Monday, June 29, 2009

Interview with American Steel

Who: American Steel
What: Rock cover band at Revive @ Five
Where: Old Town Pavilion, downtown Pocatello, Idaho
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 from 5:00 - 8:00pm

American Steel has been a long-standing area favorite for many years. I first got to know this band at Revive @ Five last year, and here they are making a return engagement. I caught up with guitarist Tracy Turner recently about what's the latest with the band.

SLG: Describe your music and how you most appeal to your fans.

TT: We play mostly cover tunes in local bars around the area. For the most part we try to have fun with our crowd; we have several small costume changes and sound effects for the show, and we bust out the seventies wigs and beards for songs like "Funky Music" and "Tush!"

We release the crickets when its a quiet crowd (sound effects for humor). We play songs like "Rebel Yell," "Mustang Sally" and recently added "Low Rider" ... we play classic rock, funk, blues, country rock, sometimes improvise. I think we most appeal to our fans as a band having fun; that is the secret for us - fun.

SLG: I hear you have some new band members?

TT: The lineup is me, Tracy Turner, guitar player, back up vocals, local musician (a few years now)
Darrell Martin, drums, back up vocals, a lifetime drummer from a music family past
Kat Whitnah (also known as Pat Whitmar) lead vocals, lead entertainment (the babe who lays accross peoples tables sometimes and sings)
And two new members:
Marci Ridley, (flaming rocker babe) adds keyboards and it really sounds great!!! Also plays flute in our songs and sax, very talented!!!!!
Ray Rodriquez on bass, (Raybert). Ray plays a screaming bass and has great stage presence. Watch for his Elvis imitation, also a very talented guitar player and bodybuilder.

SLG: And how long have you been together?

TT: American Steel has been together a few years, and the new additions are making us even better.

SLG: Where are you from?

TT: We play out of Pocatello, mostly area bars and events. We will be playing at the Blue Moon in Lava on Pioneer Weekend, (very crazy and fun) the July 24th weekend at 9:00 p.m. both nights.

SLG: Any shows in the past you'd like to talk about?

TT: We have played Island Park, Montana, Wyoming, and a few I don't remember. [laughing -SLG] We always try to have fun. Where else are you gonna hear Loverboy, by a band in wigs, at 1 a.m. in Idaho?

SLG: How can fans reach you for more information?

TT: Our email is or find us on MySpace at

Web-cast of The Gorgeous Hussies, Wed. July 1, 2009

The Gorgeous Hussies are pleased to announce their new live DVD titled Luscious Ladies! This is the first DVD released by the band and features all new songs performed before a live audience, filmed on November 22, 2008 in Davis County, Utah.

The live web-broadcast will be this upcoming Wednesday, July 1st at 8:00 PM Mountain Standard Time (7 PM PST or 10 PM EST).

For more information, visit

Interview with Michael Sullivan

Who: Michael Sullivan
What: Duo (guitar and sax) opening for 2am Logic
Where: The Quad, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID - map
When: Thursday, July 2, 2009 6:00pm
How Much: Free!

Mike Sullivan has been compared to Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and John Mayer. His concerts on college campuses have been well received, and the Los Angeles Music Awards gave him a nod with a nomination for Independent Male Singer / Songwriter of the Year. I was interested in finding out more; here's what I found.

SLG: Describe your genre of music in as much detail as you like. Maybe list your three best crowd-pleasing songs? Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?

MS: My style is different/unique. It's a mixture of pop, jazz, funk, and a few secret ingredients.

SLG: Band member first and last names / instruments. How long has this line-up been together?

MS: I have a 5 piece band. For this particular concert we are performing as a duet (sax & guitar). We're looking forward to playing outdoors at your campus. It sounds like a beautiful venue.

SLG: Tell us where you're from and currently based in what town?

MS: I'm from Chicago, but I live in Los Angeles, near the beach in a relaxing surf town. I try to surf as often as possible. I'm also trying to improve my cooking skills on my new grill. It's fun, even though I burn stuff from time to time.

SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Past or future shows in the Pocatello area?

MS: We had fun opening up for multi-platinum recording artist Taylor Dayne [wiki] last summer.

SLG: Describe this particular show. What can ppl expect if they come to this show?

MS: July 2nd, 2009 at 6pm (60 min concert).

SLG: Any comments about the local live music scene, the music industry in general? What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?

MS: That question could fill a few books with info.

SLG: Do you have any favorite videos of your band on YouTube?

MS: It's funny you ask about videos because my friends wanted to help shoot a video for one of my songs....but they got sick on the last day of a 2 day shoot (director and camera guy), so we never got to shoot the light material to balance it there is all this heavy stuff on it. The editor got busy working on some TV/Movie trailers (her bread and butter), so she had to take a break on my video which I totally understood.

So I tried editing it myself on final cut pro (I'm a beginner at best at editing film/videos)....but I did the best I could with the limited footage. The song "Stay for a While" is about being there for someone going through a tough time. Just to be by their side during a rough storm. It's kind of an "in the middle" song...not a dark, deep message at all.

