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BirmingFAM Fest Preview: The Blips

BirmingFAM Fest Preview: The Blips

This weekend, the first annual BirmingFAM Festival will go down at TrimTab Brewing Company with a incredible assortment of local bands, vendors, and fun to be had by all. Tickets can be bought here for the festival, which is happening September 11 & 12, and you can use the code MUSICBHAM to get 20% off of your purchase!

The Blips exploded onto the scene in early 2020 in a big way, forming one of Birmingham’s most impressive supergroups featuring Eric Wallace of Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Chris McCauley of Holy Youth, Wes McDonald of Vulture Whale, and the singer-songwriters Taylor Hollingsworth and Will Stewart. After taking a pandemic-fueled break, they released their self-titled album in April of 2021 that accentuates all of their individual strengths into a tight-knit rocker of an album. Ahead of their performance at the BirmingFAM Festival this weekend, I talked to Eric about the band’s formation and the power of music to create inclusivity and accessibility through The Firehouse Community Arts Center:

So, my first question is simple… [read more…]


BirmingFAM Festival Preview: Dree Leer

BirmingFAM Festival Preview: Dree Leer

This weekend, the first annual BirmingFAM Festival will go down at TrimTab Brewing Company with a incredible assortment of local bands, vendors, and fun to be had by all. Tickets can be bought here for the festival, which is happening September 11 & 12, and you can use the code MUSICBHAM to get 20% off of your purchase!

Dree Leer is the trio made up of Birmingham rock royalty Jackie Lo, Mikey D, and Mandy Graffeo. Their debut album Throw Hands was released in April of 2021 and combines everything you loved about the 90s into a compact, fierce, LP. With Jackie’s powerful lyrics exploding amidst the thunderous noise of Mikey’s drums, and the lockstep movements of Jackie’s guitar and Mandy’s bass, Throw Hands is one of the most well-crafted albums to come out of Birmingham in recent memory. I chatted with Jackie about the upcoming festival and the experience of making Throw Hands:

With your involvement in so many other areas of the Birmingham music scene, what inspired you to start Dree Leer? How did the band come together?
I found myself writing songs that didn’t fit with… [read more…]


The Brook and the Bluff

The Brook and the Bluff

We’re sitting down with Joseph, Fred, John and Alec of the Brook & The Bluff. The Nashville based Alabamians started making major headway in the streaming community upon the release of their self-titled EP, The Brook & The Bluff. Since then, the boys have been touring the country, playing festivals like Summerfest and Moon River, all while working on their first upcoming album, First Place. We were excited talk to with them about their transition to Nashville and to hear about the new album.

Tell us about the move to Nashville. Did you see it as an essential part of the band’s survival?

John: It definitely was. We started gaining some traction in Birmingham after we released our first singles in 2016 and 2017, and once we had that foundation, realized we needed a way to progress, which meant immersing ourselves in the industry.

Alec: There was a ceiling to what was available for us in Birmingham. Because of the lack of industry, the odds of finding a booking agent were really low.

Joseph: We also reached a point of comfortability and moving to… [read more…]


Richard Daniel: Hip Hop is Here

Richard Daniel: Hip Hop is Here

written by Kaydee Mulvahill

Tell us a little about how you got started in music.

When I was in middle school, I got really into Shel Silverstein books, so I started writing poetry myself. I remember writing one based off of POWER by Kanye. I showed it to my mom, and she loved it, so she took me to this poetry event on UAB’s campus, and they loved it. I kept up the writing until I met Phrasure, another artist in Birmingham, and my best friend since high school. Over time I told him I wrote poetry (and songs at this point), and eventually, he helped me record my first song.

What does Birmingham need to know about the hip hop scene?

Honestly? That it exists. There is plenty of local hip hop to see in Birmingham. The artists in it tend to be supportive of one another, so it thrives off of that alone. But I’m not sure if many others who aren’t artists themselves know just how alive it is. Before I was a part of this scene, I had no clue… [read more…]


MusicBham Premiere: Ryan Sobb — “3rd of July”

MusicBham Premiere: Ryan Sobb — "3rd of July"

Birmingham-based singer-songwriter Ryan Sobb has been a force in the city for some time now, and we’re thrilled to be able to share a new in-studio performance of his song “3rd of July.” Recorded and filmed live at Trace Horse Studio in Nashville, TN, the video features Ryan alongside Preston Cochran on bass and Chase Ballenger on drums. Check out the video embedded below, and follow Ryan at his Spotify:

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Moonstone Is Making Room

Moonstone Is Making Room

written by: Kaydee Mulvehill

Let’s talk about the festival first. 

