Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Get HELP with your Music Career. Lou and Kevin Explain it ALL!

Hosted by: LouLombardi aka "Loudini" and Kevin O'Connor
Episode Notes: There are so many people out there who can help you meet your goals. Check out past podcasts to hear some of the best of them. This week the boys feature music by Album, Tarra Layne, David Michael Miller, Xander Demos and March to May. Birthday shout outs to Michael Derosier of Heart Tarra Layne Ken Hensely of Uriah Heep Jim Capaldi of Traffic Plus a brand new feature "Where are they now?" This week's WATN artist is Kim Mitchell

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Title - Get HELP with your Music Career. Lou and Kevin Explain it ALL!
Hosted by: LouLombardi aka "Loudini" and Kevin O'Connor
Episode Notes: There are so many people out there who can help you meet your goals. Check out past podcasts to hear some of the best of them. This week the boys feature music by Album, Tarra Layne, David Michael Miller, Xander Demos and March to May. Birthday shout outs to Michael Derosier of Heart Tarra Layne Ken Hensely of Uriah Heep Jim Capaldi of Traffic Plus a brand new feature "Where are they now?" This week's WATN artist is Kim Mitchell
Tarra Layne resides in a place where Grace Potter, Beyonce, and Gretchen Wilson collide – where gritty, care-free, home-grown soul meets sultry pop-rock ‘n roll. Combining her heavy 90s R&B upbringing with a love for rock and blues, Tarra is uprooting and constructing a style of her own. It has been referred to as Funktry due to her big, soulful timbre, southern attitude, and contemporary twist. This red-headed blues broad will rattle your emotions and free your raw rebellious side.

Introducing, Tarra Layne was released in November 2011 and she quickly earned a spot gracing the stage with Gavin DeGraw and Vanessa Carlton for the Origins Rocks Earth Month concert at Webster Hall in 2012. Beautiful Day has been featured in Origins Skin Cares campaigns and she captivated the Pittsburgh regional area being recognized by the Iron City as an artist on the rise. The Yellow Couch Sessions, recorded live in a small studio in Pittsburgh, feature three rocking tunes that have earned Tarra quite a following. She has recently been finishing up recording a blues project based out Minneapolis featuring renowned players such as Steve Cropper, Dr. Fink, Sonny T, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel, Michael Bland, and Jellybean Johnsonn - to name a few. With countless of followers and thousands of downloads later, Tarra is creating something quite extraordinary.

Her next third-coming EP, featuring her roof-blowing single "Cherry Moonshine," is just the beginning of a new musical journey for all to experience.
I grew up mostly in the country south of Buffalo, NY. At a very young age I began singing in church, surrounded by gospel music, which has impacted my writing to this day. Growing up through the 70's and 80's I was exposed to many to write and perform. Blues and soul music always inspired me though I never embraced those forms until much later. In college I did a short internship in Nashville and was somewhat disallusioned by the music industry. Not long after, I got married to my high school sweet heart, started a family and got away from persuing music for a few years.

Around 1995 I started a band called Painted By Moses, releasing a couple albums of songs I had written that sold over 2500 copies in a couple years. We had radio airplay all around the United States on college and niche stations, playing several large festivals in Western New York through Chicago.

After several more years of playing gospel music, I began writing more roots music, finally letting blues and soul influences rise to the surface. Inspired by Buffalo artists such as Tommy Z (, I started a band called Beautiful Bones with my son Joshua, my nephew Nick Peterson and the legendary keyboard player, Jim Ehinger focusing on blues and soul. We had the priviliege of opening for several national acts including Joe Bonamassa and David Allen Coe.

Most recently I helped form and am the lead singer and main songwriter for the band Dive House Union ( Dive House Union (DHU) has also continued to share the stage with many national acts such as Jonny Lang, Gary Clark Jr., Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmie Vaughan and many others. This band has toured regionally and competed in the International Blues Challenge, making it to the semi-finals. DHU has released two live albums, recorded in iconic local theaters and continues to fuse blues and soul with a jam band philosphy.

Most recently I am working with producer, Jesse Miller, to bring a solo project to life. This led me to work with the world famous, The Campbell Brothers (, and now planning to tour with members of this band to promote my first solo album, "Poisons Sipped."

