Offering a heavy dose of Americana and twang about album reviews, concert previews, local musicians, and singer/songwriters. I have been writing Minkinâ€™s Music since January of 2007 and found a home here on ND in 2010. My musical resume includes being the very first and longest corporate underwriter on public radio station WAPS 91.3 The Summit, a board member of the auxiliary group Plugged In at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Northeast Ohio street team captain for Lost Highway Records, and a former board member of Friends of 91.3 The Summit. I am a Charter Member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, a voting member of the Americana Music Association, and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville. A man who still plays Lpâ€™s on his vintage Technics turntable, you can usually find Jay at area concerts and record stores looking to find new music that stirs his soul. Find my liner note postings on Facebook and Twitter via Minkin's Music.
It ain’t easy being the opening act. Having a quick sound check that’s not up to par but making due. Playing a short set as most of the patrons stroll in while on stage. Making the seven-hour drive alone through […]
In 2015, I saw a great show that featured Shooter Jennings and Waymore’s Outlaws that lasted almost three hours. Growing up in a rock and roll town, I was a little late for the party when it comes to appreciating his father Waylon Jennings, but since […]
One album I have been patiently awaiting is the release of Malice, Mercy, Grief, and Wrath by Belle Plaine that’s scheduled to hit record stores on October 19th. As with many songwriters I cover, it was a chance meeting twelve months ago at an […]
It’s funny how fate works. The time line was an October Saturday night in 2011 at 3 Crows Bar in East Nashville. Dale Elwell and I just completed a whirlwind week of Americana Music Festival purging and we weren’t quite ready for […]
Friday night the streets of downtown Cleveland were alive with the NCAA wrestling tournament and a calm before the storm of the next day’s St. Patrick’s Day parade shenanigans. Inside the House of Blues, the faithful packed the concert hall […]
The final playlist is something that folks keep close to the heart. A thread through social media that became a topic on NPR hit home with this writer about songs to be played at their funeral. I must confess that […]
The nominees for this year’s Album of The Year have been selected and it’s a mix of new gunslingers, old war horses, and favorite native sons and daughters. The back story has always played a role in the decision process […]
With a background of city lights and skyscrapers, it was a perfect setting for Thor Platter to unveil his new album, Take Time, Thursday evening at Cleveland’s Music Box Supper Club. Moving west from Buffalo nine years ago, Platter felt right […]
Breathing the crispness of morning air in September is the perfect pregame ritual before hitting the highway to Nashville for the annual Americanafest. After missing the ultimate party thrown by the Americana Music Association last year for just the second time in […]
Wow. Packing a choreographed light show and blazing multi-colored tattoo logo sign, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit along with his partner in crime Amanda Shires brought a double barreled performance to Akron’s Goodyear Theatre Wednesday evening. This wasn’t some […]
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