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If you’re heading to Anaheim, California for National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show this year, better go by the Vola Guitar Booth, Level 1, Hall D, #4334. Our good friend, 18 year old, Anthony Cullins will be featured larger than life on the booth wall and will also give guitar demonstrations 11am on Friday and 2pm on Saturday.
Greg Leinhard is a Vola Guitar representative in Escondido, California and was at the Dallas International Guitar Festival when he heard about Anthony’s performance while he was there. “I didn’t get to see him then,” said Lienhard, “but the buzz got back to my booth there about this kid called the ‘Fallbrook Kid.’ Since I live near Fallbrook, I thought I should go check him out when I got home.”
Greg did get out to see Anthony perform at The Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, California and was immediately taken by Anthony’s style of guitar playing. “He doesn’t try to come off as a shredder, as so many young guitar players try to do,” he said, “Anthony’s playing is more refined and controlled, like a professional guitar player.”
Yes, Anthony has “Old Soul” skills. Maybe it’s from playing with all the master musicians in the San Diego area. Anthony has been playing on stage with many skilled musicians since he was thirteen years old and he’s performed with band mates three or four times his age.
With a humble yearning to learn and willingness to follow examples from industry peers, Anthony has gained much respect in this industry and in this, his fifth trip to Anaheim, he is now is taking his place in the halls of NAMM.
ENCINITAS, CA – DECEMBER 3, 2018 – Canadian hippie-rock band Daring Greatly has entered into a new partnership with muSIC House – a cooperatively owned independent record label looking to put the art back into the music, in partnership with the artists.
Cooperative ownership, and complete artist control has been part of the band’s philosophy since forming just over 5 years ago. “The current music industry model does not align with us and our vision,” says Dail Croome, who plays bass, sings, and is the father of 2 adult sons who also play in the band. “The big music labels keep the profits for themselves and control all the decisions. We have seen it suck the heart and soul out of artists and the art over the past few decades,” Dail continued.
Clearly, Dail and his boys aren’t the only ones who share this thought.
“Music is at a crossroads,” says Angus Wilson, president and co-founder of muSIC House (Socially Intelligent Collective) created in 2016 in Encinitas, California, “Popular music is formulaic and tired, created for mass consumption. A generation of musicians exists who desire to rediscover the art and power behind music, and they have set out on their own as independent artists.”
Daring Greatly is one of these independent groups – originally from Calgary, Alberta – have made a living touring Canada and the United States for the last 4 years. Fronted by bassist Dail Croome and his adult sons, acoustic guitarist Patrick Croome and keyboardist Liam Croomethat’s rounded out by drummer Brayden Tario and guitarist Brandon Haddow. Together, they write and sing, forming a 5-part “blood harmony” that creates their unique hippie-rock style, blended with a simple and loving message to be free and courageous, and to step outside the norms of traditional thinking. They have released 2 full-length albums; ‘Cornerstones’ (2016) and ‘Works of Art’ (2017) and ambassadors and partial owners with muSIC House.
“I had heard about this band a couple years ago actually,” Angus explained, “I was stunned to hear that they happened to be from my hometown, Calgary. Our paths and ideas immediately aligned and we were speaking a lot of the same language.”
The official launch party is scheduled at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA on Wednesday January 16 with muSIC House artists; Daring Greatly, Miss Violette, Monique Benabou and Adam Roa headlining the show. Tickets can be purchased at Belly Up or online at www.bellyup.com
Photo by Mike Reardon // Daring Greatly – 11.13.2018 – California
Hailing from Southern California, SEVENTRAIN featuring guitarist Eric Horton (CAGE), bassist Dino Andino (TOURNIQUET), drummer Joel Maitoza (24-7 SPYZ, SHOCKHEAD), vocalist Eric Koonze (SICARUS) and guitarist Dave Odegaard are pleased to announce their brand new single titled Now You Know will be released worldwide on January 9th, 2019.
