Joe Bonamassa golden strums fills Blumenthal

Joe Bonamassa golden strums fills Blumenthal Photographer: Richard Thigpen With a career that spans 16 full albums and near three decades, the blues guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa ventured into Charlotte last night to entertain. To those unfamiliar with his career let’s do some catch-up: he has such a collection of gear, vintage guitars, and memorabilia […]

The Evolution of the American Sound

Roots of indie, heavy metal, & alternative rock           One Sunday afternoon circa 1989 I heard “I Live in the Springtime” by the Buzz Saw on Bill Kelly’s Teenage Wasteland on listener-sponsored Upsala College’s WFMU. The station has always been difficult to pick up in Brooklyn, it comes over a little better in a car radio […]

Hello, it’s the Grammy’s 2017

GRAMMYs 2017 – Shutter16 style In case you missed it, Adele sweeps the Grammy’s and gives heartfelt shout out to Beyonce’. And tons more! The 57th Grammy’s were secured with nominees you might expect, superstars Beyonce’, Adele, newcomers (to the Grammy’s) Twenty One Pilots, and Bruno Mars.  But it also included some nominations and performances […]

Michael Tracy answers the call…from Jon Bon Jovi!

Michael Tracy Answers the Call…from Jon Bon Jovi! Writer: Jimmy Warsham |Photographer by: Benjamin Robson // There are only a few names out there in music that need no introduction and can call their own shots. Jon Bon Jovi is one of those names. Jon came onto the scene in the hair band era and […]

There’s a Starman Waiting in the Sky

David Bowie Memorial Retrospective Just like the ‘Starman’ who appeared one night on the earthling airwaves blowing everyone’s minds, my first memory of David Bowie on NBC’s Tonight Show in 1980 left a lasting impression. His band had to have played the most imaginative music I ever heard. He did “Ashes to Ashes” and “Life […]

Pat Metheny: A Journey Thru Strings

 35-time Grammy Nominee brings his strumming to Charlotte Photos by: Nathan Leslie of On tour with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock thru 2017 Touring on his latest release, The Unity Sessions (Nonesuch)  is comprised of a filmed performance with Pat Metheny Unity Group and recently released on DVD; the set includes 13 […]