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Myles Kennedy uncaged

Myles Kennedy uncaged

THANKS TO social media, Myles Kennedy — or any artist, for that matter — need never again suffer the rigors of being interviewed. With a camera and Internet connection, it’s now possible to communicate directly with fans and tell them everything they need to know. Still, Kennedy does it the old-fashioned way: hour after hour of answering media questions — often the same ones — and sharing his message over and over. It’s worth it, he says, in order to reach beyond social platforms and across to publications that can bring his music to new audiences.  more...
Like A Bomb Through The Breeze

Like A Bomb Through The Breeze

HANNAH WICKLUND may seem like the new, fresh face on the blues/rock guitar scene, but that wouldn’t be 100% accurate. You might just be hearing about her now thanks to her new album Hannah Wicklund and The Stepping Stones, but the truth is this 20-year old from South Carolina has been playing guitar for over half of her life. Gearphoria caught up with the guitarist/vocalist/band leader as she traveled the roads of Wisconsin as part of her rarely-ending tour life.  more...
20 Years of All The Pain…

20 Years of All The Pain…

“I care so little about gear,” Fastball guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga announced in an October 2017 gear interview with Digital Tour Bus. “I could give a fuck. I just want it to turn on and work.” So who better to speak to Gearphoria about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the band’s sophomore and breakthrough album, All The Pain Money Can Buy.  more...
Track-By-Track: Galactic Cowboys corral new album

Track-By-Track: Galactic Cowboys corral new album

IT WAS Super Bowl weekend in 1990 when the Galactic Cowboys — frontman Ben Huggins, bassist Monty Colvin, guitarist Dane Sonnier and drummer Alan Doss — got their first record deal: a multi-album commitment from Geffen Records. The band was on the doorstep of greatness, but then a funny thing happened on the trip up the sidewalk.  more...
Vernon Reid: 101 In The Shade

Vernon Reid: 101 In The Shade

IT’S 1989, and the members of Living Colour are being interviewed backstage before another sold-out show. ‘Cult of Personality,’ the second single from their 1988 debut album, Vivid, has volleyed them into the spotlight, and months later the band is still adjusting to success and all it brings.  more...
Matthew Sweet kickstarts new album

Matthew Sweet kickstarts new album

IF SEEKING TO exemplify the seismic shift in the music industry, look no further than Matthew Sweet’s career. In 1985, he signed a development deal with Columbia Records, which contracted the making of his first album after six months. Thirty years later, he crowdfunded his new project, Tomorrow Forever, a 17-track CD/double album released on his new Honeycomb Hideout label and distributed by Sony/RED.  more...
Mike Rutherford takes flight

Mike Rutherford takes flight

Mike Rutherford is backstage in an arena in a “very cold, wet Scotland,” calling before show time to talk about the new Mike + The Mechanics album, Let Me Fly. It’s the band’s first new project in six years, and he is quite satisfied with the results. “I’m pleased with the album,” he says. “I think it’s got a strength to it. How it does, we’ll see.”  more...
Damon Johnson: From Brother to Rider

Damon Johnson: From Brother to Rider

Damon Johnson is in a good mood. In fact, he’s thrilled. His day began with the news that Black Star Riders’ new album, Heavy Fire, is No. 6 on the UK charts across all formats, comfortably positioned between Ed Sheeran and Adele. “None of us could have envisioned it,” he says, speaking for himself and his bandmates: vocalist Ricky Warwick, bassist Robbie Crane, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, and guitarist Scott Gorham. “It’s a real pleasure, and it reminds me of how grateful I am to be a part of this. We’re very grateful to our fans and to our team at Nuclear Blast. This is the highest chart position they’ve ever had with any act, and they’ve been around a while, so it’s a good day. It’s a goal and a priority for us to help some of that translate to the States.”  more...