David Michael Miller, Buffalo-based singer/songwriter, has his roots deep in the church and gospel music. His music is anchored deeply in a roots gospel, blues and soul foundation. He fronted several bands as lead singer and primary songwriter, getting airplay all around the country in college markets and gospel stations with previous projects. After a hiatus from music, in 2005 he launched back into the local scene and inspired by professional artists such as Tommy Z, he carried his gospel roots into the nationally known blues and soul scene. This led him to the last 3+ years with Dive House Union (DHU) as lead singer, primary songwriter and secondary guitarist. Dive House Union has shared the stage with such greats as Gary Clark Jr, Bobby Blue Bland, Jonny Lang, Jimmie Vaughan, Shemekia Copeland, Joe Bonamassa, and many more. They also represented Western New York in Memphis, for the International Blues Competition in early 2013. DHU has released two live albums recorded locally at iconic rooms, Kleinhans Music Hall and The Aurora Theater.

Recently, David has partnered with local producer Jesse Miller for a couple of solo albums. The first of which, “The Poison’s I’ve Sipped,” to be released in December of 2013 and a gospel album to follow in 2014. He competed this past September in the local Memphis Bound competition with his son, Joshua Miller, and won the privilege of representing Western New York again in Memphis January 2014.

‘David Miller's music is earthy and soulful. A bluesy rock style, a rich voice and guitar, along with years of experience, it adds up to a musical pilgrimage that attracts attention and stimulates a crowd. People get interested, and that's golden!”
- Holt Vaughn, Founder and CEO of the Award Winning group of media companies

"No one can define soul. This minor inconvenience of a fact has never deterred people from trying to do so, though. Some say it has something to do with the color of your skin. Others insist it is something that can be learned. Still others will have you believe that we are born with it, or we’re not, and if we’re not, well, we’re out of luck. Most of these explanations are inherently flawed.It’s a silly endeavor, really, but it does often yield some entertaining results, and spurring discourse is always a good idea, right? In the end, all that we can say about soul, as it pertains to music, is that it cannot be defined with any accuracy in mere words, but when we hear it, we know exactly what it is, and at that point, statements of definition just seem vain at last. Words can be soulful, certainly, but they aren’t soul itself.
The first time I heard local guitarist and vocalist David Michael Miller, my response was not an intellectual one, and I didn’t put it into words and then mumble it to myself under my breath. I simply felt something. Miller’s playing and singing were dripping with soul, and before I could truly think about what was happening, I’d already had a physical reaction to it.
Perhaps Miller’s background in church music, gospel in its various guises, had something to do with the deep emotional resonance his performance with Dive House Union instilled in me on that particular day. Who knows? ... But it was dripping with that elusive indefinable quality: soul."
— Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

“Dive House Union is perhaps the pre-eminent band among a new generation of blues-based outfits in the region. Fronted by uber-soulful vocalist/guitarist David Michael Miller - and including guitarist Todd Eberwine, drummer Shannon Street, bassist Dave Herr, keyboardist Tom Scime and saxophonist Barry Arborgast - the band's sound is far too diverse and far-reaching to be labeled strictly blues. But the blues is certainly at the core of the DHU funk/soul/R&B/rock mélange. Early on, the torrid soul-blues tune "Love Ain't So Blind" and the homage to the band's musical forebears, "Son of Many Fathers," combined to tell the DHU story. These guys are serious players who come together as a musical melting pot, blending styles into a soulful, spicy gumbo. A jet-fueled soul-funk take on Bill Withers' "For My Friend" drove this point home, and was peppered with stellar guitar playing from both Eberwine and Miller. (August 12, 2012)”
— Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

“Song of the Day Bill Withers, Let Us Love, The Good ...from The Good Neighborhood - 17:28:05 GMT. Dive House Union's David Miller is one of those musicians, and as such he has chosen Withers' Let Us Love, as the gold star cover he'll perform at Wednesday night's Song School song swap at the Sportsmens Tavern supporting Music is Art.”
- Music is Art
Xander Demos is one of today’s premier shred metal guitarists. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, he currently fronts his own band, XDB and has performed as a member of national tribute act, James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath, as well as playing in Rivera’s solo band and Raxus Prme. Xander performs in excess of 100 times a year, and he is active in recording collaborations with artists all over the world. Xander plays guitars from Suhr, McNaught and Conklin, with whom he has endorsement deals. His endorsement from these guitar companies is a testament to his impressive skills and his deep commitment to playing the best guitars in the world.

