Famous Last Words’ J.T. Dollas
I had a chance to sit down with J.T. Dollas, the dynamic Famous Last Words front man, when they cruised through Orlando a few nights ago. As the band’s tour came to a close, he shared thoughts on how the band has matured over the years, the idea of concept albums, the role of MySpace, and his biggest fan back home…
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Ask any punk rock, or left of center, band who their major influences are, and they might say the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, or The Ramones. But I would bet money that many of those musicians also cite the Los Angeles band X as a staple of the American punk sound and a major influence. Elaine Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake took their influences and found the thread that runs through punk, classic rock, and country music married them together and came out with a hybrid that was all their own.
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Interview with Orlando’s Carly Jo Jackson
Carly Jo Jackson is a vibrant young performer who stole the show at Florida Music Festival with an invigorating showcase that left the Orlando crowd thirsting for more. Jackson is a “local kid” who is on the cusp of great things. She’s a free spirit just gushing with talent.
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Terri Nunn is the voice of the grossly underrated rock band Berlin. She has produced a crazy, large body of work from her time as an actress, to belting the signature song from the Tom Cruise, behemoth of a movie Top Gun. She has been keeping the Berlin fire warm touring with her own version of the band for some time. Terri has recently reunited with writing partner, and original Berlin member, John Crawford to record and tour behind a new album. She also took some time to sit down for a lengthy interview with RARA’S farm to discuss her acting career, the song that put the band on the map, and her love of Heart’s Ann Wilson.
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Kevin Lyman Shares Words of Wisdom
Last weekend at Florida Music Festival, we were lucky enough to have Kevin Lyman, the founder of Warped Tour, roaming around the festival and appearing at conference sessions. Lyman is the kind of person everyone hopes to be if they become famous—approachable, kind, and down to earth.
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Shakin’ With the Money Man Before He Rocks Orlando’s Velvet Sessions
Eddie Money is a legendary performer who ruled rock music airwaves for long stretches of the 70’s and 80’s. Despite some well known struggles with addiction, he’s stood the test of time and is doing better than ever. Simply put, Eddie has got his act together. He’s happy, he feels great and he still has that iconic voice. Orlando rock fans are the beneficiaries, as he’s headed to The City Beautiful for this week’s Velvet Sessions.
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Rockin’ Performance + Interview with Alex Di Leo
Singer and songwriter Alex Di Leo was one of the artists to make an appearance at the Florida Music Festival in Orlando this weekend. He played the Church Street stage on Saturday, and put on a lively show that got the audience moving. Starting out the show with his most popular hit, “So We Go”, Alex’s performance was an energetic blend of alternative and pop that captivated fans.
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The Alarm’s Mike Peters Talks About Love, Hope, Strength and more
A this year’s Van’s Warped Tour Lineup announcement, I was fortunate to bump into legendary front man Mike Peters, of The Alarm. The Welsh rocker is a fantastically caring person as you’ll discover in the interview below. His participation in this summer-long tour across the US serves two purposes. It’s a way to introduce a new generation to the music of The Alarm and more importantly to Peters, it’s a chance to save lives.
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