How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life & Beatles Hit “Soldier Of Love”

How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life Photo Courtesy Buzz Cason
How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life Photo Courtesy Buzz Cason
How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life Photo Courtesy Buzz Cason

Here’s how Father of Nashville rock Buzz Cason celebrates life with his sons. The living legend recently released his new album Buzz Cason and Sons: 2020. The 11-song collaboration features the legend’s two musical sons, Taylor and Parker Cason. A mix of new works and familiar tunes, the project brings the listener into the lives of the Cason’s upbringing and lifestyle, and examines the changing community they call home. Listeners will enjoy the nostalgic anthems and reinterpretations of one of Cason’s biggest hits, recorded by The Beatles and Pearl Jam, “Soldier Of Love.” Fans can stream and download the album here. All songs were written and produced by Buzz Cason.

“The making of this record was indeed a joy to do! A spiritual journey at times, laced with the fun that was shared with me and my sons, Taylor and Parker along with all the musicians made it a great experience. A special thanks goes out to Anthony Crawford, who performed and engineered so exceptionally well. I pray the listener will catch the spirit of our music and respond positively,” said Cason.

Cason has been an influential member of the music community for many years, worldwide. He is a multi-hit songwriter and a renowned music producer as well as the founder of the legendary Creative Workshop, the first studio in Berry Hill. His resume includes various work with Elvis, The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Alvin & The Chipmunks and many, many more. For more information on Cason, check out www.buzzcason.com

 

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Buzz Cason and Sons Track Listing:

1. Montana
2. Why 
3. Down
4. Reaching Out
5. Teardown Anthology
6. Hardscuffle
7. What Can I Do
8. Let Me Be
9. Here In California
10. Soldier of Love (written with Tony Moon)
11. Touch Me

About Buzz Cason

Considered the Father of Nashville Rock, Buzz Cason’s six decade career has been all encompassing. A singer, songwriter, and producer, Cason began as a background singer for artists such as Elvis, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, Roy Orbison, Mickey Newbury, Levon Helm, John Denver and even gave a voice to Alvin on several Chipmunks records. A renowned songwriter, he has penned hits including “Everlasting Love” (co-written by Mac Gayden) which was recorded by Carl Carlton, Gloria Estefan, U2 and many others. And his song “Soldier of Love” (co-written by Tony Moon), was recorded by The Beatles, Arthur Alexander and Pearl Jam. Other cuts include a Country No. 1 hit for Martina McBride (“Love’s the Only House”), Tommy Overstreet (“Ann, Don’t Go Runnin’”) and songs for Brenda Lee, Dolly Parton, Placido Domingo, Mel Tillis, T.G. Shephard, the McCarters, Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.  As the owner of the legendary Creative Workshop, Cason produced Clifford Curry’s beach music classic “She Shot A Hole In My Soul” and Van & Titus’ R&B classic “Cry Baby Cry” that was recently covered by Christine Ohlman and Dion and albums by The Derailers and Sugarcane Jane. He also helped start Jimmy Buffett’s career with the albums Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee for which he also co-wrote several songs. In 2006, Buzz released his autobiography Living The Rock & Roll Dream and in 2014, he was honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of their Poets & Prophets series. Buzz is also a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. For more information on Buzz, check out his website at www.buzzcason.com.

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The DOG DOC is feel good movie! Dr. Marty Goldstein celebrates integrative medicine

Dr. Marty Goldstein celebrates integrative medicine to aid man and man's best friend! Photo Courtesy Trent & Company

The DOG DOC is feel good movie! Dr. Marty Goldstein celebrates integrative medicine to aid man and mans best friend! In 2019, THE DOG DOC made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and focuses on what is missing from modern medicine for both pets and humans. Now available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video! 

As a pioneer of integrative medicine, veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein has been called everything from “maverick” to “miracle-worker.”

Attracting four-legged patients from around the world, Dr. Goldstein’s practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, provides holistic treatment for animals after other vets have given up hope. Director Cindy Meehl (BUCK), goes behind the scenes at Smith Ridge to capture the full drama of “Dr. Marty” and his colleagues’ life-changing commitment to wellness and the astounding results they achieve. Filmed over 2½ years, Meehl’s unobtrusive camera highlights the vulnerability of her subjects – canine and human – while tracking each animal’s progress.

WATCH DOG DOC TRAILER HERE

THE DOG DOC combines the touching stories of families with the hard science of integrative care. By casting an intimate lens over this unique world, this documentary truly shows the healing powers of integrative wellness, compassion, and hope. 