Moonstone is a festival celebrating the female presence in music and art. As a festival-goer and also having booked for one, it was important for me to keep everything for this first event as minimal as possible, but also to have a solid lineup. I’m supporting a local non-profit, as well. That’s very important to me. 

Having a team- a small team of people that I’m working with on the inside of things- has been key. They are people who are familiar with or currently work in the industry. I have people close to me that are taking over the hospitality, and the vendors, and a big part, outside of the music lineup, is what we’re going to be giving visually. I have a great artist team, and they will be working on decorating festival grounds and creating installations. Visually, it’s going to look super-cool. 

I want everyone to feel welcomed. That’s what’s most important here. We’re celebrating women, music, and art, but why should that have to be necessarily a political thing?… [read more…]


The Steel City Jug Slammers

The Steel City Jug Slammers

written by Kaydee Mulvahill and Adrian Marmelejo

The Steel City Jug Slammers might be the hardest working band I’ve met so far in Birmingham. They have been on tour for months, covering lots of ground from Alabama to Canada. They’ve also just completed recording their third full-length album, Hot Butter, which is set to release October 31. Adrian Marmolejo and I sat down with Ramblin’ Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, G.W. Henderson, and Anthony Sutton over a beer at Brennen’s to talk about touring, the album, and what’s next for The Steel City Jug Slammers.

Curious as to what constitutes a jug band, we asked the guys to give us some insight into their genre. Ramblin’ Ricky Tate explained that during the 1920s and 1930s, bands were playing the popular music of the time. Because of financial limitations, most of the groups featured homemade instruments and, of course, a jug. The Steel City Jug Slammers pay homepage to this tradition, while also adding what they call “a little spice.” Their ensemble includes electric guitar and pedal steel. Anthony Sutton, who plays the pedal steel for the band, explained that because of these… [read more…]


Flight of the Spirit: A Conversation with Jimmy Webb

Flight of the Spirit: A Conversation with Jimmy Webb

written by Brent Thompson

Detailing Jimmy Webb’s hit songs, accolades, and overall impact on pop music would require a separate article. Still, the following list will give you an idea: Grammy Award winner – Song of the Year (1967), Grammy Award winner – Best Country Song (1986), National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award (1993), Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1990), and Great American Songbook Hall of Fame – Songbook Award (2013). To date, he is the only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. But of all of the accomplishments in his distinguished career, Webb’s partnership with singer/songwriter Glen Campbell perhaps remains his calling card. Together, the two artists collaborated on a successful run of hits, including “Wichita Lineman” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” These days – in addition to recently releasing an album of covers titled Slipcover (S-Curve Records) – Webb is celebrating the life and music of his late friend with his “Glen Campbell Years” tour. On Saturday, November 2, Webb will perform at The Lyric Theatre. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his New York residence.

Jimmy, thanks for… [read more…]


Love Moor

Love Moor

photo: Jaysen Michael

written by: Kaydee Mulvehill

How’s your year looking? Any new releases or shows coming up? 

Well, this year I’ve been performing a lot. I had the chance to perform at Birmingham’s first Freedom Fest alongside some legends like

Midnight Star, Musiq Soulchild, and Ruben Studdard. That was very exciting. I released one single called ‘L.’ It is available on all streaming platforms. I’m still creating in my quiet time, so newness will come one day. I’ll be performing upstairs at Avondale Brewing Co. for the Listen Local Concert Series with one my favs, Richard Daniel on October 22.

What got you started in music? Who inspired you to perform? 

Music is really in my DNA. My mother was a singer/songwriter, and my father is a musician. I would always sing. Song is my second language. I was always too nervous to ever think I could do music professionally, but with the help and support, or maybe a better word would be ‘force,’ from my friends I started to become more comfortable with… [read more…]


Sarah Langford

Sarah Langford

Sarah, you’ve been in the studio recording and just released your first single “Two-Hearted Rounder,” which is fantastic! Could you tell me a little about the album and when you plan on releasing it?

Somehow I managed to persuade some of the baddest and most talented musicians in Birmingham to play my songs. With Will Stewart on guitar, Keelan Parrish on bass, Ford Boswell on pedal steel and Brian Gosdin on drums, the songs I wrote while sitting on my purple couch have turned into something. I’ve never played in a plugged-in band before now, always playing acoustic and bluegrass music growing up. I have to give a nod to Lester Nuby III, while I’m at it, for producing. The record drops on November 8 on Cornelius Chapel Records. The first single is currently available on streaming services. We’re cooking up some dates in Birmingham and making arrangements for some shows around the southeast.

What do you hope people take from listening to these songs?

Once a song is written and recorded, it goes out into the world, and you lose control of how people judge or interpret… [read more…]