But the video showed a much deeper, darker visual...which does not accurately fit the song. I learned a very valuable lesson. To make sure whoever offers to help you, make sure they see what you see concept-wise, so you end up with your vision, not theirs. Even if their heart is in the right's important to stick to your vision. My next video will be amazing and more accurately reflect the message of the song.

SLG: Recordings? Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

MS: We will have 2 CD's (possibly 3 different CD's available)....we sold out of one CD (I need to order more asap). But YES, we will have CD's available for everyone to buy their own copy. I'm happy to sign them too.

SLG: How can fans contact you? Myspace? or another website?

MS: or my email which is CD's available at

POW MIA Awareness Rally 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets available at TicketMaster

Tuesday, July 14 2009
American Idols Live! Tour 2009
The E-Center
West Valley City, UT

Sunday, July 19 2009
EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT

Sunday, August 16 2009
Green Day
EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuesday, August 25 2009
Depeche Mode
The E-Center
West Valley City, UT

Wednesday, September 09 2009
Keith Urban: Escape Together World Tour
EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT

Saturday, September 26 2009
The Killers
The E-Center
West Valley City, UT

Tuesday, September 29 2009
Miley Cyrus
EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT

Friday, November 20 2009
Billy Joel & Elton John
EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT

Friday, June 26, 2009

Upcoming Shows at the Icon, Pocatello

The Icon - map
1253 N. Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204

Monday Jul 20, 2009 @ The Icon

The Showdown
Hands, The Becoming, Alter Edge, Crucial777

Tickets: $10
Door: 6:00 PM | Show: 7:00 PM


Wednesday Jul 29, 2009 @ The Icon

Drop Dead Gorgeous
He is Legend, Before Their Eyes, Eyes Set to Kill, Watchout! Theres Ghosts

Tickets: $12
Door: 6:30 PM | Show: 7:00 PM

CD World
Budget Tapes and Records

Sunday Aug 16, 2009 @ The Icon

Jeffree Star
Artist Vs. Poet, Watchout! There's Ghosts, Let's Get It

Tickets: $10
Door: 6:30 PM | Show: 7:00 PM

CD World
Budget Tapes and Records

Friday Aug 21, 2009 @ The Icon

Goodnight Sunrise, Blackhounds, The Real You, Madison Lights

Tickets: $10
Door: 6:30 PM | Show: 7:00 PM


Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Interview with The Sammus Theory

Who: The Sammus Theory
What: Hard rock band in concert
When: Friday, June 26, 2009
Where: The Tropics, Idaho Falls, ID - map
Why: CD release party
How Much: $13 advance / $15 at the gate

Sam Hughes, vocalist for The Sammus Theory, was raised in Idaho Falls. Many people in this area point to Sam as "the local boy who made good,"with his successful hard rock band now based in Phoenix, AZ. Their returns to the area are always a big event, this time even more so with new band members, new music and a new CD to share with friends, family and local fans. I caught up with Sam recently about what's new and what remains the same.

SLG: For those who haven't heard your music, describe your genre in as much detail as you like. Maybe list your three best crowd-pleasing songs? Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?

SH: We're a straight up hard rock band with hair raising energy - that's probably the best I can describe our sound.

SLG: Who's in the current line-up? Tell us about your newest band members and when they joined? Any comments from your newest members about their input to the project?

Sam Hughes - Vocals

Kyle Welnel - Rhythm Guitar
Jeremy Tabor - Lead Guitar
Nick St. Onge - Bass "Badass"
- joined August '08
Paul Wandtke - Drums
- joined April '09

"I love how it's in your face ROCK. What you see is what you get; there's no smoke and mirrors in this band."
- Wandtke

SLG: Any changes lately in your artistic direction? Marketing direction?

SH: We're sticking to what we do best; HEAVY, driving music and intense stage performance. We're doing a few things different marketing the new album "See It Through," but you'll just have to watch and see what happens.

SLG: What's on the immediate horizon for the band? CD's, tours?

SJ: Right now we're just starting a full US/Canada tour, which puts us out until the end of September; for now, we're all very excited about it. It's all in support of our newly re-released album "See It Through." It's got new artwork, new band members, new music, and everything in between.

The Sammus Theory has been getting a lot of press lately, and some endorsements for band members.
Sick Drummer Magazing and Hollywood Music TV (view more)
Evans Drumheads and Humes and Berg hard cases (view more)
Schecter Guitars (view more)
Krank Amps (view more)
All Access Magazine (view more)

SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Anecdotes or stories from past in SE Idaho?

SH: LOVED playing the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls. Big stage and sound and a great crowd.

*Describe this particular show. What can people expect if they come to this show? Ticket prices or cover charge?

SH: June 26th at The Tropics,, in Idaho Falls. It's an all ages event. We're headlining along with supporting acts Denots, The Unread, and 2am Logic. Tickets are $13 presale at CD World in Idaho Falls or $15 at the door if they wait until the day of the show.

We're doing a CD Signing at CD World,, the day of the show from 3:00 - 3:30pm and giving away the chance to go to lunch with us right after. All I can say is that if you don't come to this show, you're missing one HELL of a night.

The Sammus Theory will also play a follow-up engagement at The First National Bar,, in Pocatello on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 9:30pm, with The Reptilians and The Unread. $5 at the door.