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Dre Island Delivers Refreshing Debut Reggae Album, Now I Rise

Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise Photo Courtesy With Love PR
Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise Photo Courtesy With Love PR
Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise Photo Courtesy With Love PR

Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise. Dre Island is one of Jamaica’s most powerful messengers. The multi-faceted artist – who sings, songwrites, produces and plays piano – will release his debut album Now I Rise on May 29th, 2020 through a joint-venture partnership with DubShot Records and Kingston Hills Entertainment. The 13-track release will feature the hit single “We Pray” feat Popcaan, “My City” and the recently released “Be Okay” feat Jesse Royal, as well as 9 previously unreleased songs. Other collaborations on the album include “Days of Stone” feat Chronixx and “Run to Me” feat Alandon. Today, along with the pre-order of the album, he unveils the last song on the album “Still Remain” accompanied by a brand new video directed by Fernando Hevetia.

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For the past five years, his stone-chiseled voice has reflected universal themes of struggle and triumph on introspective anthems making him a revered collaborator of his peers in the reggae community (from Popcaan, Chronixx and Agent Sasco) and internationally. He turned heads outside of the reggae sphere in 2016, when he teamed up with UK sensation Jorja Smith on the Cadenza-produced track “People,” which was voted Hottest Record In the World by BBC’s Radio 1 host Annie Mac.

As fans earned a taste of Dre Island’s versatility during his rapid climb, the arrival of his opus Now I Rise is an embodiment of the core values of reggae music (roots, reality, and culture) mixed with R&B sensibilities and seamless melodic flows akin to hip-hop, gospel and blues. Taking on the title as the Voice of the Ghetto on his album standouts such as “Never Run Dry,” “My City,” and “Be Okay,” Dre Island wails through the emotions of the less-fortunate, while also taking aim at greed and corruption in all nations. He continues to delve deeper with more intimate love songs including on “Four Seasons,” “Calling” and “Favorite Girl.”

Now I Rise is largely self-produced, but includes an impressive list of reggae and dancehall hitmakers like: Jam2, Anju Blaxx, Teetimus, Winta James, Dretegs Music and Barkley Productions.

“This album speaks of arising, growth, new beginnings and emerging from the ashes. At this time, these are all the things we need based on what is happening right now. The truth is, since 2015 I have been advertising that the album is coming. It has been five years and the time is right. As an artist and person Dre Island move different. I embrace Rasta and this way of life, but I am not part of any group like Boboshanti or Twelve Tribes. Everything I do is inspired by the father. I am moved to drop this album at this time because I am divinely inspired to do so. When you look at a song like “We Pray” I can take no credit for a song like that. Yes I wrote the lyrics and built the rhythm and I voice the track, but it’s a prayer, not just a song so how a man fi tek credit for something that come from above,” Dre Island states.

A schedule of live stream performances will be announced and promoted in the coming weeks as the release date approaches. The first partnership leading up to the release will be with Pepsi Jamaica, and features an original song written and composed by Dre Island that will be promoted on social media with the tag #PepsiTanAYuhYard. The team chosen by Dre to market and distribute the album is Kingston Hills Entertainment, a partnership between Kingston, Jamaica based The Solid Agency and New York, USA based DubShot Records. Previous releases include Wayne Marshall’s “Glory to God” and Tessanne Chin’s “Somebody Loves You.”

The Secret You Don’t Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James

The Secret You Don't Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James Photo Courtesy Eric Alper
The Secret You Don't Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James Photo Courtesy Eric Alper
The Secret You Don’t Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James Photo Courtesy Eric Alper

Here is The Secret You Don’t Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade. It’s a love song gone wrong for singer/songwriter and multi-talented artist Joshua Sade James and his new single, “All Fall Down” — available now!

Fresh from his forthcoming sophomore album release, JSJ — slated for June of this year — “All Fall Down” was written about mistrust, dishonesty, and miscommunication in a relationship.

“Without these core attributes enforced by love, we… ‘All Fall Down,” he explains.

First written about three years ago, the song’s bittersweet inspiration was related to a relationship and breakup he’d had while in college. “It allowed me to do a lot of self-reflection,” he shares.  “I wrote the song after the second time we broke up, and just got to think about how truly toxic we were towards each other.

“There was cheating, there was manipulation, there was just a lot of baggage neither of us knew how to get rid of. We just sort of gave it to each other because it was easier than being alone.

