rock and roll en A new book from rocker Ray Davies of The Kinks <p>Rock and Roll Hall of Famer <a href=""><strong>Ray Davies</strong></a> of <a href=""><strong>The Kinks</strong></a> has had a complex relationship with America over the years. He’s toured here, was banned from here, and suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound in New Orleans. It was while recuperating from that injury that he began writing <a href=";s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1383070289&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=ray+davies"><strong>Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story</strong></a>, which has just been released. Jim Nolan spoke with <strong>Ray Davies</strong> by phone about his life, his music and his divided loyalties between Great Britain and America.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 05:00:25 +0000 Jim Nolan 19233 at A new book from rocker Ray Davies of The Kinks Smoke Signals... The Collapse <p>I was fortunate to stumble upon the band <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Smoke Signals...</a></strong> recently at <strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Southgate House Revival</a></strong>.</p><p>The Newport-based trio played in the Lounge – the smallest of the three stages – and they immediately filled the room to capacity with exuberant fans, curious onlookers like me, and an unearthly powerful sound.&nbsp; As soon as their set was finished, I made a beeline to the merch table and picked up a copy of their 6-song CD, <em>The Collapse</em>.</p><p>The songs on <em>The Collapse</em> read like a post-apocalyptic diary written by those left behind after the cataclysm, but who have still been deeply affected by something much bigger and scarier than themselves.&nbsp; The tracks are punctuated by bits of radio static or odd recorded clips that seem to cry out “<em>Is there anybody out there?</em>”</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 16217 at Smoke Signals... The Collapse Moonbow: The End of Time <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The opening strains of </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">Moonbow's</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> debut album, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The End of Time,</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> draw you in like the first hill of a monster roller coaster. &nbsp;The off-tune violin and rustic guitar hint of something yet-to-come; and once the drums and bass kick-in, you're over that first big hill, screaming with a combination of thrill and terror. You're gravity's prisoner now, so you best just hold on tight and enjoy the ride.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:47:28 +0000 Jim Nolan 16168 at Moonbow: The End of Time The School of Rock: Taking it to the Stage <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">The School of Rock in Mason</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is founded on the principle that the best way to learn music is to play music.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The faculty of The School of Rock is associated with several notable Cincinnati bands such as The Rusty Griswolds, Wussy</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Fairmount Girls and Afghan Whigs. &nbsp;They</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> take students of all ages from the lesson room to the stage by developing their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I met with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tim Garry, owner and General Manager and Chris Barlow, Bass Instructor and Show Director from The School of Rock.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 18:51:54 +0000 Jim Nolan 12275 at The School of Rock: Taking it to the Stage Led Zeppelin <p><a href=";s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1354551217&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=denny+somach"><strong>Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World</strong></a> is the new book by Grammy-winning producer <strong>Denny Somach</strong>, traces the history and rise of one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever. David Delegator talks with the author about putting this book together, how critics were not fans of the band, and how the fans were the ones who made <strong>Led Zeppelin</strong> legendary.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:32:05 +0000 David Delegator 6759 at Led Zeppelin