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(Mental Health Conversations) Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 16:  Jim Gwynn of JIP
Behind The Yearbook, MTC Gets Punked

(Mental Health Conversations) Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 16: Jim Gwynn of JIP

Editor's Note:  Jim Gwynn of Chicago indie rock band JIP joined the Madness To Creation Podcast to talk about the band's legacy out of Chicago, making comedy music, and how he had a plethora of celebrities react to JIP's music as of late.  This was a hilarious conversation but also a meaningful and poignant discussion based on mental health, Jim losing his mother a couple of years ago, and celebrity roasts and whether or not comedians are as happy as they portray themselves to be.  The band will be releasing "Thought This Was Over" coming up and it includes work with Royce of Spacehog.  Fans can find JIP on Facebook, their official website, and Instagram. 0:50- Jim talking about Covid, and Local H at the Metro, and how the Metro is requiring the vaccine passport 1:37- How Jim has...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 275):  Jonny Ross of SMALL TOWN TITANS
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 275): Jonny Ross of SMALL TOWN TITANS

Contributor's Note:  Jonny Ross, drummer of Small Town Titans, joins The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz via FAB Radio International for the 275th episode.  Recently, Small Town Titans released the music video for their song "9 to 5", which is a salute to the working person.  Phil Freeman stated that it's a salute to the ultimate hard worker and how they deserve to enjoy the fruits of their labor from time to time, and how we all deserve to take a load off and have a good time. Small Town Titans are known for their viral covers of "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch", "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen, "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash and "Hunger Strike" which featured Matt James of Blacktop Mojo, by Temple Of The Dog.  Fans can find Small Town Titans on their official website, F...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Lacey Crowe of BOURBON HOUSE
Behind The Yearbook, Crane Level Heaviness

(Mental Health Conversations): Lacey Crowe of BOURBON HOUSE

Editor's Note:  This past June, Wisconsin-based blues rock outfit Bourbon House released "Too High To Care" single which is described as "modern rock with a hard 70's blues-rock edge".  They've shared the stage with the likes of Crobot and Jasmine Cain and played shows in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Nashville.  They were also featured on a compilation CD for Classic Rock Magazine for their hit "Devil On My Heels".  In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, frontwoman Lacey Crowe of Bourbon House discusses coping with the civil unrest and Covid-19 pandemic along with their two singles "Too High To Care" and "Devil In My Heels".  Fans can find Bourbon House at the following locations: www.facebook.com/bourbonhouseofficial www.bourbonhouserocks.com www.inst...
We Nerd Out Vol. 111:  Some of the Most Important Live Performances of the Decade!
We Nerd Out

We Nerd Out Vol. 111: Some of the Most Important Live Performances of the Decade!

What a decade it was from a music standpoint.  Seeing bands come and go, trends come and go, but we've see so many things happen good and bad, that we need to reflect on this decade.  Some videos have been where you're sure it's the next big thing, and some have ended up tragic.  There is no particular order to this, Madness To Creation just wanted to reflect on some important live performances this decade:  "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele Live Grammy Performance This performance showcased soul coming back to the forefront in forms of a British woman that was angry over a breakup.  She looked elegant on the Grammy stage, and it felt like going back in time.  It caused us to pay attention to what the British pop scene was doing all over again. 2.  Linkin Park "One More Light" ...
(Concert Review)  HELLYEAH Live at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois (11/26/2019)
Concert Therapy Reviews, Standards and Benchmarks

(Concert Review) HELLYEAH Live at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois (11/26/2019)

Thirty minutes after doors open, there is still a long line of fans waiting to get in. The freezing rain isn't turning anyone away from getting in as soon as possible to get up front for the show. I'm told security is increased for the night, and they're ready for a rowdy crowd.   Hard rockers Deepfall open the show for the already drunk crowd. They get a bigger reception to their cover of Journey's "Separate Ways," but the crowd isn't familiar with their original songs. While also being hard rock, they certainly aren't as wild as the other bands on the tour.    Next up is Nonpoint, a favorite of many, as they often play in the area. It's no surprise when the crowd begins their moshing, and things really pick up for the night. Despite being around quite a bit, I haven't s...
We Nerd Out Vol. 55: SKYLER COCCO Converses with The Don of THE DON’S HIT LIST PODCAST on Grunge Music and Goosebump Moments
Musings With Musicians, Pop & Singer Songwriter, The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz, We Nerd Out

