Editor’s Letter

When I first moved to Birmingham 15 years ago, I struggled to find local artists performing original music. If it wasn’t for Bottletree and their ability to curate local, regional, and national attractions, I probably would have moved on. Much has changed in that time. There are over twenty venues here that regularly feature original local, regional and national acts. We’ve entered a renaissance here, but where our economy, politics, and our culinary scene have been adequately covered, our music scene has not. The quality of original musicianship, in addition to the collaborative relationships and support system here, is outstanding, and our local music scene deserves recognition. This is why MusicBham is devoting three quarters of our content to local musicians, local music businesses, and local music industry leaders. 

More than any other art form, music amplifies the human experience and unifies people, and we believe that is worth sharing! The strength of our music scene is built on a culmination of many different individuals and organizations over many years of hard work and dedication, fueled by one elemental thing that we all have in common: our passion for music and the way that it enriches our lives when we share it with other people. You don’t have to go far to discover talent and enjoy great music; you’ll find both right here in Birmingham, and MusicBham Monthly will serve as your guide. 

– Josh Matthews 

This first issue is dedicated to the loving memory of my dear friend, Blake Loveless

Blake shared an unbridled passion for and dedication to our music scene, and he was one of this organization’s biggest champions. 

Founder & Editorial Director: Josh Matthews 

Copy Editor: Rebecca Scott 

Art Director: Daniel Boone 

Principal Photography: Brent Thompson 

Contributing Photographer: Jones Willingham 

Print: Portico Media 

Business Development Coordinator: Kaydee Mulvehill 

Marketing Coordinator: Benton Crane 

Video: Ben Wedlund 

Distribution: Paul Wilm

Contributing Editors: Josh Matthews, Kaydee Mulvehill, Brent Thompson (Birmingham Stages), Rebecca Scott, Benton Crane, Jones Willingham, Sylvia Rose Novak 

Contributing Photographer: Jones Willingham 

Sales: Josh Matthews, Kaydee Mulvehill, Loyd McIntosh 

Music Bham would like to extend a very special thank you to Will Estell from Beaches, Resorts & Parks Magazine and to Lee Hurley and Loyd McIntosh from Portico Magazine

Music Bham would like to also thank Jojo Weber, Todd Coder and the crew at Code-R Productions, Michael Stagno and the crew at Iron City, Heather Milam Nikolich, and the Mother Plug Music Family.