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Artist Interviews

Grady Champion is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Grady Champion! Mississippi-based, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, entertainer/musician, Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for more than two decades. The singer/harp player/guitarist/songwriter/producer…

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Ross Osteen IS Making a Scene
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Ross Osteen! With a voice that summons the guttural howls of John Fogerty, and guitar work that ranges from the front…

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Mark Cline Bates IS Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Mark Cline Bates! For some, songwriting is a choice. For others, it’s survival: a rough hewn path to solace and personal…

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Silver Lake 66 IS Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo of Silver Lake 66! Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana with Silver Lake 66.…

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Meghan Hayes is Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Meghan Hayes! Ever wanna lose a decade? It’s so easy, you won’t even notice the time slipping by. Mistake presence for…

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Jon Gindick Is Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Jon Gindick Guitar and harmonica king Jon Gindick has long been known as one of the most exciting harmonica players and…

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Tyler Grant of Grant Farm is Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene presents an interview with Tyler Grant of Grant Farm! Grant Farm is a brotherhood with a song to sing and a story to tell. The…

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Michele D'Amour IS Making A Scene
HOME PAGE Making A Scene Presents an Interview with Michele D'Amour! Michele D'Amour is a born storyteller and award-winning songwriter who penned her first song at the age of six and became…

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Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe are Making a Scene!
 HOME PAGE Olson-Wolfe  HOME PAGE Carla Olson    HOME PAGE Todd Wolfe Carla Olson Todd Wolfe Making a Scene Presents an interview with Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe! Olson-Wolfe “Live…

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Kelly Zirbes of Kelly's Lot is Making a Scene
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Interviews Kelly Zirbes of "Kelly's Lot"! Kelly's Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes, a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With…

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The Truehearts Are Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE   Making A Scene Presents an Interview with The Truehearts! The Truehearts (formerly The Hummingbyrds) are an Americana duo comprised of singer/songwriters Debra Buonaccorsi (vocals, guitar, accordion) &…

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RJ Cowdery Is Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Singer Songwriter R J Cowdery! Rj Cowdery is a Columbus, Ohio based artist who has solidified her place as a standout in…

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Albert Castigila IS Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Albert Castiglia! As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been…

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John Clifton is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an interview with John Clifton! As a co-founder (w/ brother Bill Clifton) of Fresno's The MoFo Party Band, John Clifton has solidified himself as…

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Andy Statman is Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE   Making A Scene presents an Interview with Andy Statman! Andy Statman was born in New York City and grew up in the borough of Queens. Beginning at…

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Ellis Mano Band is Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Ellis Mano Band! To use a label such as "Supergroup“, especially in the rather small European Blues/Rockmusic scene is indeed something…

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Interview with Denny Laine - Founder member of The Moody Blues and Wings
Denny Laine People become musicians or artists for various reasons; some are pushed into it by parents aspirations, some develop an aptitude early on through experimentation and others, well, they…

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Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an interview with Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble! Greatness begets greatness. The more time you spend around perfection, the more it rubs off on…

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CD Reviews

Darrell Nulisch The Bigtone Sessions Vol. 1
Darrell Nulisch The Bigtone Sessions Vol. 1 Bluebeat Music Darrell Nulisch, vocals and harmonica was the original singer with Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets and first recorded with them on…

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Chanda Rule Sapphire Dreams
Chanda Rule Sapphire Dreams PAO/Blujazz Amazing, multi-talented Chanda Rule is a singular talent that may escape the attention of many because the Chicago-born, New York-experienced artist is now living in…

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Michele D’Amour and The Love Dealers Heart of Memphis
Michele D’Amour and The Love Dealers Heart of Memphis BluesKitty Records Michele D’Amour hails from the Seattle area. She started by playing piano and singing in church. In her early…

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Jon Gindick Love At The All Night Café
Jon Gindick Love At The All Night Café Independent Jon Gindick was born in California. In the 1960’s influenced by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Paul Butterfield Blues…

