SMITHRADIO | FEB 2017 AOM Winner!

Scott Patterson | SMITHRADIO February 2017 By Candice Anne Marshall If any of the Starlight Music Chronicles followers on Twitter were paying attention from January 15th to 22nd, they would have noticed a flurry of activity. This was the seven-day period that will go down in our history books as the Artist of the Month fan voted competition that broke some serious records in terms of ‘fan votes’. It was the first time ever that a band (fan nominated) would achieve the highest ever votes for the social media poll posted.  In fact, SMITHRADIO fans were relentless in their pursuit of  making music history by elevating their favorite Musician, Scott Patterson and his band, to this level of   success by crushing the previous record for number of votes held by The Roxy Suicide in December 2015. Recently. I connected with Scott to talk about the February 2017 Artist of the Month win, his fans (who have now labelled themselves the SMITHRADIO Army), and what that means for the upcoming Artist of the Year competition in June 2017. Here’s what he had to say: – INTERVIEW – SMC – So tell me, what are your thoughts on winning SMC’s February 2017 Artist of the Month (AOM) competition? SP – Well, it’s a terrific honor to get this kind of validation so early in the game. I didn’t expect to get a nomination, was surprised when we got it and was even more surprised we won. Kinda pinching myself on this one, […]

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Wall Of Orange | Series No.1

by CA Marshall Texas based Alternative Rock, Neo-Psychedelia band Wall Of Orange can best be described in one word and one word only: EUPHORIA. About a month ago, my dear friend (and dedicated music guru) David Somerville sent me a song by the band titled ‘Sweetest Blue’ (see video below). I have known David long enough to know that his taste in music and library is exceptional: it would be safe to say that Wall Of Orange’s self-titled debut album is also on this list which would most likely include the likes of Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Johnny Marr, New Order, Gary Numan, and many many more. To have Wall Of Orange included would mean only one thing: they must be exceptional! So, I followed up and had a listen. Moments later, I was on the band’s Facebook page trying to find a connection as soon as possible. They just had to be on our Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight immediately. I connected to frontman of the band Gary Parks within 10 minutes. Bingo! I have listened to the band’s album in it’s entirety over the course of this time, several times, at least 4-6 times per week and there’s one thing I can honestly say: this is music that will never get old as it is most definitely not a one-hit-wonder, this is music that will be played for generations to come. I mean it! Look, when I say the word euphoria, I am not talking about a psychedelic experience, […]

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Shay Esposito | Series No.1 ‘How Does It Feel’

By CA Marshall I had my review written last night right after I heard the new single ‘How Does It Feel’ by Canadian Pop Electronic Singer/Songwriter Shay Esposito. All that I needed to do was add the video to this review…and then I watched it this morning shortly after its launch. I scrapped what I wrote after watching. It simply couldn’t do it justice. Here’s exactly what I wrote on her music page after viewing it: ‘I’m bawling my eyes out over here. I’m speechless! It’s perfect! I can’t wait to post the review! Shay Esposito I love you for this!’ Why? Today, December 13th, 2016, Shay launched her new single and video for ‘How Does It Feel’, a song that focuses on overcoming addictions and the struggles therein. I can honestly say that albeit Shay remains consistent in bringing a strong message to her loyal fans, her lyrical ability has matured into a lilting, sweet, sincere tone that is carried out perfectly in the production of this single. The video is a beautiful kaleidoscope of imagination genuinely reflecting the darkness and light that accompanies addictions. She walks barefoot, cloaked in darkness, seemingly lost through a wintry cold forest searching for something, when she comes across a window with light reflecting through and realizes the search is for herself. This video and song perfectly reflects the struggle many people with addictions face and it is well executed. Allow me to go off the beaten trail of the typical Music Journalist write […]

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Dan Davidson Series No.3 The ‘Barn Burner’