SLG: Any comments about the live music scene, frustrations or joys? the music industry in general? What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?

SH: The music industry is a shark tank, but things are changing. Major labels are struggling while independent artists and labels are rising up, all thanks to new marketing avenues like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. It's always frustrating having people out for your money, but in the long run we're thankful for what we learn from it all. Hard lessons that make this band a machine in the end.

SLG: Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

SH: We'll have a LOT of stuff: stickers, posters, NEW shirts, NEW hoodies, NEW tanks, hats, NEW CDs, and more.

SLG: Great! I'll bright some extra cash. How can fans contact you? Myspace? or another website?

SH: - we love emails and comments!

Column for June 24, 2009

Tonight the Civitan’s Wednesday night Revive @ Five concert goes country with Country Drive taking the Old Town Pavilion stage, 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., corner of Main and Fremont Streets in downtown Pocatello (map). This week’s event is sponsored by PMS and catered by Relay 4 Life. (Full Revive @Five 2009 schedule)

Country Drive, the well-known house band from the 5-Mile Inn, plays a lot of old country, a little new, some older rock and even some blues. There's something for everyone. Some of their most requested songs include “Keeper of the Stars,” “I Love This Bar,” “Some Beach,” and their original “2 Sides to the Mirror.” (Interview with Country Drive)

Country Drive has been around for over 10 years with various members coming and going. They’re known to play private parties, weddings and community events. For more on Country Drive, including schedule, pictures and video, visit

Idaho State University continues their “pants free” summer concert series with Steve Means headlining at 7 p.m. on Thursday the 25th. Zombie At Heart opens at 6:00 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public, located on the Quad outside the Student Union of ISU’s Pocatello campus (map). (Full ISU summer 2009 schedule)

Steve Means is a 21-year old acoustic singer/songwriter from Cincinnati, OH. He describes his music as “acoustic/soul or even ‘green-eyed, white-boy soul,’” blending smooth grooves with powerful, open lyrics. Some of his crowd favorites include Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," along with two new singles, "You and Me" and "Now or Never," both of which recently featured on MTV’s “The Real World” and “The Hills.” (Interview with Steve Means)

“People seem to connect to my music because it's honest,” Means says, “and makes you bob your head or even dance a little.” By using looping technology, the layering of multiple guitar parts, Means creates beats and background vocals in real time. Find out more at

Opening Means, Zombie at Heart is a powerpop / punk soloist, John Vieira, from Boise, ID, currently a student at the College of Southern Idaho. Vieira recently spent a month in Seattle, WA, recording a new EP called "V-necks And G-strings" that will be available for purchase at the concert. For more, see (Interview with Zombie at Heart)

On Fridays the Vinyl Perk, downtown Pocatello’s newest coffee house and vinyl record mecca, features local and regional musicians at 7:00 p.m. (map) This Friday the 26th, Anodyne Red from Idaho Falls plays acoustic alt. rock at the Perk.

Formed six years ago, Anodyne Red has released two EP’s. They’re scheduled to play the ISU Quad on June 30 and on the Civitan’s stage in Idaho Falls on Fourth of July. Find out more at

Speaking of Idaho Falls, the big event of the weekend for hard rockers is on Friday night when The Sammus Theory triumphantly returns for a CD release concert at The Tropics, 7:00 p.m. (map)Listen to KBER radio for an interview at 7 in the morning, then catch them at an in-store CD signing at CD World in Idaho Falls from 3 – 4:00 p.m. Southern Death Threat, The Unread and 2am Logic are slated to share the bill.

The Sammus Theory will follow up on Saturday the 27th with a concert at the First National Bar, W. Center St. in Pocatello for those 21 and over (map). Find more at

And if bluegrass is more your speed, Idaho Falls has that too on Saturday with the 4th annual Bluegrass on the Greenbelt, a one-day festival of bluegrass in South Capitol Park, 1 – 9:00 p.m. (map) This year’s bands include the Wild Coyotes, Pickin’ Grass, New South Fork, Growling Old Men and Tradition. The event is free. (more information)

Also on Saturday, Pebble Creek opens its slopes for the Idaho Music and Wildflower Festival, a fund raising event for the National Ski Patrol (map). KYDJ and the Aaron Ball Band provide the music entertainment this year. Tickets are available in advance at Scott's Ski and Sports, Barrie's Sports, The College Market and The Raven's Nest. Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Botanists will be along the hiking routes to identify plants and wildflowers, lift rides are offered from 4:00 to 6:45 p.m. and beer and barbecue will be available for purchase. Learn more at

The before-and-after-wildflower-party will be at the Blue Moon Bar in Lava Hot Springs, where Ande Conda plays favorite rock covers starting at 9:00 p.m both on Friday and Saturday nights (map). Back in Pocatello, Plain Jane is scheduled at Taps Bar on Garrett Way over the weekend (map).

For in-depth interviews and more information, visit For a calendar of local live music, visit

Linda Alexander
a.k.a. Lana Banana for Idaho Live Music

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Interview with Country Drive

Who: Country Drive
What: Country band in concert
Where: Old Town Pavilion, Pocatello, ID
When: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:00 - 8:00pm

Country Drive is a staple at the local country bars and honky tonks, practically the house band at the 5-Mile Inn in Chubbuck. I caught up with them last spring; I know the information is dated, but here's what I have.

