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Vol. 2

Issue 3 - May 2019

“The Last” Goodbye




Behind the Mic: Riggs




with Special Guest:




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with Special Guest:

The Ries Brothers



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Barbara is from New York and is currently attending Florida Gulf Coast University

in Ft. Meyers. As much as she loves being in the sun and going to the

beach, she enjoys figure skating and works at the local rink back home. She

also loves shopping, spending time with friends and going to the movies.

Barbara’s favorite way to travel is going on cruises; her ultimate goal is to

charter a yacht and take a trip to Bora Bora with her friends.

She likes all different types of music, including pop and rap, but country

steals her heart.

Barbara recently started modeling with Premiere Model Management and

says she can’t wait to see what the future holds for her in the industry.


Oh My...Goddess


“I think performers are all show-offs

anyway, especially musicians. Unless you

show off, you’re not going to get noticed.”

~ Elton John

















Oh My Goddess

The Boss - By Les Kippel

A Day in the Life of a Gigging Musician

“The Last” Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Original Music Manifesto

A Hero’s Journey

Kurt Cobain and the Death Clause -

by Hank Harrison

Static Live Calendar

Artist Feature: Sheri Zanosky

The Farmers Market and the Music Market

Swamp Sistas Profile: Amy Robbins


It’s Hip-Hop’s World - We Just Live In It

Phantom Foodie

Behind the Mic with Riggs

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I’m hearing “BOOOOO” I’m thinking how rude....

Oops - Its “The Boss” - BRRUUUCCCE!!!!!!

I think the first time Bruce Springsteen came into my

awareness was when he played 5 nights at The Bottom

Line in New York City, August, 1975. Bruce seemed to

come out of nowhere, but he sang our kind of music!

Working man’s music! And when he performed, the songs

he played hit home for working class families struggling

to make ends meet.

Wikipedia has it as:

“On August 13, 1975, Springsteen and the E Street Band

began a five-night, 10-show stand at New York’s The

Bottom Line club. This attracted major media attention

and was broadcast live on WNEW-FM. (Decades later,

Rolling Stone magazine would name the stand as one of

the 50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll.)”

Springsteen appeared on the covers of both Time and

Newsweek in the same week. But, how can I relay to you

the energy of those shows? I think some of my pictures

of Bruce from that era show it!


y Adam Floyd

I’m Super Psyched because I’ve just memorized

a new classical concerto for violin. I recently performed it a few

times impromptu. It’s ready for the concert stage and I’m wondering

who the best accompanist will be. I will likely perform the piece as

a duet with piano and so the collaborative artist I choose is crucial.

The piece is in the key of A minor which is great for the violin and I

can really dig in, but there’s also a lot of artistic depth and therefore

choices to make as far as shading, color and interpretation. I’ve

been thinking of programming it with some other material in a

modern version of a Victor Borge act. Maybe I’m just fantasizing

but I think it could go over well. It’s always good to add material to

your recital repertoire.

Meanwhile I’m preparing for some shows in a bunch of honky

tonks and dance halls. I’m a bandleader and singer for a couple

of bands. The Coyotes and Towndogs blast off large with some

super-funky psychedelic swing. We rock it hard to the max with

trombone, electric guitars and a full band. The mix is about half

originals and we’ve been playing long enough that everyone knows

and sings along with our songs. It’s nice that we play enough pop

covers to keep everyone dancing and coming back for more. Next

year makes 20 years together!

The Potlikkers play a more traditional style with stand-up bass and

I play fiddle. We do “old timey” jug band music with a dance beat.

People love hearing the old songs and we get a real kick out of

it too. I perform in character as Plum Tucker and we usually

dress the part in overalls or as Country Gentleman. You’ve

never heard Old Joe Clark played with such enthusiasm.

I’ve been touring a good bit in the Appalachian

Mountains so I’ll be adding a lot of new repertoire

from influences I pick up along the way.


Lately lots of friends and acquaintances

are building various musical instruments.

Everything from fine classical guitars to

steel drums and real nice electric guitars

I’ve made a slew of drums and a couple

batches of dulcimers but have been

looking for a new project. Maybe a nice

line of cigar box fiddles? I’ve got some

new ideas and I am so

Super Psyched!

“The Last” Goodbye

By The Reluctant GeniusYELLOW BRICK ROAD

We all remember different types of events in

history - where we were when this happened

or what we were doing when that happened.

It’s funny how music, especially great songs, can be like

a life-changing event when it comes to our memories.

The brain works in mysterious ways; after all, we all

can remember where we were when the first plane hit

on 911 but the memory can be just as strong when you

think about where you were or what you were doing the

first time you heard a certain type of song.

When hearing those songs, consider all the different

kinds of memories and emotions that pop up, especially

with songs over the years that were written from the

heart or that have become instant classics. Each one

brings up emotions from our past that are stored within

the brain waiting to be triggered again and again.

