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Artist Interviews

Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents and Interview with Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown! Savoy Brown was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds in 1965 in London, England. Simmonds has been…

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Ryan Humbert from The Shootouts IS Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Ryan Humbert of The Shootouts! “Quick Draw” is an effortless blend of high-energy honky-tonk and traditional country music mixed with touches…

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Ethan Anderson is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Talks with Ethan Anderson of Massy Ferguson! For more than a dozen years, Massy Ferguson have proudly planted their boots on both sides of the…

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Meg Williams Is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents An Interview with Meg Williams!   Meg Williams performs frequently at venues across the country with her band, Meg Williams Band, as a solo/duo…

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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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CD Reviews

Hazel Mitchell-Bell  Stronger Than Ever
Hazel Mitchell-Bell Stronger Than Ever Self-Released Based on several recent releases, the Washington D.C. jazz scene if full of talent and thriving. Just last week we reviewed saxophonist Jordon Dixon.…

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Nils Lofgren Blue With Lou
Nils Lofgren Blue With Lou Cattle Track Road Records Nils Lofgren was born in Chicago in 1951. As a youngster he studied classical accordion for ten years before focusing on…

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Savoy Brown City Night   
Savoy Brown City Night Quarto Valley Records Savoy Brown, the British blues band, was formed by Kim Simmonds in London, in 1965. Their first album, released in the United Kingdom,…

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Terry Robb Confessin’ My Dues
Terry Robb Confessin’ My Dues NiaSounds Born in Canada, Terry Robb is one of the most heralded acoustic guitarists on the International scene. Moving to the Pacific Northwest, at an…

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Dave Wilson Quartet One Night at Chris
Dave Wilson Quartet One Night at Chris’ Self-Released There are two rather odd things one notices when viewing the CD jacket for this live album from saxophonist Dave Wilson and…

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Keb’ Mo’ Oklahoma
Keb’ Mo’ Oklahoma Concord Records Keb’ Mo’ is a blues, Americana and roots music stylist. He released his first album under his birth name Kevin Moore back in 1980 but…

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Griff Hamlin and The Single Barrel Blues Band I’ll Drink To That
Griff Hamlin and The Single Barrel Blues Band I’ll Drink To That Independent Griff Hamlin started taking guitar lessons at the age of nine. As a teenager he was inspired…

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Judy Wexler Crowded Heart
Judy Wexler Crowded Heart Jewel City Jazz L.A. vocalist Judy Wexler is releasing her fifth album, Crowded Heart, in which she presents a forward look at the Great American Songbook,…

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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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StreamLicensing.com Closes their doors and leaves Internet Stations Scrambling
Streamlicensing.com the major company that allowed internet stations to remain online abruptly closed their doors with no warning to the internet stations that depended on them to collect royalties. This left internet stations throughout the country to go dark!

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Music Business

Streamlicensing.com Has Closed it's Doors!
Streamlicensing.com, one of the largest licensing companies for small web broadcasters and internet radio, has suddenly ceased all operations yesterday. The sudden loss of this resource will hit the small…

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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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Beginners Guide to Mastering Part 2
To effectively take advantage of your mid/side EQ, you are going to want to make sure you have some way to isolate the mid and side content for monitoring. Most Mid/Side (henceforth referred to as M/S since I am tired of typing that out so much) plugins will have buttons to isolate the content, but if they don’t, then there is a chance you will have a stock plugin within your DAW (like Mixtool in Studio One).

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On the Road and in the Studio

Beginners Guide To Mastering Part 2
Beginners Guide To Mastering Part 2 Effectively using your Mid/Side EQ: To effectively take advantage of your mid/side EQ, you are going to want to make sure you have some…

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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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Podcasts

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Savoy Brown
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Savoy Brown 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 Meg Williams
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Meg Williams 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 6/8/2019
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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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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