Tuesday, July 16, 2019


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Done deal. July 30th I’ll be joined by UFO abductee Calvin Parker. In 1973 while fishing in Pascagoula, MS, Parker and his friend Charles Hickson alleged to have been taken onboard an alien craft and examined. This made national headlines and inundated Pascagoula with journalists and ufologists from around the world.

I look forward to hearing about his story first hand. We will also talk about his book, The Closest Encounter: My Story.

Friday, July 12, 2019


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Collective Soul are pumped and primed to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2019 in all-out style, but they’re really just gearing up for the long haul. Ever since the barnburning rock band from Stockbridge, Georgia burst onto the national scene with the runaway success of their multi-platinum 1993 debut Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid and its ensuing mega-smash hits like “Shine” and “Breathe,” they’ve been on an upward trajectory that’s seen them play to sold-out audiences across the globe while concurrently amassing a most impressive catalog of beloved songs instantly recognizable by their titles alone.

Indelibly memorable tracks like “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “Heavy,” and “Precious Declaration” (to name but a few) all evoke a collective sense of heartfelt observational universality and earnest positivity — in short, they’re the jukebox heroes of a new generation. Indeed, the secret sauce to Collective Soul’s continued success story is a simple one: a palpable mixture of insightful songwriting and impeccable band chemistry. “So much of what we do is based on the camaraderie-ship of the band,” notes frontman and chief songwriter Ed Roland. “The five us work together as a family, and I’ve never been at more ease — and never been more pleased — than going onstage with these guys right now, night after night.”

And now, Collective Soul is proud to welcome the newest member of their recorded family into the world titled Blood. Blood is the culmination of a quarter-century of Collective Soul assessing not only where they’ve come from, but also where they’re going. “I think Blood expresses where we’ve been on this life journey,” observes Roland. “And we’ve done so with songs featuring piano and strings to those with a lot of guitar riffs. Blood is an accumulation of all the different styles we’ve used over the years — but it’s still Collective Soul. I think it’s the best we’ve ever done. I know you should think that, but I really do think it’s the best. It’s a good, consistent record. We’re just so proud of it.”

From stem to stern, Blood delivers in full. Witness the hard-charging skitter of “Over Me,” the optimistic declaration of “Right as Rain,” the hopeful uplift of a man “Changed,” and the tender promise of “Big Sky.” The album’s final track — the reflective, poignant acoustified coda “Porch Swing” — features background vocals and tasteful dobro licks from none other than Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, who was beyond thrilled to contribute to the cause. “I’ve always been a fan of Ed Roland and Collective Soul’s recordings,” Tommy says. “I thought about adding more parts than what Ed asked me to do, but as someone wiser than me once said, ‘Don’t paint over the masterpiece!’” Look for the deep grooves of Blood to seep into your respective ears canals soon.

From the very beginning of the band’s career, Roland always had his eye on the prize. “When ‘Shine’ came out, we got asked, ‘What’s your goal with this band?’ I said, ‘I want to have a whole row of Collective Soul recordings on the shelf.’ That was my goal,” Roland recounts. “Me, I always wanted to see the full body of work. That’s all I ever wanted. I knew I could write, and as the band progressed and got better, that’s why we wanted to keep going. I don’t think we ever doubted it. We, as the artists — we had no fear. The guys in the band have enough faith in my songwriting, and I have faith in them.”

Roland feels the best days of Collective Soul are on the horizon. “We’ve had a couple of hiccups here and there as any band does if they stay together long enough,” he admits, “but if the core stays there — and me, Dean [Roland, rhythm guitarist], and Will [Turpin, bassist] were always the core — then good things will happen. And when you get good people in like Jesse [Triplett, lead guitarist] and Johnny [Rabb, drummer], then good things definitely happen. And nobody’s leaving at this point either. This is the lineup that, if people ever ask, ‘If you could start over, what would you do differently?’ I’d say, ‘I’d have Jesse and Johnny in the band.’ Jesse would have only been about eight-years-old back then, but we would have molded him,” Roland concludes with a laugh.

As noted earlier, sharing that tight-knit family dynamic onstage remains a key element for Collective Soul moving forward. “The studio thing is but one level of the creation process, but when you get onstage every night, these brothers of mine are just all-out rocking!” Roland confirms. “A lot of it has to do with how the band has gotten really tight, and how we enjoy each other’s company out there. When they came in, Jesse and Johnny put a new spark into the band. Whenever I come up with a new idea, it’s just so simple for me to sit there and show it to them and say, “Go try it at soundcheck. Let’s go work on that.’”