When it comes to hit songs, this month’s feature artist

had more than most and chances are you will have

memories of where you were or what you were doing

the first time you heard some of his songs. Think

about hits like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, Crocodile

Rock”, “Daniel”, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”,

“Your Song”, Candle in the Wind”, “Tiny Dancer” - just

a few of the many hits by Sir Elton John. There’s no

doubt that at least one of these songs will take you

back to a place and time and perhaps even bring on a

tear or create a smile, for so many of his songs were

iconic and near perfect and obviously will go down in

history. There’s no doubt that his flamboyant lifestyle

and creative genius is something of legend, yet there’s

so much more about Elton that cannot be shared in just

a few pages. This year marks the final time that

Mr. John will perform live in a worldwide concert series.

Throughout the years his costumes and stage presence

show what legends are made of and there’s

no denying that his concerts are considered

some of the best ever.


As we all grow older it’s sad to see our heroes slow

down but the one thing that we will always have are

the memories and music of such a wonderful artist.

Here’s just a little bit more about what made Elton John

so very special: Sir Elton Hercules John CBE was born on

March 25, 1947 as Reginald Kenneth Dwight. He is

an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer.

He and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, have

worked together since 1967 and have collaborated on

more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300

million records, making him one of the best-selling

music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40

hits, including seven consecutive number-one albums

in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27

Top 10 singles, four which reached number two and

nine which reached number one. His tribute single

“Candle in the Wind 1997”, rewritten in dedication to

Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies

worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of

the UK and US singles charts.

John was raised in the Pinner area of London and

learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962

had formed Bluesology (a 1960s English R&B popular

music group). He met his songwriting partner, Bernie

Taupin, in 1967 when they both answered an ad for

songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for other

artists, including Lulu, and John also worked as a

session musician for artists, such as the Hollies and the

Scaffold. His debut album, Empty Sky, was released.

In 1970. John’s first hit single “Your Song”, from his

second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the

UK and the US. Along with decades of chart success,

John has also achieved success in musical films and

theatre, composing the music for The Lion King and its

stage adaptation, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical.

He has received five Grammy Awards, and several

other life long accolades. A list too long for this article

indeed. It will be sad to see him go but the legend and

the music will live on forevermore and there’s no doubt

that next time you hear one of his classics it will take

you back to a time and place of your younger days.


Original Music Manifesto

Musicians, have you ever had

yourself written up in the

local newspaper, or had your

band’s show in the events

calendar, or even had an article written

on you or your act in the local or regional

magazine? It’s a great feeling and does

wonders for your confidence and your

morale. It gets your name out there to

the general public that may not have

heard of you yet, and your existing fans

love to say, “Hey, I know these guys!”

It is the music columnist that makes this

moment of fame happen. The person

that has a passion for the local music

scene. They take the time to come to

your shows, listen to your new album,

and give you that glowing review.

They have a way with words and often

describe your music in such amazing

metaphors, soliloquies, and alliterations

that you yourself could never have

come up with.

Having a write-up of your band is one of

those benchmarks; it really ligitamizes

your existence and is an important

aspect of your band’s bio and resume.

Having that great quote from the local

music columnist is also essential for

your electronic press kit.

Being that the columnist is also a

critic in a fashion, they may be falsely

assumed to be snobbish, elitist, and

unapproachable. I, however, have

found that if you take the time to write

a show of respect and are gracious

and appreciative of what they do for the

local music scene, they are

very receptive and happy

to set their talents toward

showcasing your band as



The Music Columnist

By C. August Wenger

In my scene of East Florida, one music columnist in particular, immediately comes

to mind. Rick de Yampert is a name known not only locally, but throughout the

country. As well as being a freelance writer, Rick de Yampert was also the Arts

and Entertainment writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal for 23 years. Over

his career he has written over 22,000 articles, interviewing such legends as Peter

Frampton, Yoko Ono, and Ray Manzarek of The Doors.

Being a musician himself, a sitar player in fact, he really knows what questions to

ask-those that frame the artist in an interesting light, and reveal a side of artists

that a reading audience would be intrigued by. I asked Rick what it is about

the local original music scene

that has inspired him to write

about it all these years, and

what advice he might have for

original artists and aspiring

music columnists.

He told me, “Local scenes have

far more fascinating music than

I imagine even hardcore music

fans in each and every city may

know. There’s more quantity in

bigger cities, but not necessarily

better quality; that’s why I love

writing about the local original

music scene. As for a bit of advice:

Whether it’s making music or

writing about music (if one is so

motivated), the key is to just do it.

There are outlets for your creative

expression, even if it’s posting on

Facebook. Remember that you are your primary audience. Do it because it fulfills

something in you. If someone else connects to your creativity, that’s a bonus.”

