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The Rhythm Surf Monkeys – Highway 9 (Album Review)

There is no shortage of well-crafted AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) in today’s increasingly fragmented music landscape; the challenge is in diving deep underground to find it. In that haystack resides the Rhythm Surf Monkeys, essentially an outlet for songwriter/composer Jim Hiltz to get his emotionally driven lyrics and hook-filled music fleshed out and powered up by a top-drawer band and revolving singers including Rob Fahey of the Ravyns fame (“Raised on the Radio”). Surprisingly, Highway 9…See More
Apr 10
Deborah commented on Stacey Zering's blog post 'Johnny Schaefer – Acoustic Remedy (Album Review)'
"Acoustic Remedy is the title of this wonderful CD and quite aptly so, for it is indeed a most beautiful therapy of music and words, which is so desperately needed in all of our lives. Johnny's words and music along with his amazing vocal range…"
Apr 8
Stacey Zering posted a blog post

Johnny Schaefer – Acoustic Remedy (Album Review)

Don’t let the fading childhood photograph of singer/songwriter Johnny Schaefer’s Acoustic Remedy album trick you into thinking this is some kind of safe unplugged outing. No, there’s nothing on the record that even hints of sonic dissonance; however, Schaefer’s wild eclecticism easily makes it among the year’s most refreshingly original efforts, a fiercely independent vision that refuses to compromise for the purpose of easy commercial accessibility.Given the emotional depth of his singing and…See More
Apr 6
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Talking With Paul Luftenegger - Part II: Depression, Therapy and the Pope

Q: Have you ever dealt with depression yourself?A: No. I would have to say no. I have been sad many many times throughout my life but I have always been able to say that my glass is half full and somehow find the silver lining no matter the amount of pain. I am not really sure what mental health really means. I understand it of course as best I can from an external part of myself, but I have never really been able to put my finger on it and who is to say what tomorrow may bring. I know I have…See More
Mar 27
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Mar 16
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Interview: Kelly Zirbes of Kelly's Lot

Q: Your new album Plain Simple Me doesn't suggest someone who has just entered the field, but a professional musician with a confident outlook and an established vision. How long have you been doing this?A: My band, Kelly's Lot, has been around for 18 years playing regionally in Southern California with a couple national tours under our belt and five tours in Europe. We play rock and blues. Before that I was a singer/songwriter that really just did a couple shows and a few open mics. Plain…See More
Mar 7
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The Willy Collins Band - "Building Bridges" (Album Review)

Willy Collins has a gift for words. They can be subtly sharp, almost lost in the mellow country grooves of his band. There is pain conveyed on his new album Building Bridges, and the sorrow goes down so smoothly that it’s nearly undetected. “You left me shattered/Like a fallen light on the floor,” Collins sings on “Broken Dreams.” The anguished imagery in those lines recall Mark Eitzel of American Music Club at his most pointed and vivid. Nevertheless, the songs themselves don’t sound…See More
Feb 24
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Interview: Michael Stosic

Q: Your new self-titled album doesn't suggest someone who has just entered the field, but a professional musician with a confident outlook and an established vision. How long have you been doing this?A: I started playing music in bands when I was twelve years old playing all original music that I wrote. You must remember my mega-hits "Fun In The USA" and "Loving All I Gotta Do?" No? My first songs. I wrote and released my first album in 1986. It was a Gospel album called Brand New Love. I did…See More
Feb 17
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Interview: The Willy Collins Band

Q: How old were you when you became hooked on music, and what sounds did you gravitate to?A: It’s funny; I just connected with some old grade-school friends, and we were talking about the explosion of music in the early '60s when we were in our early teens. It was everywhere you turned and all different kinds of music. There was my mom listening to Sinatra, and my sister and her Motown greats that she played over and over. Then there was The Beatles and The Stones, Led Zeppelin, and ZZ Top. So…See More
Feb 14
Stacey Zering posted a blog post

Interview: The Willy Collins Band

Q: How old were you when you became hooked on music, and what sounds did you gravitate to?A: It’s funny; I just connected with some old grade-school friends, and we were talking about the explosion of music in the early '60s when we were in our early teens. It was everywhere you turned and all different kinds of music. There was my mom listening to Sinatra, and my sister and her Motown greats that she played over and over. Then there was The Beatles and The Stones, Led Zeppelin, and ZZ Top. So…See More
Feb 11
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Single Review: The Rhythm Surf Monkeys - “Where Were You (When My Dad Became a Hero)”

