Humble Beginnings - Greed

I have only known Russ Burchell a couple years and have always known him just as the talented guitar player for his daughter Aubrey. But as with all great musicians and fathers, there was a life before children and being on stage. This article is the first in an upcoming series where you’ll read some of those stories. The first in this series is, titled ‘Humble Beginnings – Russ Burchell.’  If you’d like me to...

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A song performed by over 60 artists from over 27 bands, SOS 2020 is a call for help in the middle of a pandemic as well as an anthem of hope across the music community of Pittsburgh. Even with the approval of the Save Our Stages Act, there is an immediate need for funds for Pittsburgh’s venues as has been seen with the closure of The Rex Theatre from the coronavirus pandemic. When it comes to...

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Last month I wrote an article about creating the playlist, ‘Story of Craig’, and the impact that it had on me. Selecting the songs from my past and reliving the memories associated with them was an emotional rollercoaster. Little did I realize how this article would touch other people as well. I received emails, texts and messages from people telling me they created their own playlists. One particular person gave me her top 10 songs...

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As we come to the end of 2020, I can’t help but feel caught between some relief at seeing an end to the craziest year I’ve endured, and looking at the ‘anniversaries’ quickly coming up in a new year that has yet to show change. For some 2020 has been hell, for the music scene it’s been the closest we’ve ever come to music dying. We in the music industry, fans, bands, venues and more,...

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I’m all about playing new & classic Christmas music every year at Christmas time in my house, on my phone and in my car.   I grew up listening to my parents play old time musicians like Bing Crosby and Andy Williams singing songs like ‘Frosty the Snowman’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’. Every year I try to find something new to listen to as you know I love exploring the world of new music....

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Look, we all know this year has hit everyone hard. There’s no denying that fact. But one record label has taken the pandemic to new heights – Brutal Business Entertainment. And to close out their year, they are dropping a compilation disc filled with some of the hardest hitting players in the game, crammed full of unlimited talent and tracks from some of their longest standing artists, as well as some fresh new talent they’ve added...

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I  honestly did not expect to post an unprecedented 100 albums on my honor roll for this most tumultuous year of 2020, but COVID-19 and overall societal turbulence seemed to bring out the best in the heavy metal universe, hessians of myriad disciplines and specialties getting prolific without sacrificing quality. Or were they simply not deterred by the zeitgeist as opposed to being inspired by or forced to react to it? Perhaps it’s some of...

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Music That Makes Me I received an advent calendar this year that is all about doing things for other people. Well a couple days back, the thing to do that day was to make a playlist for someone. I hadn’t given it a lot of thought until my oldest mentioned that she’d like to be the recipient of the playlist. Now my brain went into overdrive on the perfect playlist. Obviously I could go many...

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Does Anyone Listen? Protest songs have probably been written almost as long as people have created music.  When you’re a musician and your voice is your music, how better to express yourself than in your song?  After all, music normally has some story behind it, sometimes expressed in happiness, sadness or frustration.  To the listener, the song can be just another hit on the weekly top 20 countdown.  We can interpret the composition in our...

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Music Talks’ guest performer for this particular episode was country music singer Chelsea Biehl. Music Talks, a local access television show on Armstrong Cable, is produced by Rick Fike and hosted by Chelsea Ritenour. Genre – Country Performers: Chelsea Biehl – lead vocalist, guitar, and songwriter. Scott Ruffner (member of The Laurel) – vocalist and guitar. You can hear more of what Chelsea is performing on her YouTube channel. Check out Chelsea’s interview and live performance filmed in Connellsville, PA.

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Music Talks, produced by Rick Fike and hosted by Chelsea Ritenour, is a local access television show on Armstrong Cable. The guest performer for this particular episode was the OHM Project Formed – 2016 Genre – Alternative Band Members: Joe Skoski – lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter Janet Pazzynski – backing vocalist Tom Boyce – guitar Ed Wiancko – percussion Check out their interview and live performance filmed at Yough Park in Connellsville, PA.  

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As anyone who has followed my social media knows, I am a huge promoter of the local music scene. I love the talent in southwest PA and am always encouraging my followers to go to the local venues and support our hometown musicians. We are so lucky to have such a great variety of fantastic artists and awesome venues. Sometimes though, people are hesitant to go out to a new venue and check out an...

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After just watching the latest teaser for the upcoming Losing September video “Curse the Sky”, I’m on pins and needles. “Curse The Sky” is the sequel, and aftermath, to their latest release “Contagious” and they’ve once again partnered with Kill Devil Films to bring the darkness that lies inside the mind of vocalist Bruce Fane, to life. When you see video teasers from bands it’s often a melody that sticks in your mind. The theme...

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Oh my God… no, that was Clapton, right?! Remember that story, how a wall in 1960s London was spray-painted with the meme-worthy line, “Clapton is God.”? This was during Clapton’s Yardbirds, John Mayall & Bluesbreakers time, and every guitar player after, including Eddie Van Halen, followed the man and his smooth riffs and blues runs, for years later. Until, of course, Jimi Hendrix entered from stage left, or as we like to call it, Seattle....

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Farewell to a Vital Pulse Beat, in the Heart of a Town, The Rex Theater. If you look up the word ”venue” in a random google search, you’ll see references to; a place where something happens, or somewhere organized events take place. Plain and simple, right? So shouldn’t things like hotel conference rooms, the back patio of someone’s house and churches make the list? A rollicking great time can be had by all in many...

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Gaming and Music are two worlds that constantly collide in the best of ways, and Demo Demon lives in both. So what does a rap artist do when he’s got some time on his hands? Well… he creates a podcast to bring you the latest gaming news of course! From the latest releases to the craziest gaming news (Doom can be played on a pregnancy test??), Demo is helping to bridge the gap between the...

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I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t have a concrete answer to the question “What do we do now?”. This article is to give you a fair warning and hopefully a head start on changing up how you’re currently producing or consuming your music content on Facebook. With the very general statement of new music guidelines, and a lack of options stating how to license the music for the platform, Facebook might be...

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Yes, you read that right. Just when you thought 2020 had given us enough surprises we’re now getting a new Nickleback cover of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” on the heels of Korn‘s own version of the same song.  Seems this song about Johnny and the Devil is having it’s hay day and to be honest, I couldn’t tell you which is better but I can tell you that their two styles seem to...