Artists, bands, look into your local music columnist, read some of their articles,

reach out to them and offer them up your bio and music; it’s an important step

in your musical journey. If your town does not have a music columnist of note,

maybe it’s time they had one. If writing about music and uplifting your local music

scene seems like something that would fulfill something in you, give it a try. You

may just find you have the knack for it, and your music scene needs you.

Next month, I will continue my Original Music Manifesto with an article on the

Radio DJ who supports local original music. In the meantime, please keep

supporting local original music. Thanks for reading.

Love Kills

The assassination of

About Love Kills:

Love Kills offers the most insightful

explanation as yet offered for the

mysterious death of Kurt Cobain, the

great radical poet, rock star and

alternative social leader.

It does not solve the crime, but

Harrison opens the door to the inner

chamber. The reader is forced to

make the Þnal decision, almost like a

member of a jury.

Hank Harrison’s touching account of

Cobain’s life and death includes

many revealing photographs plus

anecdotes and pictures from his

family archives. 380 Pages, over 100


Paperback: $24.95. Bulk discounts to

libraries and independent bookstores.

Kurt Cobain


Buy your signed copy directly from the publisher:

Arkives Press, P.O.B. 1221, Galt, California, 95632

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We are all the stars

of the movie of our own life.

By Candice Beu

Whether we like it or not we thrive on the ups and downs of

the drama that plays out before us and within us. In every

good story, the protagonist has quests to go on, victories

to win and a massive transformation to undergo along

the way. Joseph Campbell, author of “The Hero with A

Thousand Faces” (to which the Stars Wars anthology was

based) coined this template “The Hero’s Journey”. You can

see this common mythical device often play out in the lives

of artists and entertainers alike.

As a prerequisite to any kind of fame and fortune, every

world weary musical warrior has to have the experience

of being sent out into the world, on many adventures that

will cause them to face multiple antagonists, confront the

greater shadow, give to something bigger than themselves,

and return home transformed through their artistic journey.

Anyone can be a “guitar hero” behind the four walls of their

living room but to become a genuine hero in the story of

life, it takes a courageous person with a strong willingness

to commit, over the long haul, to the hard work it takes to

become so. It can be a long and arduous evolution but

it’s the path of fundamental maturation that we strive to

achieve as humans who want to give back, not just take,

from the world around us. As Campbell’s book “The Power

of Myth” states, “We have not even to risk the adventure

alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The

labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the

thread of the hero’s path. And where we had thought to

find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we

had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. And

where we had thought to travel outward, we

shall come to the center of our own existence.

And where we had thought to be alone, we shall

be with all the world.”


To be “with all the world” means we have touched

on greatness, unity and wholeness. We have found

compassion for ourselves and others which essentially

is the key that links all our stories together. This final

illumination of the hero’s journey is the awakening, the

healing sought through artistic expression. To have the

awareness that each one of us is on this path of self

discovery, each seeing ourselves as stars in our own

galaxy, the hero of our own story and the lead character in

our own movie, will only help us to find deeper compassion

within ourselves and our world. It will assist us to not take

personally when someone isn’t as interested in our life’s

movie as they are in their own.

Everybody wants creative control of their production and

nobody wants others dictating or controlling the script. If

we can remember this, and the fact that everyone is facing

their own personal awakenings along the way, then we can

harness a greater compassion and respect for all. This will

only enhance our ability to express ourselves creatively

and connect, through our art, with the collective of souls

who are doing the same. To thrive and survive the hero’s

journey means we are commonly rewarded with insights,

inspirations and a broader perspective of knowledge than

we could ever have reached by just staying home, locked

away in our fortress of solitude, watching others live life.

These personal rewards are not the end of the story however,

for there is no finish line for the hero, only a continued

sharing of wisdom and an extended understanding through

experience gained. In honor of “Star Wars Month”, may the

force be with us all on our respective journeys to the stars

and back again.

A recording contract can be a box of snakes, but one

clause, known as the “Death Clause” also known as a

non-performance or failure of performance clause, has

always been a big problem. I first saw this clause in a

contract from Warner Brothers when I was connected

to the Grateful Dead. I saw it again when I got a smell

of Janis Joplin being usurped away from Big Brother

and the Holding Company and it has a distinct stench

to it. In addition to the legal headaches that arise for

anyone negotiating something like this, the “Death

Clause” can literally be lethal. This clause is a way of

assuring the recording company will collect all of their

money (and yours) if you die, no matter how you die.


1) Company shall have the right to secure insurance

equivalent to ten times the estimated value of the

Artists earnings (from any source of revenue) for

Company’s sole benefit. In Cobain’s case that

amounted to several BILLION, with a B

2) Company shall be allowed to employ ANY

insurance carrier or combination of same to assure

this benefit and need not consult or require signature

compliance from artist.

3) Company shall keep such information confidential,

except that Company may disclose such information

to the applicable insurance carrier(s) or as required

by law.

