The Swingin’ Medallions

I first became familiar with the Swingin’ Medallions when I bought the Rhino Nuggets boxed set, a continuation of the infamous ’75 double LP with liner notes by Lenny Kaye, guitar player for the Patti Smith group. The box was filled with one-hit wonders and obscure R&R trail blazers I had never heard off. Though […]

Mark Wright, Takings Twists and Turns Through the Melting Pot

Some artists embody America’s rich music history in the strangest and most surprising ways. As a big Springsteen fan I first learned about Mark Wright when he announced a cover project of Springsteen songs. When I decided to investigate a little further I stumbled in one surprise after another. Aside from covering Springsteen, Mark Wright […]

A Few Words with Will Hoge, part 2

Economics 101 with Professor Hoge “It’s foolish to try to fight digital music,” exclaims Hoge, “it’s like horse carriages versus cars – quit trying to stop it!” Like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails among others, Hoge has been experimenting with music downloads as a means of exposing his music to new listeners. He wants people […]

A Few Words with Will Hoge, part 1

“Songwriting is a damn mystery,” says Will Hoge as we discuss “Draw the Curtain” his restrained yet compelling current release. It’s kind of like the Wizard of Oz, he continues, “you don’t want to know what is behind the curtain.” Although Hoge reunited with producer Ken Coomer, producer of 2006’s explosive The Man Who Killed […]

“For You” A Biography Of A Cult

Dave Marsh, the biographer of the Boss, has dubbed  Springsteen fans the cult. Springsteen fans habitually follow the guy around. Waiting in line at a show, waiting for the gates to open it is not uncommon to hear a cacophony of accents and languages. Some more than others. Natives from New Jersey and Italians tend to […]

The Fleshtones in Amsterdam (interview)

Some Legends are in your face, like the E-Street Band, some Legends lay waiting in the shadows waiting for us to stumble upon them. The Fleshtones are Living Legends, lurking in those shadow, secretly giving the worlds greatest R&R show, waiting to pull you in to never let you go. Once you stumble upon the […]

Justin Trawick Live at IOTA

Justin Trawick Group performing “Sunshine” For those hitting the Bob Schneider show at the Birchmere in Alexandria tonight (Friday, May 9), you may want to also reserve your Saturday (May 10) night for DC’s own Justin Trawick at IOTA who will be celebrating the release of his new live CD recorded at the very same […]

Q&A with the Wrinkle Neck Mules + a Monster Giveaway

**NOTE: Contest is now closed. You can still participate but will no longer be eligible for the giveaway.** One disc you may have overlooked in 2007 came from Richmond, VA based Wrinkle Neck Mules titled ‘The Wicks Have Met’. Rustically rooted in Old Dominion’s historic south, the Wrinkle Neck Mules deliver with their own special […]

A Few Words With Justin Currie

The basement of the Brattle Book Shop may seem an odd place to conduct an interview but in this case it was entirely appropriate. Sitting on a small step ladder surrounded by a stacks of books, Justin Currie reflected on the character study captured on his debut solo album, “I wanted to explore love from […]