Don Felder delivers a splendid set of Eagles classics at Batavia Downs

The Eagles mean different things to different people. To some, they signify the cream of the Laurel Canyon crop with their dueling guitars and harmonized country rock sheen that served as a commercial extension of what Gram Parsons started doing with The Flying Burrito Brothers back in 1969. To others, they’ve come to represent a … Continue reading Don Felder delivers a splendid set of Eagles classics at Batavia Downs

The Man, The Mob, and The Music: A Conversation with Tommy James

As his 1971 hit, “Draggin’ the Line,” goes, Tommy James made his ‘livin’ the old hard way’ through relentless touring and studio sessions that afforded him little time to sit around basking in his success. His label wanted hits and wanted them yesterday, which, amazingly, he was able to deliver in rapid fire succession from … Continue reading The Man, The Mob, and The Music: A Conversation with Tommy James

Hard Rock/Metal vocalist extraordinaire Doogie White talks Rainbow, Yngwie, and solo career

Had “Stranger in Us All” not been released in 1995, the final album from Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow would be widely recognized as an inspired addition to the catalog. Instead, it arrived at the tail end of a summer that also saw Foo Fighters, Garbage, and Red Hot Chili Peppers release records that commandeered headlines, so … Continue reading Hard Rock/Metal vocalist extraordinaire Doogie White talks Rainbow, Yngwie, and solo career

Kix guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe discusses the legacy and 35th Anniversary remix of “Midnite Dynamite”

During an episode of Vh1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” in 2013, Brian “Damage” Forsythe was asked by host Eddie Trunk to name a song that he wished he had written and he responded with “Tumbling Dice” by The Rolling Stones. His answer was enlightening, because he gave the viewer a glimpse into where his true … Continue reading Kix guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe discusses the legacy and 35th Anniversary remix of “Midnite Dynamite”

Robert Berry leaves a lasting ‘Third Impression’ on 3’s legacy

When 3.2’s “Third Impression” was completed last year, Robert Berry’s feelings were bittersweet. On the one hand, he was excited to share his latest project with the world. On the other, he knew that there was no more Keith Emerson material to draw from and that the 32-year story of their collaboration had reached its … Continue reading Robert Berry leaves a lasting ‘Third Impression’ on 3’s legacy

Collective Chemistry: Rising LA trio LEVARA set to drop self-titled debut on May 14

Being a music journalist is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Since 2009, that somebody has been me, but the demoralizing state of discourse in 2021 has me questioning whether or not there is any value in continuing. People say they want the truth, but what they really want is to be … Continue reading Collective Chemistry: Rising LA trio LEVARA set to drop self-titled debut on May 14

Analog Girl In a Digital World: A Conversation with Songwriter/Guitarist Arielle

As someone whose adolescence was defined by a nagging sense of having been born in the wrong time, hearing the title track to Arielle’s ninth studio album, “Analog Girl In a Digital World,” and then speaking with her for the first time felt as if I had discovered a kindred spirit. She had an affinity … Continue reading Analog Girl In a Digital World: A Conversation with Songwriter/Guitarist Arielle