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* Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Vinyl Music Hall + Chris Robinson Feature

Nothing can stop the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Neither hell nor hurricane could keep the band and their Freak Flag from flying high during their recent Pensacola, Florida show. Tropical Storm Gordon threatened CBR’s rescheduled performance, but Mother Nature digressed. CBR... Continue Reading →

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* LIVING COLOUR “VIVID” 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR @ VINYL MUSIC HALL

When I was a kid, I wore the ink off of my cassette copy of “Vivid”. I played the Living Colour masterpiece in a silver, Sony Walkman that was a birthday present from my mom. 25 years later, on July... Continue Reading →

* TALES FROM THE HARDDRIVE: Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, Big Lo, Cutthroat @ Vinyl Music Hall

Will Bone Thugs N’ Harmony ever enter The Hall? In Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, the hip-hop pioneers started their Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum history. They influenced artists across genres and generations, but their... Continue Reading →

*TALES FROM THE HARDDRIVE: Wild Night for Wildlife: Mixed Genre Throwdown at The Handlebar 04/11/14

A fire burns. The flame dies over time, but the memory lasts just short of forever. On a Friday night in 2014, this all happened at The Handlebar. In a rolling roulette of sound, friends lit a memory. It started... Continue Reading →

* Tales From the Harddrive: Words with Jimmy Carter. Blind Boys of Alabama @ Vinyl Music Hall 04/04/14

“Early morning, April four, Shots ring out in the Memphis sky. Free at last, they took your life. They could not take your pride.” – U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love) Exactly 46 years after the assassination of Dr.... Continue Reading →

*SLIPKNOT @ the Pensacola Bay Center 04/29/15. INTERVIEW w/ JIM ROOT

“Reserved, insecure, rebellious... I really didn’t care much for authority." - Jim Root Just The Facts: Unpublished answers from my Pensacola News Journal interview with Slipknot guitarist Jim Root (#4)  for a feature promoting their Pensacola Bay Center show on August... Continue Reading →

* DEERHUNTER, JACKSON SCOTT @ VINYL MUSIC HALL. 05/01/13

Maybe the joke went too far. It was definitely too long. I can only guess what Bradford Cox wanted. The execution of the joke was consistent and bleeding through the entire set. Deerhunter (and especially their frontman) came to play Seconds... Continue Reading →

* LOCAL SHOWCASE: Transmute, Paloma, Dinosaur Daze @ Vinyl Music Hall + INTERVIEWS W/ JOEY AMSPACHER, JON DEALE AND GIOVANNI LUGO 04/26/13

“This is bittersweet because there was a time when Pensacola had nothing. It was nothing but a ghost town. An empty street at seven o’clock, 6:30 even. And all we had was The Handlebar. All we had was Van Gogh’s,... Continue Reading →

* BALLYHOO!, KAYAVIBE @ VINYL MUSIC HALL 02/26/13

MICHAEL SMITH: This is my crazy question, I always have to ask you a crazy question; you can only pick one...would you want people to make love, get married or fight to the music of Ballyhoo!? HOWI SPANGLER: Make love, man.... Continue Reading →

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