By CA Marshall There is no doubt in my mind that Canadian born Singer/Songwriter Dan Davidson is going to go for the gold with his Country music career. In fact, this is his Starlight Music Chronicles ‘Spotlight’ Series No. 3 (see No. 1 by Randy Wayne Belt of Barley Station, and No. 3) and we see no end in sight as we follow his road to success. Since June 2015, when his debut single (as a solo Country Artist) ‘Unkiss Her’ launched until this moment, Davidson has impressed us with every single he’s released and his fan base grew exponentially when he launched ‘Found’ earlier this year. In fact, many people I played the song for instantly recognized the highly contagious song asking me ‘Who sings that?!’ to which I happily reply, ‘Why it’s Dan Davidson, of course’. Of course! With the release of his latest song ‘Barn Burner’ on October 25th, and the video launch today, there’s no doubt in our mind that the name ‘Dan Davidson’ will be on the lips of every Country music lover internationally. This is a song that is just as highly contagious as ‘Found’. Co-written with The Road Hammers’ Clayton Bellamy, the lyrics talk about the great ‘Small Town’ hoedown – a group of friends looking for a good time and that’s just where the song takes you. The beat is pure Canadian Country at it’s best: catchy, quick, and fun. Davidson’s vocals have always been iconic: there’s no mistaking them as soon […]

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Palaye Royale Series No. 4 | Boom Boom Room

By CA Marshall Photography: Chris Belsito | Vibrant Lifescapes LA Fashion week Video & Photos by Stephanie Rachel “Yesterday Palaye Royale finished just a little bit over a 12-month cycle of living on the road. We have played 225 shows, played a show in every state (besides the Dakotas, Hawaii, & Alaska), drove close to 100,000 miles, blew 2 transmissions, hugged at least 15,000 fans, made some friends and lost some friends. A year of experiences lead to stories that will forever be imbedded into my mind, heart and soul. I am grateful for the Palaye Royale team and family of the Soldiers of the Royal Council – without everyone’s love and respect for us we could not sustain a career of playing music everyday in a new city. Safe to say I am proud and happy, so thank you for being apart of year one. Now currently driving back to Los Angeles from Detroit – will take a week to collect my sanity or completely lose it then, back into the studio to make album two, Boom Room: Side B. Early 2017 Palaye Royale joins Andy Black and William Control on a North American tour to continue another year of caravanning.” The above quote was written by Sebastian Danzig, Guitarist of the Los Angeles based Fashion Art Rock Band Palaye Royale on November 16, 2016. Indeed, it goes without saying that true fans of Palaye Royale would know this band has been insanely busy since launching their album ‘Boom […]

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Gianluca John Attanasio

By CA Marshall Exclusive Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight Interview – May 15th, 2016 SMC  – Hello Gianluca! Welcome to the Spotlight on Starlight Music Chronicles! We often showcase many high profile industry (Music, Film, and Fashion) profiles on this platform and look forward to adding you to this elite roster. How did you first hear about Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC)? GJA – It’s all because of my press office who informed me about Starlight Music Chronicles later I’ve read several sections of that and I’ve immediately fell in love with the magazine. SMC – So let’s first delve into a little bit of your history….tell us a little bit about how you came to be ‘Gianluca John Attanasio’ GJA – I’ve been playing acoustic piano since I was 8 and started writing my early songs at the age of 13; Later I attended -and often won- several musical contests in Italy and France. At the end I was lucky enough to sign my first contract with an Italian label. Subsequently I’ve collaborated with American people, writing music for dance, theatre and independent cinema. SMC – That SOUND! I have always been an avid listener of anything to do with the Doors and that languid, dark, unmistakable sound coming from Jim Morrison. How did you first discover this was a sound you could easily replicate? GJA – I consider The Doors an unrepeatable and incomparable band. If few of my songs have some similarities to theirs, it’s because I’ve always appreciated the […]

