Bands and musicians

Bios and stories about the artists we feature

FTV: Lemmy!

R.I.P. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister.   I can only listen to Motorhead for so long and then I  have to hear something else, but that does not mean I don’t appreciate the house that Lemmy built.  Lemmy had just celebrated his 70th birthday in December of 2015 and it was well known that he was having […]

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FTV: Changing Guitarists

  Call it “band musical chairs” if you wish or “out with the old, in with the new”,  but however you  label it, it is something that happens from the grassroots local scene to the upper echelons of music.  All bands will find themselves changing players from time to time and the guitar chair is usually […]

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FTV: Sundellstock

    In the wake of the first Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, anybody with a field, a long extension cord, and a flatbed truck trailer wanted to host an outdoor festival.  How do I know this with such certainty?  Because I played on a flatbed truck trailer in a field at a little location south of […]

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FTV: Joe’s Blues

      Why is it that I do not like child prodigies?  Jackie Evancho is a wonderfully talented young woman, but even at the ripe old age of 15, I can’t enjoy her music.  Why?  Because she was a child phenom.  In trying to sort out my feelings about child prodigies, I have finally honed in […]

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From The Vaults: Greek Week Part 2

    Greek Week Part 1 ended with my observations of Rick Derringer’s band, The McCoys.  They were the headliners in the Greek Week Festival dance/concert held at NMU’s Hedgecock Fieldhouse in the spring of 1969 that also included the local band The French Church as the openers.  Two years later, I got to witness a concert […]

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FTV: Greek Week Part 1

 In my Junior High / Senior High years, the frats and sororities at Northern Michigan University would have an annual spring bash called Greek Week.  I can’t say how long this went on or if it continues to this day, but I remember it mostly for the festival like finale that was held at Hedgecock […]

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