DIY musicians, a quarantine diary…of sorts.

So as we approach the end of April, much of the world has been on relative lockdown for several weeks now. Normally musicians, whether it be hobbyists or professional recording artists have some sort of recording capability at home these days. The ability to record direct to one’s home computer makes it infinitely easier. So [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]