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Ari Herstand

By CA Marshall Editor | Starlight Music Chronicles Recent Interview previously posted on Indie Music Bus Q – Hello Ari! Thank you for taking the time for this interview for the Indie Music Bus and Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight platforms. Let’s start at the beginning with your music career. I had a glimpse into your ‘style’ and I have to say it is really unique with the combo of looping, trumpet, keyboard….you are very multi faceted. For first time readers finding out about you via this interview will want to know how you came about with your musical journey….. Ari – My very first shows around the University of Minnesota campus were with my dorm roommate at the time who was a cellist, my floor RA, who was a beat boxer and the girl down the hall who was a singer. This was my initial “band.” We performed a bunch of shows around town like this, but they moved away or moved on and when I performed solo I missed the bigger sound we created. I had seen looping done by someone at an open mic where he looped a 12 bar blues or something and soloed on top of it, so I knew the technology existed. I went to the music store one day and asked if they had something like that. They showed me the Boss RC 20XL loop station (this was 2005). I locked myself in my room for a month and learned it. I remember my […]

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Meghan Patrick

By CA Marshall I am not quite sure where the ‘Meghan Patrick train’ came from but to say ‘out of nowhere’ would be a lie….this young Canadian Country Recording Artist, signed with Warner Music Canada (record label), has been on my radar since she rose to the challenge earlier this year with her version of the Children’s song by Televisions’ ‘Sharon, Lois, and Bram’ titled ‘Skinnamarink’.  I know, I know…..perhaps it should have been the very recent release of her album ‘Grace & Grit’ that would have caught my attention as a music Journalist, (and make no mistake, it did!) however, it was a little more personal of a connection being that Patrick is also friends with Country recording artist Dan Davidson (See our previous Spotlight features I & II on our Spotlight numbered series). Davidson has been a much admired industry peer who has not only made an impact in the Country music community as of late, but also with this brilliant young Artist who has made a significant enough impression even on the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) with an honorable consideration for Album of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the year (Meghan & Chad Kroeger), Video of the Year (Bow Chicka Wow Wow), and Video Director of the Year (Emma Higgins – Bow Chicka Wow Wow) for fall of 2016. Considering Patrick only signed with Warner in the summer of 2015, this is a huge accomplishment! All of this, among her Warner peers Aaron Goodvin, Brett Kissel, and […]

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Dan Davidson Series No.2

By CA Marshall It has been almost a year since our last Spotlight on Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Country Recording Artist Dan Davidson (See Series No.1 here) and in that time he has been making significant strides in the industry with the release of his recent single ‘Found’. Radio stations across the country have been clamoring to get a copy of the song to spin on their stations and it is not hard to figure out why: the song is completely addicting (see below & have a listen).  You hear it once and you need to hear it again. It has lead the Musician to the Calgary Stampede Stage performing live with industry peers Matt Blais Band, Jordan McIntosh, Matt Masters, Aaron Pollock, and George Canyon. However, this is definitely not this very well rounded and talented Musicians’ first ‘Rodeo’: he was asked to perform at Big Valley Jamboree last summer (2015) literally moments after his launch as a Solo Artist. In addition to his growing status on the Country Music scene, Davidson continues to work with his band  Tupelo Honey as well as Local Recording Artists such as Bryan Finlay, Lexi Strate, Rachel Woznow, Janay Thomas, and now ‘one to watch’, Kayla Patrick. We connected with Davidson earlier this month for an Exclusive Interview where we talked about his progress since July of last year and this is how it all went down: *Exclusive Interview* SMC – It’s been some time since we have had a one on one Dan! Last […]

