Trail Mix: New Records in Bluegrass, Bar Rock, and Banjo with Beats

first_imgWith the onset of spring comes three standout records from Bloodkin’s Daniel Hutchens, North Carolina-based bluegrass band Town Mountain, and Nashville folk-hop group Judah & the Lion.Daniel HutchensThe Long Road to RedemptionDaniel Hutchens has been delivering Southern rock tunes with a literary bent with his steadfast partner Eric Carter in the underdog band Bloodkin for more than two decades. The band has been scrappily working regional clubs since the early 90s, never quite achieving the success of similar-sounding contemporaries Drivn’ N Cryin’ and the Drive-By Truckers. But as a mainstay in the storied music scene of Athens, Ga., the group has garnered plenty of critical praise and always had the respect of peers. The band’s debut album, 1994’s Good Luck Charm, was produced by Johnny Sandlin (Allman Brothers Band), and multiple Bloodkin songs have reached big crowds in the repertoire of Southern jam kings Widespread Panic.BVC cover 3000X3000 RGB_FIXSome admiring musical friends helped out with Hutchens’ new solo record, The Beautiful Vicious Cycle of Life (released April 22). The gritty 11-song effort was produced by Panic’s Dave Schools, who plays bass throughout the album and enlists support from a strong cast of Athens’ best, including producer/musician David Barbe on electric guitar and psych-folk multi-instrumentalist Thayer Sarrano on keyboards. Front and center, though, is Hutchens’ powerful bluesy voice, which howls through the tough truths of a troubled soul with an honest notebook.Lyrically, Hutchens looks back at the pitfalls of hard living, even when his brawny barroom chords have an upbeat edge. In “Touch Up Time,” he sings, “I smell that coffee burning down the stove, last night what a long sinful road I drove,” over a country rock groove with plenty of Tom Petty swagger. Going deeper is the haunting ballad “American Country Ghosts,” where Hutchens laments a long list of regrets, including bringing cocaine into his 90-year-old mom’s house, while channeling the lyrical wisdom of Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings. It’s not all dark, though. In the anthemic fist-pumper “Pretty Girls in Summer Dresses” Hutchens finds salvation through family, admitting “I sweated out my poison, I found my power.” Town MountainFrom the Blue Ridge to the BayouIn a time of continuous genre blurring, fleet-fingered quintet Town Mountain continues to confidently deliver hard-driving straightforward bluegrass tunes that add original character to the genre’s traditional roots. Formed in Asheville, N.C., back in 2005, the group has grown from Appalachian picking party favorites to a nationally lauded act with multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on band members’ shelves.To make its new album, Southern Crescent (released April 1), the band left the Blue Ridge and traveled south to work with Grammy winner Dirk Powell at his studio in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The record features an expected dose of fast string picking, including the opening fiddle workout “St. Augustine,” but as it unfolds it becomes a well-rounded effort full of front-porch song craft that touches on various shades of roots music. “Leroy’s Reel” has a distinctly Cajun flavor, while “Comin’ Back to You” is a rockabilly dance tune propelled by some boogie-woogie piano.The band’s backbone is the sturdy voice of front man Robert Greer, who blows off a broken heart in the soulful honky tonk shuffle of “Ain’t Gonna Worry Me” and offers some twangy humor about a bad lover that won’t stay away in “Tick on a Dog.” The standout, though, is “Wildbird,” a classic highway song about curing a restless mind with road miles; perfect for a bluegrass band that sounds pretty comfortable getting outside of its comfort zone. Judah & the LionMixing Banjo and BeatsFolk, Hop and Roll is a transparent title for this Nashville outfit’s second full-length album. The folk-pop expansionists continue to look well beyond their acoustic roots by boldly incorporating banjo runs with drum machine beats and digital loops. It can be a startling combination, especially in the genre-mashing declarative “Folk-Hop Sound,” which places a skittish hip-hop beat next to walls of synth and bluegrass-phrased mandolin licks. It sounds more seamless in “All I Want is You,” a hair-raising foot-stomper with an emotional crescendo from the Mumford playbook.Folk Hop N Roll Official Album Cover smaller_FIXThe album, released last month, was made with Nashville’s Americana hot-streak producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton), who fortunately never lets the sonic swirling overshadow what Judah & the Lion does best—write inspirational pop songs with tight hooks and infectious melodies. Lead vocalist Judah Akers grew up in rural Tennessee playing in worship bands, and he clearly knows how to hype a crowd. The emotional uplift is in full effect when he shout-sings the chorus to “Take It All Back,” an anthem about choosing romance over fame. It’s easy to see how these songs will kill live. Positive vibrations go a long way.last_img read more