SLG: Tell us about your genre of music? What are some of your most popular songs?

CD: We play mostly country, a lot of old, a little new, older rock and even some blues. There's something for everyone. Just a lot of good music. If you ask us to learn a song we will. We love requests.

Some of our most requested songs include "Keeper of the Stars," "I Love This Bar," "Some Beach," and an original "2 Sides to the Mirror."

SLG: Tell us who's in the band? For how long have you been around?

CD: Country Drive has been around for over 10 years, with members coming and going. The members we have now have been together for over a year and a half.

Jerry rocks on rhythm guitar and sings.
Smitty kills on lead guitar and sings.
Lu plays an awesome fiddle and key board and sings.
Val is a master of the drums.
Shelly plays a mean bass and sings, and her husband Skip plays a great second lead guitar.
Lori used to play with us but lives out of town so she semi-retired but we get her to play as often as possible; she can play anything and has a great voice.

You can find us at the 5 Mile Inn, T.A.P.S, Revive at 5,or Fort Hall Casino. We play private parties, weddings and community events.

Here, Country Drive performs their cover of John Michael Montgomery's "Be My Baby Tonight" (from his 1994 album, "Kickin' it up") at Revive @ Five in Pocatello, August 1, 2007. escalus84

SLG: How can fans keep up with what your'e doing and when?

CD: Check out our calander at or email us at to request songs, ask question or book a show. Hope to see you soon.

Radio Takeover Week from Broke City

Perhaps you didn't know, but Broke City is keeping a blog. I follow them, because I'm cool that way.

They had a terrifically busy week - here's a video log (what the rest of us call a vlog) of that week. They say, "Just finished up an episode for bcTV - it chronicles the crazy week we had playing the Big Ass Show, Viva SLC, and opening up for Hoobastank all in a matter of 8 days. So instead of yarning on and on about it, you should probably just watch it..."

If you want to be cool too, follow Broke City at Making Memories....

Interview with Steve Means

Who: Steve Means
What: Guitarist, singer and songwriter in concert
When: Thursday, June 25, 2009 7 - 8:00pm
Where: Idaho State University Quad, Pocatello ID - map
How Much: Free!!

Steve Means is a 21-year old acoustic singer/songwriter from Cincinnati, OH. Blending smooth grooves with powerful, open lyrics, Steve has become a respected member of Ohio's and Nashville's younger creative community. Quickly becoming a campus favorite at Ohio State, he played hundreds of shows with his appealing, natural, acoustic sound. Eager to get his foot into the "Biz", Steve relocated to Nashville, TN. A triple threat songwriter, musician, and performer, Steve Means has hooks that satisfy even the most discriminating listeners.

I caught up with Steve Means the other day about his music and his upcoming performance at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

SLG: Describe your genre of music in as much detail as you'd like. How do fans react to your music?

SM: I'd describe my music as acoustic/soul or even "green-eyed, white-boy soul" =) Some of the crowd favorites include my rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," along with my two new singles, "You and Me" and "Now or Never". People seem to connect to my music because it's honest, and makes you bob your head or even dance a little. And that's OK =)

I'm a one-man-band and travel to all of my college shows by myself. I drive myself, set everything up, perform, tear it down, then off to the next city! My live show involves me "looping" or layering of multiple guitar parts, allowing me to create beats and background vocals in real time..

SLG: Where are you from and currently based from what city?

SM: I'm from Cincinnati, OH and currently based out of Nashville, TN. I've been using Nashville as my "home base" for the past three years, mainly just home long enough to do my laundry and re-pack the suitcase.

SLG: I hear ya! Any favorite shows or venues from the past you'd like to tell us about?

SM: In the past, I've opened up for such national acts as Jason Mraz, Matt Wertz, Ryan Cabrera and so many talented friends/musicians from Nashville.

SLG: Tell us about this upcoming show. What can people expect to if they go?

SM: I'll be performing a FREE concert at Idaho State University this Thursday, June 25th at 7:00pm inside [or if the weather is nice, outside -SLG] the Student Center. It's open to the public and is ALL ages. I'll play from 7:00-8:00pm.

SLG: How can fans get your music?

SM: I recently had TWO of my songs featured on MTV's The Real World and The Hills. Those two singles "You and Me" and "Now or Never", as well as all of my other songs can be found on ITUNES.

SLG: And how can fans keep in touch with you?

SM: Fans can connect with my tour videos I document as well as popular covers on YouTube at

Come find me on:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Promoting Live Music - Press Releases

How to Write a Good Press Release

It's not the same as making a flyer or sending out a bulletin to your Facebook and MySpace friends. People in the media need serious information.

The first thing you'll have to do is decide if this is a BIG EVENT or an Ordinary Event.
-A big event is "newsworthy," something that happens only once a year, like an annual outdoor festival. Or it is something that's happening for the very first time, like this is the first time you're playing at a venue new to you, or the first time you're playing in Pocatello, a debut performance. A big event might also be a CD release party, a charity event or a fund raising event.
-An ordinary event is a show you've done before and will probably do again. You're just getting the word out that you're playing there.