As tight as Collective Soul are onstage, they always strive for improvement. “We hug each other when we’re done, and then we discuss the show and figure out what we can do to make it better the next day,” Roland relates. “What song can we add so that it’s different? We try to keep our chops up on these songs as much as possible.”

Another new wrinkle is that, with Jesse, Johnny, and Will now all providing background vocals both onstage and on record, Roland has yet another dynamic quiver in his songwriting bow that only lends itself to better material and better performances in the long run. “I go to a different place now,” he says. “It gives me a chance to go, ‘Hold on. I don’t have to go there; I can go here. Johnny and Jesse and Will can take over the whole thing.’ It’s a different approach to songwriting and performing. It gives me a chance to relax where I’m going with the melody. I know where the melody wants to go, but if I can go here [puts his hand up] and those boys can do that [points downward], it sustains me better for touring.”

All of these textural nuances add up to a most exciting Collective Soul 2019, with even more invigorated live sets to come. “For us, we want to play the hits as we always do, but I think we also want to share the new record with our fans,” Roland explains. “At 25 years later, we want to say, ‘Hey, we’re still making the best that we can do.’ Right now, I’ve got seven of the new songs in the setlist, and hopefully, on some nights, we can play the whole thing from start to finish. I mean, it’s our 25th anniversary. We’re going at it hard, everyone! We’re going hard.”

Heaven has clearly shined its light down on Collective Soul for 25 years running with no end in sight, so here’s to the next quarter-century and beyond! Bask in their continual glow.
Mike Mettler, official Soulographer

Be sure to check out Will Turpin's solo record " Serengeti Drivers"  HERE

Be sure to check out Collective Soul's official website and purchase "BLOOD"  HERE

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


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This Friday Will Turpin "Collective Soul" bassist stops by
We'll talk about the bands NEW record "BLOOD" and their new single "Right as Rain" and much MORE!  STAY TUNED!

Tuesday, July 09, 2019



New EP from Jux Strongarm explores deep currents of American culture and political tensions 

ALBANY, NY – A little more than 12 years ago, Daytwaun Minter was on the fast track to superstardom in the world of hip hop. He had been making a name for himself in New York with some of his early work, and that reputation was beginning to spread along the East Coast. He was primed for big things in the music industry. But in late 2007, his life on the street caught up with him and he was arrested for four bank robberies and an attempted robbery of a gun store. While he had the opportunity to trade information on others involved in 14 other robberies for a lesser sentence, he instead chose to keep his mouth shut and accept his full 13-year sentence. In December of 2018, he was released after only 11-and-a-half years in New York State prisons. In the months since, he has been dedicating himself to his music and picking up where he left off before prison.

Nodding to his past but pointing to the future, the artist now known as Jux Strongarm makes gangsta music that’s fused with conscious and political rap in ways that no one else out there is doing within the industry. His six-song EP “My Fellow American” is due out on July 5 and puts that unique sound and style on full display. With a blend of conscious songs, club songs and hard-hitting gangsta songs, “My Fellow American” explores a variety of topics that have permeated America’s society over the past decade – from the Black Lives Matter Movement to the protests of NFL players spurred on by the actions of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The debut single from the album is a song called “Gangsta Gangsta.” Jux calls it an upbeat club song for a new generation.

“With this new generation, everybody claims to be tough but nobody is really tough anymore,” he said. “They’re just claiming to be tough. There were rappers prior to the rise of those like Drake who were tough and really got into stuff. Drake said it best that back then people reached for weapons, but now they just reach to sell records. I think if it ain’t gangsta now, it’s never gonna be gangsta. That’s where this generation is headed and that’s what this song is about.”

Jux said the whole premise behind his music is to lean more toward the conscious side of lyrics and force people to think more deeply about things going on around them – all while having a good time with the music.

“I’m definitely talking about gangsta stuff and the consequences of that because I’ve lived it and it’s not fun,” he said. “But that’s just an introduction of who I am as a way to lend credibility to what I’m saying. If you don’t have credibility, people won’t listen to the good stuff you’re talking about and the positivity. Some artists try to come out with political stuff right out of the gate and people don’t pay attention. I’m giving people an introduction and then I’ll talk about the political stuff – like Black Lives Matter and the police shootings that are happenings everywhere. At the same time, I want to entertain. Music is about entertaining. So some of my punchlines are sly and clever underneath all the stuff I’m talking about that are going on in the community.”

“Gangsta Gangsta” is currently available across all streaming platforms with the EP to follow on July 5. Jux said he plans on releasing an LP in November called “Gangster, the Final Frontier” and he’s also going to have a booth at the Capital Center in Albany for the CNYS Black Expo in July to promote his brand.

