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Where would you host your music if Soundcloud Closes?

Where would you host your music if Soundcloud Closes? Recent news about Soundcloud started making rounds in quite a few social media group forums I lurk in frequently.  The most popular article shared was the article by Tim Ingham published on Music Business worldwide.  Another article by Andrew Liptak published just days later on The […]

Drum triggers. What they are, and how they work.

Drum triggers. What they are, and how they work. A drum trigger is a microphone. Nothing more. It picks up the sound of the drum and sends the audio to the source. The source usually is an audio to midi converter either in the box or outside of the box, but that doesn’t have to […]

To Subscribe Or Not To Subscribe

 To Subscribe Or Not To Subscribe Whether you’re an aspiring artist or seasoned industry vet, you undoubtedly have noticed the subscription trend getting picked up by more and more software developers.  On December 12th 2016,  Softube announced their new subscription model for their plugin collection and it very closely mimics The Everything Bundle promotion that […]

How to build a Subkick from an old Tom

Why I Don’t Care About Accurate Analog Modeling

Plugin manufacturers are on a never ending quest to develop the holy grail of plugins…the perfect digital model of a classic analog piece that everyone in the industry embraces as the most accurate, bar none. This is admirable in that it pushes the technology further and further, and now we have top tier mix engineers […]

Do we really need more 1176 plugin models?

Back in the day, we had hardware. Since then, we started using software. Over the years, we’ve become better and better at developing this software so that it fools the trained ear into thinking it’s hardware. We make it move, overload, have noise, and try to recreate the exact sonic imprint of the hardware. We’ve […]

Making a Scene is Looking for Writers

Are you involved with your local music scene? Do you love indie artists and believe the music you listen to needs to have more attention? Do you want to be known as a music journalists? Well here is your chance to become part of the fastest growing music related magazine on the internet.  Making a […]



An In Depth Interview with Dave Fields

Dave Fields new CD “UNLEASHED” is the next installment in the evolution of a blues rock master and beyond. “UNLEASHED” features seven live cuts that capture the pure fire of Dave Fields live and seven studio cuts that expose ever more Dave’s powerful, heart gripping song writing. Make no mistake about it. The gloves come […]

An In Depth Interview with Scott Ramminger

Scott Ramminger is a writer, singer, and saxophonist.   Songs from his 2013 CD, “Advice From a Father to a Son,” received extensive airplay on Sirus XM’s “Bluesville” Channel 70 and on blues and radio stations around the world.   He won the Gold Award in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for a tune off the disk.   His […]

An In Depth Interview with John Ginty and Aster Pheonyx

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE John Ginty has literally covered a lot of ground. Fresh off playing Hammond B-3 for the Dixie Chicks on their MMXVI World Tour, Ginty is hitting the road with his own band. His US tour will be in support of his upcoming release from the American Showplace Music Label. “Rockers”, is […]

An IN Depth interview with John Mayall

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues”. In 2013, John signed with producer Eric Corne’s label, Forty Below Records, and has since been experiencing a true artistic and career renaissance. This revival continues with […]

An In Depth Interview with Peter Karp

Singer-songwriter, slide guitarist and pianist Peter Karp has carved out his own unique niche. At once funny, poignant, irreverent, romantic and always true to life, Karp’s compositions reflect his own intriguing backstory.  Raised both in the swamps of New Jersey and rural trailer parks of Southern Alabama, Karp masterfully crafts music fueled with a Yankee-Rebel […]

CD Reviews


Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men Prick of The Litter

Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men Prick of The Litter Hot Shot Records Delbert McClinton was born in Lubbock, Texas in November of 1940. He worked in a blues band that backed up Sonny Boy Wiliamson II, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. In 1962 he played harmonica on Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby”. He […]

Southern Avenue Stax/Concord Music Group

Southern Avenue Stax/Concord Music Group Southern Avenue is the first Memphis based band to be signed to the new Stax Records. They are a quintet that combines the soul, blues and gospel traditions of that city with a youthful exuberance all their own. They are named after Southern Avenue, the street that leads to Soulville, […]

