Roots Rock surges in 2020 thanks to Strange Culprits.

“The music biz is so slow in January and February it freaks me out every year!”, an acquaintance of mine lamented recently. Well luckily, with the rise of independent marketing and social media promotion we aren’t quite as bound to record label schedules as we once were. Artists are free to release an album, an [...]

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Robin McAuley talks Black Swan: Shake the World.

Black Swan was initiated by bassist/producer/engineer Jeff Pilson, and he soon recruited a stellar line up to realize his goal of creating a killer classic hard rock album. Along with Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner) the band features Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor), and Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley). Even with this roster, [...]

Hector Anchondo rises to the top in Memphis.

Growing up in Missouri farm country, Hector Anchondo picked up the guitar as a teenager, as many do. Unlike many others, Anchondo moved beyond stock Led Zeppelin and Nirvana licks, absorbing everything from Latino music to Blues, to Bluegrass. After High School he headed to Omaha to seek a forum for his creativity. He found [...]

YYNOT: Happy accidents lead to “Resonance”.

Guitarist/producer Billy Alexander, upon seeing videos of bass virtuoso Tim Starace approached him about forming an online collaboration. Beginning in 2015 the two went to work on not only impressive original compositions such as the eponymous “YYNOT”, but covers of legendary Rush songs with staggering precision. After recruiting the talented-beyond-her-years vocalist Rocky Kuner, the band [...]