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An Interview with Paul Rodgers: Walk On By

An Interview with Paul Rodgers: Walk On By

“You know the original versions had moved me, and I wanted to get close to that feeling, get close to the way the song moved me when I first heard it,” says Paul Rodgers, founding member of Free, Bad Company, and The Firm, and the man considered to have one of the classic voices of rock and roll. He’s now using that voice to reinterpret some of the greatest R&B songs ever written, and he used some of the great studio musicians out of Royal Studios in Memphis, where he recorded the new album, The Royal Sessions, to capture that feeling. The same studio and some of the same musicians who were a part of the original recordings.

The response has been tremendous to the new release, as the song “I Can’t Stand The Rain” reached number seven on the adult contemporary charts, while “I Thank You” reached number one on the blues charts, as well as number one on the classic rock chart and number four on the Japan pop chart.

“I have…

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Interview with Sebastian Bach: Gives ‘Em Hell

Interview with Sebastian Bach: Gives ‘Em Hell

The last time that I interviewed former Skid Row singer (and the only real Skid Row singer in my mind, for that matter), Sebastian Bach, it was 2011 and he was just releasing his last solo CD, Kicking And Screaming, which was an amazing rock album. Since that time, I had the opportunity to guitar tech for Bas and hang with his whole crew, when he opened a few dates for Guns N’ Roses in the area, which was an amazing experience in itself, but Bas has since relocated to the Left Coast after calling the Dirty Jerz home for many years. He also parted ways with guitarist and writing partner Nick Sterling, who at the time he spoke very highly of back then, but we know how that story goes.

Anyway, Bas is back with a brand new CD called Give ‘Em Hell, and I’m loving it! His vocals on this record really show that his voice has really stood the test of time and that he truly is one of the best…

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An Interview with George Lynch: Rescuing Rock With KXM

An Interview with George Lynch: Rescuing Rock With KXM

By now, many of you have heard of the new supergroup featuring singer and bassist Doug “dUg” Pinnick from King’s X, guitarist George Lynch from Dokken/Lynch Mob and drummer Ray Luzier from Korn, collectively known as KXM. For those of you who might be living under a rock, Pinnick, Lynch and Luzier created this powerhouse trio, who created its name from the combination of each member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob.

KXM released their self-titled debut back in early March, and the band’s debut single, “Rescue Me,” has really hit the ground running, garnering the group much deserved attention as well as charting high on the Billboard charts and becoming the featured artist on the syndicated radio show Sixx Sense. KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray chatted about jamming together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that this trio of musicians, at the top of their game, wanted…

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Shoreworld: Gedeon Luke And The People – Live Free And Love

Shoreworld: Gedeon Luke And The People – Live Free And Love

When you bring up the name Gedeon Luke to the stranger on the street, the first thing usually discussed is his role as a semifinalist on American Idol. Luke, a Memphis, Tennessee, native, is well known for the style in which he made his own way to the mega-show destination, his longevity and eventual surprise show elimination. Even the usually uber-cynical Simon Cowell was rooting for him and was said to be floored at his dismissal from that 2006 season. But once you scrape away that common, everyday media image, you come to understand that there is much more to this determined, soul-fueled singer than meets the commercial eye.

Gedeon Luke And The People are out in support of their latest release, Live Free And Love. Comprised of 11 engaging tracks, Live Free And Love is the result of years spent honing craft in the Memphis music scene, plying the gospel-hued tone of inspirations such as Sly Stone, Sam Cooke and Al Green and utilizing a tough perseverance that has both protected and propelled…

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Trans Charger Metropolis

Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Trans Charger Metropolis

Locals, it’s about that time we meet again to chat about everything that is going on in the local music scene. The weather has finally broken, the warmness is in the air, and people are starting to migrate out of their houses. You know what that means: Outdoor concerts will be in full effect soon! I have seen so many bands posting about opening for some great shows at various venues, and even having some headlining showcases of their own! This is the part of the summer that I love the most, with good vibes, good music, and just all around goodness! Anyway, it’s time to get back to the topic at hand: local music.

This week, I am going to write about a band that has been getting a ton of buzz, and people have been literally shoving them in my face lately. This is a good thing though, for that means people really want to get them on the radar. I really love when fans recommend bands to me, as it makes…

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Asking Alexandria @ Best Buy Theater

Asking Alexandria

Best Buy Theater

March 21, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—Only one internationally-known heavy metal band can claim to have originated in the United Arab Emirates. Guitarist Ben Bruce started Asking Alexandria in Dubai in 2008, but that original lineup recorded only one album and quickly disbanded. Bruce returned to his native England and formed a new version of the band. The current lineup of Asking Alexandria consists of Bruce on lead guitar, Danny Worsnop on vocals, Cameron Liddell on rhythm guitar, Sam Bettley on bass and James Cassells on drums. The group’s third album, From Death To Destiny, was released in 2013.

At the Best Buy Theater…

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Irie Idea: Blues Like Sandpaper/Rocksteady Like Dirt

Irie Idea

Blues Like Sandpaper/Rocksteady Like Dirt

Big Tunes

With early origins rooted from the Philadelphia music scene, Irie Idea is a duo that now currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Nailing down a unique punk-influenced reggae sound, the group maintains their upbeat Rocksteady mentality, which shines with diversity and energy, especially on their latest full-length, Blues Like Sandpaper/Rocksteady

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