Steelism: The Soundtrack To Your Life

The recent NPR Weekend feature on Nashville-based Steelism was the wider world’s first introduction to this quirky and appealing band. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal-steel virtuoso Spencer Cullum, Jr, Steelism is differentiated from a sea of indy acts by its focus on music, Read More …

Eilen Jewell Captures The Sound Of Crumbling Americana

If Ry Cooder and Alison Krauss had a love child, she might grow up to sound like Eilen Jewell. The Idaho-born singer-songwriter’s haunting voice and evocative lyrics have built her a cult following over the last decade, but she’s still totally unknown to mainstream listeners. Read More …

Have Americans Lost The Eye Of The Tiger?

Whenever I go to a store – especially somewhere like Lowe’s or Home Depot – I always try to find the oldest person working in the section I need help with. Thanks to the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policy wiping out most retiree’s pension funds, it’s usually Read More …

The Untold Story of “Slaughter Nick for President”

  The indy documentary, “Slaughter Nick For President” follows Canadian actor Rob Stewart (most well-known for playing the ruthless assassin Roan on “Nikita”) on a trip to the Eastern European nation of Serbia, where he is a huge celebrity because of a TV role he Read More …

“Slaughter Nick For President” Delivers Entertaining, Timely Message

Did you know that “Tropical Heat,” a Canadian-produced, late-night CBS detective show from the early 1990s, was a major factor in the overthrow of Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic? If your answer is “no,” don’t feel bad … Neither did Rob Stewart, the show’s star. The Read More …

Q&A With “Heavy Objects” Director Fletcher Crossman

I had the pleasure of meeting phenomenally talented artist Fletcher Crossman back in 2009, when I photographed him in his backyard studio for a now-defunct magazine. At the time, Fletcher was focused on painting: his large-scale, figurative paintings – often incorporating text and political/philosophical overtones Read More …