It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins
chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the
entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work
schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo
album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.
Rodney Crowell’s visit to Cincinnati this
week might seem to be just a routine return of an “old hand”
Roots-music singer/songwriter — his first solo album, Ain’t Living Long Like This, was released in 1978. But there are some dramatic new developments in Crowell’s long career.
Chicago native Dave McDonnell and his wife settled into their
Cincinnati experience with their daughter’s arrival a couple years ago,
but the saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist attended a similarly joyous
birth when he and a collection of Chicago colleagues recorded his
about-to-be-released Post Jazz album, the dragon and the griffin.
Zebras in Public is rightfully
protective of their brand of juiced-up metallic Soul/Rock and the
band-of-brothers attitude they’ve adopted to create it. The quintet’s
freshly released full-length, Paradise Leg, is the band's second, (and strongest) album.
the decades have passed and several members have moved in and out,
Supersuckers remain committed to flippant, hooky, high-energy,
underground-friendly Rock & Roll that heavily draws from Rockabilly,
Garage Rock, Country and Punk.
There’s an interesting paradigm in
Folk/Americana singer/songwriter Arlo McKinley’s career. McKinley has only been on the
scene since 2012; his alter ego, Tim Carr, was a back-of-the-stage
fixture for many years. But when Carr moved into the spotlight to front his Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, he found
it necessary to adopt a new persona to handle the increased attention.
In light of reports from shows in Australia and New Zealand (and with a heavy dose of wishful thinking), here are some suggestions for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's set at their tour stop in Cincinnati.
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have known
each other since attending junior high together in upstate New York in
the late ’90s. Their friendship came in handy when, in 2007, Carter was
looking to start a new musical project, one in which Hip Hop beats could
commingle with atmospheric Indie Pop. Enter Phantogram.
Last October, Bobby Bare was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His long career featured some
twists and turns that found him leaving his southern Ohio home to try
and find success in California and elsewhere before eventually landing
in Nashville. Along the way, Cincinnati’s Fraternity Records played an
unexpected part in his success.
A unique group of accomplished
musicians will soon combine forces to bring a night of swampy tunes and
rootsy grooves to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. Luther Dickinson, Anders
Osborne, Marc Broussard and JJ Grey each have strong legacies and
careers of their own, but as The Southern Soul Assembly, they come
together to play songs, tell stories and collaborate.