Articles by Tory Gallery

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble’s Founder/Director Catches Up

I caught up with Eileen Carson Schatz, founder and director of the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. This past year Footworks celebrated their 35th Anniversary and coming up on April 30th is their semi-annual hometown show at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland. Eileen talked about the history of Footworks, their past accomplishments and what the future holds for the [...]

Catching Up With Christian Lopez

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Christian Lopez of the Christian Lopez Band, and upcoming artist in the Americana scene. We talked about songwriting, how he came to having his own band and being a full time touring musician, and the exciting news of headlining this year’s Shepherdstown Street Fest. Visual Victoria (VV): How did you get into playing country music and whose styles [...]

Cream of Corn + Pea Soup, Yum!

I have to say that this was a pretty successful first attempt at making soup completely from scratch. In my normal fashion I didn’t follow a recipe, just experimented and came up with a great new easy, fast recipe. As with all of my other recipes I say use the ingredients to your preferred taste, for example I only like a little bit of salt but you might like a lot (but don’t over do [...]

Paul Mckenna Talks Band, Music, and Upcoming Tour

Recently I got to interview long-time friend, Paul Mckenna of The Paul Mckenna Band. Here he answers questions about their soon to be released album, Paths That Wind, their upcoming US Tour, and new additions to the band… Visual Victoria (VV): Who is in the PMB and how did the group come about? Paul Mckenna (PM): Myself, Sean Gray and Ewan Baird have been in the band since the beginning [...]

Expressive Arts Studio Starts Etsy Shop

Check out Expressive Arts Studio, our most recent Etsy Shop feature! Run by multi-media artist Leah Constantz. Visual Victoria (VV): What inspires your art? Leah Constantz (LC): Themes of nature often appear in my work as I’m constantly inspired by it’s beauty and rawness. Nature has a way of humbling and striking curiosity in people. I believe these are two key elements to living life fully. [...]

The Paul Mckenna Band “Long Days” Video

Check out The Paul Mckenna Band’s new video for “Long Days” from their new album debuting this weekend! Make sure to check out their website (link below) for the dates of their upcoming US Tour. Connect to The Paul Mckenna Band! Website // Facebook // Twitter // [...]

Michael G. Ronstadt releases “Foolish Fox”

Michael G. Ronstadt is a singer/songwriter and cello player who has a long family history in music. He has played traditional Southwestern and Mexican music with his father and brother as part of Ronstadt Generations for many years. With his use of harmony, instrumental arrangement, and original lyrics, along with the study of classical, traditional, and other genres Ronstadt has developed a [...]

Featured Favorites: Christmas Albums

Guess what…’tis the season for CHRISTMAS MUSIC (and celebrating Jesus’ birth of course)! If you want an idea of how much I love Christmas music, sometimes during the year when I’m driving alone I’ll sneak a listen, that’s how much. I have to admit I have felt a little awkward listening to christmas music this year, the weather outside isn’t quite [...]

Current Song Obsession Vol. #1: Cam “Burning House”

Recently I heard this song on the radio and it reminded me of an old ballad (yay, old ballads!). I looked up the song and found out it is sung by newcomer Cam. It’s always exciting to hear a new “country” artist that I like to listen to who reminds me of the country music I love. I really like the lyrics a lot and am excited to hear a song in this style played on the radio. [...]

Loaded White Chicken Chili

I came across this recipe about a week ago on Pinterest and it looked delicious! I immediately started thinking about ingredients I could add to make it my own. Only a portion of these ingredients were in the original recipe. If you have read my cooking posts in the past you know I don’t normally measure anything out and just go with taste, however I did end up having specific measurements for [...]
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