Seth Walker Puts His Troubles Behind Him

May 17, 2022
Marty Halpern

Seth Walker – Photo: Joshua Black Wilkins

The last few years have been rough on Seth Walker even without the chaos caused by COVID-19. Dealing with the end of a long term relationship, the musician decided to pack up and move from Nashville, TN to Asheville, NC, not far from where he grew up. He needed the Blue Ridge Mountains’ tranquility to try and answer some serious life questions, and the fresh air and family time were exactly what Walker needed.

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Joan Osborne Unpacks a Treasure Trove of Goodies

May 3, 2022
Marty Halpern

Everyone has boxes their attic that are never opened, filled with old books, clothes that don’t fit, and memories of the past. Those memories hold more value than the items themselves.

When Joan Osborne got around to opening her boxes, she unearthed a career’s worth of recordings, interviews, and photographs – enough material to release “Radio Waves,” a collection of unreleased recordings spanning her entire career.

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Scott Metzger pays homage to bats, Katy Perry, and Hindu slide guitar in “Too Close to Reason.”   

March 18, 2022
Marty Halpern

Scott Metzger / photo: Andy Hess

There’s plenty of Scott Metzger’s music to be heard in the world. The guitarist has been creating music for over two decades, from WOLF! to his role in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.

Despite such a prolific career, one thing has been missing from his resume: a solo record. With “Too Close to Reason,” Metzger can finally cross that benchmark off his list.

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CATS Recasts with Neal Casal Disciple

March 3, 2022
Marty Halpern

When Circles Around the Sun (CATS) founder Neal Casal passed away in 2019, it was clear his wish was for the band to keep at it, a big challenge for a band that was never meant to exist. When the dust settled after Casal’s death, bassist Dan Horne, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and drummer Marc Levy followed their leader’s wishes, and kept the music going.

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Grateful Shred Still Hotter than Nashville Chicken

December 3, 2021
Marty Halpern

After a meteoric rise from obscurity to a national touring band, Grateful Shred has made the most of its time in the spotlight. The initial lineup, featuring Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci alongside Shred core two Austin McCutchen and Dan Horne, woke the Grateful Dead cosmos with a unique laid-back harmony driven sound. The band literally went from playing the Shakedown Street vendor area prior to Dead and Company shows to touring the United States.

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Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling Find the Right Lacuna in Lacuna  

November 17, 2021
Marty Halpern

You can add Ghost Light bandmates Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling to the list of musicians who will release some out of the box music because of covid. The guitarist and pianist are set to release Lacuna an almost hour-long improvisational journey that took place at Hamilton’s studio while the world was shut down for the pandemic.

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Widespread Panic is Coconuts for Memphis

September 24, 2021
Marty Halpern

Widespread Panic has made Memphis a regular tour stop since the band got together. According to the Panic resource “Everyday Companion Online,” their first official show in the Bluff City was in April, 1989. Since then, they’ve seen local crowds swell from a couple of hundred to thousands. After 30-plus years of touring, WSP recently made a conscious decision to cut back their schedule, to “pass the baton” to a younger collection of musicians looking to expand their careers.

WSP returns to Memphis to headline Mempho Music Fest on October 1 and 2, and will hit the road for several multi-night residencies after that. Slideandbanjo.com’s Marty Halpern caught up with Panic percussionist Domingo “Sunny“ Ortiz to discuss the band’s past, present, and future.

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Reed Mathis Finally Completes His Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

September 20, 2021
Marty Halpern

For musicians, the Covid-19 pandemic led to numerous artistic endeavors that would not have seen the light of day. From EPs to artwork, musicians had the time to finish projects that had been on the back burner. None of those projects compare in depth and quality to what Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (JFJO) founding member Reed Mathis created.

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