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"Gangsta Gangsta"



“My Fellow American”



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We'll be talking with multi platinum recording artists 'Collective Soul' this Friday, July 12th about the bands brand new record " BLOOD " STAY TUNED!

Saturday, July 06, 2019


Karma is real.  Never make fun of someone's weight and or health situation because in time, YOU might be the person that you once made fun of.   Prayers out just the same. 

Friday, July 05, 2019


West Coast artist C Titus drops hot summertime track ‘Yeah’

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OAKLAND, CA – A hot new summertime vibe from West Coast artist C Titus is hitting the airwaves, and fans all over the country are hopping on the hype train.

The song is called “Yeah” and it’s the perfect song for the club, for a party, or for just cruising in the car with friends. Once you hear it, “Yeah” immediately becomes part of your daily playlist. With that summertime house party type of feel, it’s a track that can be played any time of year and bring you right back to that summertime vibe. Featuring Black Albert, C Titus’ “Yeah” will hold its place as one of the premier tracks of summer 2019. 

“It definitely has that west coast type of vibe to it,” C Titus said. “It’s one of those songs that‘s just fun to play, with a chorus that talks about being a player but with finesse and a hook that will stick in your head for a long time.”

C Titus said one of the things this single showcases is his unique sound and style and his ability to pick the right content to match with the quality beats he selects and develops with his producers. He has a large archive of music that he has made, but not much of it has been released because he believes strongly in quality over quantity. He is constantly working on his music to make it perfect so his audience can feel every note come through their speakers.

 “In today’s industry we have a lot of quantity, but not a lot of people are taking pride in quality,” he said. “I’m taking a slow approach with my music. With Dr. Dre and ‘The Chronic,’ he took a slow approach, and he’s one of my idols. So is Nas, who is my favorite rapper. He has always given me wisdom and knowledge through his music and his ability to paint such a clear
message with his writing and delivery. It’s the best in the game. That’s why I’m taking his approach. I might sit on a song for a long time and add backgrounds and layers to it over time. It’s art, and with all good art you have to take your time with it and make sure it’s quality. Everyone who listens to my music deserves that quality.”

Born in Oakland, California during an era when drugs and prostitution ruled the inner city neighborhoods, C Titus turned to music to avoid the pitfalls and allure of the streets. His father was also a musician and traveled around the world to tour with his band. C Titus recalls spending hours upon hours in the studio with his father while he recorded music. Additionally, his cousin, Sonny B – a well known producer in Northern California who has produced for Tupac, Too Short and The Delinquents among others – helped inspire C Titus and put him on a path toward success in the music industry. To date, he has managed two projects with fellow artist CHA-Chng and was also part of the West Coast hip hop group Da Famm. He is now stepping back into the spotlight as an independent artist while continuing to run his business.

“I typically talk about the challenges of being a black male trying to overcome the stereotypes as well as the modern other things that the majority can relate to,” he said. “I always avoid the typical way of expressing the message I want to convey, and I create a vibe that people can relate to. My ultimate goal is to create other opportunities for others in the music industry. Business is part of my core values and I will never stray away from opportunities for expansion.”

To listen to C Titus’ music or to follow him on social media, please visit:






Monday, July 01, 2019


New single from Texas native Troy Remedy examines feelings of doubt and confusion during life’s storms 

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In life, sometimes there are crossroads that seem impossible to choose a proper course to move forward. Doubt and confusion can creep in during those moments which can be overwhelming, but there’s always a way forward even when it’s hard to know which way to go.   That’s the emotion that hip hop artist Troy Remedy perfectly captures with his new single “Which Way to Go.” Currently streaming on all digital platforms and with a new music video available on his YouTube channel, the song is a snapshot into his life at the moment and the emotions that come with it – something he said people all over the world will likely be able to relate to.   “Sometimes, life throws you into a storm you’re not ready for and you have to figure out how to get out of it,” Troy said. “That’s how I’m living right now. Every decision counts.

I’m trying to figure out which way to go and where I’m headed in the future. At the same time, I have to keep moving and make a decision and not just contemplate. I think that’s something a lot of people experience at some point in their lives.”   The song has a laid-back vibe, Troy said, with prominent guitar solos right after the hook and toward the end. That’s paired with Troy’s standout flow and rhymes that listeners can’t help but be hooked by. The end result is a song that is both mellow and hits you right in the gut.   “As an artist, I'm always evolving and trying to perfect the craft,” Troy said. “Where I am now compared to when I started, I think is someone who is more confident in his skills and understanding what I’m capable of. Wasn't too sure if I was going to be able to pursue these aspirations long term but now I know it’s something I can take control of. As far as music is concerned, this song hits harder than the rest. It's a dope summer jam that resonates especially with the recent violence and building tension that's been taking place in Dallas, Austin and across America.