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“It was interesting to shoot this video with a current love interest when it’s actually about a previous one,” he continues, laughing. “When writing or hearing the song in my head, I wanted this song to be like if a sad, old clown got drunk, broke into the old carnival where he used to work, and started up the merry-go-round, only for it to not fully work.

“I think I achieved that in both the song and the video.”

“It was a blessing to shoot this with Sagi and my good friend Esther,” James adds of director Sagi Kahane-Rapport and actor Esther Vlessing. “Also, shoutout to Dylan Spilberg and Leo Vargas for making this happen!”

“All Fall Down” serves as a preview for what’s to come from the artist’s upcoming EP, JSJ (Joshua Sade James).

A Sheridan College alum for Musical Theatre Performance — and winning the Sheridan: Pop Award for Outstanding Performance — James also co-choreographed, co-directed and starred in the College’s PREP Production original, Revue Diva Dynasty. Hailing from the tri-city Kitchener/Waterloo area — with country artist Jamie Warren for a dad — he’s been featured coast to coast, including Newfoundland to play ‘Pepper’ in Mamma Mia!, The Calgary Stampede’s Talent Search, Ontario’s Western Fair’s Rise2Fame, PEI’s Charlottetown Festival, and more.

In addition to his extensive performing and recording work, Joshua Sade James is an active advocate for mental health rights and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Teyana Taylor

Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Records

3 things you didn’t know about Teyana Taylor. Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E., one of the five G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Released in June 2018, K.T.S.E. (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime Top 10 R&B smash “Gonna Love Me.”  Teyana performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley with “Rose In Harlem,” another K.T.S.E. track) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hip-hop audiences embraced the “Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, whose video was also directed by Teyana. 

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K.T.S.E. spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP (Work This P***y).”  The video was nominated for “Best Dance Performance” at the recent 32nd annual BET Soul Train Awards. The third single from K.T.S.E. was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.” After slaying the audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it all full circle.

Teyana Taylor – multi-hyphenate R&B superstar singer, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, model, mother and Harlem native  – announces the release of “Morning” featuring Kehlani, the brand new single and steamy video, both available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.  “Morning” is the second advance track from THE ALBUM, following up the R&B smash “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs.
 

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THE ALBUM is the long-awaited follow-up to Teyana’s KTSE, one of the five G.O.O.D.
Music/ Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson
Hole, Wyoming.  Released in June, KTSE (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set
off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime RIAA- certified
Gold smash “Gonna Love Me.”  Teyana performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley
with “Rose In Harlem,” also from KTSE) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

Hip-hop audiences embraced the “ Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s
Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, whose video was directed by Teyana
herself.
 
KTSE spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP
(Work This P***y).”  The video was nominated last week for “Best Dance Performance”
at the upcoming BET Soul Train Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on November 17.
The third single from KTSE was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.”  After slaying the
audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when
Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it
all full circle.
 
As she continues to direct her own videos, Teyana – aka ‘Spike Tee’ – was again at
the helm of the clip for her recent single, “ How You Want It? (HYWI?) ” featuring King
Combs, released in August. 

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About TEYANA TAYLOR:
Being a jack of trades has allowed Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the entertainer dips in dives between her talents that also include producing, songwriting, acting, directing and everything in between. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.

“I literally can do everything. I never look at anything as being impossible,” she explains. “I exhaust all options to make what happen when I need to make happen.” Her mantra made her an early favorite to artists like Pharrell, who she signed her first deal with, and later choreographed videos for artists like Beyonce and Jay-Z. Her love for the arts and R&B later earned her the title of the first woman signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.

Between R&B’s identity crisis in the 2010s, Teyana dropped her debut album VII, with tracks like “Maybe” (featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T) and the sultry “Just Different” shaping her musical persona. The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her position in today modern R&B field. “I fought for that raw, hood necessary R&B and now I feel like it’s better than ever,” she says.

After spicing up the R&B charts, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert in 2015. “I do all of this for my baby. She’s who I do it for,” she says about Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration. “I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she’s a female doing it all.” Soon after, Teyana went on to star in the internet-breaking video for Kanye West’s “Fade,” and scored her first MTV Moonman for “Best Choreography” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

But it wasn’t until the release of her sophomore project K.T.S.E. in June 2018 that the world experienced Teyana’s talents. With her all-female production company The Aunties, Teyana self-directed videos for “WTP,” the Gold-selling single “Gonna Love Me,” and recently, “Issues/Hold On.” She has also directed videos for her peers like T.I. (“You”), Monica (“Commitment”) and Lil Duval (“Pull Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign) with fans like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Elton John praising her boss moves.

