Amanda Watkins In Jeans

All American Life: Amanda Watkins

Amanda Watkins joins us on All American Life this week. Here`s what she had to say about recording her upcoming country music album.

I can't believe I'm here.

I'm standing in the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN. The same RCA Studio B where music icons such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, the Everly Borthers and two of my all time favorites, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, recorded their own albums. There are so many emotions running through my head and I can't help but feel like I'm spinning.

I brought my American Flag today to hang from the top of the balcony where Elvis used to make his band stand and watch him do Karate down on the main floor. Yes... that's true.

The flag is from my great uncle’s funeral. He served our Country in WWII.

I've decided to wear only American made clothing today. My All American Clothing Company jeans are fitting right in with the sentiment of my record. It's an American Made record.

All the instruments we are using today were made in the USA - my Gibson L200 guitar, Chris Powell’s Rogers drums and Brian Allen's Lakeland bass. It feels good to reflect on the hard work that has brought me to this day - the years put in, the sweat and many tears lets me know that I've earned this moment.

Nothing feels better than experiencing something that you feel like you've earned. Things like that last a lifetime. Like when something is hand made, from the heart, and the best quality workmanship and materials are put into it. Those things last forever. That's why I love everything American made and that's why I'm using as many American made instruments and gear as possible.

I’m building an American made record. It’s not made from plastic, but from what is unbreakable. It may take time to make and I will run into obstacles, but one thing rings clear throughout my journey, anything worth having is worth fighting for. And I have enough fight in me to last a lifetime.


So here I am. I’m thankful for the incredible support and love from my family and friends and thankful for all the hardships bared.

We are cutting a song today called “The Bible” and wanted to share the lyrics with you all.

Hope you enjoy!



I am a farmer’s daughter
I spend my days in the fields I know
Hard hands just like my father
The sweat of the brow
Taught me how to grow

Every day we're steady like a train
That's heavy from the freight
Night rolls in
When the fields they cry we kneel to the sky

We pray for rain just for survival
With the will of a bullet and a Bible as a gun
You ain't seen hard til it gets harder
We're living off the land
Of the workin’ man
Til the floods come

These days the wind blows stronger
And all my mama does is weep
And I work for two now
Cause all my daddy does is sleep

Every day we're steady like a train
That's heavy from the freight
Night rolls in
When the fields they cry we kneel to the sky

We pray for rain just for survival
With the will of a bullet and a Bible as a gun
You ain't seen hard til it gets harder
We're living off the land
Of the workin man
Til the floods come

The day came when I bartered
Off my land
To another man
And I moved into a city
To live out the dreams
That my father planned

We pray for rain just for survival
With the will of a bullet and a Bible as a gun
You ain't seen hard til it gets harder
We're living off the land
Now my children know it’s the price we've paid just to carry his name


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Rebuilding the All American Way…

Our friend Buddy has been rebuilding his health and his bike the All American Way! We are glad to hear the great news of Buddy`s recovery. Please do not take it from us. Check out what Buddy had to say below!

Rebuilding The All American Way

“I got the bike put back together, finally put the front brake mount and caliper on yesterday. I had to custom make a bracket for the caliper since they don't make one for my bike.

It turns out the hospital I initially went to missed two fractures in my ankle and after working a couple of weeks and them not getting better I went to an orthopedist. I had severely bruised my Tallis (the bone that goes across the top if your foot) it was bad enough they were concerned about it becoming necrotic and it having to be replaced with a donor bone (Thank God that didn't happen). It ended up healing well and I had surgery to repair most of the ligaments and some cartilage/fracture of my ankle.

I was off work for 6 months with surgery and rehab. I now have a pin in my ankle that should dissolve over the next 18 months. That's allowing the cartilage and bone that had pulled away to reattach and heal fully.

I have the bike back together with the exception of the front fender. I have to figure out a way to mount a full fender on a springer front end. Springers usually don't have mounting brackets. I wanted to go for a updated old school look. I replaced the hydraulic front end with a springer front end, the original headlight was remounted with an adaptor that lifted it up and out. I manufactured a plate that allowed me to place the bars I wanted on the springer (springers have 5" centers for risers [mounts for the handlebars] and my bars required 3"centers). The bars are 16" pointed ape hangers on 4" risers. The wheels are 16" spoked wheels with 3/8" spokes and sealed rims to run without tubes. The air cleaner cover is off of a mid to late 50's Panhead. The Pipes are the old Vance and Hines Longshots with the dented heat covers removed and the pipes sealed and wrapped with header wrap. Placed new floorboards and highway bars. Jack Daniels derby and cam covers. The tombstone tail light is off of a late 40's Panhead. The Tank is the original tank that the dent was removed and repaired. Both fenders required replacement. The front is yet to be mounted but the back is a 4" stretched fender.

My cousin has a paint booth and he painted it to my specs with Satin black over gloss black. All parts except the derby and cam covers are made in the USA. The Derby and Cam covers were gifts from family that were bought at the local, family owned motorcycle shop. I also rewired the front and rear ends with spools of wire, a solder gun and wire sleeves, no harnesses were purchased from overseas. I've left off some smaller parts because the list is quite long on what I had to replace/rebuild.