Xander's style ranges from the beautifully melodic to the jaw-droppingly insane. His playing encompasses much of what he has learned and absorbed from other players over the years; artists like Shawn Lane, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Neal Schon, Michael Romeo and John Sykes. One constant in his music is a focus on strong guitar melodies. In 2012, Xander released his debut solo CD, Guitarcadia. Mixed by CJ Snare of Firehouse, the album was named among the Best Albums of 2012 by Hair Metal Mansion.

Recently, Xander has been making quite the name for himself and his solo band by appearing as support for acts like Symphony X, Stryper, Metal Church, Adrenaline Mob, Buckethead, UFO, Lizzy Borden, Kip Winger, Neil Zaza and Dio Disciples, as well as performing at Rock Harvest II, Wolf Fest, Skull Fest and NAMM Metal Jam. Xander’s videos have received more than 500,000 Youtube views, and Xander has regularly been featured on The Real Radio Show with AJ Pero of Twisted Sister, Steve Vai’, Hair Metal Mansion, Iron City Rocks, Metal Temple, Bravewords and many other top rock and metal shows and websites. In August 2012, Xander was named Guitar Shop TV’s New Artist Showcase Winner. Named the 2013 Iron City Rocks Pittsburgh Music Awards Guitarist of the Year, Xander’s playing appears on several releases from other artists: Ged Rylands (Ten, Tygers of Pan Tang,) Derek Buddemeyer (Down Boys Records) Modern Superstar and Liberty ‘N’ Justice’s long awaited “Cigar Chronicles,” also featuring George Lynch (Dokken) Jeff Labar (Cinderella) and Jerry Dixon (Warrant.) He was included on “Guitar Feast” a compilation of international guitarists. His latest single release, “Dancing Through Daggers” was mixed by JK Northrup of King Kobra/XYZ fame, and it is the #1 Metal song on

In addition to these accomplishments, Xander is an avid animal lover. Always looking for projects that will aid these beautiful creatures, Xander is donating a portion of his album sales to the ASPCA.

Xander plays: V-Picks, the Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra as well as Hughes and Kettner amps, Matrix Amplification, Mission pedals, ISP Guitar Systems and Suhr Guitars, Amps & Effects, McNaught Guitars, who completed production of the first Xander Demos Signature Guitar, Conklin Guitars and John Dixon Cases. Many of Xander's guitars are outfitted with EMG pickups and accessories. He exclusively uses the FloydUpgrades tremolos or the GraphTech LB-63 piezo-equipped Floyd tremolo. He also is endorsed with Rock-N-Roll GangStar Apparel, Lampifier Microphones, JH Audio In-ear monitors, and INTEX Cables. 
Thousands of years after the annals of prehistory closed, man has fashioned sound as terrible as exploding stars. Gods will tremble at the sonic slaughter unleashed by our races hands. Music is humanities calling card to the universe and its’ message is clear: “Beware the might of man.”

Since man awakened from his primordial slumber, he has sought to harness the essence of life through sound. The rumble of earth, scream of storm and call of the predator. Man offers his music to the heavens in awe, anguish and anger hoping his place in existence be remembered by all things.

Deep in the foothills of the ancient Appalachians lies the tiny crossroads of Rogers. There, the last vestiges of somber, proud hill–folk wax into legacy and wilderness swallows ancestral lands back into inhuman mystery. It is amongst this quiet and isolated realm that a thunder summoned from an age forgotten, heralds a new dawning for the music of man. That thunder is named ALBUM.

When listening to ALBUM one cannot help but feel as though death stared them in the face and they some how managed to laugh. When one sees ALBUM it is as though rock n roll became personified in three living beings for the next half hour. Through eight songs you will have tamed a wolf, battled eagles and conquered the world.

ALBUM songs are as much songs as incantations intended to ward demons and turn desk-jockeys into warriors. With an electric arsenal of Holier-than-thou hard rock riffs, heads will bang and fists will pump. Pop-tinged melodies and sluggish heavy progressions will follow you for days.

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