Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music
By: Tim Newby
Band: Howlin’ Rain (Official Webpage)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Members: Ethan Miller (vocals, guitar), Jeff Mcelroy (bass), Dan Cervantes (guitar), Justin Smith (drums)
Sounds Like: Smoking a joint as you speed down the highway with the windows open and the radio blasting your favorite rock station. Continue reading Howlin’ Rain: Soulful, Psychedelic, Arena-rock
By: Tim Newby
Band: Sean Alan (Official Webpage)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Sounds Like: Sun-kissed, soulful blues dipped deep into the well of classic country-rock. Continue reading Sean Alan – Sun-kissed, Soulful Blues
Caleb Stine – Moon
Writer: Tim Newby
Caleb Stine is a songwriter of powerful dimensions who does not simply write songs and make albums, instead he creates experiences through his music that spring to life through his commanding voice that channels the heart of each character that inhabit his songs. The stories that exist in his songs run the full gamut of emotion from joy, to sorrow, to curiosity, to elation. Listening to one of Stine’s albums is a complete emotional journey, an experience beyond simply listening to music.
Continue reading Caleb Stine – Moon
Combsy at Second Street Brewery
Santa Fe, NM
June 16, 2018
Santa Fe, NM
Writer/ Photographer: Jake Cudek
Setlist: Joshua Tree, Black & Tan Fantasy, 1939, Villain, Una Esta, Times are Hard for Dreamers, So Long Uncle Walter, Chicken Strut, Versus
One of Santa Fe’s favorite watering holes, The Second Street Brewery, celebrated the art of craft beer, crab, and dads in the city. Hosting, The Second Street Brewery’s First Annual Pilsner and Crab Festival, at their newest taproom the event brought out both residents and tourists in droves. For the entertainment, the brewery tapped Tulsa jazz instrumentalist and genre-fusing gypsy Chris Combs, who was out promoting his newest album, Combsy.
Continue reading Combsy at Second Street Brewery
Combsy, the solo project of Chris Combs, guitarist of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey , will hit the road this May and June in support of their self-titled debut LP (Horton Records) which was released in late 2017. The band won’t stray too far from their hometown of Tulsa with shows in Nashville, Little Rock, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Montrose CO, Denver and Santa Fe. The New Orleans shows will feature Dan Oestreicher (sax) from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave and drummer Josh Raymer from Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven and JFJO will be the featured player during the Colorado dates.
Continue reading Chris Combs from JFJO hits the road with Combsy
One of the premiere festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Hot August Music Festival, will return to the picturesque setting of Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland (minutes from downtown Baltimore) August 18, 2018. Entering its twenty-sixth year the Hot August Music Festival has again assembled a lineup this year that reflects the overriding principle that festival founder and promoter, Brad Selko, has adhered to over the history of the festival, “To provide a different variety of American Roots music each year. Blues, bluegrass, rock, funk, jam, whatever.” This year’s line-up does just that with a diverse roster of twelve bands who represent all facets of American Roots Music. This year’s lineup is topped by The Revivalists and features Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Marcus King Band, Cris Jacobs Band, Psycho Killers, Whiskey Shivers, Dirty Grass Players, Niki Hall, Selwyn Birchwood, Hall Williams Band, and Omari Banks. Also featuring another special guest headliner TBA April 1. Continue reading Hot August Music Festival announces lineup
Charm City Bluegrass Festival, has released its lineup for the sixth annual version of the award winning festival (2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Event of the Year and 2015 Best Festival by Baltimore Magazine). Expanding to two days, the event will feature twenty-one bands spread across three stage. It will be headlined by The Travelin’ McCourys and the Devil Makes Three, and feature The Steeldrivers, Jeff Austin Band, Larry Keel Experience, Billy Strings, Caleb Stine, Trout Steak Revival and many others.
The family-friendly festivities will also include local food vendors, adult beverages provided by Union Craft Brewery and Jack’s Hard Cider, artists, kid’s games, crafts, spontaneous jam sessions, and more.
Tickets are available now and include a VIP option. They can be purchased here.
Friday, April 27 (Doors open at 4 p.m.)
Saturday, April 28, 2018 (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Check out past coverage of Charm City Bluegrass Festival from Honest Tune.
By: Tim Newby
Band: The Blues Orphans (Official Webpage)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Members: Bob Gabig (guitar/vocals), Andy Gabig (harmonica), Mark Custer (cornet), Ian Gordon (trumpet), Dr. Nelson Harrison (trombone), Dave Yoho (drums), Dave Erny (bass), Hill Jordan (trombone)
Sounds Like: A drunken parade down main street with all your best friends that is being led by the funniest guy around.
Continue reading The Blues Orphans: Rock, polka, punk, bluegrass and just about everything else
Words & Photos: Tim Newby
Few festivals last 25 years, even fewer last that long with as a committed devotion to excellence and the independent streak that has been their defining principles since their first days. As the Hot August Music Festival returns for its 25th year on August 19, 2017, once again to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland that devotion will be on full display with a lineup that runs the musical gamut. Continue reading Hot August Music Festival prepares to celebrate 25 years
Words: Tim Newby
Photos: Josh Mintz
“The invisible whip is the force that motivates you and your life depends on it,” explains guitarist Jimmy Herring about the inspiration for his new project, Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip. “It is like having a cocked gun at your back. It is the motivating factor.” Continue reading Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip: Music Reflecting Life