As bassist and vocalist for the Moody Blues since 1966 John Lodge has written some of the most memorable songs for the band, such as “Natural Hour,” “Ride my See Saw,” “The Eyes of a Child,” and “I’m Just a Singer [In a Rock n Roll Band]”, to name a few.
The Darkness is set to release their fourth CD, Last Of Our Kind on June 1st. Anticipation for this long awaited CD is building, fans expect the band will be getting back to their true form with a heavier, edgier, and nastier sounding CD than their 2012 release, Hot Cakes, which portrayed a softer side to the band.
Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, and producer Ron Bumblefoot Thal has released his 10th CD entitled, Little Brother Is Watching, late February. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond.
In May 1998, I was honored to interview The Marshall Tucker Band’s iconic lead vocalist, singer, songwriter, Doug Gray. I had just attended and reviewed a stellar live concert by the band the week before, in which The Marshall Tucker Band rocked the house to an enthusiastic sellout crowd at Rams Head Tavern Onstage in Annapolis, Maryland.
Maryland rockers, Clutch, is one of the most respected and influential hard rock bands out there. They are currently gearing up for a tour this April with Mastodon called The Missing Link Tour and then plan to release their 11th studio CD in September of 2015 on their own record label – Weathermaker.
We found builder, Adam Patterson, working deep in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, where he’s building his guitar business, Appala Guitars, a company he founded that’s grounded in the traditions of guitar building while looking for new and inventive ways to smartly grow his business.
In April 2001, I was honored to interview gifted blues rock virtuoso, singer, songwriter, guitarist Shannon Curfman. Curfman, at the tender age at the time, of just fifteen years old, had just released her critically acclaimed debut album, “Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions”. Shannon was dazzling fans, critics, and seasoned music artists and veterans of guitar with her scorching maturity, authority, and command at burning up the fretboard while belting out her blues drenched vocals.
Guitarist Mark Tremonti seeks to explore and discover new walls to breakdown in a never-ending quest to master the guitar. As he reaches the horizon of the guitar, he finds a plateau, only to find yet another world of mastery to work toward. It’s the magic of the instrument and the essence of inventiveness and creativity and for the guitarist, an unquenchable thirst.
Emerging Austin-based five-piece band, The Vanity, comes fully loaded with hooks, depth and attitude which is evident on their debut indie EP Strangers. Featuring such strong rock songs with haunting melodies as “River,” “Cowboy Killer,” and “Black & Blue.”
The Wombats are gearing up for the release of their third CD, Glitterbug, on April 13th. Hailing from the UK the band have scored an unprecedented number of radio hits with their 2011 release, This Modern Glitch, which debuted at #3 in the U.K.. That CD was also the band’s biggest international album in its career.