A press release for a BIG EVENT needs special attention and consideration. I'll briefly outline that below. A press release for an Ordinary Event can be quite simple, just a bulleted list of information is all we really need.

I'd suggest creating your press release in a Word document, then save it as a .pdf, attached in an email. You should also copy all the text IN the email - use as little formatting as possible. Oh, some bold or italics won't hurt anything, but don't get overly fancy. Include all your upcoming shows in these releases. Consider sending them out weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

In the body of your press releases, make sure you answer The Big 5 W's and the H - Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

- Who -
Tell us the names of all the bands (spelled correctly!) on the billing and in what order will they take the stage. The headliner should have a one-paragraph description of how incredible and exciting they are. Here is information on writing a Good Band Biography.

Include a two- or three-word description of each of the bands' genres. If there are two or less bands playing, it's ok to include the names of all the band members. If there are more than two bands, then that's too much information to include. The media member can do a bit more research if necessary. Remember to include contact information for each band - website, email and/or phone number.

Also include the name of the event or venue and the name of the person coordinating the effort (booking agent, producer, venue owner, etc.) Include that contact information also.

- What -
Tell us what the event is. You're playing at a bar? a coffee house? outdoors? Include any age limits or restrictions too. Essentially describe what will go down at this event - think to yourself, "what do I want people to tell their friends after they're done reading this press release?" Briefly describe the venue so people will know what to expect if they've never been there before.

Include if people should bring something to this event, like chairs, blankets, cans of food, etc. Also include information about additional things that may be for purchase at this event, and if so, is it cash only? This would be important.

- Where -
Give us the physical address of the venue, including the city, state and zip code! You'd be surprised at how important this is.

- When -
Give us the day, date, start and end times. For example: Saturday, June 13, 2009 from noon to 9:00 p.m.

- Why -
Include any superfluous information about this event, like information about a CD if this is a CD release party, giveaways, fund raising efforts, raffles, drink specials, etc.

- How -
Tell us the cost at the door or ticket prices. If there are tickets to purchase, tell us where to find them, including address, telephone number, website and/or url.

Example of a Press Release for an Ordinary Event:


The Joe Schmuck Band Announces Local Performances

The Joe Schmuck Band is a roots rock / reggae / punk band from Idaho Falls, Idaho. They're known for their silly costumes and six-part harmonies. For more information visit, email or call (208) 555-3333.

Saturday, June 20, 2009
Doors 6:30, Show 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Acoustic guitarist John Doe opens at 7, followed by the disco ensemble Chookoo Mookoo at 9. The Joe Schmuck Band plays from 11 to close.

The Bar X Bar
123 East Main Street
Pocatello, ID 83204
(208) 555-2222
Contact - Sherry Barry

The Bar X Bar is open to those 21+. Tickets $5 advance, $10 day of the show, available at Fine Records, 1st street Pocatello or online at


Now for a BIG EVENT. Remember, this is "newsworthy." It's your job to convince the journalist that this deserves an entire spot or article, more than a mention. Essentially, you're writing the article for us; but we'll contact you for more information if we need it.

Example of a Press Release for a BIG EVENT:


The Joe Schmuck Band

Popular Regional Rock Band Releases New CD; Festival Expects Record Turnout

June 22, 2009, Pocatello, ID - The Joe Schmuck Band’s most recent release, “Schmuck-a-Luck,” hit the Billboard charts at #33 last week with support from heavy radio rotation and a viral YouTube video. Blah blah blah … (See how exciting that is? But don’t use over-hyped up words. Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts. The leading date and place refers to the originating press release. The town is sometimes excluded if it may be confused with the location of the event. -SLG)

The Joe Schmuck band started fifteen years ago … blah blah blah … one paragraph bio.

Singer/songwriter John Doe takes the stage at 1:00 p.m., followed by the heavy metal band Screamo Creamo at 3:00 p.m. … blah blah blah … give me the line-up.

The Idaho Music Fest is a one-day event … blah blah blah … with grassy knolls and shady trees … blah blah blah … kids activity tent open from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. … blah blah blah … tell me about the venue and event.

Festival committee chairperson Jane Smith said, “Oh my heavens, this band just rocks!” … blah blah blah … Smith is hard at work preparing ... blah blah blah. (Note how the first and last name is given the first time, then only the last name is used thereafter. -SLG)

Ticket prices are $3 youths aged 7 to 12 years, $10 for adults ... blah blah blah. Tickets are available at the John Q Public Store, 123 East Main St. Pocatello, online at ... blah blah blah.

The Southeast Idaho Fairgrounds is located at 15243 Billings Rd., Pocatello, Idaho 83201

(these three #'s denote the end of the press release. -SLG)

For more information:
Put everyone’s names, web info and contact info here.


<-- Here's an example of a press release for a BIG EVENT. Click to enlarge. Note: the boilerplate is a block of text you use on each and every press release - essentially it's the mission statement of your band, venue, cause, group or event.

For further tips, check out How to Write a Press Release.

