Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wayland - Q Casino June 29th, 2018

In life we have all seen the rise of "something" in a way that almost seems to be destined.  As a frame of reference I think of sports teams that have all of a sudden turned that corner and you can actually see that they are head and shoulders above the competition that they are on the field with or even in the same league with.  I hearken back to 1985 to my beloved Chicago Bears and the fact that it seemed like no one could touch them on the field while pitying those that had to actually attempt playing against them.  Very early on that season it became apparent how good they were and what their destiny was but what in the world so it came as no surprise to me on June 29th when I saw that again albeit in a much different format.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

An Interview with Heidi Raye

After seeing Heidi Raye live at a performance for a local radio station and reviewing two of her EP's I decided to reach out to her and see if she would want to participate in an interview so we could all get to know her better.  Did she graciously accept?  Well...

Friday, December 15, 2017

Heidi Raye - Two EP's, One Review

When you think about country music what do you think of?  Is it "old" country music with personalities like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline?  Or do you think of the "new" stars of the genre like Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw?  Do you think that the only people in country music are from Nashville or the "Deep South" and are only Americans?  Do you just assume that the music is without depth or substance?  There is an artist out there today that might just change any negative thoughts you have about an entire genre that hearkens back to the days of old, with the edge of today's artists and so much more.  Who is it you ask? Well...

Monday, November 27, 2017

Brandon Gibbs - October Twenty Four EP

What if...  What if there were a performer that came from a small town in Iowa, belonged to a couple of "super groups" and has sang lead vocals for a legendary rock band and he released a new EP, do you think he would be interesting?  What if I told you this same guy recorded music with some of the biggest names in '80's heavy metal and he is as humble as a dove?  And what if I were to tell you that he is as big a talent as there is in music today?  Would you want to hear more?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tom Petty - 1950 - 2017

We all have taken some things away from music that are odd to others and tragic to some, interesting to a few and confusing to most it's because of our individual music tastes.  For everyone of us that is a fan of Blues music, there are fifty that think it is stupid and for everyone that loves that one obscure song by KISS there are fifty that will tell you that they were never any good.  That is the beauty of music, it is a passion and a trigger for opinions like no other.  What if I told you there was a guy, a single performer that left such an indelible mark on music that regardless of his accomplishments my greatest memory of him references a child's fairy tale and a video?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

P!nk - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - September 9th, 2017

Subjectivity in music is an incredible thing.  For many it is impossible to love more than one type or genre of music.  There are the purest of hearts that will tell you that if you like (insert genre here) then that's it, there is no secondary likes possible.  Sometimes music crosses genres and clouds those lines because of a message it gives or a personality that it or its star has that affords "crossover-worthy" status.  Then again there are times where it just doesn't matter and you take in something that no one would have ever expected you would and their reaction to your "revelation" is one of classic lines and stories for years.  What happens when a self-proclaimed punk rocker and thrash denizen enters the lions den and walks straight into a pop concert?  Well?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Don WIlliams - 1939 - 2017

On September 8th, 2107 country music lost one of the most beloved stars of the 70's and 80's: Don Williams.  He was 78.