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Artist Interviews

Michael Lee is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an interview with Michael Lee! It's not often that blues breaks the internet. But after six million-plus YouTube views for his jaw-dropping rendition of…

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Bill Bloomer is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an interview with Bill Bloomer! If you’ve been wondering, “Where are all the good lion-wrestling, Buddhist monk, Americana singer-songwriters?” It’s time you meet Bill Bloomer. The…

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Rod Picott is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Talks with Rod Picott! July 19th 2019 finds Rod Picott releasing his eleventh album, titled Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil. The new album…

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Adam Holt is Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Adam Holt! Muddy Waters once said, “The blues had a baby, and they named the baby rock n’ roll.” Well if…

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Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers are Making a Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Mindi Abair! One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her…

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Chuck McDowell of ESOEBO Is Making a Scene
HOMEPAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Chuck McDowell of ESOEBO Louisiana born, Georgia raised, Chuck McDowell is an award winning singer songwriter and entertainer with a reputation in…

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Charlie Roth is Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making A Scene Presents an Interview with Charlie Roth! Americana, Folk, Blues, Country, Celtic, Charlie Roth is a unique blend of all these genres. What Charlie is best…

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Larry Griffith IS Making A Scene!
HOME PAGE Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Larry Griffith! Larry Griffith has been on a musical and geographic journey southward, and his fifth album, Bonafide, is the next…

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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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Scott Ramminger Rise Up
Scott Ramminger Rise Up Arbor Lane Last time out Singer/songwriter saxophonist Scott Ramminger was playing with top shelf New Orleans musicians and vocalists Bekka Bramblett and Francine Reed with The…

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Ross Osteen Band Williwaw
Ross Osteen Band Williwaw Independent The Ross Osteen Band is a blues band out of Hendersonville, North Carolina. The band formed in 2014, is a power trio led by favorite…

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Blind Lemon Jazz After Hours
Blind Lemon Jazz After Hours OFEH Sometimes a format change can make a big difference.  James Byfield aka Blind Lemon Pledge has made several straight-ahead blues albums that this writer…

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Heather Newman Rise From The Flames
Heather Newman Rise From The Flames Vizztone Label Group Omaha’s Heather Newman got her start as second guitarist and vocalist with The Nick Schnebelen Band and she appears on his…

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Nancy Wright Alive and Blue
Nancy Wright Alive & Blue Vizztone Label Group/Direct Hit Records Nancy Wright is a west coast saxophonist, a highly respected and in-demand session musician, and former member of The Frank…

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Bobby Messano Lemonade
Bobby Messano Lemonade by Rhetta Akamatsu Guitar ace, songwriter and singer Bobby Messano is about to release a new album, Lemonade, and it lives up to the high standard you…

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Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers No Good Deed
Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers No Good Deed Pretty Good For A Girl Records Mindi Abair is a two time Grammy nominated Jazz saxophonist who released her eighth solo album…

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Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars Brasil!
Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars Brasil! Jazz Forum When we think of Brazilian music, we probably first envision guitars or maybe those iconic Stan Getz/ Gilberto collaborations.  In…

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Dawn Tyler Watson Mad Love
Dawn Tyler Watson Mad Love Independent Canadian Dawn Tyler Watson studied Jazz and Theatre at Concordia University in Montreal. She was featured in several movies but achieved success playing a…

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Chuck Mead Close To Home
Chuck Mead Close To Home Plowboy Records In 1993 Kansas native Chuck Mead was one of the founding members and front men for the Alternative Country band BR549.  Their self-titled…

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Tal Wilkenfeld - City Winery Boston and Love Remains CD
By Adam Signore Let's talk about Tal Wilkenfeld. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Tal Wilkenfeld at City Winery Boston the other night and you know how you go…

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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 This live album from saxophonist Dave Wilson and his quartet at Philly’s Chris’ Jazz Café is a different kind of jazz album…

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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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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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Here is a list of the top 3 wireless guitar systems that are best for bass players. All of these systems use digital transmission, have the full frequency response of at least 20Hz-20kHz, and all have the incredible dynamic range of 120dB. Keep in mind that all of these systems are tour ready, reliable, compatible with active pickups, convenient, and do not negatively affect the tone of your bass. I, as a bass player, will not recommend half ass quality cheap gear that will break or consistently cut out to fellow bass players. If your wondering why many big name wireless guitar systems did not make our list, its due to the lack of dependability with many cut outs or durability where they break to often and easy.

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On the Road and in the Studio

Top 3 Wireless Guitar Systems For Bass
Top 3 Wireless Guitar Systems For Bass On top of a high-quality reliable wireless instrument system, there are two solid factors that a wireless guitar system needs to be suitable…

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Making a Scene Takes a First look at the Slate Digital All Access Pass
Making a Scene Takes a First Look at the Slate Digital "All Access Pass"! When a software company announces they will be having a major announcement in the coming days,…

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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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Podcasts

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Michael Lee
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Michael Lee! 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 Adam Holt
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Adam Holt! This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues. Artists who embrace…

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Music on the Couch #474!
MUSIC ON THE COUCH SHOW#474 – 06/24/19 LISTEN HERE: http://tobtr.com/11365769   LEROY ELLINGTON Leroy has been performing for the last 30 years, establishing himself as a master vocalist and sax…

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LIVE from the Midnight Circus Indie Blues Double Shot 6/22/2019
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 Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers! This is the Voice of Indie Blues, the future of the blues.…

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LIVE From the Midnight Circus Featuring Larry Griffith!
Making a Scene Presents the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Larry Griffith 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 6/16/2019
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 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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