We Nerd Out Vol. 55: SKYLER COCCO Converses with The Don of THE DON’S HIT LIST PODCAST on Grunge Music and Goosebump Moments

Contributor's Note: Giving Facebook followers the first taste of the new Episode 33 of The Don's Hit List Podcast with Skyler Cocco Skyler has been writing/engineering/producing music since she was 11 years old! Her debut album "Reverie" is heavily influenced by 90s Alternative and Grunge with artists such as Liz Phair, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Stone Temple Pilots, and Sunny Day Real Estate. I also reference the band Failure in one of the tracks. We go through all of the goosebump moments in the album. EXCLUSIVE! Sklyer writes incredible POP songs as well. She debut's a new one on the show called "I Don't Think About U" which mark my words, will be on Top 40 radio by the end of the year. The song is about a narcissist who thinks that the woman in his relationship will always b...
Season 13 AMERICAN IDOL Winner CALEB JOHNSON Converses with Mark Dean of Madness To Creation on “Born From Southern Ground” and Creative Freedom!
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Season 13 AMERICAN IDOL Winner CALEB JOHNSON Converses with Mark Dean of Madness To Creation on “Born From Southern Ground” and Creative Freedom!

Contributor's Note: With a new band, Caleb Johnson And The Ramblin' Saints —Josh Sawyer (lead guitar), Brennan Dugen (bass)--soulfully and bombastically take us to the church of rock ‘n roll. Johnson uses this album to showcase his southern roots and he channels a spirit that combines gospel, blues and rock n roll into a modern but classic and timeless sound. After being crowned the winner of Season 13 of “American Idol,” Caleb Johnson went to work recording his first album, Testify, with a major label. It debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock chart and #24 on the Billboard “Top Album Sales” chart. He was subsequently recruited as an opening act for some of the biggest touring bands in rock n roll: KISS, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Black Stone Cherry, to na...
Allan Martinez of AS THE CITY SLEEPS Discusses “Synesthesia” and Influences with Evan of Madness To Creation!
Musings With Musicians

Allan Martinez of AS THE CITY SLEEPS Discusses “Synesthesia” and Influences with Evan of Madness To Creation!

Contributor's Note:  As the City Sleeps is a pleasant mix of Indie songwriting and coffee shop vibes.  If you're looking for a chill album to listen to on a rainy day I'd recommend their new album, "Synesthesia."  I sat down with Allan Martinez to talk about their new album, their songwriting, and what comes next for the band.  Fans can find As The City Sleeps(out of El Paso and Austin, Texas) at the following locations: www.facebook.com/AsTheCitySleepsMusic Your album, “Synesthesia,” seems to have a very specific mood and feel throughout the album. Yes very much so. It definitely has a certain meloncholia to it. I write what I feel, not necessarily a chord progression that's "supposed" to be. I fiddle around with the guitar until I find a chord that represents what I'm feeling at...
Madness To Creation Sounding Off:  Looking Back on 2017:  Various Artists Reflect on Chris Cornell with Madness To Creation!
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Madness To Creation Sounding Off: Looking Back on 2017: Various Artists Reflect on Chris Cornell with Madness To Creation!

Editor's Note:  I remember driving in my car on my way to my full time job and Soundgarden came on the radio.  It was the song "Outshined" and I didn't think anything of it, I love being surprised when I hear a damn good song on the radio.  I forget about my stresses for those few moments and prepare to sing my heart out to a song that defined my teenage angst years.  Then, the radio DJ for Rock 108 came on and announced that Chris Cornell was found dead in a hotel room bathtub.  I froze.  Tears suddenly streamed down my face and I literally pulled over to the side of the road and wept.  I couldn't believe the news.  I remember all the tributes and most importantly the artists all seemed somewhat broken when we brought up Chris Cornell.  When I interview, I don't try to get the dirt, I foc...