4) Artist or Artist’s estate shall have “NO” right to

review or claim the benefit of any such policy obtained

by Company.

In short, the company (i.e., record label) will take

out a life insurance policy on the artist and reap any

benefit if the Artist cannot comply with production

requirements, becomes ill or “DIES”.

The clause in question was invented back in the days

when the MOB ran Chicago, New York and Hollywood,

(and who says they still don’t?). In short, here is what

a Death Clause does in my humble opinion: “If an

artist fails to perform or pay back advances, the artist

becomes more profitable dead.”

Today, the hit clause still exists, but it is more subtle

and whereas it used to be worth thousands it’s now

potentially worth Billions. Labels invest millions in

new talent and the insurance policy is a protection

against loss or a way of collecting projected profits for

music, t-shirts, books, foreign rights and everything

else in all forms.

In the event of death, a musician can’t earn anything

so a non-performance policy provides insurance to

protect the investment. This is one of the many topics

I didn’t include in my book on Cobain, but I hinted at

it. This clause is why I knew what happened in the

Cobain case from the first day, way back on Easter

Sunday, 1994. Cobain did not kill himself, but it really

didn’t matter to the policyholders. The “Death Clause”

is why all those people got paid off and are still being

paid off. No Names please.

This is a dangerous topic, the last person who wrote

a book about it was a young and healthy lawyer and

she died suddenly.

Geffen Yoko

Chester Bennington












4. Last name of the singer who sings the hit 80s song

titles “Never Gonna Give You Up”?

6. What is the first name of the artist who sang, “We

Belong Together” that was the most played son in the


8. What is the first name of the “Forget You” singer

appeared as a judge on the first season of the Voice?

9. The first music video to play on MTV ever was “Video

Killed The Radio Star” by the ________.

11. What is the title of the horror movie that legendary

rock band, Pennywise got their band name from?

12. What is the title of the upcoming Elton John biopic

coming out May 31st, 2019?

13. What was the title of Rihanna’s hit 2007 song

featuring Jay-Z?

14. What is the name of the Spice Girls’ hit song that

came out in 1996 that gave them global success?

15. When U2 first came out, their lead singer called

himself Bono ________.

17. What is the title of Fleetwood Mac’s only song to hit

#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart?

18. What is the last name of the band member from

Aerosmith who appeared as one of the judges on

American Idol?



1. What was the original band name of the rock band,

Black Sabbath?

2. The drama movie, 8 mile featuring rapper Eminem is

based in what US city?

3. Who was the most streamed male artist on Spotify in


5. What was Elton John’s first name prior to changing it

in 1972?

7. What was the keyboard player, Mike Score’s job

before being in A Flock of Seagulls?

9. Bruce Springsteen’s nickname is “The ________?

10. Folk rock duo, Simon & Garfunkel’s most well-known

song is called “Sounds of ________”.

16. What is the last name of the former President who

awarded Bruce Springsteen with the Presidental Medal

of Freedom?

17. What instrument does Neil Peart play in the rock

band, Rush?

Sheri Zanosky

By Bartholomew Betelgeuse III

This month features art from Sheri

Zanosky. Sheri was raised in upstate

New York and the ‘70s were a

pivotal and inspirational time in her

youth. The music known today as

“Classic Rock” was the fuel for some

of her earliest artwork and her first

commissions were jean jackets and

album covers for friends. “Classic

Rock” plays in her studio today as

she continues painting all the WILD

things of this earth. Her current studio

is located @ The Hub on Canal in


Sheri is a self-taught and she

expresses her art through a variety of

mediums including acrylic, charcoal

and watercolor. The Rock and Roll

“wildlife” featured here is done by

private commission only. You can find

her animal wildlife at The Hub and in

shops around Florida as well as at

her website,,

and on FaceBook and Instagram.



Emma, Bill, Ruth and Annie Wharton

It’s better to pay the source than to pay the machine. Do you realize that due to

streaming services, songwriters/performers have been cut out of a major part of their

paycheck? Peter Frampton was talking to Congress about the fact that after 55 million

plays of one of his tunes he received $1700. This has put a hurting on us road dogs.

But if you buy a CD, t-shirt, or vinyl from the artist, that’s 100 miles worth of gas to get

to the next gig. I am all about good music, good food, and good times! Let’s keep it

happening. I’m always looking for new flavors, and I’m always trying to get as close

to the artist or farmer as possible. Farmers markets provide fresh, quality, hard to find

provisions, and also great deals by eliminating a lot of middlemen between farmer

and consumer. Here’s three generations of farmers market connoisseurs at the Los

Angeles Farmers Market, along with three more “not to miss” food destinations.


Robert Is Here

19200 SW 34th St. Homestead, FL 33034 305-246-1592

8 AM to 7 PM

When Robert was six years old, his father set him down with

some cucumbers to sell by the side of the road. Nobody bought.

