Archive for March 2009

Interview with Chrissy Coughlin

Chrissy Coughlin

Chrissy Coughlin

Interview by Scott Preston

Chrissy’s seasoned voice coupled with her warm personality are an unstoppable combination. She calls to mind Sheryl Crow and Natalie Merchant with tinges of Rickie Lee Jones and Lucinda Williams.

And 2008 was a good year for this New York City based singer-songwriter. The winter was full of excitement moving to and ‘officially’ becoming a ‘New Yorker’, the spring welcomed the release her new CD, Look Ahead, and the summer and fall were chock full of performances to support her new release. 2009 is poised to look even brighter.

Raised in numerous places including Detroit, Kansas City, and Washington DC, Chrissy is no stranger to moving around and making things work for her. Her ease with meeting people from all different walks of life through her travels throughout the country and the world has afforded her the ability to translate those experiences into intensely thoughtful songs.

Cincy Groove: What have been some highlights for you over the past year?

Chrissy Coughlin: Definitely the release of my second album, Look Ahead. I also moved to New York City right before the album came out. A lot of exciting things were happening all at once. I moved down here to help promote the album and start playing out in the city. My brother telling me that he and his wife were going to have a baby for the first time was pretty exciting, I’m a first time aunt. We are really close so it was some pretty awesome news. I also had a couple incredible gigs at a venue here in NYC at a place called the Living Room. Read more

Interview with David Berkeley

David Berkeley

David Berkeley

Interview by Scott Preston

The story of David Berkeley is the story of so many indie musicians: He first sang publicly at age 4 in the company of a traveling saleswoman. They went door to door, and he sang to help her sales. He honed his musical skills at a nursery school run by hippies, where young female teachers wore guitars around their necks (and in David’s memory, nothing else). “My first crush was Miss Judy,” David recalls. “She had an old Gibson and flowers in her hair. I was 5 and had found my calling.

That said, the true uniqueness in David’s music is his gift for melody and his poetic and philosophic lyric writing. “I’ve always been singing, but I came to song writing late,” David says. “I can’t quite say where my melodies come from, but I work long and hard on every word in every song I write.” There is a profound depth in his songs, a refreshing honesty, and his delivery is unaffected. The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised Berkeley’s “lustrous, melancholy voice,” finding “shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake” in David’s music, a comparison also made by Rollingstone,com. Pareles went on to write “as [Berkeley’s] melodies ascend to benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals.” Atlanta’s Creative Loafing writes that “Berkeley crafts his songs like watercolor paintings, intimate and introspective.” Relix Magazine calls David “one of the most promising young singers to emerge in recent times.”

Cincy Groove: What brought about the All The Lads & A Lady Tour?

David Berkeley: I ran into my friend Micah Dalton in a Decatur coffee shop a few weeks ago, and he was putting together some dates with a few songwriters that he liked. We had talked about collaborating on things before and this seemed like a perfect chance to do it. Playing shows in the round forces us to work together on the fly–literally learning harmonies during someone else’s performance and jumping up to try out parts in front of the audience. It has an energy that most rehearsed shows don’t have. Read more

Widespread Panic & The Allman Brothers Band Tour Together

Widespread Panic is teaming up with Allman Brothers Band for 17 dates in the fall of 2009! Starting on August 21 in Camden, NJ, the two bands will link-up and cover the Northeast before heading to Chicago, Charlotte and eventually a show at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston on October 17.

WSP & Allman Brothers Tour Dates
08.21 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
08.22 Canandaigua, NY CMAC – Performing Arts Center
08.24 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
08.27 Wantagh, NY Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
08.29 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
08.30 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
09.02 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion Read more

CD Baby Pays $100 Million To Independent Music Artists

CD Baby, the largest seller of independent music in the world, is thrilled to announce it has now paid over 100 million dollars to indie artists. 2008 marked the company’s 10th consecutive year of increased CD sales (up 2% over 2007), despite an industry wide drop of almost 14% and global economic slowdown. iTunes and other digital partner sales through CD Baby totaled $24.2 million in 2008, almost a 42% increase from 2007.