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Central Islip Man, 21, Fled Cops in Stolen Vehicle, Police Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old Central Islip man was arrested Friday after he allegedly took police on a chase in a stolen vehicle that ended with him crashing into a guardrail on Sunrise Highway, Suffolk County police said. The driver, Shanden Terry, was arrested on several charges, including unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless endangerment, plus criminal possession of marijuana. He was issued a total of 53 summonses, police said. Metropolitan Transit Authority police reported that the vehicle, a 1994 Buick, had been stolen from the Ronkonkoma LIRR station earlier in the day, police said. Terry allegedly fled after a Third Precinct officer attempted to perform a routine traffic stop on McKinney Street in Central Islip just before 6 p.m., police said. Terry didn’t stop, police said, and drove away while allegedly tossing drugs out of the vehicle. A chase ensued but was later called off due to traffic conditions, police said. Police, however, continued to monitor the vehicle from the air. A police helicopter followed Terry’s vehicle into Bellport, where it crashed into a guardrail on Sunrise Highway at Exit 56, police said. Terry was also charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass. MTA police are expected to charge him with additional counts related to the stolen vehicle. He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Idul Fitri ‘mudik’ travelers to undergo quarantine before departure: Surakarta mayor

first_imgTo help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Surakarta administration in Central Java is urging its citizens to refrain from returning to their home towns unless they quarantine themselves for 14 days before they depart.“I warn you again, do not return to your home town. If they ignore this warning, I will put them under quarantine before they leave for their home town,” Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo said on Tuesday. Rudy added that his administration was prepared to turn three old buildings into quarantine centers, namely Ndalem Joyokusuman, Ndalem Priyosuhartan and Graha Wisata Niaga. The two first mentioned buildings are for people under monitoring (ODP) while Wisata Niaga is for people who wished to return to their hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will conduct a health screening every day. They are allowed to go home if they are in a healthy condition, or go to the hospital if they are patients under surveillance.”Aside from limiting the number of people who contract COVID-19, Rudy also said the quarantine had been implemented because the public was worried about travelers from cities with numerous disease cases, such as Greater Jakarta. “Hopefully this policy will make them think twice before returning to their home towns,” Rudy said. The head of the COVID-19 advanced management task force in Surakarta, Ahyani, said his team is collaborating with the airports, train stations and bus terminals to detect the coronavirus among people who use public transportation to return to their home towns, while the neighborhood unit heads (RT) and district officers would attempt to detect those who use their personal vehicles to return. “We already coordinated with the officers in each area. We asked them to report them to us if they spotted travelers from Surakarta,” Ahyani said. As of Wednesday, referral hospitals in Surakarta have recorded 130 people under monitoring and 39 patients under surveillance, all of whom traveled from outside of the city. Meanwhile, the local data revealed that there have been seven COVID-19 patients, three of which are from Surakarta while the other four are from outside of the city. The number of people under monitoring also increased to 232 from 219, while the number of patients under surveillance has risen to 29, of whom 14 recovered while six died. “We cannot afford to lock down the area. Surakarta is not big, but we have plenty of ways to get into the city because we are surrounded by five regencies. We obtain our food from the surrounding areas,” Alyani said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery deserves praise for reigniting Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career, claims Emmanuel Petit

first_imgAdvertisement ‘It’s a long process and it’s necessary to concentrate not only on the player but also on the man – for weeks, Emery has been doing that.‘So, I hope Ozil will keep enjoying himself on the pitch and keep his mind fresh. If he can do that, it will be a big weapon for Arsenal until the end of the season.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link309Shares Unai Emery deserves praise for reigniting Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career, claims Emmanuel Petit #YaGunnersYa ?? Five-Star team performance tonight! Happy for everyone at the club and for all the fans! ??#WeAreTheArsenal #M1Ö #COYG @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/rL5ZuWUw3C— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 27, 2019 Comment Mesut Ozil has been asked to produce more for the Arsenal team by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)‘It has taken time for Ozil to show his real level on the pitch again. He did well against Bournemouth and looked fresh mentally,’ Petit told news.paddypower.com.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We know his quality – the only question is about his motivation, and what I saw on Wednesday is the beginning of the answer.‘Unai Emery’s management of Ozil has been good. He’s left him at home and put him on the bench at various times, giving him a few minutes here and there before now thrusting him back into the first team. Mesut Ozil scored his first goal since October during the 5-1 win over Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit has heaped praise on Unai Emery for masterminding Mesut Ozil’s spectacular return to form.The Arsenal manager has been heavily criticised for his treatment of the former Real Madrid playmaker, having left him out of the side for tactical reasons on at least three separate occasions this season.Injuries and illness have also played a part in Ozil’s recent inactivity, but he exploded back into life during the midweek win at Bournemouth where he scored his first goal since October and produced the assist for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second goal in as many games.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisementlast_img read more

