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.

Troy Gentry - 1967 - 2017

On September 8th, 2017 country music lost of it is legends: Troy Gentry.  Gentry, part of the iconic duo Montgomery Gentry was killed while the helicopter in which he was riding crashed in Medford, New Jersey.  Gentry was en route to perform with his band later that day killing he and the pilot of the helicopter.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Avatar - Rock USA - Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh, WI, USA July 13th, 2017

When you think of rock music what do you remember?  Do you remember just the music of the band or do you remember the way they look?  Do you gravitate toward a band based on appearance or shock value before you do their music?  Do you see the message of the band in their stage appearance and think to yourself that you really need to pay attention to this band because of it or do you discount them immediately based on appearance and refuse to give their music a chance?  It's a legitimate question isn't it?  It happens regularly in the workplace and in entertainment to this day, so which camp are you in?  What if the very first time you EVER encountered a band you were presented with a split second to see their appearance and then hear their music, would it then matter?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

LA Guns - Poopy's In Savanna, Illinois - July 8th, 2017

The late '80s - early '90s where a very strange time for music.  There was a massive conglomeration of bands and artists all trying to look and sound the same while acting as if they were the true originals.  While every band that came from the Sunset Strip had the hair, the attitude and the music down there were some bands that stood above them all.  What if there was one man, a "Pied Piper" if you will that not only started one iconic band back then but started TWO?  Two bands that traveled the same dingy streets of LA and became two of the greatest bands of that generation.  What if one of those bands "reloaded" themselves and came back to do it all over again but this time even better?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Loud-N-Lima - Day 2 July 22nd, 2017

The world is a giant music festival, or at least that is how it seems to be for me.  I have traveled far and wide to go to even the smallest of music festivals.  I have battled crowds so deep I think that people gave up trying to walk to the bathroom and just went where they stood.  I have been to a festival that literally had a promoter asking people to foot the bar tab so they could still sell beer at the festival.  I have been so sunburned that a year after the sunburn I still had a vicious tan line and I have seen things that cannot be unseen at music festivals that not even bleach and a great IT guy could wipe clean.  But is it possible that another festival could make the list of obscure references that beg you for more information?  Well...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Story of My Life or at Least Part of It.

What if we could look back at a part of our lives and have everything revealed with one simple trigger?  Sure we can see a singular event and have a flood of memories flood us but what if everything that happened was like walking back in the same footsteps in an ordinary day of our lives?  What if that one ordinary day really had no significance and it really was only just a standard day in our life but its meaning was everything we ever had or wanted?  This sounds complex, isn't this entire blog about music and not a jaunt down memory lane?

Monday, July 31, 2017

WARRANT - Poopy's in Savanna, Illinois - July 29th, 2017

The history of rock music has enigmas woven inside its very fabric so tight that at times it becomes what is the enigma and what is reality.  Any fan of music from the late '80's - early '90's surely understands because that whole time frame is that hazy.  While the number of bands that entered into the foray of "hair metal" was seemingly in the tens of thousands few remained viable in any capacity after the popularity began to fade like many hairlines.  What if one of those that remained was still out there, as popular as before and what if they went from enigma to stalwart?