U2: The Road to Success

by Ronald A. Rowe October 6th, 2016
Today’s pop stars are often pre-packaged, corporately-backed creations or overnight sensations.  In the age of the internet the path to superstardom is not easy, but for the chosen few it is faster and more direct than it once was.  It’s easy to forget that there was a time when
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Lenny Kravitz, the American Dream

by Ronald A. Rowe September 1st, 2016
Lenny Kravitz is the American dream.  He – personally and professionally - epitomizes the melting pot that America was meant to be and his music is a smooth synthesis of many genres.  Kravitz himself is a mixture of Ukrainian, Jewish, Russian, African, Bahamian, and American heritage.  His music combines influences from R&B, Jazz, Classical, Opera, Gospel, Blues, Rock (including Hard Rock and Psychedelic Rock as well as their more mainstream counterpart), Soul, Reggae, Funk, and even the occasional Ballad. 
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August Artist of the Month: Eric Clapton

by Ronald A. Rowe August 4th, 2016
Eric Clapton is universally recognized as one of the – if not THE – greatest guitar players in the world.  He’s been called Slowhand, King Cool, Del, Derek, and even God.  Over the course of his 50+ years in the music industry he has collaborated with just about every major blues musician out there and a fair number from every other genre as well, from pop pioneers the Beatles to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

Eric Clapton’s road to solo stardom
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  • Al Yankovic: Off to a Weird Start

    by Ronald A. Rowe July 7th, 2016
    His given name is Alfred Matthew Yankovic but you know him as Weird Al.  With the release this month of Yankovic’s 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, it seems like an opportune time to put him in the focus here as our Artist of the Month.  This week we will start, as most stories do, at the beginning.

    Yankovic’s career started off as something of a joke.  His goofy song parodies
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  • Born Loser

    by J Frazzetta June 2nd, 2016
    His mother was a Warhol Factory Girl and his father was a Canadian composer.  The small family lived in a rooming house in Los Angeles during the early 70’s, they moved around to several other neighborhoods and found themselves living Korean and Salvadorian families.  At one point his parents sent him to Kansas to live with his grandparents to get some kind of a normal upbringing.  His grandfather was
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  • The Guilty Pleasures

    by Jason Lightner May 5th, 2016
    You know, I've been thinking about this for quite some time, and I've been considering writing this one for a long, long while. I just hadn't found the right words to say, but I'm at the point to where I don't really care how it comes out.

    I really like that song "Animals," from the 2005 album All the Right Reasons by Nickelback.

    There. I said it. Have
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