Author: Dana Miller

Interview With The Luka State | #thelukastate @thelukastate

The Luka State, a 4 piece guitar band from Winsford, and specifically lead singer Conrad, spoke to me recently to discuss all things music in anticipation of their new single, ‘Bring All This Together’. This follows the success of ‘Lies, Lies, Lies’ that was released earlier this year.  Their debut album ‘Fall In Fall Out’ is being readied for release very soon with growing excitement. The band has an obvious devotion to the purity of the seminal sound that the guitar band emanates and it’s not only evident through their music but their fealty to promoting others of the...

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Documentary Film ‘The Last Songwriter’ Discusses Songwriting in a Digital Age

The Last Songwriter is a new documentary about the back bone of the music industry featuring Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell and Jim Lauderdale that showcased at the Nashville Film Festival 2017 in April.  It is directed by the award-winning filmmaker Mark Barger Elliott.  It’s a thoughtful look at the potential degrading of song quality in the age of streaming music. According to country legend Garth Brooks, ‘Writing a song is the most important step in music.’  His concern, along with many in the industry, is the devastating effect the digitalisation of music has had on full time...

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Ward Thomas |Tour Continues | @wardthomasmusic

You’d be forgiven for the thinking the duo Ward Thomas were a Nashville based country act but they are not even American, they are actually from Hampshire in the UK.  The twin sisters, Catherine and Lizzy, who comprise Ward Thomas, started writing songs during their teen years borne out of passion for the US Country Stars, The Dixie Chicks.  However, they have focused their attentions on home ground up until now and have built a loyal following on British shores before they make the leap to the US Country arena.   So, with the country scene growing year on year...

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The Cambridge Folk Festival 27th-30th July

Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to reveal exciting new additions to this year’s bill, including Lisa Hannigan and Martin Simpson.e They join a line-up that brings together up and coming artists and established folk legends in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall. First capturing attention through her work with Damien Rice, Mercury Award nominated Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan’s subsequent solo albums have attracted much critical praise. She has continued to collaborate with a diverse range of artists as well as contributing to soundtracks for the TV series ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’. Universally acclaimed as one of...

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Ozzy Osbourne Returns with Zakk Wylde for 2017 Tour

After a 10 year break, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde are hitting the tour circuit again.  A big shout of ‘Hell Yeah!’ inserted here for all Ozzy and Zakk fans! Zakk first joined Ozzy’s band in 1987 and it’s been a kindred partnership ever since. There have been some shows during the decade hiatus, but this is the first collaborative work since Ozzy’s Black Rain album in 2007.  It is also the first solo tour for Ozzy in the U.S. despite one performance in New Orleans in late 2015.  And the timing couldn’t be better, the summer concert season...

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