Monthly Archives: April 2020

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Anthony da Costa

One face and guitar that I’ve gotten quite used to seeing around town belongs to the incredibly talented Anthony da Costa. Anthony is often seen in a supporting role to the likes of Molly Tuttle and Joy Williams and can usually can be found in close proximity to everyone’s friend Steve Poltz. But “ADC” is […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician Who Moved Away: Clive Gregson

The idea came to me during a recent e-mail exchange with British singer-songwriter, Clive Gregson. Why not create an 11 Questions sub-category for those who used to live here but later moved away? Well, Clive accepted my offer and here we go! If you don’t know Clive and his music, you sure should. In the […]

Ranking Records—10 Bands We Have Learned to Dislike

One thing we serious music fans love to do is be snobs and not like the bands everyone else likes. However, in some cases, we used to like those bands but have since changed our mind. Often, we even go so far as to even no longer claim to like the music that we once […]

My Life as a “Taper” (of Live Concert Recordings)

This autobiographical saga was sent to Music City Mike in an audio file through Bit Torrent from a stranger who identified himself only as the “Mystery Taper.” He said: “I am concealing my name to protect the guilty.” He also said that he recorded this with the same gear he uses to record live concerts. […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Jess Jocoy

Photo by Patrick Sheehan High on top of my Nashville new release pile is “Such a Long Way,” the debut record from Country/Americana singer-songwriter Jess Jocoy. Watch and listen to “Aching to Be Alive” from the record. Her voice is soft and warming; a melodious set up for her introspective lyrics. While someone else described […]

Ranking Records—Big Star

They came out of Memphis in the 70s and although they didn’t sell many records, Big Star influenced more bands than you can shake a stick at. In the process, they created two masterful works of Power Pop and a “third” somewhat experimental record that many musicians worship. I will take you through these three […]

Ranking Records—Warren Zevon

Here’s a look at the dozen studio albums released by the late great Warren Zevon. Without a doubt, Zevon is the artist no longer with us who I absolutely miss the most. In my opinion, he is also the worthiest act not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Ranking these was tough since […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: 10cc @ Beacon Theatre / New York, NY / October 25, 1975

I took a break from reading Liam Newton’s outstandingly thorough and fascinating 10cc biography, 10cc: The Worst Band in the World to reflect on when I saw this remarkably talented band live. Like many who lived in the New York area, I first became familiar with this band from Manchester UK courtesy of radio WNEW-FM […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Olivia Bandy

There’s a freshness to Nashville songwriter Oliva Bandy’s music that grabbed me like the first time I heard a Carole King record back in the 70s. It’s rather remarkable to think that she’s still in college and recorded the demos for her new EP in her Belmont dorm room. Someone else that felt the same […]

Guster @ The Belcourt Theatre / Nashville TN / March 10, 2020

For those of us fortunate enough to be there, sadly, Guster’s magnificent musical evening at the Belcourt will forever be linked to two tragic events. Only a week from the tornado that sliced through Music City, the news of the coronavirus had us all spending twenty seconds washing our hands in the rest room. As […]