When these owners built their dream home they had to do it from afar – 15,000km in fact

first_imgThe dream home, at 339 Maleny Stanley River Road.YEARS of appreciating good design meant Robert and Anne Hadley knew exactly what they wanted to build on their glorious Maleny site in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.The couple purchased the 2000sq m gently sloping block in 2005 after returning to Australia on holiday.“It was a quick decision but when we saw the view, it was amazing and that sold it,” Mrs Hadley said.“You’ve got the Glasshouse Mountains in the foreground, then the skyline of Brisbane and you also see at night the Gold Coast lit up. It’s a wide expanse of a view which is sort of uninterrupted because most of the house at the back is glass.”The views are endless.They wanted to create a modern residence, one that was sculptural and connected to the landscape.“We liked the works of the architects that were operating in California in the 1950s like (Richard) Neutra, (Craig) Ellwood and guys like that,” she said.The couple also favoured Australian architects including Gabriel Poole, John Mainwaring, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, and Glenn Murcutt.“They had the right lightness of the architecture and their buildings tended to float on the landscape which is what we wanted for Maleny, and that’s what we included in our brief,” Mrs Hadley said.A modern look.From their base in Bucharest, the Hadleys sent architects Lindy Atkin and Steve Guthrie, of Bark Design Architects, a folder heavy with photos and detailed specifications including the 2004/05 Maleny rainfall totals.“When they received it, they rang us in Bucharest and they just couldn’t believe it,” Mrs Hadley said.“It was like a dream because it was all spread out there for them.”Maleny builder Nathan Quail spent 16 months constructing the interconnected pavilions, with the Hadleys closely monitoring progress from their overseas base.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoA tranquil retreat.“We got videos, we had conference calls and we had lots and lots of emails,” Mrs Hadley said.“We were super lucky to have such an amazing group of people working on it.”Crafted timber decks, screens and walkways blend structures comprised of glass, grey Australian corrugated steel and reinforced concrete with the cliffside landscape.The result is a home which reflects a simple beauty, a Zen philosophy of tranquillity and modesty.Amazing views from the bedroom“Not everyone has the chance to build the house of their dreams, but we did,” Mrs Hadley said.“I think it makes the most of a wonderful view, the craftsmanship may look simple but it’s amazing and everything fits together. The attention to detail and the quality of the work is beautiful, and it’s a testament to all the people involved.”DETAILS339 Maleny Stanley River Rd4 bed, 3 bath, 6 carAgent: Hannah Dodds Queensland Sotheby’s International Realtylast_img read more

Queensland properties fit for Westeros

first_imgReal estate in the Game of Thrones universe changes hands almost as often as people lose heads. As the world waits to see who lives, dies and returns from the dead in GoT season 8, we found three properties for auction this week that would fit perfectly in Westeros and you don’t have to risk life and limb to get one.Our Game of Thrones auction showcase begins at altitude in the Sunshine Coast hinterland where this personal kingdom of 2108sq m sold at auction this morning for $1.4 million. Step out of the real world and into your very own Tower House at 3 Combles Rd, Camp HillThis one at 3 Combles Rd, Camp Hill could be Jon Snow’s happy place, with three levels of open plan living including a covered rooftop terrace so he could keep up Night Watch duties while entertaining the Targaryen’s in style. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Family, friends or any advancing army will find it hard to sneak up on you with this opulent rooftop viewing platform that looks over the Glass House Mountains and the ocean. Survey your kingdom from your very own rooftop terrace on top of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.There’s underfloor heating, water fountains, statues, antique tapware, and crystal chandeliers. But fear not, it is all protected by a centrally-controlled front gated entrance. In Brisbane, not all Tower Houses are under threat from White Walkers or Lannisters. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN CAMP HILL SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN NERANG When you type ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘pool’ into a search engine, you end up with pages of dead pool prediction sheets. We prefer this regal indoor variety which would be great for your health and is a feature of 505 Mountain View Rd, Maleny.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMelinda Martin of the Ray White Maleny family (not the George R R Martin family), took this property to auction this morning where two active bidders kicked off bidding at $1.3 million. After just bids, the property sold under the hammer for $1.4 million.center_img A spacious rooftop terrace accommodates the regalia of kings, queens and chameleons at 3 Combles Rd, Camp Hill.There’s also an inground pool, outdoor shower, wet bar, and ensuite. So while the world waits to see how the real estate will change in the Game of Thrones universe, secure your own Tower House and enjoy the spoils without the plunder. They might not be heart trees, but the eucalypts and dry rainforest trees of the Nerang State Forest behind this Manor are of spiritual significance to the Yugembeh people.Called Stonewood Manor, this Gold Coast property commands a two hectare site and has its own flagpole so you can fly your house banner and invite 10 of your besties to the house-warming, with parking for all of their cars under the tennis court. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN MALENY If a title has always been on your bucket list but you’d like to avoid a Game of Thrones bloodbath to get one, this tranquil acreage property at 178 Country Crescent, Nerang could be your opportunity and it’s still on the market after being passed in at auction this week for $1.475 million. An advancing army will find it hard to creep up on this palatial abode, it has views over the Glass House Mountains and the ocean.The entrance to this six-bedroom sanctuary at 505 Mountain View Rd, Maleny, features a sweeping double staircase big enough for the Mother of Dragons and her brood. Stone walls feature inside the manor at 178 Country Crescent, Nerang.If a retreat is necessary, there are two to choose from, one for the kids and one for adults. There are two fireplaces but the best roasts will come out of the country-style kitchen.Alex Hayes of LJ Hooker Nerang has an open for inspection scheduled for Sunday, April 7 from 10am-10.30am. Cancel the siege, you can secure this Camp Hill property at auction on April 3.Denis Najzar of Place Woolloongabba took 3 Combles Rd, Camp Hill to auction on Wednesday where it was passed-in and it is now on the market for around $1.7 million with an open for inspection scheduled for tomorrow, April 6, from 1.30pm-2pm.last_img read more

