Over the entirety of her 14-track solo debut album, Sara Watkins illustrates an eloquence as a songwriter that reflects her some 20-year career as a member of the Grammy-winning group, Nickel Creek.
With over 20 years spent performing in the music industry, Juliana Hatfield has seen just about everything. She’s seen two-inch tape decks give way to the digital recording revolution.
For D.C.-based songsmith Eric Scott, it’s all about the groove. Maybe it’s the fact that his musical career was born and bred with a bass in his hands. Maybe it’s a deeper inner craving that’s only pacified by a head-bobbing, booty-shaking bass-line. Maybe it’s just about the ladies …
Adaptability seems to be a crucial trait for musicians these days. With the traditional record-label-backed system a thing of the past and the modern industry in a constant state of flux, the environment is more hostile than ever for songwriters trying to get by on songs alone.
There are solo albums and then there are solo albums. The latest release by Ben Kenney, falls most squarely into the latter category.
In a time before now, a time before iTunes and MySpace, there was Napster. The music file exchange program allowed the tech savvy to swap songs across the nation, and in turn popularized a handful of independent bands for whom the file sharing network offered unprecedented exposure.
The name isn’t an alias, it’s latitude. When he adopted his alternate handle, Mark Charles Heidinger, known also by Vandaveer, wasn’t simply seeking an alluring nickname that would ensnare playbill-gazing pedestrians. He wanted freedom.
Johnette Napolitano loves to create. Yes, there’s her best-known music with group Concrete Blonde, as well as her solo career and side projects. But when she’s not crafting critically-acclaimed tunes, you’ll usually find her out on the porch of her California desert home, working with clay or sculpting discarded materials […]
The deal was all lined up. Ryan Montbleau and his band mates were just one confirmation away from inking a deal with an independent label that would have propelled the band out of debt and into, at least temporary, financial security. However, the next time the label made contact, the […]
To Abra Moore, songwriting is a mystery. She doesn’t know when inspiration will strike, nor what will trigger it. And interestingly enough, it’s a mystery that Moore has no inclination to solve.