Luckily the frame was straight and the only thing I had to straighten was the fender struts which I did with a big hammer, a thick metal bar and a lot of elbow grease."


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Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring In Style!

It has been a very long and cool winter as record setting temperatures dropped to sub-zero in many parts of the country.

Even today, it is still bitter in some states which means we are even more excited about the upcoming warm temperatures to come with the season of Spring. After all - Spring has officially sprung!

The weather will be warming up before you know it!

We are looking forward to the many outdoor activities one can enjoy in our American made clothing styles.

Here are 10 of our favorite USA made clothing styles for Spring…

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Happy Birthday Abe.

1809: On February 12th, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky. There he grew up in a poor family. They later moved to Indiana.

1824: At age 15, Abraham was called 'Abe' by his friends for the first time. As work for hire for neighbors, he labors with plowing & planting. Throughout his life, Abe only attended school in the fall & winter of 1824, but insisted on educating himself through reading as he borrowed as many books as he could.

1834:As an adult, Lincoln moved to Illinois where he became a postmaster, surveyor, shopkeeper, and a politician. He also represented the state legislature until he eventually became an attorney.

1842: Lincoln married Mary Todd. They together raised four sons.

1850s: Abe returned to politics at a time when the nation was becoming divided due to slavery. As a leader of the Republican Party, Lincoln was regarded as politically moderate even on the subject of slavery. He advocated the limitation of slavery to the states in which slavery had already existed.

1854: Lincoln described slavery as a minor issue in a letter.

1858: During a Senate race, Lincoln warned that ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand.’ He did not win the seat to the Senate that year.

1860: Lincoln announced his candidacy for President. He reassured slaveholders that he favored abolition of slavery, but he had no intentions of ending slavery in the states where it already existed. His priority was saving the Union over freeing slaves.

Abraham Lincoln won the presidency by 400,000 popular votes and took the electoral college. His concessions to slaveholders led South Carolina & other states to remove themselves from the Union. This came soon after President Lincoln`s election.

1861: By February 1 of 1861, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas also seceded.

The Civil War had begun. As the war progressed, Lincoln moved closer to commit himself & the nation to abolish slavery.

1863: Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation. The document freed slaves in the Confederate states. On November 19th, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at a ceremony dedicating the battlefield as a National Cemetery.

1865: Abraham Lincoln is re-elected as President, defeating Democrat George B. McClellan. He received 212 of 233 electoral votes & 55 percent of the popular vote. On April 9 of 1865, The Civil War ended as General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

Almost a week later on April 14th, Lincoln and his wife Mary went to see the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater. Around 10:13 P.M. during the third act of the play, John Wilkes Booth shot the President in the head. Doctors attend to the President in the theater and moved him to a house across the street. He never regained consciousness.

At 7:22 AM on April 15th, Lincoln passed away. He is laid to rest on May 4th at Oak Ridge Cemetery outside of Springfield, Illinois.

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Like their Presidential namesake - our 16th style of American Made jeans represents a huge step forward.

Saving Valentine`s Day.

Did we ever tell you about the time we saved Valentine`s Day? Perhaps we did not save the day for everyone, but for one man – we may have saved his life!It was 2013, shortly after Valentine`s Day when we received the following letter from an ‘All American Secret Admirer…’

“To Whom It May Concern,

I thought it would be nice to get my wife something for Valentine`s Day this year. Since I forgot about it last year, she`d been reminding me of it. When a friend told me about All American Jeans, I knew right away this is what I`d get her.

We made plans to celebrate Valentine`s Day with a night out a week earlier because we wanted avoid the crowd. I ordered my wife`s jeans earlier that week. I couldn’t wait to give her the jeans. I knew she`d like them because she`s always bringing something home that is made in USA.

On the Saturday of our big day, I decided to offer her the gift. She opened it and was excited. It turns out she knew all about you guys. She started telling me about the tracing on the jeans. It felt like I redeemed myself from last year.

When she decided to try the jeans on, things went downhill.

“First you forget last year and now this!”

It turned out her jeans were the wrong size. My wife was upset with me… again.

I promised that I`d attempt to return the jeans the next Monday. If all went well, we could go out on Valentine`s Day weekend. When Monday came I called and spoke to a lady on the phone. I told her what happened & asked to exchange the jeans. She was kind and promised that I could return the pair for another that fits. After following her instructions, my wife received her new jeans only a few days later.This pair fit her nicely and we later enjoyed a night out at the steakhouse.

Thank you for saving Valentine`s Day, American jobs, and for saving my life!

All American Secret Admirer.”

Free returns & exchanges can save Valentine`s Day.


The Round Up

How was your month?

This month we watched the documentary Made In The USA: The 30 Day Journey once again. Have you seen it?