Super Eagles target completes £20m Crystal Palace switch

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Meet The World’s Most Striking Animals Here7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Super Eagles target Eberechi Eze has completed Crystal Palace  switch from QPR for a fee that could rise to £20m.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Super Eagles target set to complete £19.5m move to PalaceThe summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5.A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Palace previously had bids of £8m and £12m rejected, with QPR manager Mark Warburton making clear Eze would only leave if the club’s £20m valuation was met.The deal to secure his services is for £16m up front with £4m in potential add-ons.QPR have a 20 per cent sell-on clause built into the agreement. Eze, who scored 14 goals in 46 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship for QPR last season, had also attracted interest from Fulham, West Ham and Newcastle but has signed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park.last_img read more

Two local schools see COVID-19 positive students

first_imgFranklin and Decatur County, IN — Both the Franklin County Community School Corporation (FCCSC) and South Decatur Schools notified parents Tuesday of each having a student test positive for COVID-19 (in no known relation).FCCSC stated in its parent letter that the student was last in attendance at school on Friday. Upon notification of the positive result, the school implemented its COVID-19 protocol and began working with the Franklin County Health Department to provide seating charts, bus information, and more to help identify those whom the student had come in contact with through the middle school. It is noted in the letter, the Franklin County Health Department determined it is safe for students to continue and that the school can remain open at this time.Decatur County Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Jarrod Burns noted, in the letter to South Decatur parents, that they are working closely with the Decatur County Health Department after notification of the ill student. The individual that tested positive will be in home isolation for at least 10 days and 24-hours fever-free in accordance with the Indiana State Department of Health’s guidance. The bus in question has already been deep cleaned and is completely safe to be on.Both school systems noted this is an important reminder that social distancing, wearing masks, and proper sanitizing practices do work. Also, they understand there will be positive cases throughout the school year, but one positive case won’t necessarily shut down a school like it did in March.last_img read more