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Tony Campanella Taking It To The Streets
Tony Campanella Taking It To The Streets Gulf Coast Records Back in St. Louis in the 1990’s Tony Campanella used to run with a guy by the name of Mike…

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Gary Nicholson/Whitey Johnson The Great Divide/More Days Like This
  Gary Nicholson/Whitey Johnson The Great Divide/More Days Like This Blue Corn Music Gary Nicholson and alter-ego Whitey Johnson share June 7 release date for Blue Corn Music albums ‘The…

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Southern Avenue Keep On
Southern Avenue Keep On Concord Music Group The band “Southern Avenue”, named after the street that leads to “Soulville” the original home of Stax Records, combines soul-blues and gospel infused…

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Instru Mental Various Artists
Instru Mental Various Artists Bigtone Records “Big” John Atkinson is the owner and President of Bigtone Records. This all instrumental album was one of several albums the label just released.…

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“Big” Jon Atkinson Raw Blues
“Big” Jon Atkinson Raw Blues Bigtone Records In 2014 “Big” Jon Atkinson recorded his debut album “Boogie With You Baby” on Bluebeat Music and it received rave reviews. Two years…

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Molly Thomas and The Rare Birds Honey’s Fury
Molly Thomas and The Rare Birds Honey’s Fury Kaigler’s Bottom Records From the first drop of the needle, Honey’s Fury is evident. There is an urgency to these songs. They…

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Rebecca Dumaine and the Dave Miller Combo Chez Nous
Rebecca Dumaine and the Dave Miller Combo Chez Nous Summit Jazz vocalist Rebecca Dumaine is the daughter of pianist Dave Miller and they collaborate for a generous program of mostly…

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Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Kingfish
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Kingfish Alligator Records Christone “Kingfish” Ingram grew up near Clarksdale, Mississippi. Born into a musical family, his mother Princess Pride is first cousin to country music’s Charley…

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Tullie Brae Revelation
Tullie Brae Revelation Endless Blues Too many singers in Tullie Brae’s ilk deliver overwrought vocals but not Tullie. Steeped in church and gospel music in her home state of Louisiana,…

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Jordon Dixon ON!
Jordon Dixon ON! Self-released Jordon Dixon is a Washington-D.C. based emerging tenor saxophonist with a big fat sound that owes in part to Stanley Turrentine and Dexter Gordon. As a…

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The Texas Horns Get Here Quick
The Texas Horns Get Here Quick Severn Records Tenor saxophonist Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff has played on approximately 200 recording sessions starting out in the 1980’s on Blacktop Records. He appears…

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Alexis P Suter Band Be Love
Alexis P Suter Band Be Love Hipbone Records Alexis P Suter’s roots are in the church and she possesses a powerful bass/baritone voice. B.B. King once remarked “It’s a rare…

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Pablo Lanouguere Quintet Eclectico
Pablo Lanouguere Quintet Eclectico Self-released Pablo Lanouguere is a native-born Argentinian bassist and composer and this is the recording debut of his quintet, Eclectico. These are a dozen originals, 11…

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Adam Holt Kind of Blues
Adam Holt Kind of Blues Zenith Given the familiarity of the title, with the added ‘s,’ it is somewhat surprising that no one else has used it (at least that…

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2019 Independent Blues Awards Voting Starts NOW!
Making a Scene Presents the 2019 Independent Blues Awards! Congratulations to all the nominees! The 2019 Independent Blues Awards nominations are now in and ready for you to vote on.…

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Creating Your Image
Let's face it, the music industry has changed as has the music consumer. For almost 20 years we have been in the digital revolution, where music consumerism has transitioned from…

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Creating a Music Video on a Budget
Creating a Music Video on a Budget   One of the most effective marketing tools a band can have, especially in the digital age, is a good production Music Video.…

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Merchandising your Band! -UPDATED
Merchandising Your Band Merchandising your band can make all the difference between just getting by and generating a good income on the road. Even if you are a local band,…

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Road Tips for the Touring Musician (and those who want to be)
INTRODUCTION If you are serious about creating a career as a musician or a band, the one thing you will have to come to terms with is the fact that…

