Music

Musician Spotlight: Matt Brown

Chicago based Matt Brown is up to a lot these days and it was about time to get in touch and catch up on what’s happening in his world as a musician. We talked about his 2017 Monthly YouTube Series, his upcoming projects where he will play the role of producer, Big Sadie, teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Matt’s latest record, Speed of the Plow,  Folk Fights Back and [...]

Cybertrad: Blurring the Lines of Traditional Music

CyberTrad: Traditional and original music, composed and arranged by Matthew Olwell Matthew Olwell (wooden and bamboo transverse flutes, vocals, bodhrán, cornamuse) With: Aimee Curl (vocals, acoustic bass) Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero (Beatbox, Vocal Percussion) Simon Lepage (electric bass) Jaige Trudel (cello) Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes) The Whole (S)tory (TWS): What made you come up with [...]

Christian Lopez: Propelling Forward + Concert Ticket Giveaway

Several months have past since The Whole (S)tory caught up with Christian Lopez (see our last interview here) and he’s been getting down to business between touring and writing new material for his second full length studio album. Christian’s career is in the fast lane and in this interview we talk about changes in the band, new music, upcoming album, shows and more. The Whole [...]

Street Corner Symphony’s Coming for Christmas

The Whole Story (TWS): What made you want to make a Christmas album? Jeremy Lister/Street Corner Symphony (JL/SCS): We (most of us) really like Christmas music! Plus, our genre of music, a cappella, works out quite well when it comes to caroling. TWS: Who are the members of Street Corner Symphony? How did you connect as a band? JL/SCS: The current members of Street Corner are: myself (Jeremy [...]

Molly Venter of Goodnight Moonshine + Concert Ticket Giveaway

I am so excited to have the opportunity to interview Molly Venter of Goodnight Moonshine, a band she and her husband, Eben Pariser, started together. Of course I had heard Molly sing with Red Molly, but Goodnight Moonshine was new to me and it was time to sit down and listen to some inspirational new music. I got a chance to listen to their latest album at work during my lunch [...]

The Bumper Jacksons: Bringing Old Music into the New Age

Visual Victoria (VV): Who are the Bumper Jacksons and how did they come to form a band together? How do the instruments each member plays fit into the mix? Jess Myhre (JM): The Bumper Jacksons are a ragtag crew of Washingtonians and Baltimorians that love early sounds and getting people riled up to boogie! Chris Ousley and I (Jess Eliot Myhre) formed the band in 2012 as a duo, playing jazz [...]

My Story with The Blues

I’ll be seventy soon, and with the acceleration of culture change, I’m my own history. I was born into a world where my father wrote legal documents in pencil on lined paper and my aunt typed them. The mail chute was right outside the office door. I learned to type by ear. My dad bought an electric typewriter for the office and brought the acoustic one home. I listened first to 78s of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2 Guys Named Ben IndieGoGo Campaign

Check out my friends Ben Townsend and Ben Guzman’s project “2 Guys Named Ben.” They are riding across the country collecting and filming music and stories from different musicians playing traditional music from their local regions. Click on the link to below to find out more information and contribute to the [...]
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