Drummer Joel Maitoza states: Seventrain has been busy working in the studio putting the finishing touches on our sophomore album titled Back on Track which is currently set for release in early 2019. The band has definitely transformed since the release of the critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album back in 2014, which has taken the songwriting in a heavier direction. We want to thank all our friends and fans all over the world who have been patiently waiting for the new release and continue to support us. We can’t wait for you to hear the new material.
SEVENTRAIN’s self-titled debut album was released on February 14th, 2014 in the US, Europe and Japan on the bands own label imprint (So. Cal Records) distributed by Alliance Entertainment which is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. The album charted on the CMJ Loud Rock Top 40 at #36 it’s first week to radio and received favorable reviews by critics worldwide in print and online media. Since the albums release, Seventrain has been direct support on select dates with Pat Travers, Michael Schenker, Skid Row, Black Star Riders, Saving Abel, Red Dragon Cartel, Saliva and Puddle of Mudd. The debut video for their single ‘Bittersweet Seduction’ was released on May 15th, 2014 and their second video for their single ‘Broken’ was released on December 24th, 2014. Seventrain was also nominated for Best Hard Rock Album of the Year at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards.
Check out the official Seventrain website for more info and updates: https://www.seventrain.net
Rosarito Beach, Baja California (August 2018) -On August 17,18, and 19 the Baja Blues Fest Organization, a Non-Profit 501(C)3 Corporation benefiting children’s charities, pulled off another annual concert on the beach just 20 minutes south of the border. Travel show host Jorge Meraz was there to cover the amazing fundraiser event for the KPBS travel show Crossing South.
Crossing South is a travel show which explores Tijuana and Northern Baja. Bilingual travel companion and host, Jorge Meraz, takes the audience on a journey and de-mystifies the area. Get to know the people, vernacular, foods, customs and places frequented by the locals. To find these travel treasures, Jorge goes further than the tourist traps. There’s a lot to learn and fun to have right next door by Crossing South. Available on Apple TV and Roku.
Baja Blues Fest Organization’s mission is to raise funds and assist in fundraisers for the wellbeing and education of Baja Children while promoting Baja California Norte as a safe and fun place to visit while bringing the residents from the northern and to the southern boundaries of our Rosarito Municipalities together, sharing our efforts, ideas and events.
Don’t miss this great event next year. For more information visit bajabluesfest.org
Buckshot is the feature directorial debut for Joshua J Smith who also wrote the movie’s storyline about a struggling country singer from New Jersey, who journeys to Nashville to follow in his late father’s footsteps and become a country music star. But when his father’s checkered past derails his chances, his only job offer is to drive Buckshot Thomas, an aging, hard-living, honky-tonk legend, cross-country to his final concert. Along the way, the two men forge a rare friendship that could change both their lives forever.
The Sickstring Outlaws’ Ron Houston is not only credited with “Original Music” (along with Cecil Allan Moore), but also landed the part of singing voice-over for the main character Buckshot Thomas played by Tim DeZarn.
The soundtrack also includes two of Sickstring’s songs from the ‘Electric Moonshine’ CD (“Electric Moonshine” and “Just an Empty Bottle”). The last song in the movie, sung by Conor Murphy’s character Charlie Stillman, is a ballad written by Houston a few years ago called “Do Outlaws Shed Tears.” Ron said that when he sent the song to Joshua Smith as an idea for the movie, Smith was overjoyed to hear it, saying that it “was as if Ron had already read the script.” “Do Outlaws Shed Tears” can only be heard in this movie as it has never been recorded before.
Buckshot concluded its 2017 festival run with five awards including Best Feature and Best Actor (Tim DeZarn) at the Culver City Film Festival, People’s Choice Award at the Rockport Film Festival, as well as Best Director (Joshua J. Smith) and Best Actor (Tim DeZarn) at the Marina Del Rey Film Festival and Boogie Magazine gives it “Two Thumbs Up” for its soundtrack.
Check it out today. This dark comedy has recently been released on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Movies, Cable/Satellite On Demand and Blu-ray/DVD.