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Gina Coleman and Misty Blues Band Releases a Music Video "Hear My Call"
Making a Scene Presents An Exclusive Premiere of Misty Blues Band "Hear My Call" Gina is a graduate of Williams College.  She began singing in 1990 on a dare by…

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Marketing to the New Music Consumer
Making a Scene Presents Marketing to the New Music Consumer! On September 9 1957 Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and a marketing phenomena was born. What followed was…

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Using Instagram for Self-Promotion - Tips for the Session Musician
Using Instagram for Self-Promotion Instagram is a fantastic platform for reaching out to people and promoting your music. Through Instagram, you can get more work and support as a solo…

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The Single Release and the Indie Artist!
IS Your Single Release "Making A Scene"? The buzzword in the indie industry seems to be the Single Release. Many artists believe that the "Single" is the pathway to that…

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How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)
  Making a Scene Presents "How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)" Editors Note: No matter where you stand on the streaming of music, the fact remains…

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Creating your Brand
Establishing your brand has always been part of creating a successful music career. Today it may be more important than ever. Now I can hear some of you already! "We(I)…

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Understanding the New Music Consumer
Making a Scene Presents Understanding The New Music Consumer Introduction My frame of reference as a music consumer has always been that tactile experience of holding the physical product in…

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How to work your Instagram Account using your Laptop/Desktop!
Making a Scene Brings you a Simple way to use Instagram on your Laptop/Desktop! One of the fastest growing social media platforms right now is Instagram. Unfortunately in order to…

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11 Tips For Musicians To Save Money on Tour
Making a Scene Presents 11 Tips For Musicians To Save Money on Tour A penny saved is a penny earned, and the hardest thing to do when your instrument is…

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Making a Scene - A Year in Review 2018
Making a Scene has a simple mission! To be the #1 Resource for the Independent Artist and the Fans that Love them! For the Independent artists we pride ourselves on…

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John Pagano Band Releases Video Edited Entirely on an IPhone!
Making a Scene Premieres "Make You Shout" Video from the John Pagano Band The John Pagano Band has been known to use innovative techniques to create their music videos. They…

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7 Ways to Build Speed on the Guitar
Building speed is an important part of improving your overall guitar technique. Even if you don't want to shred, being able to play faster can help your accuracy and timing…

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The Indie Bible - In Depth Review
The Indie Bible Bundle Since 1999 the Indie Bible has been publishing the most recognized and encompassing guide for the independent musician available. In the past I have purchased the…

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Beginners Guide to Mastering Part 1
Let’s be real. The vast majority of people who are artists, producers, or engineers have no idea what mastering really is, yet more often than not have their own false preconceptions. While it may be fine if you do not know what mastering is early in your musical endeavors, that is no excuse to not learn as you become more serious in your endeavors, so you can tell a real professional from a hack job laptop bedroom “engineer”, or develop these skills for yourself. In this article I am going to give you the basics of why mastering even exists, the basics on mastering for yourself (and managing expectations), how to distinguish a good master from a bad master, and a quick section on modern broadcast, streaming, and format standards. Yes, those matter.

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On the Road and in the Studio

The Beginners Guide to Mastering - Part 1
  The Beginners Guide to Mastering - Part 1 Let’s be real. The vast majority of people who are artists, producers, or engineers have no idea what mastering really is,…

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Nitewalker Bass Pre-Amp: Full Review
Making a Scene Presents Nitewalker Bass Pre-Amp: Full Review About a week ago I was honored to try out the Nitewalker Bass Pre-Amp for a show. I didn’t know what…

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The 3 Hats of the Audio Engineer
Making a Scene presents "The 3 Hats of an Audio Engineer" Whether you are starting your own home studio, or you are looking for a studio to record your next…

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How Compressors Work
Making a Scene Presents How Compressors Work The best way to learn how to use a compressor is to start by learning how they work. This article is setup to…