Interview with TrainWreck

Who: TrainWreck
What: Acoustic duo in concert
Where: The Cellar, Idaho Falls ID - map
When: June 27, 2009, 7:00pm

I interviewed Shawn Good (full interview) a few weeks ago for the Grand Opening of the Vinyl Perk. He's collaborating with Amber Lytle in a duo act, calling themselves TrainWreck. It's gonna be good. Read on - here's what Shawn had to say about this project.

SLG: Describe your genre of music for this effort? Maybe list a few songs from your set list?

SG: 3 Best Songs would have to go with "32 Flavors" by Ani Difranco, "Come To My Window" by Melissa Ethridge, and of course good ole "Sweet Home Alabama." I think TrainWreck appeals most to its fans because of the diversity of music that we represent. Coming to a TrainWreck show, you're not going to hear just one type of music. You're more than likely going to hear a song from every radio station on the airwaves except for the gospel channel. Thats why we call ourselves TrainWreck, 'cause it's all these genres of music meshed into one set.

SLG: And I thought maybe it was because it was hard to look away! (laughter) Have the two of you worked as solo artists? Or have you worked with other local bands?

SG: We've both been solo prior to TrainWreck and recently connected while hearing the other sing at a local venue.

SLG: Tell us where you're from and currently based in what town?

SG: Shawn Good is from Nashville, Tennessee born/raised and now resides in Idaho Falls; Amber Lytle is from Boulder, Colorado and too resides here in Idaho Falls.

SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Past or future shows in the Pocatello area?

SG: We've been around SE Idaho on separately on many occasions. We've been seen as solo acts at the Vino Rosso, local events throughout town, Fort Hall and the Vinyl Perk in Pocatello. Looking to come back to the Vinyl Perk again, but also we're wanting to spread out to Pocatello a lot more.

SLG: Describe this particular show coming up. Tell us what you know about this venue.

SG: Our upcoming show is at The Cellar in Idaho Falls. It is June 27, 2009, and we'll be starting around 7pm, playing for a few hours. For those that come to this show you can expect a great listening environment, good food and a great bartender.

Musically, you can expect songs from Ani Difranco, Blake Shelton, Cream, Otis Redding, Lynard Skynard, Jack Johnson, Eric Clapton, Missy Higgins, Melissa Ethridge, Jewel, Oasis, Staind, Radiohead, Tim McGraw, George Straight... like we mentioned earlier, a little something for everyone.

SLG: Any comments about the local live music scene, the music industry in general? What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?

SG: The scene around here is improving everyday. I'd like to see some more venues open up so people had more options each and every weekend. But for now it is what it is and can only improve.

SLG: Do you have any videos on YouTube?

SG: As far as Trainwreck, there are no videos - June 27th will be our first full Live show together. In the following days we will post live video's from the show.

SLG: Great! Be sure to let me know when you do. How about Recordings? Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

SG: Nope, but they will be coming in the near future.

SLG: How can fans contact you?

SG: You can find us on Facebook. Come and see us, become a fan and show your support.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Interview with Zombie At Heart

Who: Zombie At Heart
What: Opening for Steve Means
When: Thursday, June 25, 2009, 6:00pm
Where: Idaho State University Quad
How Much: Free

Zombie at Heart, a.k.a. John Vieira, is a pop-punk solo musician drawing inspiration from the “pop” in pop-punk and the heaviness and brutality of hardcore. I caught up with Vieira recently about his upcoming performance at ISU.

SLG: Describe your genre of music in as much detail as you like. Maybe list your three best crowd-pleasing songs? Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?

JV: I would say my music is indie-rock / powerpop, if that makes sense. The problem is that the new EP, "V-necks And G-strings," is a complete band. But since I'm the only member, I have to tour acoustic. So I guess what I mean is that I'm unsure on the genre. I'm just a regular college kid who would rather make a living with music than anything else.

SLG: Are the plans to put a group effort together? A band?

JV: I am currently the only member of ZAH. I have some friends who are going to be a part of the band soon though.

SLG: Tell us where you're from and currently based in what town?

JV: I'm from Boise, but I've been living in Twin Falls and going to College of Southern Idaho.

SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Past or future shows in the Pocatello area?

JV: I played a show in Pocatello on the last tour I went on, but it was a really last minute arrangement with the venue so the turn out wasn't very strong. I'm not really selective about playing shows either. If it's a chance for me to play music for people then that's fine with me.

SLG: Describe this particular show. What can people expect if they come to this show?

JV: Well to be honest, I know virtually nothing about this show. BUT, I do know that it starts at 6 pm, and it's gonna be a blast. So everyone should come keep it real with me.

SLG: Any comments about the local live music scene, the music industry in general? What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?

JV: Well in my experience, it sucks being a band from Idaho, because there isn't much of a music scene. There are lots of people that like music here, but you could find that anywhere. That's the main reason I try to be on the road a lot. As far as the music industry goes, right now is the worst time to try making it in music because the economy is in a nasty spot.

SLG: Do you have any videos on YouTube? If so, how do we find them?

JV: Oh yeah! I love me some Youtube, ha. I always put up random funny videos or clips from concerts, studio updates, etc. The URL is

SLG: Recordings? Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?

JV: Yes I actually just spent a month in Seattle recording a new EP called "V-necks And G-strings," plus I will have my old EP for sale as well.

