Getting to Know DC’s Queen of Blues: Carly Harvey

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It is always a pleasure to sit down and chat with artists who understand how to contextualize themselves, which was my experience with D.C.’s proclaimed Queen of the Blues, Carly Harvey. When I heard her talk about her musical upbringing, there was a clear, deep love and reverence for the cultural roots of all the genres that she has employed over the course of her career to date. As a representative of D.C.’s blues scene (and music scene in general), she recognizes that her music is not just about her as an artist in an isolated moment of time, but that she contributes to, and stands upon, a historical foundation that is rich with potential.

Transitions Abound: Lauren Calve Hinges on the Edge of Something New

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When it comes to singer-songwriter, Lauren Calve, there is a calm, yet electric essence that feels ready for every and anything that comes her way. She has been singing throughout her life, but it wasn’t until her late 20’s that she found her niche within the sounds of Americana blues. Since finding her home base, her late-bloomer energy has spun a nice flow of momentum that has taken her far in a short amount of time.

While her early inspirations ran the gambit of singing women with raw, acrobatic voices like Mariah Carrey and Sheryl Crow, it was a CD of voice instructor Brett Manning (who famously coached Hayley Williams of Paramore)

Rachel Burns: ‘Live for the Day and Be in the Now Because That’s Really the Only Way We Can Expand Time’

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A conversation with D.C.-based pop/soul artist Rachel Burns oscillates between joy, laughter (lots of it), and shedding of tears similar to the continuum of life and living. Burns is a classically trained musician, wife and mother, and breast cancer survivor. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she sits down with Rachel Burns to discuss her debut solo EP, “Living My Breast Life,” why she is proud to be a DMV artist, the turning point from despair to hope in her breast cancer journey, and why she believes humor is still the best medicine.

“The Dream” by Ben DeHan Kicks of New Music Friday 10/14

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Recent Articles Baltimore pop-punk alumnus Ben DeHan of American Diary renown documents his return to his roots with “The Dream” in this week’s New Music Friday. We’ll also be checking out music from Mike Freund, The Horn, Dead Posey, Jonathan Sparks, Phil., and Courtney McKenna. Just like you’ve come to expect, every single one of […]

Chip Wickham Reaches New Heights with “Cloud 10”

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Recent Articles United Kingdom based saxophonist and flautist, Chip Wickham, keeps it smooth and cool on his latest album, Cloud 10, which is his first release as part of Gondwana Records. Hanging high in a sky, it’s a laid-back jazz and blues album that focuses on the lyrical qualities of Wickham’s dual musical voice which […]

Cinema Stereo: ‘We Just Make The Music That Excites Us’

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Most people remember Jumanji: a family-friendly action film featuring the late Robin Williams about a cursed board game that traps its players in a magical and terrifying reality. Like the world of Jumanji, Cinema Stereo is creating a new world through their music. Dive into the world of Orlando-based rockers, Cinema Stereo, with contributing writer, Margaret Adams, as the band releases their debut album; the band’s plentiful and diverse influences, including Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Bowie, and The Doors; and their desire to immerse their audiences in a world full of 80’s-and-70’s-inspired sounds.

Warmth, Joy, and Comfort in Jasmine Myra’s Debut Album “Horizons”

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Recent Articles By Charlie Maybee Leeds based saxophonist, composer and band leader, Jasmine Myra, is gearing up for the debut of her debut album, Horizons, set to be released on Friday, July 15, 2022. Pulling together a mix of jazz and blues influences, this is a collection easy listening instrumental tracks that revel in a […]

Toronzo Cannon Brings His Chicago Blues to the Birchmere

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Toronzo Cannon’s song “Insurance” might very well likely drive you to fits of painful laughter. The song, off his 2019 album “The Preacher, the Politician Or the Pimp,” pokes more-than-gentle fun at the need to get coverage lest a health emergency befall you—if you can afford it (ditto for the eventual bill). It’s that unique ability to make blues fans laugh through their tears that has granted Cannon a most unique career in music. Join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he sits down with Toronzo Cannon to discuss Chicago’s sound, playing with a certain guy called Buddy, and Cannon’s upcoming show on July 19 at the Birchmere.

Nick Frey and the Sons of Thunder Open Wide in “Mississippi Mouth”

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Recent Articles By Jaci Jedrych Nick Frey and the Sons of Thunder is making a splash with their debut album “Mississippi Mouth”. Frederick, Maryland-born Frey grew up in a musical home, inspiring him to begin songwriting when he was a teenager. He performs with his New Orleans native wife and band The Sons of Thunder. […]

The Queen of the Blues Is Back on the Road, and Heading to D.C. – Shemekia Copeland Headlines Columbia Blues Festival

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Shemekia Copeland took a necessary break to give birth to and begin raising her son. However, she had no way of knowing the furlough would be exacerbated by the pandemic. Copeland is now ready to be back in front of audiences, including at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival in West Arlington on June 18. In honor of Black Music Month, join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he sits down with Copeland to discuss the show, preview her upcoming album, and delve into topics of motherhood, America’s violence problem, and more.