The challenges that Josh Miller overcomes to support made in USA products is gripping. It is not easy, but Miller shows it can be done. (As Mike Huckabee said, “I would like to think that there`s a desire to see it, number one because we have seen what happens when we outsource so much of the manufacturing to places like China.”) We really appreciate Josh Miller & his crew putting a film together that educates each & every one of us on the importance of American manufacturing.

Also, thank you all for your fun comments this month—please keep them coming! We enjoy reading all of them.

January Standouts:

"The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

It got cold

This tweet made us laugh.

Our 16th style of jean is coming soon. It will address the entire nation, including Gettysburg. Honestly, we hope to knock your top hats off with this jean...

President Obama talks U.S. manufacturing in State Of Union Address

It got cold again

John Ratzenberger`s American Made? Cheers to that!

New wind/waterproof jackets introduced.

We LOVE this song.

Have you been in a club? New members were added to ours.

All American Rewards Doubled This Month.

It stayed cold.

Super Bowl XLVII: Broncos or Seahawks?

Thank you all for your support throughout the first month of 2014. We can certainly tell that many of you have a resolution to buy American Made this year. Thank you for supporting USA workers & please continue to spread the word! We wish you the best.


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Don`t get caught in the cold without a USA Made Carhartt Jacket!

Are You Ready For The Cold, America?

Don`t Get Caught In The Cold Without A Carhartt!

Fully equipped for the winter, this American Made Carhartt serves all ideal functions for keeping warm in sub-zero temperatures.

The Carhartt Duck Active jacket protects you from all the elements of wintry weather, so you can stay outside. This jacket is fully sealed with a 12-ounce, firm-hand, 100% ring-spun cotton duck that ensures long lasting quality.The body and hood are lined with quilted flannel for added warmth. The sleeves are lined with quilted nylon for warmth and extra maneuverability.

For extra storage, this jacket features two front and inside pockets. Strings in the collar extend for a comfortable & secure fit, and the front portion of the jacket is equipped with a heavy duty zipper to keep all cold temperatures out! Together, these features combine for warmth, versatility, and ruggedness as you ride out the cold conditions.

But that`s not all -- The Carhartt Duck Active jacket offers you more than just functions for keeping warm in freezing temperatures. You`ll feel proud knowing that this item was made in America. This jacket was hand sewn & stitched together by American workers. Wearing this jacket supports them. Please watch the video below to see how it`s made! Knowing this alone will keep you warm!

This Made in America Carhartt Jacket at All American Clothing Co. is now available in sizes S -- 4 XL, & sizes L Tall -- 4 XL Tall. It is obtainable in colors of Black, Brown, and Navy -- starting at $79.99.


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All American Jeans on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer...

ABC World News Traces Made in America Jeans Back to the Farmer Who Grew the Cotton.

ABC World News Traces Made in America Jeans Back to the Farmer Who Grew the Cotton.

David Muir and the ABC World News made in America team are at it again with their made in America Christmas segments as thousands of Americans have already said they are in & ready to buy American made gifts. It`s the Christmas season & just one thing could help create thousands of new jobs right here at home as ABC World News reports that $64 spent on a USA Made item by each American can create over 200,000 new jobs and wish American workers a merry Christmas.

Clothing is just one theme with Christmas gifts each and every year, but did you know that 98% of the world`s clothing is NOT made in America? ABC World News reports that just 2% of the world`s clothing is made in America.

The All American Clothing Co. is part of that 2%. The USA made blue jean manufacturer is one of the few remaining USA made clothing companies left in America today. All American Clothing Co. was recently featured on the “Made in America” segment with ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (Dec. 6) as David Muir traced a pair of jeans back to the American farmer who grew the cotton with All American Clothing`s Traceability Technology.

About All American Clothing Co:

Founded in 2002 by Lawson & BJ Nickol due to a previous employer`s decision to outsource jeans and jobs to Mexico, the father and son team started the All American Clothing Co – A USA made jean company of their own that vows to never trade USA jobs for foreign profits. The father son duo and their All American Clothing Co. has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN Living, Huffington Post, Fox Business, CNBC, Sirius XM, Forbes, Inc., and many more.

About Traceability Technology:

Traceability is all about the truth of where jeans come from. It offers some recognition to the hard working Americans who are involved in making jeans. All American Clothing Co. is the first jean company in the world that gives it`s consumers the opportunity to trace a pair of jeans back to the American farmers who grew the cotton used in their jean. The system supports over 12,000 American farmers & workers across the country.

hail to the champions

All American Beard Off Winners Announced

Hail to the beard winners!

We are happy to announce the top 3 beards from the All American Beard Off selected by the “Beard Selection Committee.”

These beards exemplify what it means to be man… and an American. It takes hard work, strength, domination, and pure awesomeness to make it in this country. Each beard we received for this year`s All American Beard Off showcased these characteristics on a level unimaginable & unforgettable. These three beards truly won 'by a hair.'

Thank you all for supporting men`s cancer awareness with the All American Beard Off!

See you AND your beard in 2014 - All American Clothing Co.

Thank you to our co-sponsor Barbasol!

All American Beard Off Contestants: 2013

Thank you to all who helped raise men`s cancer awareness this year.