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Melany Rowe: Designer

By CA Marshall Photos Courtesy of Melany Rowe “I can make you a fancy coffee with all the beautiful toppings, but please don’t ask me to make you a regular coffee, I would have to get you to make it yourself,” smiled Melany Rowe, Quebec-born Fashion Designer known for her flair of the dramatic and self-proclaimed lover of “all things Glamorous”. In fact, at her Debut Show at Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) in Edmonton, Alberta, in the spring of 2013 (where I first met her), the Designer came into the industry with a bang. All of her designs are polished, pretty, and above all: Glamorous. Intricate, hand-sewn beading, chains (yes! Chains!), detailed floral techniques, and feathers, adorn her Bridal & Evening gowns (and accessories!) that would make even Coco Chanel blush. _____________________ Fast forward to the Spring 2016 WCFW runway show for the Designers’ Fall/Winter 2016/17 collection and you can see how Rowe has clearly been evolving as a designer: her collection was one of her most edgy and glamorous yet. Models graced the stage wearing floor length gowns in black, white, cream, and pale pastel covered with intricate beading, delicate ribbon, chain, and pearls, chiffon, brocade, and lace all strategically placed for that elegant-yet-edgy flair notorious to this designer. Models graced the floor to the sounds of her current inspiration, Recording Artists Palaye Royale’s single ‘Morning Light’ thus incorporating the Designers’ desire to combining Glamour and Rock Music with a little bit of edge. ‘The band really has […]

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NEW MAYANS: ‘CRIMES’ EP | Review

By CA Marshall Photos courtesy of NEW MAYANS Management by Victoria Sanders Photography I think I have found my new ‘Bowie’. Now hold on, hold on, HOLD ON! Before all you avid Bowie lovers get up in arms and think I am replacing our beloved ‘BlackStar’ please hear me out: I am and always will be a loyal Bowie fan. But truly, I have stumbled upon something *NEW* here and I feel confident in my initial statement…… Back in 2014, St. Louis, Missouri-born, Chicago based,  ‘Swiggy’ (aka: Joe ‘Swiggy’ Swigunski) began collaborating with several notable Industry Professionals who were ‘key’ throughout David Bowies career. They are: New York Grammy Award winning Music Producer Mario J Mcnulty, Earl Stick, and Sterling Campbell, featured in the recording of the new four song EP ‘Crimes‘ at The Magic Shop studio in SoHo where Bowie recorded his last album ‘Blackstar’. Mcnulty is not only known for his work with Bowie, but also is the mastermind behind Artists such as Prince, Julian Lennon, and Tony Visconti to name a few. In addition, Swiggy also collaborated with famous drummer Sterling Campbell, (who was also Bowies Drummer) who has worked with Duran Duran, B-52’s, Soul Asylum and Cyndi Lauper. The cherry on the cake was in the addition of Earl Slick (who also worked with Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Robert Smith). All were included in the production of Swiggy’s newly released (today!) EP. Voila! In addition to support from the above notable ‘Bowie Camp’ professionals,  […]

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The Whiskey Darlings

Interview by CA Marshall Editor| Starlight Music Chronicles SMC – Hello The Whiskey Darlings! Welcome to Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight! We first met via the December 2015 SMC Artist of the Month competition and are pretty impressed about you holding the top spot for the first part of the competition. What did you think of this competition? TWD – Hey Candice!  I think that is a great way to get people engaged in the process of picking the artist.  Because of it you have people excited for and wanting to read the reviews of the band, and listening to their music during and after the competition. SMC – What positive do you think you walked away with from the competition? TWD – We are a fairly new act, so it was nice to see some of our new fans rally behind us in that competition. SMC – For the sake of introducing you to our fan base, can you tell us all of your names and which instruments you play? TWD – The Whiskey Darlings consist of Michele Van Kleef singing and playing guitar, and Rob Rainwater singing and playing guitar, mandolin and harmonica. SMC – Can you please tell us about the band itself and how you all came to be The Whiskey Darlings? TWD – We started the project based on a love of Folk-Rock of the 60s and 70s. We were both booked at the same venue on the same night by mistake, so the person who […]

