Maureen Griffin’s love of riding on two wheels inspires her original songs, which are all true stories of her motorcycle adventures around the beautiful USA. Her songs range from humorous (“Biker Food”) to heartfelt ("Foolish Old Lady”), and her music videos feature photographs and video clips of her motorcycle trips alongside her newlywed husband Curtis Damone (here at the 75th Anniversary Sturgis Rally).
Maureen’s music ranges in style from 70s country and rock to blues and jazz, and she soon garnered the attention of TV and radio hosts. A favorite guest of radio fans, she was invited to host her own show on WGBB Radio, and is a frequent guest on WLIE Radio and Cablevision TV.
Maureen was the first soloist to open The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. She was also honored to perform her original song “Grand Ole Opry” at the world famous Tootsie’s in Nashville during Country Music Awards Week, and even appeared at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City (pictured here).
Maureen's musicians include Blues Hall-of-Famer Jason Green on guitar (Biker Girl), Professor Andrew Perea on strings (How Can I Keep from Singing), as well as arrangements by Mike Epstein of The Basils (Bikers Anonymous).
[T]he heavenly voiced Griffin and her country rocking backing band keep things lively throughout, and [ XOXO] is a likely landmark in a music career that’s late blooming but obviously just beginning.
- Good Times Magazine
THIS ALBUM HAS A RICH VARIETY OF DIFFERENT MUSICAL FORMATS — IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SOUND WITH A SPIRITUAL DEPTH. THERE IS A LOT OF HEART AND LOVE IN EACH SONG THAT DESCRIBES DIFFERENT ASPECT OF A BIKER’S JOURNEY, BUT I ESPECIALLY LOVED “AS WE RIDE THIS ROAD BEFORE (A BIKER WEDDING SONG)”
THANKS FOR THE FRIENDSHIP AT FLOYD NICE TALKING TO YOU BOTH HOPE YOUR TRIP WENT WELL ENJOYED YOUR WEB SITE. KEEP IT UPRIGHT AND BETWEEN THE DITCHES BE SAFE
AERIAL BURNOUT (N). A BURNOUT (SEE BELOW) DONE ON AN ELEVATED PLATFORM/STAGE, GIVING A BETTER VIEW TO THE BIKERS WATCHING THE SPECTACLE. OFTENTIMES THE PIECE OF WOOD UPON WHICH THE TIRE “BURNED OUT” IS GIVEN AS A MEMENTO TO THE PARTICIPANT.
APE HANGARS (N). HANDLEBARS THAT ARE EXTENDED UP, REQUIRING THE BIKER TO HOLD HIS ARMS ABOVE HIS HEAD I ORDER TO REACH THEM. (THESE ARE ILLEGAL IN SOME STATES, LIKE NEW YORK.) (SEE MINI APES BELOW.)
BIKE WEEK (N). A WEEK-LONG BIKER EVENT HELD IN A PARTICULAR CITY (STURGIS AND DAYTONA BEING THE MOST FAMOUS). BIKERS GENERALLY COME FROM ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY (SOMETIMES THE WORLD) TO ATTEND. THE EVENT SPORTS HUNDREDS OF VENDORS OF MOTORCYCLES AND MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES, AS WELL AS LIVE BANDS, BIKER FOOD AND DRINK (I.E., BEER AND JACK DANIELS), GREAT RIDING, COMPETITIONS, AND CONTESTS.
BOXES. (N). WHAT BIKERS CALL CARS (SEE ALSO CAGES).
BURNOUT (N). AN ACTIVITY WHEREIN A BIKER TIGHTLY ENGAGES THE FRONT BRAKE WHILE GUNNING THE ENGINE, THEREBY MAKING THE REAR WHEEL SPIN UNTIL IT WEARS A HOLE IN THE TIRE, BURNS OUT, AND EXPLODES, CREATING AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF BLACK SMOKE IN THE PROCESS – TO THE DELIGHT OF SPECTATOR BIKERS. CONSIDERED A GREAT EVENT BY MANY BIKERS WHO DON’T MIND INHALING BURNING RUBBER, A BURNOUT IS OFTEN HOSTED BY A MOTORCYCLE TIRE COMPANY SELLING ITS WARES AT THE BIKE EVENT.
CAGES. (N). SEE “BOXES.”
COLORS (N). SEE “PATCHES.”
CUT (N). A LEATHER VEST SPORTING ONE’S PATCHES.
DILIGAF (N) A POPULAR ACRONYM FOR “DO I LOOK LIKE I GIVE A F—“
FLATHEAD (N). A STYLE OF MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURED BETWEEN APPROXIMATELY 1930 AND 1937 FEATURING A FLATTER VERSION OF ENGINE HEADS.
