Interview with Born Lion

Born Lion formed in Sydney in 2012. Their music has been described as “post-hardcore spiced rock-and-fuckin’-roll”, and they’ve been compared to the likes of The Hot Snakes, Fugazi, Future of the Left and The Bronx. We had a chat with them about what is was like to support The Hives, the future of Australian music, and dogs in the park. You guys supported The Hives at their only BDO sideshow in Melbourne earlier this year...

Gibson Legend George Thorogood Talks Guitars

When George Thorogood’s worn shoe leather voice and snarling rottweiler six-string first busted out of FM radios in 1977, it was like nothing else on the airwaves. Disco, new wave and corporate rock were in a bloody fistfight for the hearts of listeners — or, in disco’s case, dancers — and blues was at a low ebb of popularity. Players like Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker were without record deals. Yet there was something about the ragged and thoroughly right approach...

Interview With Australian Band Cull

After releasing their debut EP Bà Nội late last year, Sydney band Cull have received a super steady stream of rave reviews. We love their loopy, swirly sound, and their visual aesthetic which blends Australian and Vietnamese cultures. We had some words with them about pedalboards, Sydney competition and what its like to play alongside your best friends. How did Cull come together in the form we know it now? In mid 2012 I started writing and producing...

The Soul Circus Cowboys - A Natural Progression

Billy McKnight had been to Music City to try his hand at a solo career, and returned home to his native Tampa. Not knowing what would be the next step of his musical journey, he tells Music News Nashville that what happened next – the formation of the Soul Circus Cowboys – was a natural progression. “I was working with several diferent songwriters, and we had started performing,” he said, admitting that he didn’t have any plans of...

In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Val Denn, Owner of Val Denn Agency

Renowned for her rapier wit, piercing intellect, and faith in her clients, Val Denn is nobody’s fool. The Wimberley, Texas-based booking agent—in the midst of resettling in Blandford, Nova Scotia--loves music artists--particularly singer/songwriters—and driving a fair deal in any venue negotiations for her clients. She also loves Texas and Canada’s east coast, and the musicians in both regions. Just don’t get her started talking about all of that because the conversation will go on for days.
Heather Looney and Paige Logan of North 40.

New Artist Spotlight: North 40

It’s been a while since Paige Logan and Heather Looney chased their dreams to Nashville. Logan came from Safford, Ariz., where she studied piano, taught herself guitar and mandolin and soaked up the sounds of her dad’s LP and 8-track collection. In 1993, she and her sister hit the road for Music City; a year later, Paige was there alone, beginning a long stretch of day jobs and determination. Meanwhile, Looney and her dad had been performing around...

The Producer’s Chair: Tom Hambridge

It may seem like a lofty claim but, I think I can safely say that producer, drummer, artist, songwriter extraordinaire, Tom Hambridge is single-handedly responsible for the entire presence of ‘THE BLUES’, in MusicCity. Tom was the recipient of the 2011 Grammy for Buddy Guy’s Album LIVING PROOF, which also took home Best Contemporary Blues Album, Song of The Year and Album of The Year from the 2011 Blues Music Awards and Song of The Year from the Blues...

The New Dynamic Duo: Sundy Best

Ever heard the phrase ‘Something’s in the Water? Well, something HAS got to be up in Eastern Kentucky. Some of the most famous Country Music stars come from a stretch of blacktop called US Highway 23, better known in Kentucky Music History as the Country Music Highway. You can find the map of this historical Kentucky “Music Strip” HERE. Loretta Lynn, The Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Whitley and Dwight Yoakam are just a few of the musical legends to come...
Charlie Farley

New Artist Spotlight: Charlie Farley

It’s official: Rap has crossed over to Country. What was a novelty just a few years ago is now a subgenre, whose ties to hip-hop are as fascinating as they are controversial. Charlie Farley gets both forms of music. Stylistically, this native of De Queen, Ark., vocalizes with complete authenticity, from the rhythm of his rhymes to the hints of melody that emphasize key words and cadences. Influenced as much by Tupac as Hank Williams, he began writing poetry at 12. In May ...

Interview with Bad//Dreems

Bad//Dreems are the Adelaide foursome you’ve probably been hearing a lot about recently. Touring frequently, getting a bit of web-buzz and some rotation on local radio, Bad//Dreems are one of the most interesting groups in the recent dolewave/strewthcore movement (although I feel they’d object to us categorising them). We had a long distance chat to guitarist Alex Cameron about the perils of playing too many gigs in a small town, the who’s who...

Building Your Online Presence

Two years ago, singer/songwriter Michael Shoup started 12South Music to help his artist friends with music publishing. Today, 12South Music creates websites, videos, and marketing plans tailored to the artist based on genre, demographics, and all the things that make a music artist unique. I spoke with Michael to get some insights and specific examples of what he means when he talks about a holistic approach to online music marketing.

Buckcherry Guitarist Keith Nelson Introduces His Collector’s Choice Gibson

“It’s a guitar that all my heroes played: Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Keith Richards. All the guys I admired played that guitar,” he told “There’s nothing like the sound and feel and shape. Everything about the Les Paul is really perfect. To be able to use one to make music every night—I’m really grateful for that.” For years, Nelson has called the ’59 Sunburst Les Paul his guitar of choice for Buckcherry, both on the road and in the studio...

Zakk Wylde: I Love All My Gibson Guitars

Zakk Wylde is known for his blazing Les Paul Bullseyes, Explorers and Flying Vs, but there’s a new Wylde model on the block: The limited edition Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom. The Moderne of Doom is modeled after the legendary, yet never released, third member of the Modernist Series of the late 1950s: the Gibson Moderne. A few highlights include a Zakk Wylde design with a maple top and mahogany back, a maple neck with a Richlite fingerboard, EMG 81 ...

New Artist Spotlight: Parmalee

A Southern rock patrimony, dues paid in church gigs, a player too drunk to pick, and a late-night gunfight: Parmalee’s Country pedigree is as real as it gets. Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas tagged along on their father’s blues/rock band gigs around Greenville, N.C. Soon they started playing on their own, joined by their cousin Barry Knox, a church choir drummer. After their dad’s inebriated guitar player failed to appear for a show, Matt took his place, with Scott assuming...

Who Backs Your Music Crowdfunding Project?

Here is a real world, music crowdfunding success story for you. Louder Spaces raised $8470 in January with their music Kickstarter! Their bass player, Oren, kindly took the time to shed some light on who specifically ended up backing their project. Here is what Oren had to say. Who Backed Your Music Crowdfunding Project? Along with the [2530] FB likes, we have a significant fan base on Soundcloud, YouTube, and Twitter. We used these avenues to promote...
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