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Arkavello

by CA Marshall It was not too long ago when we first began our Starlight Music Chronicles Artist of the Month competitions and Arkavello came in very close behind the August 2015 winner Olivia Rose with a whopping 481 votes and a very close victory. Since, the band has launched their new album ‘Songs From The Future’ and we have the scoop below! ________________ Alex Webster – Vocals and Bass John Hutchinson – Vocals and Guitar Riley Frank – Vocals and Drums SMC – Hello Arkavello! Wow! What a year for you all! We have listened (many times, we admit) to your first EP `Songs from the Future` and would love to know right off the bat the story behind each song – could you tell us a little about each one? Alex – The first song “Caught in a Fantasy” is an older song John and I wrote in October of 2013 before Arkavello became a full band; it was a turning point in our writing, as well as our own view on the world. It is about becoming aware that your reality isn’t what you have been told. John – “Here We Are” is about humanity coming to a cross roads, either we can choose the path of greed and power which will undoubtedly lead to oblivion or choose the path of peace and love. John – “Vanilla” is plea to a higher power to cleanse the world of all evil.   SMC – We were so happy to have […]

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Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson Self Titled Album: From Warner Music Canada AVAILABLE OCT 16 “I first became aware of Jamie Lawson a few years ago, after hearing his track “Wasn’t Expecting That”. I very rarely get emotional over a track, but that song stopped me dead. He manages to put across such raw emotion within his work, and I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this guy in some way. Having decided to start my own label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ with my label Atlantic Records, the first artist I had to sign was Jamie. Starting Gingerbread Man Records means I can put music I love out there on a huge platform, and Jamie seemed like the perfect choice for my first release” – Ed Sheeran, July 2015. The road to overnight success is often far longer than people assume, but for Jamie Lawson, the journey was an epic one. It took time for him to find his voice, and even longer to hone his songs, which recreate a key moment, an emotion or even a whole lifetime in sparse, poetic language that connects in a very direct and powerful way. And though he quickly found a core, loyal following who have sustained him throughout, only now is that starting to blossom into something far bigger. But music this lovely is worth waiting for. Growing up in Plymouth, Jamie was introduced to music by his older brothers. Early on, he’d go to school singing lyrics by The Smiths and The Housemartins […]

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Palaye Royale Series No .2

By CA Marshall Editor | Starlight Music Chronicles When it comes to Canadian Born, Las Vegas based Fashion Art Rock Band Palaye Royale, it’s perfectly fine to name drop. And we’re not talking just the band as an entity, we are talking all of the Fashion and Entertainment Industry Professionals sitting up and taking a serious look at history being made here and wanting to be a part of it. Prominent Profiles such as Kellin Quinn (Frontman for the band Sleeping with Sirens) have begun talks of collaborations on music with the band as of late, The Agency Groups’ Ralph James (see note worthy below) has signed the band following their candid performance at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada earlier this spring, and Fashion Moniker John Varvatos has also demonstrated his support via fashion ensembles which have become the bands insignia: Fashion Art Rock Band. To be perfectly frank, their trail has cultivated from a ‘dwarf- sized’ star (haven’t they always been stars?) to a blazing comet across the universe and this is no short-term comet either, this one is for the history books.   But how can we be so confident in making this claim though? Proof is in the documented and historical timeline leading up to present day. I have personally written several articles on different Website platforms for Palaye Royale (now based out of Los Angeles, California) and have followed their journey quite closely since February of 2014 when they messaged me via Twitter to […]

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Katie Belle Akin

by Randy Wayne Belt (aka: Barley Station) There’s no question that Katie Belle is someone with passionate songwriting vision. She knows how to bring the song right home and make you feel what she is feeling as if you were there listening in her own backyard in the U.S. state of Georgia. The song “Georgia Moon”, will potently make you drift off and make time stand still as you feel you are watching the world disappear just as in the lyrics: “All time stands still when your with me here – I’ll watch the world disappear – with you – under a Georgia Moon.” That part of the song will be stuck in your head forever, as well as the powerful lyric: “and the stars align when our hearts collide – in the clouds feels so right – with you – under a Georgia Moon.” (To Hear it and buy it on iTunes click Here)   And a full version early take is here: (To Hear Georgia Moon Click Here) The song will draw you in by its pure passionate believability. It is, in fact, about a direct experience, in the form of a much hoped for date/romance that ended up not coming to pass. But we’ll find out more about that in the interview. When you hear it, there will be no question that the artists truest emotions went into the writing and production of the song. “Georgia Moon” gives you a down home country feel as well, and stays relatively […]