FORKS. (N). THE FRONT END OF A BIKE THAT EXTENDS FROM THE BODY OF THE BIKE TO THE FRONT TIRE.
IRON HORSE (N). MOTORCYCLE.
KNUCKLEHEAD (N). A STYLE OF MOTORCYCLE MADE BETWEEN APPROXIMATELY 1936 AND 1947 WHICH HAS A GIANT BOLT ON THE TOP 2 SECTIONS OF THE ENGINE.
MINI APES (N). A LOWER VERSION OF APE HANGARS (SEE ABOVE) WHICH KEEPS THE EXTENDED ARMS NO HIGHER THAN THE SHOULDERS (COMPLIANT WITH THE TRAFFIC & VEHICLE LAW OF NY).
PANHEAD (N). A STYLE OF MOTORCYCLE MADE BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON (1948–1965) IN WHICH THE ROCKER BOXES (SEE BELOW) WERE DEEP, LIKE UPSIDE-DOWN PANS.
PATCHES (N). THE INSIGNIA OF A MOTORCYCLE CLUB THAT IS SEWN ONTO THE BACK OF A BIKER’S LEATHER VEST. ALSO REFERRED TO AS “COLORS,” THESE ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO BE WORN BY MEMBERS OF THE CLUB. A MEMBER OF A MOTORCYCLE CLUB IS CONSIDERED “PATCHED.”
PRIMARY (N). THE PART OF A MOTORCYCLE THAT HOUSES THE CHAIN OR BELT ON SOME MODEL BIKES. THERE IS AN INNER AND OUTER PRIMARY.
PROSPECT (N). A PERSON WHO IS APPRENTICING TO JOIN A MOTORCYCLE CLUB. HE USUALLY WEARS A LEATHER VEST WITH ONLY THE ROCKER PORTION OF THE PATCH UNTIL HE IS OFFICIALLY A MEMBER. (V). TO APPRENTICE TO JOIN A MOTORCYCLE CLUB. THIS INCLUDES PROVING THAT YOU RIDE A MOTORCYCLE WELL, ESPECIALLY IN A GROUP, AND SO, A CERTAIN NUMBER OF RIDES WITH MEMBERS OF THE CLUB IS A REQUIREMENT.
RALLY (N). A MAJOR BIKER EVENT, USUALLY LASTING 3-10 DAYS, WHERE BIKERS FROM ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY GATHER TO RIDE, LISTEN TO MUSIC, AND BUY LOTS OF BIKER PARAPHERNALIA.
RIDE (V). WHAT YOU DO ON A MOTORCYCLE (AS OPPOSED TO DRIVING A CAR); (N) 1. A MOTORCYCLE. 2. AN EXCURSION ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE.
RIDING BITCH (V). RIDING AS A PASSENGER ON A MOTORCYCLE, WHICH IS SOMETHING UNACCEPTABLE FOR A MAN IN THE BIKER WORLD TO DO UNLESS IT’S AN EMERGENCY.
ROCKER (N). 1. A LEVER SHAPED LIKE A FLATTENED “V” THAT IS USED TO CHANGE GEARS BY STEPPING ON EITHER SIDE OF THE “V.” (MANY STANDARD GEAR CHANGERS ARE A SIMPLE LEVER WHICH REQUIRES YOU TO USE THE TOP OF YOUR FOOT TO SHIFT TO A HIGHER GEAR, WHICH CAN DAMAGE YOUR BOOTS.) 2. THE BOTTOM SECTION OF A PATCH (SEE ABOVE) WHICH IS CURVED LIKE A SMILE AND USUALLY INDICATES THE CHAPTER AND/OR STATE OF THE MOTORCYCLE CLUB.
ROCKER BOX (N). NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH A “ROCKER,” THIS IS THE TOP PORTION OF EACH OF THE V-TWINS OF THE ENGINE.
SHOVELHEAD (N). A STYLE OF MOTORCYCLE POPULAR BETWEEN 1965 AND 1984 IN WHICH THE TOP SECTION OF EACH V-TWIN LOOKS LIKE THE HANDLE OF A SHOVEL.
SISSY BAR (N). A BAR ON THE BACK OF THE PASSENGER SEAT ON WHICH THE PASSENGER CAN LEAN. ALTERNATIVELY, IT IS WIDELY USED AS SOMETHING ON WHICH TO SECURE YOUR DUFFEL BAG ON THE PASSENGER SEAT.