SAN DIEGO (August 17) –Voices Of Our City Choir, located on Market and 16th in downtown San Diego, has a wonderful program for the homeless on Friday’s. We all here know and understand the power music has on our hearts souls, this organization takes that to a new level. They open their doors to the homeless and have formed a choir that did 11 performances last year, and will be performing with this group at symphony hall with the San Diego Symphony on August 31, September 1, and September 2. Check their website for further details. https://www.voicesofourcity.org/
Co-Founder Step Johnson has actually given up her chance to do a European tour to help out, and Nina Leilani Deering offers up free voice lessons for them. Laura Vreeland and Linda Knowlton offer up their talents and services to cut hair for the homeless that want it, we all know how much better we feel when our hair gets a tune-up. Additionally, they offer up a free lunch to 80-85 people each Friday and deliver well over 1,000 lbs of food a week to the homeless community. They have helped transform 30 + people from homelessness, to gainfully employed.
These folks are always taking donations of all sorts from cash donations to food, to clothing, to musical instruments, not to mention time.
As I’m sitting here writing this they are absolutely killing it, and the Goosebumps are abounding on me with Lean On Me echoing through the building. Awesome.
In short, they are doing a great thing here through music and kind hearts.
Again very much Boogie Approved. -Story by Mark Eppler
See more photos by Michele Zousmer at michelezousmer.com
Story and photos by Stephanie Pillar
San Diego May 12th – Saturday night at Navajo Live saw the premiere of Fallen Angels. This is a new project from the ladies who brought us Relax Max and Ophelia Vibe Lauri Randall Vreeland and Macks Carantes Stephenson sharing the stage with Michele Whitlow. The Angels performed an entire evening of acoustic music with at least forty to fifty songs in their repertoire with amazing harmonies. Keep an eye out for more details on more shows to come. The Fallen Angels will return.
By P Raymond
Friday, May 4th from every corner of the U.S., the best young guitarists make their way to Texas for the Dallas International Guitar Festival in hopes of snagging the crown as the best in the country. On Friday, at a special pre-festival jam invite at the Canton Hall in downtown Dallas, sponsored by PRS Guitars and International Guitar Show founder Jimmy Wallace, Anthony Cullins steps up to cut with some of Texas’ best Guitar players. Now, this isn’t a young gun jam, this is the real deal. Anthony is pitting his chops with national veterans such as Bosco France, Amboy Dukes singer and guitar player Derek St. Holmes, Simon McBride, and Justus West.
What must be going through his head as he walks out on the stage, panic, nervousness, trying to remember his parts? Not even close. From the beginning to the end, Anthony’s cool, calm, jovial big smile shines as bright as the stage lights. Like a seasoned pro, his foothold and total understanding of where he is and what is required does not escape him. Just a few hours after landing in Dallas and the Fallbrook Kid looks right at home on the Stage. Even after meeting with sponsor and endorsers, he keeps his eye on the ball with his trusted gold Gibson Firebird never far from sight.
Saturday 1:00 pm, at first, the venue is almost empty at the Keeley Electronic Stage, but after the first song, I look around, to find an almost standing room only audience. Not that the young Mr. Cullins needs a packed audience to feel secure, because he would bare his soul to an audience of one and he would be just fine. He steps up to deliver his performance of original songs and slides right through with pinpoint accuracy and he was playing on “All Thrusters”. Later that evening, on the events main stage, Anthony again, joins Jimmy Wallace an Ally Venable to rip through a smoking hot set of Allman Brother songs. As each seasoned and young gun player steps up to show their talent, Anthony is truly happy to on stage with his peers soaking up every moment.
Sunday 10:00 a.m., the excitement of the day’s event is mounting amongst the young players. They are all focused knowing that it is a do or die moment. The crown jewel sits in the hands of five seasoned Texas guitar veterans and all sit incognito. They observe intently at a discreet distance and watching the Young Guns step and play their hearts out. Calculating points to see who will knighted as the next International Guitar Show Young Gun winner.
Backstage the young lads pace the floor with axe in hand in preparation for their call to the altar to shred and shine.
