour..
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