Dusty Gray Band at The Red Blazer

By on Jan 18, 2018 in Interviews | 0 comments

A quick chat with the man himself, Dusty Gray from Concord – country singer, midnight brooder, former radio host, one-time Nashville cat, a man sown up with so much talent, so entwined in the community, a blood hungry knockout artist with the knack for writing great songs – a guy that, well, sometimes you just want to see him rock and roll. So, that’s what you do when you’re saying to yourself: “I’ve got to crank things up a bit this weekend. I’m bored!” Maybe you get out of town, venture to Concord and take in the stylings of the Dusty Gray Band at the Red Blazer this Saturday night. Shake off the chill. Get your best boots and jeans out of the closet. Now, rip! Rain, cold, snow, it won’t matter. The Blazer will be engulfed in the music of this legendary country rock band, utterly off the charts, a swampy hot mess of countrified energy. I promise. I’ve seen it done. It’ll happen...

Showdown in Memphis

By on Jan 16, 2018 in Interviews | 0 comments

There’s really no point tip-toeing around the first few weeks of the new year. I say, get your face right in there, delve into those resolutions you’ve been pushing off far too long. Go ahead, take a big bite, make it count, because you’ve exhausted all contemplation, wrung out every cheap excuses and spit lies out of nearly every orifice. It’s time. Wouldn’t you say? After all, that’s what two long time swashbuckling bluesmen named Baza are doing in a couple weeks down in Memphis when they compete at the 34th International Blues Challenge. They’re taking a big ol’ bite out of the Big Time. Dream fulfilling sized sampler bite. A three napkin jobber. That’s right. For lead singer and guitarist, Doug Philbrook, and harmonica player, Geof Goodell, both from Nashua, it’s not only humbling to qualify to participate in such a world...

What’s Music Mean To You?

By on Jan 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve spent the past five years asking hundreds of questions to hundreds of musicians from around the Granite State about “their” music, about how they created it and made it rise from the ashes of a single idea. Many great talks, many inspiring people. And you know what? Enough is enough! Now, I want to hear from both musicians and music junkies about their expectations, and their own debt towards the music. What is your role as an audience member? Where does music rank in your life? What do you expecting out of a performance after paying for a shows? Jive like that. I see them out there in the clubs, bars, theaters, driving in their cars, these music freaks that can’t operate without some form of music pulsating through their head, their heart, their mind. I’m one of them. The rabid and timid, the raunchy and refined, the night crawlers and the front...

2017: A Year In Review

By on Jan 3, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The other night, I was stationed in the Frozen Basement of Gloom, pondering 2017 as I stared into a framed picture of the infamous director, Sam Peckinpah, that sits atop my late 90’s Panasonic television, something I haven’t turned on in over two years. I got to thinking behind my desk about all the musical talent I’ve seen this past year — at the radio stations, in the taverns, at New England College. I mean, it was a preposterous amount of goodness, both in original and cover format, bestowed upon those that chose to indulge, which, I did with an unflinching zeal. Counting into the mirrored sunglasses of Peckinpah, who directed such classics as “Straw Dogs” and “The Getaway” with Steve McQueen, I tried to think off the top of my head how many musicians performed in Granite State of Mind over the past year. Maybe 40? Or less? More? I...

Inside Radio with DJ Craig Driggers

By on Dec 19, 2017 in Interviews, Uncategorized |

I have a radio show, but I don’t know squat about the radio business. I know even less about the many people that work in the industry throughout the state. Even at WKXL in Concord and WMNH in Manchester, where my one-hour music show, “Granite State of Mind,” is featured weekly, the interaction between radioheads is limited because we’re all chopping out space at different times of the week. God bless them. So, when I was introduced to a disc jockey from Frank FM and The Wolf named Craig Driggers about a year ago, I was elated. As a huge fan of radio as an art form — the pacing, the instincts behind the voice, the accuracy and delivery — I seized the opportunity to get in Driggers ear and find out if the on-air persona actually matched the curtains. I wasn’t disappointed. Driggers, 42, from Manchester, is a born raconteur, a towering, bearded...