The Headhunters Still Grooving 50 Years Later

November 4, 2022
Marty Halpern

In the early 1970s, jazz legend Herbie Hancock wanted to shake up his musical output – he was determined to add a bigger chunk of funk to his sound. Changing styles, and the musicians playing them, was common back then; side projects have been the norm in the jazz world for decades.

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Ghost Light shines brighter than ever.

October 4, 2022
Marty Halpern

Photo: David Veltri

Ghost Light’s 2019 debut, “Best Kept Secrets,” instantly catapulted the band into the middle of the jam band scene. Technically a “debut” album, Ghost Light was the latest project of guitarist Tom Hamilton’s quarter century-plus musical career. The band, a reconfiguration of Hamilton’s American Babies, was met with overwhelming approval from the start.  

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Kenny Roby’s New Day comes to life

August 24, 2022
Marty Halpern

Like any musician in the business for over a quarter of a century, Kenny Roby has noticeable scars from his journeys. From his early 6 String Drag days through his solo career, he has battled demons. Addiction, friends dying, getting sober, staying sober…the usual list. While many have been derailed by these battles, Roby continues to emerge stronger than ever. His latest self-titled release, “Kenny Roby,” (Royal Potato Family) is a testament to his staying power. 

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Marcus King: Young Blood with an old soul

August 9, 2022
Jamie Russell

Marcus King; photo: Danny Clinch

If there was any doubt as to whether guitarist Marcus King has massive musical talent, there won’t be after people check out his latest album, “Young Blood.” The new release sees King reunited with producer Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) on a rocket-fueled journey through his personal struggles in a way only he can.  

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Chris Castino: Fresh Pickles, Chicken Wire Empire, and the soul of Jackson County

May 26, 2022
Tim Newby

Chris Castino / photo: Tyler Hellbeck

Chris Castino first came to prominence with the Big Wu, a band he helped found in 1992. The band established itself as a mainstay of the roots and jamband scene, releasing five studio and five live albums and earning a reputation as one of the hardest touring bands on the scene. As the Big Wu slowed their heavy touring schedule, Castino stayed busy and when the COVID pandemic shut the world down, he dove head-first into a new project highlighting his lifelong passion for bluegrass.

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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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Hard-living, hard-times, lost years: the “Glory” of the Lost Dog Street Band

January 25, 2022
Tim Newby

Lost Dog Street Band - photo: Justin Dye

“They turned me away because I was unclean / So I kicked down the doors of the Grand Ole Opry,” sings Benjamin Tod on “Until I Recoup (Glory I),” the opening track on the Lost Dog Street Band’s latest album ”Glory.”  Tod spits the line with venom, born from years of hard-living and hard-times. The song, while defiant and a big middle finger to the status quo, is also a statement of purpose, Tod’s declaration that no matter what he and the Lost Dog Street Band will be heard and accepted, albeit on their own terms and by their own rules. 

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There’s Plenty of Leftover Salmon to go Around

July 28, 2021
Marty Halpern

photo: John-Ryan Lockman

Leftover Salmon has been creating music for over a generation., and their accomplishments have let them travel the world, playing in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. Never one to phone it in, the band has released “Brand New Good Old Days,” an impressive collection of songs that sets the current course the band is heading.

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Blast from the past with The Tragically Hip’s Sasksadelphia

June 1, 2021
Josh Mintz

The Tragically Hip; photo: Jim Herrington

In the summer of 1993 I went to a sleepaway camp in Starlight, Pennsylvania. I was a 15-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, and a few of my cabin mates were from Canada. We did all of your typical summer camp things, and playing music loud was obviously one of them. Over the several weeks we spent together I fell in love with a band my Canadian bunkmates introduced me to – The Tragically Hip, a massively popular rock band north of the border that I’d never heard of. To this day, they’re still one of my favorites, and recently released a ”new” album, “Saskadelphia.”

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