Located in Daytona, Florida, Nova Rex was formed in 1985 during the “hair metal revolution.” The band has been through years of hard work, and today they are still rocking hard across the U.S.A.! We catch up with the guys, literally hours after their set at the Sold Out Rocklahoma Festival.
You know, that I know, that you know, that Greg Kihn is a bad ass… right? The affable man of many hats wants you to know that it’s OK if you don’t. He’s only a platinum selling rock star, award-winning novelist, Bay Area DJ, who is pals with members Grateful Dead, played in a band with Joe Satriani, and won the prestigious WCAO Baltimore, MD talent contest at the age of 15. Greg Kihn hasn’t put out a record of new material in 21 years until he released his new album ReKihndled in March of this year. He really has had a storied career, and loves to talk about it in the affable way your Uncle loves to tell you stories of his youth.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fun interview with Terry Clark of Carbon Leaf
I caught up with Carbon Leaf’s Terry Clark before the band’s recent show at a packed Social in downtown Orlando. As the band was preparing to embark on yet another Rock Boat excursion, we had a chance for a quick fun interview with the gregarious guitarist.