Scott Ramminger Do What Your Heart Says To

Scott Ramminger Do What Your Heart Says To Arbor Lane Music Scott Ramminger is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from the U. of Tennessee with a degree in journalism and settled in the Washington DC area. Ramminger has a broad musical taste he developed working as a sideman. He released “Crawstickers” in 2011 with […]

Eliza Neals – ‘10,000 Feet Below’

By Rhetta Akamatsu What happens when you take one former opera singer (Eliza Neals), one guitar legend (Howard Glazer),and a total of 17 musicians, send them to 5 studios and try to create something new in modern blues-rock? You get a phenomenal album called 10.000 Feet Down. To try to describe the sound of this […]

Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio

Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio Alligator Records Elvin Bishop has been active on the Blues scene ever since he met Paul Butterfield in 1963. He left The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and formed his own band, The Elvin Bishop Group, in 1968. This is Bishop’s twentieth studio album and twenty-eighth album overall. A lot has […]

Lisa Biales The Beat of My Heart

Lisa Biales The Beat of My Heart Big Song Music   Lisa Biales hails from Oxford, Ohio. She attended Ohio University in Athens. Her first full length album was released in 1999. Her last album 2013’s “Belle of The Blues” was co-produced by EG Kight and Paul Hornsby. “The Beat of My Heart” is Biales’ […]

Big Bill Morganfield Bloodstains on the Wall

Big Bill Morganfield Bloodstains on the Wall Black Shuck Records In 1999 Big Bill Morganfield, the youngest son of the late McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters, released his first authorized studio recording. It was the result of a fifteen year odyssey of self discovery. On “Rising Son” Morganfield surrounded himself with personnel who had played […]

Thornetta Davis Honest Woman

Thornetta Davis Honest Woman Sweet Mama Music Thornetta Davis was born in Detroit. Davis released her first full length studio recording “Sunday Morning Music” in 1996. Her song “Cry”, from that album, was featured in an episode of “The Sopranos”. She appeared at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Fest and sang onstage with Bonnie […]

John Ginty featuring Astor Pheonyx Rockers

John Ginty featuring Astor Pheonyx Rockers American Showplace Music John Ginty is an in demand organ player appearing on approximately sixty albums for other artists. Ginty’s grasp of American contemporary music enables him to play in a variety of different contexts. In 2013 Ginty starting working with producer Ben Elliot of American Showplace Studios and […]

Book Review – The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good

Book Review The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good By Marie B. Trout, PhD Dr. Marie Trout has written a book about me. If you are reading this then it’s probably about you too. Why do I/we love the blues? The book starts “where a study of the blues normally ends. It is written […]

On the Scene


This week: Blues all around Atlanta Feb. 20-26

Victor Wainwright is the big news to me this weekend and it’s killing me that I am at a convention that night and probably can’t go.  Tab Benoit is in town the same night and Zydefunk has their annual King Cake party so if you want to have a good time Friday just take your pick. […]

Mardi Gras Party: Little G Weevil and The Cazanovas at MadLife Stage and Studios, Woodstock, Feb. 19

By Rhetta Akamatsu Photos by Takesi Akamatsu Of all the many groups and solo performers in Atlanta that I love, The Cazanovas and Little G Weevil are my personal favorites. So when they were performing separately and together at MadLife Stage and Studios  in Woodstock Sunday afternoon my husband and I were excited to go. […]



LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Dave Fields

This is the #1 and Original INDIE Blues radio show and The Voice of indie blues! This is the show that brings you artists who are innovators not the imitators .. the artists who embrace the diversity that always has and still is being created from the roots of the blues .. these are the […]


LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Scott Ramminger

Are you looking for something new .. then Tune into The Voice of Indie Blues .. the show that brings you those artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues and in the true tradition of the blues are out there creating new original music from it’s roots. These artists are not restricted by some […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of INDIE BLUES” 2/12/2017

This is The Voice of Indie Blues! This is the show that brings you the best in the FUTURE OF THE BLUES! These are the Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues.. They are the innovators not the imitators .. they are creating new original music that is firmly rooted in the […]