Part of what makes Teyana stand out from the rest is her ability to move with precision and poise in everything she does. From the studio to the stage, every idea is a project with the singer front and center with a vision all her own. With her musical inspirations like Aaliyah, Teena Marie, Mint Condition and Janet Jackson speaking to her soul, Teyana is aware her mission is larger than life. “I’m working on me every day and I think that’s my purpose,” she says, comparing her life to a never-ending book. “I’m still going, still mastering and being a better me.”

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The Ultimate Guide to Mental Health in Dealings with Your SH!T?

Is Covid-19 forcing you to Deal with Your SH!T? Fortunately for you we have some answers and solutions for helping you to cope with depression, anxiety and the woes of the world.

Author Erika Utley Delivers Deal With Your SH!T
Author Erika Utley Delivers Deal With Your SH!T

LETS DEAL WITH IT

Dealing with our SHIT (Shame, Hurt, Insecurities, and Trials) can be a challenge. It involves being honest with oneself and truly diving head first into those innermost places, within our heart and soul. Licensed Therapist and Author of Deal with Your SH!T, Erika Utley takes a unique spin into helping others deal with their past pain in order to resolve their current emotional states. In this book, there are 25 ways to overcome your SHIT, all of which have been broken down into simplistic ideas. The goal is for the reader to truly begin to apply the ways to lead their best life.

In Deal with Your SH!T, one will find themselves experiencing a wealth of emotions, from laughing hysterically, to having their eyes fill with tears due to the raw nature in which the author presents the material. The reader will also have the opportunity to journal their journey, as writing space is available after each topic is presented.

Author Erika Utley Delivers Deal With Your SH!T
Author Erika Utley Delivers Deal With Your SH!T

Erika provides realistic strategies to overcome Shame, Hurt, Insecurities, and Trials including:

  • Figuring out your own personal agreements
  • Making peace with your past
  • Un-taming your wild side
  • Flushing away your excuses

And so much more!

ABOUT ERIKA UTLEY

Erika Utley (affectionately known as “The Smileologist”) is a practicing, Licensed Therapist with a radical approach to assisting others in gaining inner healing. She is the CEO and founder of Smileology Counseling Services, where her mission is to help others “Learn the Art of Smiling from Within.” Erika has dedicated her life to sharing her knowledge on mental health in such a way that is realistic and attainable for individuals in today’s society.

2 Reasons You Should Watch Andrew Ahn’s Driveways Film

Hong Chau, Brian Dennehy + Lucas Jaye star in DRIVEWAYS Directed by Andrew Ahn Photo Courtesy Film Rise
Hong Chau, Brian Dennehy + Lucas Jaye star in DRIVEWAYS Directed by Andrew Ahn Photo Courtesy Film Rise
Hong Chau, Brian Dennehy + Lucas Jaye star in DRIVEWAYS Directed by Andrew Ahn Photo Courtesy Film Rise

Brian Dennehy delivers a stellar performance, alongside Hong Chau in Driveways. The star cast welcomes Lucas Jaye in what is to be a promising performance that will inspire you!

About the Film

Kathy (Golden Globe-nominee Hong Chau, DOWNSIZING; HBO’s “Watchmen”), a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye), to Kathy’s late sister’s house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe, Tony-winner and longtime acting legend Brian Dennehy, in one of his final leading roles) the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.

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The Critics Say

“DRIVEWAYS performances are among the most affecting I’ve seen in quite a while”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES, Jeannette Catsoulis (NYT Critic’s Pick)

“DRIVEWAYS shows us how unlikely people can come together under imperfect circumstances and fit together perfectly. It also shows us how fleeting that perfection can be”– THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, Justin Chang

“DRIVEWAYS evokes what it means to be home”
– THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE, Richard Whittaker

“A sweet, understated masterpiece” – THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, G. Allen Johnson

“This is the ideal movie for this moment”– DEADLINE, Pete Hammond

Hong Chau, Brian Dennehy + Lucas Jaye star in DRIVEWAYS Directed by Andrew Ahn (SPA NIGHT)
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HBO Celebrates LGBTQ Community with Shea Diamond’s “I Am America”

HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond's "I Am America" Photo Courtesy of Ada Music
HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond's "I Am America" Photo Courtesy of Ada Music
HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond’s “I Am America” Photo Courtesy of Ada Music

HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond’s “I Am America and the launch of the networks new series We’re Here. To celebrate the debut of HBO’s acclaimed new unscripted series We’re Here, a star-studded music video has been released for Shea Diamond’s brand new single “I Am America.” Co-written with superstar songwriter & activist Justin Tranter and produced by Eren Cannata, the song serves as the empowering theme anthem for We’re Here starring Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley. Glowing reviews for the series have poured in since it’s premiere last week: 
We’re Here Is the Ultimate Ode to the Lifesaving Power of Drag” – THEM.

Charming and engaging” – AV Club

The drag show America needs now” – Salon

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The drag show America needs now” – Salon
The day-brightening music video for “I Am America” showcases an all-star cast of friends, from FX’s American Horror Story, Angelica Ross, to HBO stars Eureka O’Hara, Bob the Drag Queen and Shangela, to Justin Tranter, Marquise Vilson, Buck Angel, Chella Man, Alok Vaid-Menon, Jacob Tobia and Shea herself. Gay Times hailed the song as “the queer celebration we need and deserve,” while Billboard called it “an uplifting LGBTQ anthem.”
Tune in for the second episode of We’re Here, airing tonight on HBO at 9PM ET/PT.

About Shea Diamond

Shea Diamond is a singer and songwriter who makes soul-rooted music of resistance and liberation. Based in New York City, she was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and spent portions of her upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee and Flint, Michigan. Repressed and marginalized throughout her childhood for not accepting her gender role, she ran away at the age of 14 and entered foster care. Upon her emancipation, she lacked the means to pay for gender reassignment surgery, committed armed robbery, and spent roughly a decade in prison. While incarcerated, she developed her powerful singing style and forthright approach to songwriting. 
Shea was released from prison in 2009 and relocated to New York. She continued to work on music and became deeply involved in the transgender rights movement. A clip of her performing an original song titled “I Am Her,” a gutbucket blues-soul anthem for outsiders, impressed hit songwriter Justin Tranter (Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” Selena Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me”, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) which led to a deal with the Warner-distributed Asylum label. She has performed at pride events and HRC galas all over the country and has fans in everyone from Sam Smith and Demi Lovato to Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden.

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Rock Quintet Off Road Minivan Releases Swan Dive

Rock quintet Off Road Minivan releases debut album Swan Dive Photo Courtesy Tooth and Nail
Rock quintet Off Road Minivan releases debut album Swan Dive Photo Courtesy Tooth and Nail
Rock quintet Off Road Minivan releases debut album Swan Dive Photo Courtesy Tooth and Nail

Rock quintet Off Road Minivan is gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album, Swan Dive. Set to be released on May 15th via Tooth & Nail Records, fans can get their first taste of Swan Dive with recent singles “Vampire” and “Supernova,” streaming now on Spotify.

“For us, this album touches on the sounds that made us want to play in the first place – an alternative rock landscape from early 00’s emo to grunge influence,” the band shares. “We aren’t here to teach any defining life lesson, just trying to sing about the ones we’ve experienced.” 

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Alternative rock band Off Road Minivan -made up of Melvin BrinsonDave TrimboliMiles SweenyEvan Garcia-Renart, and Ryan Tuck O’leary (of Fit For A King) – is the direct result of decade-long friendships and a collective passion for 90’s grunge.

They began the project in 2018 and released their debut EP, Spiral Gaze, on Tooth & Nail Records later that year. Their ability to harness nostalgia in both lyric and tone revealed a band that not only appreciated, but embodied the emo genre. Their newest album amplifies that appreciation all the more. 

Swan Dive, their first full-length, tells stories centered around characters they knew in their Hudson Valley hometown. The record immortalizes the memories often felt but rarely discussed, from the pain of missed opportunity to the grief of suicide. It includes the band’s hardest and softest instrumentation yet, proving they’re as dynamic in skill as they are in sentiment. Off Road Minivan will release their debut full-length album, Swan Dive, on Friday, May 15th via Tooth & Nail Records. 