As the scars from 9/11 continue to heal, it will always haunt the memories of those who experienced it, even from the distance of a TV set. It transformed lives, turning ordinary people into heroes; even now, how the tragedy enabled a city and, actually, an entire country to pull together and overcome such a horrifying event continues to inspire.For composer/songwriter Jim Hiltz, the bravery of the first responders embodied the triumph of the human spirit. The sense of loss and epitome of…See More
Jan 25
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Talking With Paul Luftenegger - Part I: Suicide, Gay Rights, and the therapy of music

Q: When you were 10, you were already auditioning for St. Mary's Choir in Canada. When did you begin to sing?A: When we moved to London from St. Thomas I started a new school. With this new school came a new music Teacher named Mrs. Vermue. Mrs. Vermue use to come into our classroom two times a week and bring her autoharp, which is an instrument I had never seen since. She would do singalongs with all of our class and I absolutely loved it. By the time I was in grade 4 she had pulled me aside…See More
Dec 21, 2013
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Interview: Singer/Songwriter Johnny Schaefer on being eclectic, gay and Christian

Q: You wrote your first song at the age of four. How did you get into music being so young?A: That's the reason I used the photo of my four-year-old self on the cover. I come from a musical family. My mother plays piano beautifully by ear and both she and my dad had magnificent singing voices. Dad played French Horn all through college and sang in the Capitol University Glee Glub and quartet. He was a Lutheran minister and music is a big part of the liturgy. My mom says she and dad both used to…See More
Dec 16, 2013
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Dec 14, 2013
A blog post by Stacey Zering was featured

Jim "Kimo" West - "Ki Ho'alu Christmastime" (Album Review)

Composer/guitarist Jim “Kimo” West is best known for his work with “Weird Al” Yankovic – he’s played on all of his albums since 1984 – but on his own his vision has taken a radically different path. Separated from Yankovic’s hilarious parodies, West explores less commercial terrain. Fascinated by slack-key guitar, Kimo has released several albums in the genre, and the latest, Ki Ho'alu Christmastime, is another fingerstyle jewel. Kimo has mastered slack-key guitar to the point where he can…See More
Dec 13, 2013
Stacey Zering posted a blog post

Jim "Kimo" West - "Ki Ho'alu Christmastime" (Album Review)

Composer/guitarist Jim “Kimo” West is best known for his work with “Weird Al” Yankovic – he’s played on all of his albums since 1984 – but on his own his vision has taken a radically different path. Separated from Yankovic’s hilarious parodies, West explores less commercial terrain. Fascinated by slack-key guitar, Kimo has released several albums in the genre, and the latest, Ki Ho'alu Christmastime, is another fingerstyle jewel. Kimo has mastered slack-key guitar to the point where he can…See More
Dec 9, 2013

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The Rhythm Surf Monkeys – Highway 9 (Album Review)

There is no shortage of well-crafted AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) in today’s increasingly fragmented music landscape; the challenge is in diving deep underground to find it. In that haystack resides the Rhythm Surf Monkeys, essentially an outlet for songwriter/composer Jim Hiltz to get his emotionally driven lyrics and hook-filled music fleshed out and powered up by a top-drawer band and revolving singers including Rob Fahey of the Ravyns fame (“Raised on the Radio”). Surprisingly,…

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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm

Johnny Schaefer – Acoustic Remedy (Album Review)

Don’t let the fading childhood photograph of singer/songwriter Johnny Schaefer’s Acoustic Remedy album trick you into thinking this is some kind of safe unplugged outing. No, there’s nothing on the record that even hints of sonic dissonance; however, Schaefer’s wild eclecticism easily makes it among the year’s most refreshingly original efforts, a fiercely independent vision that refuses to compromise for the purpose of easy commercial accessibility.

Given the…

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Posted on April 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Talking With Paul Luftenegger - Part II: Depression, Therapy and the Pope

Q: Have you ever dealt with depression yourself?

A: No. I would have to say no. I have been sad many many times throughout my life but I have always been able to say that my glass is half full and somehow find the silver lining no matter the amount of pain. I am not really sure what mental health really means. I understand it of course as best I can from an external part of myself, but I have never really been able to put my finger on it and who is to say what…

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:30am

Michael Stosic - "Michael Stosic" (Album Review)

The indie approach of low-frills studio production has become clichéd and dull. Michael Stosic’s new self-titled album flips the pages back to a different aesthetic, when sounding slickly recorded and big wasn’t a crime against musical taste. For the most part, Stosic is channeling the ‘80s here, equal parts Hall & Oates-ish R&B and Bruce Hornsby heartland rock. For those old enough to recall Adult Contemporary radio during that era, Stosic’s music will strike a nostalgic…

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Posted on March 16, 2014 at 11:30pm

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