SLG: How can fans contact you? Myspace? or another website?

JV: The main Zombie At Heart website is I am online at some point everyday just to talk to fans, so if anyone want's to get a hold of me that's your best bet.

Music & Wildflower Festival at Pebble Creek

Who: KYDJ and the Aaron Ball Band
What: In Concert
Where: Pebble Creek Ski Area, Inkom, Idaho - map
When: Saturday, June 27, 2009 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Why: Fundraiser for Pebble Creek National Ski Patrol

Pebble Creek's annual Wildflower Concert will be held from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturday June 27, 2009. Music by KYDJ and The Ball Brothers will fill the slopes as concert goers nestle their lawn chairs and blankets in the wild flowers on the slopes. The hillside just above the deck provides a perfect view of both the performers and the sunset.

Concert tickets are available in advance in Pocatello at Scott's Ski and Sports, Barrie's Sports, The College Market and The Raven's Nest. Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted to the concert free of charge. If the weather is wet, the concert will take place inside the lodge.

Professional botanists will be along the hiking routes to identify plants and wildflowers. They will also staff an interpretive display in the lodge area. Lift rides are offered from 4:00 to 6:45 PM. The cost for the lift ride is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids 5 to 12. Sorry, no kids under 5 are permitted on the lift.

Portneuf Brewing will serve a variety of their local brews and National Ski Patrol members will be barbecuing a delectable menu of food on the deck.

Learn more at

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Catching up with Royal Bliss

Royal Bliss has been on the road almost constantly since the release of their debut major-label release, "Life In-Between." They've played in 37 states and put over 40,000 miles on their motor home, touring with Candlebox, Buckcherry and more.

CommunityWalk Map - Royal Bliss on the Road

Here's a video from TuneLab Music’s interview with Royal Bliss at Rock on the Range in May, 2009.

Back home for a few weeks before heading off again, Royal Bliss made quite an impression on all of us headlining at Viva Salt Lake, an all day festival held at the Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City, Utah on June 6, 2009. The band seemed glad to be home, glad to be in front of their home fans and family members, and it showed in their performance. That night's rendition of "Devils and Angels" was the most inspired I've ever heard from them live. Boys, you were on point.

And the crowd was on point too. I've never heard an audience sing along so loudly - not just for the popular radio releases, but for the majority of songs on the set list that night. Neal Middleton even commented that he hadn't heard an audience sing "We Did Nothing Wrong" as loudly as we did that evening. So much so, that we woke up the guests of neighboring Marriot Hotel! They enjoyed the show watching from their windows.

From Sara's Blog: Cailin is now 9, and for her birthday Josh and I took her to the Viva Salt Lake show downtown at the Gallivan center. She had a blast and got to meet most of the Royal Bliss band members, which is awesome cuz they are are favorite band.

And from terrible-taya's blog: ... and finally, the only reason I went, the headliner, straight out of Salt Lake City, about to release their new album in Japan, (and if you can pull that off, you know you're great!) Royal Bliss. I can't even begin to describe how awesomely, amazingly, fantastically, pleasant they are! Every one got so excited, and I went with a bunch of little girls that couldn't handle it, so we had to go stand in the back where it wasn't so crowed. They are so great live! I love it! I really wish I was there now, singing along to "Devils and Angels" or "I Was Drunk." It was so much fun. I can't even believe.

And finally from the Larson Family blog: We were able to see Veer Union, Pop Evil, Ten Years and Royal Bliss. I hope some of you have heard of these groups, but especially ROYAL BLISS....why you ask. Royal Bliss is a local band going big in the music industry. They are amazing...really they are a rock band that knows how to rock but the lead singers Neil's voice is very soothing to sounds weird but oh well! I encourage anyone and everyone to check them out.

I love the officially unreleased (or is it unofficially released?) single, "I Was Drunk." It seems to be everyone's favorite song from Royal Bliss, certainly the most memorable and arguably the most-requested song on Bliss' live set list. Here, Texas Musketeers and their Ladies, at the 2009 Scarborough Faire to the tune of Royal Bliss' "I Was Drunk". From darthecp.

There are a host of such fan-made Royal Bliss videos; as I come across them, I'll post 'em up.

I caught up with Royal Bliss at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa, CA on Thursday night, June 11, 2009. We visited for a bit in the motor home, introduced them to my sister and brother-in-law and watched the show. The crowd gets bigger and bigger each time they play there - the local radio station, 101.7 The Fox, gives them real support.

Coming back from Santa Rosa, Royal Bliss played in Reno and in Jerome, Idaho.

On June 14, a young family member of Neal Middleton's, Cameron Eby, was tragically killed in a car accident. The band attended a post-funeral party in the young man's honor. Here they are.