So the next day he put a sign on the table that said, “Robert is

Here”. Within a few hours, the cukes were gone. Fast forward to

2019 and Robert is still selling cucumbers at the roadside stand

in Homestead, Florida. However since that time way back when,

Robert Is Here has blossomed into an incredible fruit market. On

yer way to Key West you’d do yourself a favor by stopping and

loading up on papayas, passion fruit, mangos, jackfruit, sapodilla,

bananas, oranges, guavas, and sapote, to name a few of the

tasty treats found among this plethora of tropical fruit not found

in Key West. They have cold coconuts that they drill a hole and

stick a straw in for a refreshing healthful beverage. These guys

just love sharing good food with folks. So when I’m in the Keys, I

stop to see what’s up at Robert Is Here.

Turkey Hill Farm

Saturday 8:00am - noonish

Tallahassee Farmers Market

Market Square Shopping Center

1415 Timberlane Road near US319 and I10

These guys have been supplying the Tallahassee area

with healthy, delicious food for half a century.

Your Dekalb Farmers Market

5000 East Ponce De Leon Avenue,

Decatur, Georgia 30030

When I walked into Your Dekalb Farmers

Market, I felt like I was coming home.

There’s a lot of knowledge about food in

this three and a quarter acre cornucopia.

The workers have come to Atlanta from

over 40 countries. They bake their own

organic bread in house. Live catfish, crabs,

and lobsters swim in tanks. Butcher shop

has it all. The beer and wine section is

stocked. The buffet ranges from BBQ to

tabouli, around the world and back again.

Yeah, lunch has beaucoup, mucho mas,

bunch o’ stuff.

The positioning statement:

“We declare that the world is designed to

work. We are responsible for what does not

work. We make the difference. No matter

how technologically advanced we become,

we cannot escape our fundamental

relationships with food and each other. The

possibility of these relationships is the world

market. In this context, the world works for

everyone free of scarcity and suffering.

We commit ourselves to the possibility this

world market is for the future generations

of this planet.”

Our haul: Colombian coffee, imported

Marzano tomatoes, pink and white

grapefruit, plums, pluots, walnuts, peppers,

fresh tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe,

oatmeal bread, strawberries, raspberries,

pitty pat squash, eggplant, cinnamon, fig

biscotti, Lingonberry sauce, maple syrup,

a 12 pack of Bitburger German beer, and

a Chilean cabernet. Most of it organic. All

of it for $60.

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Amy Robbins grew up in Lady Lake and now lives in Mount Dora,

Florida. The 32 year old singer songwriter and guitarist has been

playing professionally for eight years and her circuit spans all of

Central Florida. Meanwhile, she has firmly established herself in

the Orlando music scene, opening shows for notable Americana

acts like Sarah Shook, Scott Biram and The Curries. Amy also

performs as a member of the Swamp Sistas ensemble, a group of

songwriting women l assembled to serve as musical ambassadors

for our grassroots movement. In my home recording studio, I’ve

been helping Ms. Robbins add finishing touches to her solo artist

debut “Maple Sparrow” which she plans to release at the Swamp

Sistas La La at Orlando Fringe Festival on Saturday, May 18. After

a recent session, I asked her to tell us about growing up in rural

Central Florida, as well as her musical influences and aspirations.

Amy Robbins

By Beth McKee


You’re a native Floridian!

Yes, my family has been in Central Florida for several generations

and relatives say we were some of the original settlers in this area,

but I’m not sure exactly how accurate that is, ha ha.

What was it like, growing up in Lake County in the 1990s?

Pretty rural! I spent lots of time outside, swimming, playing various

sports and participating in competitive horseback riding. Country

music was always the sonic backdrop at competitions, I think that

dictated my love for the genre.

I hear the country influence in your songs but there’s more,

how would you describe your sound?

Some of my favorite memories are riding in the car with my mom,

listening to the “Saturday Night Gold Rush” on local Country radio, but

MTV reigned supreme during that time too, so I got a healthy dose of

other styles and found appreciation for most of them. I think my sound

is folk, with an indie rock and country vibe and a little blues influence.

What kind of musical experiences were available to you, on

a local level, growing up?

Locally, there were only a few places to see live music, outside of

church and family reunions, but sometimes we would drive into

Orlando for shows. I started playing trombone in middle school, my

first real instrument outside of piano lessons as a small child. I played

trombone in my high school jazz band and church orchestra, then

eventually picked up mountain dulcimer and guitar.

What led you to start writing your own songs and

follow music as a career path?

I made up songs as a kid, funny little rhymes that I would

turn into tunes. I remember one about my hamster Dusty,

and the water he was drinking. There was another about

adopting a whale. As a teenager, I started writing poetry and

one day it occurred to me that I could combine my poetry

with playing guitar. I didn’t take it seriously until a few years

later, when I collaborated with a musically inclined friend.

