Monthly Archives: January 2013

News & Observer interview…

For as long as I’ve been a citizen of the great city of Raleigh, NC I have been reading the News & Observer, particularly the writings of David Menconi – the paper’s music critic. So when he took the time to interview me for my book, it was an incredible honor.  Here’s a link to […]

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Let’s talk about the weather…

It “snowed” in my hometown of Raleigh today. (It was really more like a half-inch of freezing rain). The local convenience store sold out of milk, bread, and butter.  Not that I was buying any of those things – I was just curious so I asked the attendant knowing the mayhem that ensues when it […]

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Not quite James Taylor or Beyonce…

Today is the day of President Obama’s inauguration and the line up of performers is quite impressive.  James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Fun, Alicia Keys, and Marc Anthony are all scheduled to make an appearance at this historic event. I co-produce the NC Governor’s Ball so I know first-hand how music can make or break […]

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Guitar World

For as long as I can remember I’ve read Guitar World magazine to pick up on tidbits from my favorite artists.  To have been interviewed by them for “My Cousin Rick” was an incredible honor. Click here to read my Guitar World interview 

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Today I became My Cousin Rick…

In my book I tell the story of how my cousin Rick introduced me to the band Boston by playing me their vinyl record.  I share in detail how that experience influenced me and more importantly what aspiring musicians can learn from it.  The way in which my cousin Rick shared Boston with me is […]

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Five Amazing Artists in Your Own Backyard

It is a common myth among music fanatics that great music has to be shipped from overseas or fly from across the country. In reality, some of the best music can be found right around the corner. To make it easier for you, I’ve compiled a short list of five local bands I find to […]

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Five Greatest Music Fails

The web is crawling with musicians trying to make themselves known and get noticed… the web is also crawling with the videos they hoped no one would ever see. After toiling for hours through off-pitch opera singers and awkward middle school bands, I’ve compiled a list of five of the most embarrassing, cringe-worthy, laugh out […]

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Ten Artists to Watch For in 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, we happily leave behind “Call Me Maybe” and desperately hope for new tunes to run through our head all day. These 10 musical artists are relatively new to the music world, but are beginning to make quite an impact. Judging by the sound of this bunch, 2013 is going […]

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