All this success has directly benefited the artists who rely on CD Baby’s services with 34 million paid out in just the last year alone – up a whopping 28% from the prior year. Read more

Photos – Jon Justice Band, 3.28.09, Slippery Noodle, Indianapolis, IN

Jon Justice

Jon Justice

More Photos – Jon Justice Band, 3.28.09, Slippery Noodle, Indianapolis, IN Read more


buddy guy

Buddy Guy

Colorado’s Mile High Music Festival returns to the Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 18 and 19. The 2009 festival expands to two main stages for its second year. Headliners include TOOL (Saturday), Widespread Panic (on both Saturday and Sunday), and The Fray (Sunday). Read more


The Forecastle Festival and Nederlander Entertainment have announced the headliners for the 8th Annual Forecastle Festival, July 10 – 12 at the Riverfront Belvedere in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Widespread Panic will perform for two of the three nights, one of their only festival appearances this summer. Performing alongside are The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, and over sixty-five bands and DJs to be announced.

Pre-sales begin today at, with single-day passes beginning at $40.00 and three-day passes at $100.00. Kick-off parties, after-parties, and VIP package options are also available, as well as campground accommodations and on-site hotel rooms overlooking both the Forecastle festival site and the scenic Ohio river.

“After eight years of grassroots festival building, we are opening an exciting new chapter in the history of this unique, cultural experience,” says Forecastle founder and producer JK McKnight.

Forecastle, named “One of the Top 101 Things to Do in America” by SPIN Magazine, and the “Cream of the Crop” by the Discovery Channel, was founded in 2002. The event is an equal representation of music, arts, and activism, featuring bands, artists and activist groups from ten (10) participating cities throughout the Midwest.

In addition to music, the 2009 art and activism components will be equally showcased with over sixty environmental non-profit organizations, international / regional / local artists, films, an outdoor extreme sports park, environmental and music industry related panels, speakers, forums and more along the Ohio River.

VANS WARPED TOUR® 2009 Presented by AT&T

It’s not summer until the Vans Warped Tour® Presented by AT&T begins. The annual punk rock extravaganza celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and organizers are promising the most memorable jaunt yet for North America’s longest-running touring festival. The 46-date tour commences June 26 in Pomona, CA and finishes August 23 in Carson, CA (see full list of tour dates, cities and venues below). The tour’s kick-off party is confirmed for Friday, April 2 at the Key Club in West Hollywood with performances from the Adolescents, TSOL, Sing It Loud, TV/TV and TAT.

The 2009 incarnation of the VANS Warped Tour–affectionately known as “punk rock summer camp”–will host a distinct and diverse lineup of the hottest artists on the scene, as well as a full concourse of lifestyle attractions and vendors. Even better, it all comes at a traditionally affordable ticket price. With a new website launching April 1, WWW.WARPEDTOUR.COM will be more interactive than ever. Visit the site for a full list of bands performing at each show and more. Read more

Save Our Strays Benefit 3/28 Burbanks Real BBQ

The Save Our Strays “FREE LAP DANCES” music compilation CD series was created to raise money to continue our mission but more importantly to raise awareness and encourage more humans *everywhere* to take action and help reduce pet overpopulation through non-lethal efforts.

Save Our Strays will be having a fundraising event on Saturday, March 28 from 7 p.m. until midnight at Burbanks Real BBQ, 11167 Dowlin Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241, (513)771-1440 (

This is a free event and all ages are welcome. We will have a silent auction, raffle, split-the-pot, and items for sale including the Save Our Strays “FREE LAP DANCES” music compilation CDs. The Sonny Moorman Group ( will be performing from 8 – midnight. ALL PROCEEDS will go to SOS. Read more

Freekbass Song ‘Reds Fan’ now available for download



This track was created to bring the funk to Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds: originally included on the CD, “Clutch Hits” benefiting the Reds Community Fund. It was written by Freekbass to describe his passion for The Cincinnati Reds Baseball team. A music video for ‘Reds Fan’ filmed at the ball park, was produced and filmed by David Storm and Russ Jenisch.

*You can get the download of the song by clicking HERE.

Social Widgets powered by