That opened up the possibilities and growth, and I haven’t

stopped. I don’t think I could if I wanted to. I feel lucky to be

able to pursue music as a career. It’s not always easy, but I

have a great support system and work hard at it every day.

What is your songwriting process?

I typically start with a melody and chord progression, then

try to come up with a lyric that fits. Sometimes I have words

already written that are perfect, other times it’s a whole new

thing that strikes like lightning. From there, it’s all about

putting it together in a relatable way.

You perform in lots of configurations from solo to

full band, do you find it helpful to have options for

different gigs?

Having various options for live performances allows me to

be more flexible to the needs of any event or venue and I’m

able to take more bookings, so yes!

You’ve been involved with the Swamp Sistas for

a little over a year now, and you’re a member

of the Swamp Sistas ensemble, too. What’s that

been like?

Swamp Sistas has been a career changing opportunity

for me. I have grown so much since I joined in January,

2018. From the beginning, it offered a musical family

vibe and a safe place to workshop new songs. I love

being involved in our community efforts and have always

been in awe of the way you bring together music and

community, Beth. It has been a constant learning

experience in every aspect, from singing the right notes

to the business side of things. This group is very special

and has offered me friendship and guidance when I

needed it most.

Finally, you’re planning to release your new

album “Maple Sparrow” at the Swamp Sistas La

La on May 18, are you excited?

I am super excited to release this album! It has been in

the works for awhile. I recorded with my full band and

invited special guests Brian Goodpaster on pedal steel

guitar and Gailanne Amundsen on fiddle. I’m eager to

get it released, first of all so folks can hear

it, and secondly I’m ready to start my next

project with all new songs and ideas. Gotta

keep moving!


1. Billie Eilish’s debut album released in late March is titled what?

2. How tall was Prince?

3. Which popular country star featured in Billboard Top 100’s hit song “Old

Town Road” alongside rapper, Lil Nas X?

4. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first dance at their wedding was to which song?

5. What famous actress directed Belinda Carlisle’s music video for “Heaven is

Place on Earth”?

6. What 70s band wrote a large portion of the soundtrack for popular movie,

Saturday Night Fever?

7. Who is the famous producer behind “Apologize” featuring OneRepublic?

8. Who is the founder of Bad Boy Records?

9. How many siblings does Celine Dion have?


10. What is the name of the oldest rock band that started in 1962?

11. What country is the music record company, AWAL located in?

Rocktails with



Let’s rock and roll into the month of May with this Royal Ginger Rocktail

in honor of the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran.

A young Englishman that found his passion during his teen years,

strumming his six strings and pouring emotions into lyrical poetry.

It was in London on his pursuit to make music, his outpouring of

creativity lead to his power to play hundreds of live shows. Fascinating

and a prime example of the potential of an online platform for artists,

Sheeran hit No. 1 on the iTunes Charts before he ever signed with a

record label. Now as a part of Atlantic Records, he has sold millions of

albums. His album “Divide” (2017) broke a Spotify record for first-day

album streams with 56.7 million listens in 24 hours. No denying that

this handsome ginger is on fire in the industry. I’m looking forward for

what he comes up with next. In the wise words of Ed: “If someone tells

you to change yourself, tell them to go f**** themselves.”

As Mr. Sheeran plays over the radio stations and Game of Thrones

blows my mind over the next coming weeks, it made total sense to

talk about how my man Ed was on an actual episode of GOT, the

true inspiration behind this Royal Ginger Rocktail. Ed Sheeran was

brought on for a cameo as a Lannister Soldier in Season 7. Why would

that even happen you may wonder. Actress Maisie Williams (aka Arya

Stark) is a huge fan and the GOT crew brought on the musical legend

to surprise her. They shared a scene over a open flame on different

sides of a violent war. Epic.

Introducing the Royal Ginger:

2 oz Johnny Walker White Walker Scotch

1 thin slice of fresh ginger

¾ oz lemon juice

½ oz agave

Splash ginger beer and soda

In your favorite cocktail shaker muddle thin slice of ginger then

pour over agave, lemon juice and White Walker Scotch. Then

shake your tin like it owes you money. Pour over ice in a Rocktail

Glass the splash over ginger beer and soda water. Then garnish

with the peel because you can be fancy like that. Sip, savor, repeat

and keep on rockin’.

