Inspired by Lost Member, Neoga Blacksmith Creates New Music
Allie Keck is now a successful real-estate agent and musician in Nashville who probably doesn’t want to return to her roots. Yet how cool would it be if she joined forces with the fantastic Neoga Blacksmith to give the band some serious oomph on vocals.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Shades’ journey in the food field began at a McDonald’s in Glenview, a Chicago suburb. He admits he liked the food: “McDonald’s was 20 times better then than it is now.”
Rage for a Reason
Music-loving individuals like Baub Alred, who is featured in this story, have kept the community-run WEFT radio station going all these years. Volunteers like him come and go, but they have given this radio station a forever feel in C-U. I’m glad I got to catch the action in the studio one night in January…
It’s the End of the World and The Underwerewolves Feel Fine
The overly modest Underwerewolves played 16 high-energy songs that might best be described as punk rock with a 1960s feel. With his smile-inducing falsetto and lighthearted vibe, Pessin has the look of a mini Jack Black.
Teacher Still Dedicated Despite Struggles with Cutbacks
As busy as school life is, Darla said it is the little niceties of the job that keep her grateful: an appreciation dinner from the Parent Teacher Student Association; a touching email from a parent or a letter from a student; parent-teacher conferences that go well.
Brenda Jamieson: Leading the Way in Alternative Healing Methods
At some point Brenda asked me if I wanted to ask her questions, which I did. I got off the table and interviewed her like any other interviewee, but unfortunately didn’t include in the piece the reiki treatment I received from the reiki master, Brenda Jamieson.
A Good Soul: My Q&A with the Incomparable Lucinda Williams
Musician Lucinda Williams, who has released fourteen albums and won three Grammy Awards, talked with me over the phone about what inspires her to write music. She also discussed how independent record labels in the 1990s improved things for artists, and how the stroke she suffered in 2020 forced her to learn how to walk…