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Melody Lovejoy

by Randy Wayne Belt (of Barley Station) I always love when I come across a true artist in every sense of the word. And I had a good hunch I was right because you won’t find many female country artists with such colorful hair, and large beautiful handmade earrings. And they look great on Edmonton, Alberta recording artist Melody Lovejoy. And she could well be a trendsetter here because her EP “Letting Go”, released in fall of 2014, has already received airplay in Canada, Japan, and the Netherlands. Melody can best be summed up by her song “Barefoot In the Backwoods” where you will find country music smoothly blended with the roots of rock and a very powerful impassioned vocal delivery. You’ll feel like you are “chasing butterflies and dreaming and running with the wind” right along with her. The same moving passion for singing is felt in an incredible way when you hear Melody’s moving duet with Sawyer Brown member, Shayne Hill. The lyric in this song, “I can almost feel the rhythm of our souls” is rendered even more effective by the sibling-like blend of vocals the two brought to the song. With lyrics like these, I am definitely on the right track in my quest for another true artist. The closing track “Letting Go” delivers another powerful punch in the gut to all the false promises of love by the insincere. The carefully placed banjo blended with solid rock guitar parts makes one think of music by artists […]

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Mickey Loves Mallory

  By Xristopher Bland If inspiration characteristically comes like a cloudburst, Toronto’s Mickey Loves Mallory managed two incredible things in their newly released song “Flash Flood.” In figuratively flipping their umbrella upward to capture and funnel the raindrops, as it were, they created a song so immediately affecting yet elusive of genre that labels of “alternative” and “electronic” seem oversimplifications of the ineffable place from which music comes, and to which “Flash Flood” speaks. As well, in listening to that place through inspiration and rendering the rain honestly, band members Dani Jean and Brandon DeLyzer experienced the fundamental trustworthiness of inspiration, however it comes. They initially weren’t sure whether their management company would like the song, the pair explained while chatting at a downtown restaurant close to the Gardiner condo where they record. As different as the song sounded, they also understood the often-precarious ground between pushing musical boundaries and alienating listener accessibility. Yet they moved ahead truthfully to the sound of the creative rain. Beginning off the beat before flowing into the ambience of a dark rhythmic pulse, the song includes a jaggedness wrought by a hole cut in a speaker (a technique used by John Lennon for the raw guitar sound in “Revolution”). Above it all, Dani Jean vocally flows to Brandon’s lyrics like a stratosphere of emotion, echoing the haunting interplay of trance vocals by Sara McLachlan on the 1999 Delerium track “Silence.” In other places, glimmers of Grace Jones appear, and where the reaction of “This […]

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Dan Davidson Series No.1

Like a bull riding event at a rodeo, Tupelo Honey frontman, Dan Davidson, comes charging out of the gate with his first solo effort riding hard and hitting the ground running with the highly contagious and energetic first single “Unkiss Her” due to be released on July 13th, 2015 on iTunes. (see below for album art)   ‘and then all of a sudden I was booked to play for 10,000 people at Big Valley Jamboree!’ -Dan Davidson by Randy Wayne Belt “Unkiss Her” is a fun, energetic, and upbeat song that will grab your ears right away. With it’s highly memorable song melodies and ear grabbing guitar riffs, you will walk away smiling after hearing this song just once – and you’ll be addicted after hearing it twice! I caught up to Dan Davidson recently on the phone and interrupted his pleasant bike ride to chat with him about his new single, its lyrics video, and what his musical plans are ahead. I found Dan to be an easy to talk to kind of guy with a good sense of purpose coupled with a good sense of humor. Being a recording artist and songwriter myself I wanted to get right down to the nitty gritty so the first thing I just HAD to ask about was the song lyrics. That’s what intrigued me about the song. So I figured I’ll just skip all the typical interview formality questions for a minute and get right to the heart of the matter: Randy […]

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