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Audio Assault Releases The RM-2 Analog Channel
Making a Scene presents a first look at the Audio Assault RM-2 Analog Channel This one has me excited, and not just because that’s my voice on the walkthrough video.…

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10 Essential Microphones you need in your Home Studio
Choosing the right Microphones for your home studio is one of the most important decisions you are going to make. The quality of your microphone will determine the quality of…

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2018 DAW Roundup!
Creating your own home studio is full of decisions on what hardware and what software to purchase. When it comes to your main DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software your choices…

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7 Ways to Build Speed on the Guitar
Building speed is an important part of improving your overall guitar technique. Even if you don't want to shred, being able to play faster can help your accuracy and timing…

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Dubset - Clearing Mixtapes for DJ's and Rap Artists!
Mixtapes have long been the lifeblood of hip hop. But most artists fell outside mainstream distribution channels, because of the licensing and copyright issues involved. This left a major income…

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A Review of Steven Slate's Everything Bundle
Whether you are a home recording musician, or you own a commercial recording studio one of the biggest ongoing investments you make are for good quality plugins. Keeping up with…

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Better Sounding Bass Solos with the POG!
The Effect Pedal Bass Players Need For Their Solos Dear fellow bass players, I’m going to speak a bit on the topic that increases our blood pressure. But we must…

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Buyers Guide to Wireless Microphones
Which Wireless Microphone’s Have The Longest Range? We know what you want, you want to jump in the audience as you crowd surf through out the entire Festival as you…

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Why Stage Presence is Vital - Go Wireless
Why Stage Presence Is Vital To Gaining New Fans. Go Wireless by Tony Hossri performwireless.com If you play guitar or bass in any form of a high energy band, it…

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What Makes a Good Wireless Guitar System?
By Tony Hossri Performwireless.com John Pagano Band What Makes a Good Wireless Guitar System? Here it is, the million dollar question………..more like $500 or so. What makes a good wireless…

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Plugins I’ve Been Using That I Recommend
Plugins I’ve Been Using That I Recommend Brandon S Hire The Noise Floor It’s not the tool, it’s the user. But as a blogger and content creator, I get to…

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Why I Dumped my Analog Mixer
In the current world of Digital Recording, analog is still the holy grail. Everyone wants that warm sound that analog gear gives you, so why would I pull my analog…

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Review of the Kush REDDI DI Plugin
You wouldn’t think of a direct box as having a certain character, unless you’ve worked in a facility that has really good character DI’s. After all, in the age of…

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Gain Staging and the -18DB Sweet Spot!
Common advice is to “gain stage” your tracks by calibrating them to -18. People often leave out whether they mean -18 dBFS or -18 dBVU, both of which would yield…

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Podcasts

Music on the Couch Show #472!
MUSIC ON THE COUCH SHOW # 472 – 06/10/19 LISTEN HERE: http://tobtr.com/11365699     PETER WARD Peter has followed up his debut solo album, with Train To Key Biscayne, a…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Grady Champion
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Grady Champion This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Ross Osteen
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Ross Osteen This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues.

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Michele D'Amour
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Michele D'Amour This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Jon Gindick
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Jon Gindick This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double Shot 6/1/2019
  Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double Shot Show! This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues.…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues.…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Kelly's Lot
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Kelly's Lot This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus INDIE Blues Double Shot 5/18/2019
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double Shot Show! This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. An…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Albert Castiglia
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Albert Castiglia This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE From the Midnight Circus featuring John Clifton
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring John Clifton This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double Shot 5/11/2019
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double Shot Show! This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. An…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Vintage Trouble
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Vintage Trouble This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring The Taylor Scott Band
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Taylor Scott Band This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who…

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Music on the Couch Show #470
MUSIC ON THE COUCH SHOW #470 – 04/29/19 LISTEN HERE: http://tobtr.com/11305093 BOB CORRITORE – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Bob returned to talk about his latest release, Do The Hip Shake…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double shot 5/4/2019
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double Shot Show! This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. An…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Kenny Parker
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Kenny Parker This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Eric Jerardi
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Eric Jerardi This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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