XOXO CocktailswithKatie

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Gotha Location

May 2 - Brandon “Twitch” Wilson

May 4 - Moonlight Drive-In Band

May 9 - Chuck McGid

May 10 - Claire Vandiver

May 11 - CC Trio

May 13 - Open Mic

May 16 - Bryan Hayes

May 17 - Ancient Sun Band

May 18 - JY Trio

May 23 - Ben Torres

May 24 - Swamp Donkeys Band

May 25 - Eric Ruck - “Grateful Dead Night’

May 27 - Open Mic

May 30 - Paul Smith

May 31 - Madison Shae Trio

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May 2 - Layla Brisbois

May 3 - The Evening Muze

May 4 - Hair of the Beast

May 9 - Bradford Buckley

May 10 - Billy Dean

May 11 - Stealing Vanity

May 16 - The Transfers

May 17 - Gina Cuchetti

May 18 - Seth Pause

May 23 - Colt Hall

May 24 - Adam & Farley

May 25 - Casey Picou

May 30 - Jay Paski

May 31 - David Julia

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In hip-hop’s ongoing march to dominate the planet, two recent

setbacks made huge headlines.

Pablo Dylan – yes, he’s the son of Bob “The God” Dylan – decided

to switch teams and ditch his burgeoning rap career to become, get

this, a folk rocker!

Meanwhile, Billboard told rapper Lil Nas X to get the hell of Dodge:

Three weeks after his song “Old Town Road” debuted at No. 19

on Billboard’s Hot Country chart in mid-March, the chart-meisters

decided it wasn’t country enough and gave it the boot -- presumably

one of those pointy-toed, shit-kickin’ boots that Porter Wagoner would

pair with his Nudie suits. (You Millennials who believe rappers have

a monopoly on bling, just google “Porter Wagoner and Nudie Cohn”).

Both the Pablo and Lil Nas X incidents point to this self-apparent

truth: It’s hip-hop’s world – we just live it.

Pundits were quick to tell Pablo that, just like Flounder in “Animal

House”, he fucked up: “Pablo! You dumb-ass! Now you’re going to

have to compete with your Granddaddy!” But Pablo’s a shrewd dude

who made the right choice. Yep, Bob wrote some cool tunes a few

thousand years ago – about the same time as that Shakespeare dude

– and yes, Bob recently got one of those Nobel Prize thingies in the

literature category for his song lyrics.

Yet we all know, as white-boy quasi-rapper Beck pontificated way

back in 1996, hip-hop is “where it’s at.” It’s no news flash that this

is still true 23 years later: In just the time it’s taken you to read this

column so far, there have been 63,477 folks – Tibetan rickshaw

drivers, Madagascar lemur herders, Norwegian ski jumpers,

Mayan shamans and three sexagenarian Wall Street bankers –

who have downloaded some beats, picked up a microphone

and entered the rap game. During that same time, 18 more

septuagenarian folk-rockers have passed away, bringing

their endangered species down to just 123 left in the world.

Pablo Dylan faces far less competition to get his music

heard in the folk-rock genre.

And how was I able to compile such accurate statistics

on the popularity of today’s music genres? I’ve been

conducting a scientific poll for the past few decades:

Whenever I’m driving and stop at a red light, I roll

down my windows and check out whatever sounds

are spewing from the cars around me. The last time

I heard an ass-ripping rock guitar riff was Oct. 23,

2003 – Led Zep’s “Out on the Tiles” it was, blasted

by a 1970s hippie (as opposed to the ’60s variety).

I’m not saying that Cage the Elephant, the Black

Keys and other modern rock bands are not

creating worthy music. I’m just saying hip-hop is

the 800-pound gorilla – yes, that gorilla that sits

anywhere he damn well pleases.

Which is why the country powers shit their pants when they heard

Lil Nas X – a black guy, by the way -- drawlin’ about saddling up

his horse and then proclaiming “Can’t nobody tell me nothin’ ” over

a molasses-like banjo and beats. It’s one thing to have white-guy

hick-hop artists such as Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx sniff around

the fringes – the outer, outer fringes – of Garth Brooks-ian country.

It’s one thing to allow tame quasi-rapper Cowboy Troy, an

African-American, closer to the fold --

after all, even old-school country had its

Charley Pride. It’s one thing for Nelly to

“Cruise” with Florida Georgia Line.

Meanwhile, underground, West Virginia

redneck rapper Mini Thin and his video

“City Bitch,” with its white girls twerkin’

in Confederate-flag bikinis, will never

be allowed within a thousand miles of

Nashville’s country club.

But Lil Nas X had the audacity to craft a catchy

track that name-checks tractors, cowboy hats

and Wrangler jeans over a slow-brewed, downhome,

sittin’-on-the-back-porch groove – a chill hiphop

successor to Charlie Daniels’ “Long-Haired Country

Boy.” Both Charlie and Nas X have the same philosophy: “You

don’t like the way I’m livin’, just leave this country boy alone.”

Yet the country music mafia, Billboard and-or some other deepstate

Nashville operative booted Lil Nas X and his hit ditty off the

country charts.

The go-to theory is that country music – a staunchly conservative,

traditionalist genre that’s still even a bit leery about the bombast

of white-boy “bro country” – can tolerate only so much outsider

incursions: “OK, we’ll let Nelly hop on the bus to Nashville this

time.” But you can just hear those Nashville fat cats thinking:

“However, if we allow the virus of hip-hop in the door too often,

soon it’ll infect the entire industry! Look at the pop charts! It’s

all rap!”