Chasing down a dream

first_imgA native of Pewaukee, Wis., Watt left behind a scholarship and a starting position at Central Michigan for a chance to walk on for the hometown Badgers.[/media-credit]Apparently the favorite quote section of a high school yearbook has some significance after all.For junior defensive end J.J. Watt, the quote he submitted as an 18-year-old has stuck with him through his years as a collegiate athlete.The words are simple and to the point – dream big, work hard.“Our high school yearbook asked for a quote, and I was looking at a bunch of the Vince Lombardi quotes and nothing really fit exactly what I wanted to say. I ended up thinking to myself ‘dream big, work hard’ because no matter where you come from if you dream big enough you can do anything,” Watt said. “But the second part is the most important, because if you don’t work hard nothing is going to happen.”Working hard has never been an issue for Watt who has undertaken a long, arduous journey to reach Wisconsin and start at defensive end for the No. 11 Badgers.The mantra dream big, work hard appears at the end of Watt’s tweets and a plan is in place to create bracelets displaying the slogan.But those four words, D.B.W.H for short, are more than just a quote – they’re words Watt lives by.Holding onto the dreamWatt fondly remembers his high school football days.He loved the game and dreamed of playing as long as he possibly could.“Coming out of high school your goal is always to be the best player you can be, but I’m not going to lie, when I graduated I just wanted to play football,” Watt said. “It could have been Whitewater, Oshkosh anywhere.”At Pewaukee High School, Watt starred on both ends of the ball and he gave himself a chance to play at the next level.He was recognized as a first-team, all-state performer at both tight end and defensive end and was named team MVP his senior year. In the process, he caught the eyes of college coaches around the Midwest, including UW head coach Bret Bielema.Big kid, big decisionLike almost every Big Ten prospect, Watt’s high school statistics were very impressive. But to play in a major conference, size plays a crucial role and often times measureables can be the deciding factor in a scholarship offer.Lucky for Watt, a senior year growth spurt helped his cause, but an offer never came from the hometown Badgers.“We were evaluating him quite a bit. If I remember right, we didn’t have him in summer camp and we didn’t make a scholarship offer at that point and we went with the guys that we wound up offering,” Bielema said in a 2008 interview with reporters. “He was in that loop, he was a guy that we were well aware of and he really had a huge growth spurt.”Watt ended up committing to Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., but his collegiate future was far from settled.“It was crazy for me. I committed to central Michigan and the coach left, so I committed to Minnesota and then the coach got fired, so I ended up committing back to Central Michigan,” Watt said.The 6-foot-6 Chippewa freshman found a role at tight end where he played in all 14 games, but Watt wasn’t satisfied. The offense didn’t fit his style and the early playing time wasn’t enough to keep him at Central Michigan.Watt wanted to take a shot at something more – he wanted to be Badger. With no guarantees from Bielema and only a walk-on spot available, Watt filled out the transfer forms and packed his bags for Madison where he would be moved to the defensive line, but the decision to leave CMU wasn’t easy.“It was one of the biggest decisions of my life. To tell my parents they are going to have to pay 18,000 dollars for me to come to Madison was tough when I previously had a scholarship and a starting position at a division one school,” Watt said. “Most kids would die for that situation.”Putting the work inLife wasn’t glamorous at first for the Central Michigan transfer as he prepared for life as a defensive linemen at UW.“I spent six months working at Pizza Hut and working out at the local gym just getting bigger faster and stronger,” Watt said.Watt arrived on campus with plenty of drive and motivation, but he needed to add bulk and refine his technique to see playing time on the Wisconsin D-line.Lining up across guys like Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt everyday in practice certainly helped.“Going against Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt made me such a better player and I wouldn’t change that for the world,” Watt said. “That year made me grow so much as a football player and a person.For safety Jay Valai, Watt’s physical growth was pretty noticeable.“J.J. is a worker,” Valai said. “When he got here he was 230 (pounds) or whatever and now he’s like 290.”Despite the added muscle and invaluable experience against the UW O-line, Watt had to sit out due to transfer rules. He spent a year on the scout team and was ineligible to play in any games.For the first time in his career, Watt was forced to sit and watch. So he took out his frustration in practice.“It was extremely tough at first because I was used to playing every Saturday but it was a great experience for me because I was practicing against the Wisconsin O-line everyday,” said Watt, the eventual scout team MVP. “Practice became my Super Bowl because I had no game day.”Long, hard hours paying offThe game days finally came for Watt, and he’s been wreaking havoc as a scholarship defensive end ever since.After impressing coaches and teammates on the scout team, Watt took to the field in 2009 as a starter opposite O’Brien Schofield and helped lead a defense that was the top Big Ten unit against the run. He compiled 15.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks and entered the 2010 season as the bona fide leader of the UW D-line.Through two games, Watt leads the team in tackles for loss and pass breakups. He was named game MVP for his effort against San Jose State and he’s been a leader for UW on and off the field.“J.J. is just a big, strong, athletic dude. He’s got such a great motor, and everybody thought things would change with [O’Brien Schofield] gone, but J.J. has stepped up in that role,” Valai said.Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has relied on Watt just like the young UW linemen have.“We don’t have any seniors in the room so I really lean on the juniors like J.J,” Partridge said. “He has really embraced that leadership role for us.”The decision to take a leap of faith and walk-on at Wisconsin was motivated by a dream and came to fruition through a relentless drive to get better. It appears the high school senior knew what he was talking about when he submitted that quote years ago. “I had plenty of confidence in myself and I knew that my attitude and work ethic would pay off,” Watt said. “It’s paid off 100 times over.”last_img read more