(blog from The Crazy Whittakers)

Upcoming Royal Bliss concerts:

Jun 24 2009 - 7:00P - Knitting Factory w/Hurt Boise, Idaho
Jun 26 2009 - 8:00P - Liquid Joe’s w/ Broke City Salt Lake City, Utah
Jun 27 2009 - 7:00P - Martini Ranch-Early Show Phoenix, Arizona
Jun 29 2009 - 8:00P - Black Sheep Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jul 1 2009 - 8:00P - The Rock Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 3 2009 - 7:00P - WIIL Rock Radio Show Kenosha, Wisconsin
Jul 4 2009 - 7:00P - SUMMER FEST Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 8 2009 - 8:00P - Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Jul 10 2009 - 8:00P - Club Fire w/Powerman 5000 Jackson, Mississippi
Jul 17 2009 - 8:00P - Pierre’s w/Candlebox Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Jul 24 2009 - 8:00P - Woody’s Evansville, Indiana
Aug 1 2009 - 7:00P - Oyster Ridge Music Festival FREE Kemmerer, Wyoming

Find out more at

Rockin the Rivers, August 7 - 9, 2009

Who: Various Classic Rock Bands
What: 3-day Festival
Where: Three Forks, Montana
When: August 7, 8 and 9, 2009
How Much: $50 - $300

Over the last 10 years, Rockin' the Rivers has become one of the largest music festivals in the Northwest. Near Three Forks, Montana in the Jefferson River Canyon, the venue is a natural amphitheater sprawling over 140 acres. More than 6,000 people attend each year, camping in tents, motor homes, RV's, trucks and trailers.

Rockin' the Rivers: August 7, 8 and 9, 2009

Friday, Aug. 7


Thin Lizzy

Rhino Bucket

Jared Stewart

Blue Onion

Midnite Closer!

The Clintons

Saturday, Aug. 8

Peter Frampton


Pat Travers

Too Slim and the Taildraggers

Alter Ego

Midnite Closer!

Hell's Belles

Sunday, Aug. 9

Tommy James and the Shondells

The Outlaws

Spencer Davis Group

The Dave Walker Band

Midnite Closer!

No Quarter ~ Led Zeppelin Tribute Band

More information:

Friday, June 19, 2009

From Blogs around MySpace Mid-June '09

From Dimmencha:

-decent gear
-practice 2-3 times a week
-play outta town from time to time
-no alcoholics/junkies/burnouts
-preferably death metal chops

if u are or know anyone who is...hit us up!

From the Spencer Nielsen Band:

SPencer Nielsen raps Biz Markie "Just A Friend", Dan Pectal on drums, Pat Briggs on guitar....This was the last song of a six hour day...we were in the ZONE..i believe................SN

From The Sammus Theory:

Paul's artist profile on Evans drumheads and New endorsement!

Check out Paul's artist profile on Evans drumheads website here - Paul will also be using Humes and Berg hard cases for his drums out on the road, who now proudly endorse Paul. Stay tuned for more! And ...

Sick Drummer Magazine has posted a nice little clip about us on their homepage. Go look and make sure to leave a comment and let them know you know who we are!

READ and COMMENT here -

ALSO, Hollywood Music TV interview is here! We met up with Jimmy Roc from HMTV and for an interview outside the Slide Bar in Fullerton, CA. Check it out!

From Wisebird:

Desert Rocks '09 Review on Jambase!
Hello cyberfriends,

Check out Corby Anderson's wonderful review of Desert Rocks '09. For those of us who were there, this review truly captures the magic that took place! As this review indicates, there was killer music all weekend but Mother Nature stole the show.

Wisebird gets some nice love on the second page of the review...Please read!

Jambase Review of DROCKS '09 at

Peace out,

From WhiteWater Ramble:

See what the Scene Magazine said about the new CD

Live from the Big Sky - By Joshua Espinoza

Attempting to pigeonhole Whitewater Ramble’s sound as conventional bluegrass would be churlish. In their latest album the Fort Collins-based quintet demonstrates versatility by delivering a sound that seeps through the boundaries of traditional bluegrass and spills into the crevices of jazz, funk and jam.

Recorded live at the Zebra Lounge in Bozeman, MT, the album is a collection of cover songs and originals that are nothing short of infectious. The CD’s first track, “Purgatory Shuffle,” opens with blues-tinged instrumentation that tumbles into a fast paced medley of nuanced roadhouse rhythms, thus foreshadowing the whiskey-quaffing, buck-dancing party to come. The following tracks, including adaptations of Stealers Wheel, Michael Jackson and Grateful Dead classics, deftly reconcile bluegrass’ structural conventions with buoyant piano riffs, frenetic finger picking and brazen bass grooves punctuated by hoots and hollers from the crowd.

Like any great jam band, the group is at its best when playing live. And although the tracks were recorded in a crowded nightclub, it’s likely that the pieces would be just as intrinsically raw had they been recorded in a studio, which is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the band’s noise. The unadorned vocals paired with the foot-stompin’ melodies make Live from the Big Sky effortlessly visceral and compulsive. And by culling key elements from old-school and new-school styles, the band has accomplished what so many of their contemporaries have failed to do, which is create a sound that is devoid of any discernable genre, yet sympathetic to the ear.

From Going Second:

Hey everyone! We've got some great news from G2 headquarters! Our manager Bryan Sansom has made some huge headway with our east coast tour this August. It's looking like with some help from a friendly record label we're going to be playing shows in Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, DC, Virginia, SC, NC and Georgia! So get ready east coast, here we come!!!

From Miggs:

MIGGS on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, July 7 2009. Check your local listings!

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