When you listen to the Greyhounds, the cool thing about their sound is the variety of music they draw from when they write. Anthony Farrell's keyboards bring the funky, R&B, and classic soul flavor, while Andrew Trube has a Texas guitar sound that reminds me of greats like the Vaughan brothers or Doug Sahm. No... Continue Reading →
The Conversation with John Cuniberti.
That word, "conversation", and it's importance, came up a lot during my August 10th phone call with producer, recording engineer, and creator of the One Mic Series, Mr. John Cuniberti. How the unspoken conversation affects the performers, how that translates to a recording, and the process that John uses is as simplistic as a single... Continue Reading →
I've had the pleasure of seeing Argentinian guitar player, Nico Bereciartua play live on 2 occasions. Once at Applehead studios in Woodstock, New York, and once at Chicago's, Metro. Oddly enough he is also the person that took my bucket list photograph of Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, and myself at the previously mentioned Applehead recording... Continue Reading →
Kentucky has always been a hot bed for great music artists going back to the beginning of country's roots. Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Tom T Hall, and Dwight Yoakam are the roots of where country has been, and help lay the foundation on which some of the best music has been built. Luckily for us... Continue Reading →
Ian Noe and Colter Wall.
In October, I attended another show at Codfish Hollow and was stunned by the music created by these two gentleman and their accompanying band mates. They are simultaneously the roots of where their individual brand of music came from and, the direction that great music should be going. They each blend personal life experience with... Continue Reading →
McSwain Guitars push the boundaries of building guitars.
One of the many aspects that I love about being a guitar player and lover of the instrument, is the crazy variety of styles, materials, and designs that go into the instruments. From acoustics that take into account not only the wood, but the way they are braced and glued, to the almighty electric guitars... Continue Reading →
I've had a couple of fun reviews post on Ink19.com lately and wanted to share those here. Elle King has a new album out called Shake your Spirit and it's really incredible. You can call it pop but it's also some funk, soul, rock and roll, and old school r&b. Another I recently did was... Continue Reading →
A quick conversation with Caleb Crosby from Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.
Back in April I saw Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown open up for Blackberry Smoke and while I had their album, the live show was amazing and really made me a fan of their music. After their set I talked to Caleb Crosby, drummer and co founding member of the band, and told him I'd... Continue Reading →
965 Guitars in the Newbo district.
Growing up in Cedar Rapids in the late 80's and early 90's, we had a number of unique places to pick up musical instruments. My buddy Rhett and I would spend a ton of time at Somewhere in Iowa guitars, Carma Lou's, The Music Loft, and West music. Sometimes we'd hit them all just to... Continue Reading →
Tyler Bryant & The Shake Down and Blackberry Smoke shake the Surf!!
I'm a bit late on posting this but here is my write up for the concert back in April. What better way to spend April 20th than at a concert. And not just any concert, at any venue, but Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and headliners Blackberry Smoke for one night at the historic and... Continue Reading →