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...

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...

Welcome to B Street Nation!

By on Dec 4, 2017 in Interviews |

The SNOB Film Festival is back! That means autumn is gathering speed and my blood’s getting thicker. It also means that this great festival, now in it’s, I think 16th year, will once again ushers in a fresh batch of vision delivered on screen by filmmakers from around the globe. Short films, feature films, funny ones, serious ones, and some barely tolerable ones. It’s all there, and it’s good eating. So, gather your scarves, your coolest hat and settle in for a banquet of creativity down at the Red River Theater, starting today. One film that’s screening that caught my attention is a documentary called “Almost Boss” by Paul Kaplan. The film studies the “The B Street Band,” a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band cover band that’s been toasting the Jersey Devil’s body of work for 40 years. They make a living off playing...

Showdown In Exeter

By on Jun 13, 2017 in Interviews, Uncategorized |

I do love me a good fight. And there is one brewing out in Exeter between the artists and the old guard. Progress vs. Standard. You know the deal. It’s an old tale, one retold more times than Othello. I’ve read an article on seacoastonline.com about the conflict. The Exeter Arts Committee decided to not reappoint Scott Ruffner, who was the director of TEAM, a group of volunteers that love the arts (visual, music, theater) and want to share more of it with the community. My guess is Mr. Ruffner, who served the post for three years, is new blood in town, someone that represents change, a different outlook on the direction the arts community in Exeter should be going. Ruffer and his crew have likely presented some ideas to the committee that makes them terribly nervous, makes them feel like their maybe losing a grip on something they’ve always possessed: power of...

Comedian Breaks Down Depression

By on May 31, 2017 in Interviews |

“I’m sick of it.” Lou Reed might sing. “I’m sick of you.” That’s the way I feel about depression and suicide. I’m sick of you, sick of it. Flat out disgusted by the lives it ruins, the will it crushes in man. This disease, this curator of zombies, is an elusive coward that can’t just be cut out of your belly or lungs. Instead, we must wine it, dine it, spoil it with pills and pray that it will be numbed into submission before some level of peace is gifted. When Chris Cornell of the band Soundgarden took his life last week in a hotel bathroom in Detroit, I felt sick. The image of the famed singer lying dead on a bathroom floor isn’t what turns my guts. Thinking about the days and years and hours that led up to his decision to let go for good, well, that’s what sickened me. No person should suffer such anguish. So, I...