Freddie Nelson is a soon-to-be rock god with a new album coming out in early July. Why rock god, you ask? Take a look at him. He has the looks of Nikki Sixx and he has the voice of a rock god. I couldn’t tell you who he sounds like, he sounds like Freddie Nelson.
Groupoem is an alternative rock band that went on a 25-year hiatus and then decided to reform with the original members. To fund a tour, much like many bands are doing these days, they opted to try crowdfunding. They made a little documentary about the band, getting deep into the story of this spectacular musical entity, to use for their crowdfunding endeavor.
I’m a fair weather rap fan. I don’t like rap that gets radio play and I only like some rap. OK, that’s not entirely true. I like some stuff from Eminem, but I liked N.W.A. I have a nephew that is a rapper and I dig his music (in an unbiased sort of way). That’s about the extent of my rap enjoyment these days, but I was pleasantly surprised from the opening intro on when I started listening to Surviving.
Most local musicians aren’t signed to any labels, and many of them don’t want to be. A lot of them are college students or parents, and they are just trying to do what they love, and maybe make a little money. Some of them are doing it for fun and some of them are doing it for a living, but all of them are doing it for the love of music. They know that it’s not going to be easy or entirely realistic to make a living as a local musician and to do anything like that it will take a lot of work to make it happen.
Last month Americana singer/songwriter Jeff Ray released Our Little Town, an EP full of heart and soul, and great music writing. Ray has a talent for vocal and guitar, and his songwriting isn’t too shabby either. However, he only has writing credits on two of the six songs on this release. That information looks like this (songwriter’s names are in parenthesis):