It’s a song that resonates with people who have been affected by those kinds of things.”   The music video for the single embraces that feeling of confusion and not knowing which way to go by capturing Troy roaming the streets of Austin and Dallas – in and out of alleyways and busy roads, trying to find his way to the right path.   “It takes you into that feeling of when you’re in your own head and trying to figure out where you need to be in life,” he said.   Troy will be performing around Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston throughout the summer while also developing more music that he plans to release later this year. 

To listen to his music or to follow him on social media, please visit:





Saturday, June 29, 2019



I had an opportunity to meet and chat with Hollywood Celebrity, Edward Furlong. His breakout role came when he played "John Connor" in Terminator 2 along side Arnold Schwarzenegger

Friday, June 28, 2019

Hip Hop Recording Artist: ENYgeron Talks NEW EP And NEW Single


New York native ENYergon prepares to drop second EP in ‘Trimurti’ trilogy
BROOKLYN, NY – As a child, Sais Black loved Transformers. He watched all the cartoons, he collected all the toys, and he could tell you everything about the world. For instance, he could tell you that the substance that gave the Transformers their power was something called "Energon". And as he grew up and started discovering a natural ability as a rapper and musician, he knew he wanted to be an artist that displayed that kind of power to the world. And so it made perfect sense for him to adopt the stage name ENYergon. The pseudonym is an adaptation of Energon and the abbreviated version of East New York.

Today, ENYergon is a standout hip hop artist from New York whose initial EP, “Trimurti: Welcome to the Underverse”, gained him some major attention along the East Coast. Now he’s ready to follow that up with the second of a planned EP trilogy, “Trimurti 2: Breathe Life.” The trilogy of projects is inspired by the Hindu religion of Trimurti that is similar to Christianity’s holy trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

“I use that as inspiration, with each one about people who were close to me that I lost – my
mother, brother and father,” ENYergon said. “Each EP is a different vibe. ‘Breathe Life’ is about
breathing new life into hip hop, and really focuses on that kind of vibe.”

One of the things that set ENYergon apart from others in the industry is his subject matter. It’s
easy to pigeonhole artists and put them in a box – painting them as only a trap artist, or a
gangsta rapper, or an R&B aficionado. But ENYergon embraces versatility and said he is an artist
who can be looked to as someone who creates a wide variety of music – something for the
clubs, or something with deep lyricism, or something for the streets, and everything in
between. Ultimately, it’s his subject matter and that versatility that set him apart.

“I just want my music to be looked at as versatile,” he said. “It’s everything to me. I can do
hardcore, soft, love songs, lyrical, clubs songs – anything that kind of takes risks and goes
against the grain. High risk equals high reward. It may not always work out but if it does, it’s
gonna hit them, leave a memory and keep people intrigued. That’s the type of sense and reality
I’m trying to inject into the genre – being unexpected and taking risks.”

The debut single from the new EP is “Mile Low Club” which will further demonstrate
ENYergon’s versatility by bringing a smoother R&B vibe through a song that he calls a perfect
single of “sexual intercourse on a train.” It serves as an appetizer of sorts, to whet the appetites
of listeners before hitting them with an upbeat, powerhouse single in “Butterflies,” featuring
the Songstress Jai Emm which is set to drop later this summer.

Another track from the EP, “American Nigga,” is a perfect example of that versatility. It explores
the plight and pitfalls that society brings to the doorstep of his demographic.
“You might think it’s good, but it’s not,” he said. “There are things like materialism or
detrimental cycles with family that set a bad example for the community and kids altogether. I
don’t want to be an American Nigga. This song is a call out to the world and international
community about what goes on within these borders.” There is an awakening going on in the
black community that this song embodies. The full EP will be distributed across all digital
distribution sites in September.

To listen to ENYergon’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit:

“Mile Low Club”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019



When I listen to "Like Machines" I feel like speeding in my car and breaking things. Their music is a true adrenaline rush.  I saw them live back when they were "The Stir" opening up for rock legends "Collective Soul."  They blew the roof off the house and I've been hooked ever since.

Vocalist Andrew Evans stopped by the Podcast show to talk about the band's NEWEST single ' Destitute' and the first single since becoming "Like Machines" a track called "Kaiser". 


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Done deal. July 30th I’ll be joined by UFO abductee Calvin Parker. In 1973 while fishing in Pascagoula, MS, Parker and his friend Cha...