One by one they step onto the stage and bare their souls to family, friends, spectators and of course, the judges. It all comes down to this moment.
The master of ceremonies steps up to the microphone, next up “The Fallbrook Kid, Anthony Cullins.”
Without any signs of ware, he addresses the waiting audience, “I’m from California so I’d like to play a song called “Pipeline.” Now, this was an easy choice for The Fallbrook Kid because he has played it a hundred times and he knows how to navigate that song. As I sat there observing, I have to admit, I had a moment of trepidation as to the song selection. Anthony knew exactly what he was doing. Knowing that the venue assigned him a young drummer and bass player and it would be up to him to cue them to changes on stage and still give a flawless performance. His song choices proved to be very smart and tactical.
Now, I have seen Anthony play over the years so, I know what to expect, however, was it going to be enough to get him to the top?
From the first note of the Chanty’s iconic song, something took over him, something channeled through him to deliver a flawless performance and I mean flawless!
It is now time to announce the winners. Who will be crowned the 2018 International Guitar Show Young Guns King? It all comes down to this moment, all the work and cost to be invited. After the third and second are announced they step up and receive acknowledgment and prizes.
“And the first place prize goes to…..Anthony Cullins!” The standing room only crowd erupts!
In speaking with him, before the show, all he wanted to do was to hang out with his peers and learn, share and exchange ideas.
He walks up to claim his prize but, without hesitation, Anthony gives praise and thanks to his musician friends, giving them the recognition they all deserve. In addition to his title, he was also awarded some excellent sponsor equipment and the grand prize, a $10,000.00 scholarship.
In closing, I say this. It is not because I’ve watched Mr. Cullins grow his craft over the years or widen his deep understanding of music along with his quest to be better every waking moment of the day. It’s because in becoming friends with him, I see that he has applied singular study to his craft that has forged a new path. Now, he is seeing it through step by step. I believe that his new title will elevate his Zen approach to his music and take him to that next level.
Being hailed as the “Biggest Blues-Rock Party at Sea,” this music festival is celebrating its 5th year featuring Bonamassa and some of the most celebrated names in blues. Sailing from Tampa, Florida to Grand Cayman, 2100 of the most passionate fans will enjoy performances from some of the biggest names in live music, while discovering new favorites among emerging artists on multiple stages throughout the ship.
Joining Joe Bonamassa on the 2019 festival are a robust mix of new and returning blues powerhouses, featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Ruthie Foster, Samantha Fish, Larkin Poe, Davy Knowles, Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith, Monte Montgomery, Chris Cain and newcomer Sarah Rogo.
Once onboard, fans can expect multiple artist collaboration shows, activities with many Blues Alive at Sea artists, dozens of live performances by living legends and emerging blues talent, autograph sessions with select blues stars and opportunities to jam with fellow cruisers while sailing an idyllic Caribbean course aboard Norwegian Pearl.
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea’s first four sold-out voyages saw the floating music festival sail to beautiful locations like Key West, the Bahamas, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Montego Bay, while entertaining over 8,400 passionate blues fans. The sold-out festivals raised a combined $334,000 in donations for Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, which helps to fund scholarships and music programs for students and teachers across the country.
Sarah Rogo is a 25-year-old blonde haired and blue-eyed surfer who started playing guitar and writing songs at 13 years old. Unlike most teenage girls she spent hours listening to music in the local public library, where she discovered a live album recorded by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, ‘Alone and Acoustic,’ which she says changed her life. That’s when she first started singing the blues.
She was raised in New England, but Sarah moved to the beach town of Encinitas, CA, less than two years ago and quickly became a staple in the local music scene earning her a nomination for “Best Singer-Songwriter” at the 2018 San Diego Music Awards.
Earlier this year veteran artist manager and label owner Michael Lembo of Mike’s Management and Funzalo Records met Sarah at a local songwriter expo and the two clicked. Lembo signed Sara to his label and she is currently in pre-production for her debut studio album due out in 2019.