I've been bear-hugged by Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green. Talked politics with Toby Keith. Sat with Norah Jones just weeks after her multi-platinum debut dropped and killed a pint of Bushmills with AC/DC singer Brian Johnson.
All of this went down during the past decade while writing for Florida publications including Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
, the alt-weekly that employed me as chief music critic through 2007-08. In 2009, my artist interviews, record reviews, etc., have run in publications nationwide including OC Weekly
sister papers Miami New Times
, New Times Broward-Palm Beach
, Denver Westword
and Dallas Observer
Musicians are an interesting bunch--I love telling their stories, whether it's about the rigors of rehearsing in a 100-degree, abandoned warehouse or the perks of playing 20,000-capacity sheds. I appreciate songs that hit me on a gut level, bring a manly tear to my eye, blow my mind or melt my face. More »