Bellingham, Washington, United States
Julie moved to Bellingham in 1991 for a radio job, and had no idea how deeply she would fall in love with our city by the bay. She is thrilled to serve KMRE community radio as Music Director. Julie has worked in commercial radio in Bellingham and Portland as Program Director, Music Director, Air Talent and Producer. She managed the band Swamp Mama Johnson “back in the day” and is passionate about playing local artists on KMRE. Artists – send us your music!
The sound of surf-rock guitar instrumental music is back in style again with Ventures In The Shadows, the 2019 CD by Holland’s very cool guitar trio The Space Age Travellers. According to the band, the 15 track CD owes a lot to 1960s guitar legends like The Ventures and The Shadows, yet other influences find their way into the mix including late great guitar pioneers Dick Dale and Link Wray as well as modern day players like Jeff Beck and guitar-noir mavens such as Ry Cooder, Marc Ribot, Jim Campilongo and Norwegian guitar ace Steinar Karlsen. To that mix of guitar heroes you can add in the name of guitarist and composer BJ Baartmans, leader and main composer of this cool new guitar discovery. If surf guitar instrumentals with a driving rock beat is your thing, give a listen to The Space Age Travellers - you won’t be disappointed.
Back in 2015, Consider The Source released World War Trio Part 1 and in currently in 2019, that very same band are back with a new full-length CD masterpiece called You Are Literally A Metaphor. Jazz-rock fans will be in orbit with this new CTS album, featuring guitarist Gabriel Marin and the rhythm section of Jeff Mann (drums, keys) and John Ferrara (bass). With the album very much conceived and written as a group effort, Marin’s guitar imagination does stand out, basking in the band’s RTF and Mahavishnu style fusion freak-outs to even more carefully detailed melodic guitar arrangements that sometimes evokes George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Being an all-instrumental album, those comparisons say a lot about the diversity of this unique and exciting NYC-based prog-jazz power trio. The credits also say that several tracks on the CD are based on Eastern European traditional
RJ Cowdery Album: What If This Is All There Is Label: Goosepie Music Genre(s): Contemporary Folk
Posted By: Duane Verh
May 19, 2019
Grown-up sentiments and observations encased in lyrics and vocals of a charmingly modest eloquence are found in abundance in the current offering of Columbus OH based singer/songwriter RJ Cowdery. Splendid, mostly acoustic backup provides the ideal finish for a set worthy of serious airplay consideration. In addition to the title track, “Somewhere A Place”, “Broken Wheel” and “Is There Time” stand out.
Bambi Lee Savage Album: Berlin-Nashville Express Label: Hoof & Antler Genre(s): Americana Country
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
May 18, 2019
The 2019 CD release of Berlin – Nashville Express should be just the ticket to bring the name Bambi Lee Savage to the attention of music fans worldwide. A mix of modern sounding rockabilly, country & western twang with a very cool pop sensibility, the ten-track, 32 minute CD features Bambi’s appealing vocals and songs backed up by a range of excellent players, including lead guitarist Mick Harvey, Steve Nistor (drums), Jim Wilson (guitars) and a whole lot more musicians. Recorded in Nashville, Berlin, L.A., Denver and Australia, Berlin – Nashville Express is being described as an Americana / Indie country collection in the tradition of Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams with a dose of gospel and a post-punk touch and, with the addition of multi-instrumentalist / guitar ace Mick Harvey, there’s a definite bop-rock twist to please the ardent country music fan.
Provogue and Mascot Records moves on up to even further musical greatness with Shades, the 2018 CD by guitarist / composer Doyle Bramhall II. The 12 track CD is truly spellbinding in scope and features Doyle’s music which includes a stunning mix of stellar blues, grunge rock, psychedelia and even soulful pop ballads on an album that never fails to amaze. Assisting Doyle are some top names like Eric Clapton, Norah Jones along with Austin band The Greyhounds and The Tedeschi Trucks Band. Doyle’s core band also features excellent musicians including Adam Minkoff (keys, guitars), Tchad Blake (percussion), Carla Azar and Abe Rounds (drums) and much more including guitarist Chris Bruce. Clearly, the songs Doyle has composed are the main stars of the album and many of the tracks are co-writes by Doyle with various band members although the CD closes out with a Bob Dylan cover of