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...

Climbing Colter’s Wall

By on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized |

I’ll attempt to sift through the mud which is my brain on this sunny and cold Monday morning. After a long weekend spent rollicking through the honky-tonks in one of the greatest cities on Mother earth– Nashville, Tennessee — I could use some downtime to reflect. But, man. That place does it right! A spangled cluster of creativity, Nashville is capable of soaking every inch of your best Western floral print shirt with the swinging sounds of traditional Bakersfield music played live, played fast, played hard. I could cruise the main thoroughfare called Broadway for days, I swear, eating fried bologna sandwiches and drinking the worst kinds of beer the south has to offer (original Coors, vile stuff), as I shimmy my hips from bar to bar in search of any rendition of a George Jones song. The trip down south was motivated by a fierce devotion to my good buddy,...

The New Emperor Of Comedy

By on Oct 16, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Without knowing it, I’ve been calling comedian, Jay Grove, the wrong name for, well, about five years. That’s when I first met the brawny funny man from Rochester, when he was a semi-regular act that came on my radio show to tell jokes and promote various comedy shows he was working on throughout the state. “Jay” was always funny, cutting and sarcastic with an edge to him that made you slightly nervous but always entertained. But, lo-and-be-hold, Jay Grove, I recently discovered, was simply a stage name. Jay is actually 44 year old Joshua Guptel, and he’s finally got a comedy club of his own to run, one free of favoritism, he says, focused solely on the science behind presenting quality comedy to a region already soaked in laughs. Soundcheck caught up with Mr. Guptel as he prepares to open Curlies Comedy Club at the end of the month at 12 Union Street in...

Went Down Swingin’

By on Oct 9, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized |

Sorrow has won the day. And you can’t tell me it hasn’t. I’m filled with dread on this first Monday of October, simmering in a low-based depression for both the dead and the survivors of yet another terrorizing mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas at a country music festival. I can’t get out from under the misery. It’s getting harder, it seems, each week, to replenish my sympathies, though. Every ten days or so, I’m out in the front yard raising the American flag back up from half mast after a period of mourning. Then, a couple weeks later, there I am again, barefooted, dropping the stars and stripes to middle pole. Can’t keep track of the losses. The moment you start to focus on the lost souls in Texas drowned out by Harvey, some other motherless storm named Maria or Irma steals our compassions and breaks the backs of Puerto Ricans, Floridians and anybody else that got in the...