Back in 2009, the producers of “American Idol” told a young Reuben Bidez “We don’t think you have a voice that’s going to wow audiences.” Not that I even care that they are wrong, but let’s just say that Reuben’s singing wows my ears a lot more than Scotty McCreery’s. And that’s beside the fact […]

The first time I ever laid eyes upon Steve Van Zandt was as a new member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band in September 1975 at New York City’s Bottom Line. Sporting the Asbury Park-styled “Miami Steve” nickname at the time, to me, he was as imposing a foil on stage to Bruce as was […]

Hanging out at Grimey’s on Record Store Day in April 2013, I had separated from my friend who urgently texted me “Get over here right now – Alanna Royale is killing it!” My return text was a simple “I know. I’m right behind you digging it.” From then on, we were both fans of the […]

Amy Stroup is about to release her third long player, “Helen of Memphis” on August 10. Amy crafts smartly-sophisticated pop songs that are delightfully colored with a fresh full sound. While we eagerly await the new record, you can taste some new songs now at the usual on-line places. And if that isn’t enough of […]

As a young teenager, songstress Tenille Townes made her mark as a country artist in her native Canada releasing a pair of successful LPs. For whatever reason, they were not heard much on this side of the border. Therefore, for many, her recent EP, made after moving to Nashville, for most will mark the start […]

These days, it’s hard to keep track of all the musicians moving to Music City. One we almost missed was Charlie Smyth who also doubled-up by bringing his wife Kalee with him. Smyth has a varied musical pedigree. Starting with some punk/hardcore days in his native Chicago, he later made his way through the grunge […]

It had been awhile since MCM made it to a songwriter-in-the-round session at the Bluebird. For one, getting into any show there since it was immortalized in the Nashville television series is an effort. Then there’s also the challenge of keeping up with and scouring their on-line schedule to not miss a special touring-artist show. […]