Still, you gotta wonder if all the melanin in the skin of Lil Nas

X had something to do with it – if this incident is a racial

matter because, well, race matters, in a negative way, to

some folks.

There’s a grim joke somewhere in the Lil Nas X saga,

and its punchline is Public Enemy’s “Leave This Off

Your Fuckin’ Charts” from their 1990 masterpiece,

“Fear of a Black Planet.” As soon as I find that joke,

I’ll get back.



Phantom Foodie


1. Billie Eilish’s debut album released in late March is titled what? When We All Fall

Asleep, Where Do We Go?

2. How tall was Prince? 5’ 2”


3. Which popular country star featured in Billboard Top 100’s hit song “Old Town Road”

alongside rapper, Lil Nas X? Billy Ray Cyrus

4. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first dance at their wedding was to which song? Crazy in Love

5. What famous actress directed Belinda Carlisle’s music video for “Heaven is Place on

Earth”? Diane Keaton

6. What ‘70s band wrote a large portion of the soundtrack for popular movie, Saturday

Night Fever? The Bee Gees

7. Who is the famous producer behind “Apologize” featuring OneRepublic? Timbaland

8. Who is the founder of Bad Boy Records? Sean Combs aka P Diddy aka Puff

Daddy aka Puffy

9. How many siblings does Celine Dion have? 13

10. What is the name of the oldest rock band that started in 1962? The Rolling Stones

12. What country is the music record company, AWAL located in? United Kingdom

This month, we are taking you to a place that is probably

familiar to many of you – Clancy’s Cantina in New Smyrna

Beach. They have been around for 30+ years, so chances

are, you have been there. They are self-described on their

website as “Beach-Inspired Tex Mex”.

My first visit was on a Saturday night. Because Clancy’s is

on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, parking is always

interesting and can even be challenging on a Saturday night.

I got lucky and found a spot where I could walk to Clancy’s

and then do a Flagler Avenue bar crawl after I had eaten.

I was by myself that evening so even though it was busy, I

was able to score a seat at the bar. I go out by myself often

and have experienced more than a few frustrating attempts

to be served, but I was greeted promptly and served a drink,

accompanied by a menu.

I ordered the flautitas as an appetizer while I perused the

menu. The people sitting around me and the bartender

were friendly and I did not feel as “out of place” as I have

at other restaurants when dining alone. The flautitas were

good – I am one of “those” people who taste cilantro and

think I am biting a bar of soap, but these did not offend my

taste buds at all. People who like cilantro may disagree.

For my entrée, I ordered ground beef enchiladas – YUM!!

The sauce was amazing, and the meal was delightful. I had

to ask for a “to go” box, and I can assure you, that even

though I do not eat leftovers in general, they did not go to


My second visit was on a weeknight. I called ahead and

ordered take-out but showed up fairly quickly with a friend

after placing the order. We sat at the bar while our order was

being prepared and had a chat with one of the employees

who, imagine this - is in a band.

We feasted on Cantina Poppers, a Black Bean and Chicken

Burrito and Shrimp Fajitas. I enjoyed the previous visit’s

enchiladas more than the burrito, but my friend assured me

that he really enjoyed the fajitas.

My encounters at Clancy’s were positive although there

was no live music on either of my visits, which was a

disappointment. The food and the service were good

and the location speaks for itself. If you are looking for an

authentic Mexican restaurant, this probably isn’t where you

would go. If you are like me and want a more “Tex” than

“Mex” then you will probably be happy with the menu.


Behind the Mic: Riggs

95.7 the Hog, Daytona Beach

Hello again, friends. The Welcome To Rockville Festival

is always the highlight of May for me each year. The

Danny Wimmer Presents team always puts on a

raucous, entertaining and eclectic weekend of music

and fun in Jacksonville. And Kristine Ashton-Magnuson

and her media relations team do a great job of helping

media dudes like me secure interviews, photo access

and generally make the press area a pleasant place to

work during the hot, long days and evenings. The lineups

speak for themselves … Heavys like last year with Ozzy,

Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Billy Idol, Stone

Temple Pilots and more. And over the past few years

this event may have been your last chance to see the

live artistry of Chris Cornell with Soundgarden or Scott

Weiland with his Wildabouts. Florida’s own Shinedown,

Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Def Leppard, Rob Zombie,

Marilyn Manson and the thrill of discovering new sounds

from bands you didn’t know before are some of what

make Rockville so damn cool and worth your musicbudget


This year, Rockville delivers big shots like Tool, Judas

Priest, Korn, Incubus, The Cult and guitar heroes like

Zakk Wylde, Mark Tremonti & Zakk Wylde. As I look

forward to bringing you coverage of the event once

again, here’s a few views from my lens over the last 5





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