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48 Hours to Unlock the Twist of Tampa Bay

Explosive energy, liquid libations and infectious personalities await you in Tampa Bay, Florida
Explosive energy, liquid libations and infectious personalities await you in Tampa Bay, Florida
Explosive energy, liquid libations and infectious personalities await you in Tampa Bay, Florida

Explosive energy, liquid libations  and infectious personalities await you in Tampa Bay, Florida. Compromised by my 48-hour assignment to uncover the sparkle of this southern city placed me in a dubious position. Let’s just say I will be returning! Often overshadowed by the mammoth appeal of Miami nightlife and Orlando’s thriving amusement parks, Tampa Bay can be overlooked by travelers. Make no mistake, consider this an affectionate reminder that Tampa holds a unique history and a wealth of  welcoming human interaction that will insure your return. Simply intoxicating, the golden sunshine and whispering breezes will relax you while cruising the Pirate water taxi along the Hillsboro River. Literally, you can grab a beer, digest the city history, and inhale the splendid views.

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Tampa Bay with a twist? Well, the discerning traveler will soon come to understand this Floridian gem has baycrafted cocktails rooted in a culture of celebration and a dance craze foot print established by the “The Twist”. Having seen the excitement of Tampeños teenagers Hank Ballard and The Midnighters created the chart-topping song to accompany the twisting teen dancers. How’s that for a bit of travel trivia and historical nostalgia? There is an undeniable festive spirit  that will spark your fascination to unlock more of Tampa Bay. Make Perry Harvey Sr. Park your destination for the perfect selfie marking your presence in the heart of Tampa Bay’s epicenter of African-American culture know as “The Scrub”. Feel the spirit of Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles all whom served as entertainment catalyst of change enhancing the  cities richness in culture, style,  and food.

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A port city and railroad hub in years past, made Tampa Bay a hot bed for commerce. The brilliance and intellect of Spanish entrepreneur Vincente Martinez Ybor created explosive growth of this waterfront city. Ybor capitalized, monetized and thrived ultimately creating opportunities for his employees to live the American Dream. Descendants of Cuban, Spanish, German and Italian immigrants contributed to  the former glory of this Cigar Capital, producing of over 700 million cigars a year at its height of production. Today, the city is experiencing a lightning fast resurrection due to the forward thinking of new entrepreneurs like Jeffry N. Vinik owner of the cities NHL hockey team the Tampa Bay Lightning. Conscious growth of the city based in sustaining the heritage and culture is paramount to the locals. Here is a quick guide to EAT, STAY & PLAY while absorbing the zeal that is Tampa.

EAT

There is  absolutely no way to eat all of the delicious foods of this melting pot of diversity. However, I did my best to devour as much as I could without causing discomfort. I will admit, at times it was a challenge. I made three memorable stops this trip. My first stop for bites and conversation landed me at Chef Felicia Lacalle’s Hemingways. Felicia pours soulful Cuban influence into every bite. The Hemingway Cuban is the best self-gift treat for lunch. My second stop being the ever-evolving menu at Edison Food + Drink Lab will have guessing what to expect, While the  Sesame tempura cauliflower with black garlic ponzu was an appetizer I found it to be my main course and you will too as it is absolutely divine. Don’t try to dictate the experience at the lab. Allow the skillfully talented wait staff to take you on a memorable gastrological journey. My third and final food destination was Columbia Restaurant. This 5th generation family owned business grabs you with the predinner bread made fresh daily. Coupled with the fact, this establishment is the  largest private collection of Spanish wines in the world you won’t want to leave. Beyond that the 1905 salad and 1905 martini are mainstays. The excitement is will continue with live flamenco dancing as proof why this is not just fine dining it community staple not to be missed.

STAY

If the Tampa Museum of Art would take a reservation for an overnight stay considered it booked. Artistic expression enlightens and tell the journey of a community in silence. Quietly, spending a half-day observing the work of Purvis Young and countless other artisans made for a phenomenal experience. However, crashing at the Le Méridien Tampa was officially chic and legally sound. Following a multi-million-dollar renovation this former Beaux Arts style federal courthouse is perfectly situated for you to wonder about Tampa with ease.

PLAY

Experience the social club legacy and beautiful architecture first hand with phenomenal insight by tour guide Lonnie Hermann. Ybor City is a designated historical landmark that continual preserves the richness. Prepare to spend a minimum of 5 hours in La France vintage boutique. This store is shopper’s paradise, with immaculate undisturbed frocks that will have you clamoring to figure how you can ship garments home. Preserve your energy from walking all day in direct sunlight as Ybor city transforms into a daily Mardi Gras styled celebration of life with pedestrian traffic, unending liquid libations, and nonstop dancing. Come ready to play hard Tampa will greet you with open arms.