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January 27, 202178 min

What a crazy time it has been since March of last year. Some days it feels like Groundhog Day where I wake up in the morning, do the exact same things, rinse and repeat day after day. Only 10 months have passed since the first real COVID lockdowns had started, but some days it feels like 10 years. If I look at my calendar that used to be full of activities, it is like a...

“SOS 2020” Brings Together Over 60 Artists for Relief to Local Venues

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...

Craig Ferry

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...

A Personal Look Back at 2020

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,...

Silent Night, Metal Night – Christmas Music

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....

Brutal Business Entertainment Releases Plague 2020 – Artist Compilation

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...

The Grym Hessian’s Top 100 Metal Albums Of 2020

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, specialties, and generations 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...

Making the moment last a lifetime – The Playlist of Our Lives

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...

Yeah Right – Evanescence has a Few Words for the Music Industry with Their Latest Release

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...

Music Talks with Country Music Singer Chelsea Biehl

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.