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Sublime with Rome

Sublime with Rome

Sublime with Rome Counts Their Blessings

By Rebecca Scott & Josh Matthews

Photo by Andreas Ramirez

While Sublime is forever cemented in music culture, Sublime with Rome is writing their own story with an already rich history and a future that is looking brighter than ever. We caught up with the band’s lead singer of twelve years, Rome Ramirez, while touring across the western US en-route to perform at Avondale Brewery on July 29.

Rome, you were only 18 years old when you became the catalyst for reuniting the most famous ska-punk band of all time. The story of how you became the frontman of Sublime is the stuff of rock n’ roll legend. How did this come to be?

I was living in Los Angeles, and I started recording with some musicians, and one of them was a girl who was working at a studio in Orange County. The owner of that studio was really good friends with the bass player of Sublime. I just met him by chance one day at that studio, and then I started… [read more…]


Frank Foster

Frank Foster

Family Business

By Brent Thompson

Photo courtesy of the artist

Frank Foster’s musical style is characterized by honest lyrics and a straightforward country sound. Equally key to his story is the manner in which he has forged his career. The singer/songwriter is fiercely independent, acting as his own manager, publisher, publicist and record label owner. The formula has translated into both chart and critical success for the Louisiana native and Tennessee resident. In September 2018, Foster released ‘Til I’m Gone, his seventh album and fourth release on his label, Lone Chief Records. On FRIDAY, JULY 26, Foster will perform at IRON CITY. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his Lynnville, Tenn. home.

Frank, you reside on a farm outside of Nashville – that setup sounds like the best of both worlds.

Yeah, man, it’s perfect. I grew up in North Louisiana, way out in the country, and I gravitate towards that kind of living. Nashville is cool, but that’s a lot of lights . 

‘Til I’m Gone, may be new to the public, but you have… [read more…]


Early James & The Latest

Early James & The Latest

Early James and the Latest on Birmingham: Where Music Comes to Grow Up…

Photo: Brent Thompson

Interview by: MusicBham’s Josh Matthews and Kaydee Mulvehill

Edited by: Rebecca Scott

Videography and Film by: Ben Wedlund

WITH AN EXCITING, NEW COLLABORATION AT DAN AUERBACH’S EASY EYE SOUND GIVING THEM A DAMN GOOD REASON TO HIGHTAIL IT TO NASHVILLE, JAMES MULLIS AND ADRIAN MARMOLEJO EXPLAIN WHAT MAKES THE BIRMINGHAM MUSIC SCENE WORTH STICKING AROUND. 

MB: We are here with James Mullis and Adrian Marmolejo of Early James and the Latest. Welcome Guys. 

AM: Thanks for having us. 

MB: What have y’all been up to? 

JM: Mostly writing, a few shows here and there, but not an extreme amount of things. 

MB: So y’all shared some recent good news here lately. Do you want to elaborate on that? 

JM: Yeah, We got signed to Easy Eye Sound, which I guess is the dream-to get signed to a label. It’s… [read more…]


Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope

EVERY LINE AND EVERY WORD, A CONVERSATION WITH CITIZEN COPE

BY BRENT THOMPSON 

PHOTO BY ALEX ELENA

In a recording career spanning more than 25 years, CITIZEN COPE (born Clarence Greenwood) has blended soul, folk and rock into a unique style of his own. Along the way, his songs have been recorded by a diverse list of artists including Santana, Dido, Brett Dennen, and Richie Havens. In March, Cope released Heroin and Helicopters , his first release since 2012. The album’s title alludes to advice he received from Carlos Santana that heroin and helicopters are two things that don’t mix well with musicians. On WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, Citizen Cope will perform at IRON CITY in a show presented by Birmingham Mountain Radio. Recently, he spoke with us by phone from his Los Angeles home. 

Thanks for your time. With several albums in your catalog, how are you comprising setlists for the current tour?

What’s weird about my audience is it’s not a passive audience. They listen to all the records, so I usually end up playing a long time…. [read more…]


Seratones

Seratones

Seratones Prepare for the End of the World

(And hope that you’re having as much fun as they are!)

By Sara Jane Overby

Seratones are a hard-working band from Shreveport who rocked this summer’s Sloss Music & Art’s Festival. They will find their way back to Birmingham this Wednesday, October 26, to play WorkPlay. We had a chance to catch up with Seratones’ guitarist Connor Davis and bassist Adam Davis at Sloss and they painted a pretty adventurous picture of what you can expect during their live performance.

Yesterday was the first time I’ve had the chance to see you guys perform and y’all killed it! You guys have played Birmingham before though, right?

Connor: Yeah, we’ve played Birmingham three times now. Actually four times! We played Secret Stages early on as a different band. Our lineup was nearly the same as the Seratones have now, except our bass player and band name were both different. We came back the next year as the Seratones, and it was fun as hell. Not long after that we opened up for St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the Alabama Theatre at their homecoming show. It was pretty special.

So you guys opened up for St. Paul and the Broken Bones? They’re awesome! 

Connor:…

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Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc

An Interview with Dylan LeBlanc

Introduction by Josh Matthews
Interview by Sara Jane Overby
Photography by Mary Fehr

On his third studio album, A Cautionary Tale, Dylan LeBlanc proves that he’s not just a product of his environment, but someone who can conjure some magic deep beneath the layers of his musical upbringing and emerge as an aberration, oddity or outlier in music. The latest album produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and John Paul White (The Civil Wars), A Cautionary Tale is an emanation, not of the son of a songwriter, but a young man discovering his rite of passage as a musician and individual. Critics have deemed him the “new Neil Young,” a flattering comparison, though unjust. Those who were captivated by his voice and guitar playing at this year’s Sloss Music & Art’s Festival got to know him simply as Dylan LeBlanc, free from other associations.

Mother Plug Music’s very own Sara Jane Overby got to catch up with Dylan pre-performance in the Garden & Gun artist’s hospitality tent to talk about A Cautionary Tale, life on the bayou, and the music of JJ Cale and Bob Dylan.


Hey Dylan!

Dylan: Hello!

So tell me a little bit about Cautionary Tale and what it was like to kind of release that…

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Moon Hooch

moon hooch

Versatility by definition is an adjective used to describe something or someone as a variable or changeable, as in feeling, purpose or policy. I could not think of a better term to describe the three piece band out of Brooklyn known as Moon Hooch. Each member is from a completely different background. Wenzl McGowen (Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone and Contrabass) was born in the Canary Islands. Mike Wilbur (Tenor Saxophone, Vocals and Synth) was born and raised in Brockton, MA. James Muschler (drums) was born and raised in Cleveland. They came together while studying at New York’s prestigious New School. This is where Moon Hooch found its feeling, purpose and the policy with what they call Cave Music in the city’s subways. Fresh off a European tour, James Muschler took some time to culture Mother Plug Music on Cave Music and just how versatile Moon Hooch is!

Hey James, how are you doing?

JAMES: I’m doing great, how are you?

I’m good! Thank you for asking. So you guys just got back from touring in Europe?

James: Yea we did. It was awesome! The crowds were really receptive and crazy! And actually the first time we toured over there was about three years ago and we’ve been to the…

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The Bright Light Social Hour

The Bright Light Social Hour

The Bright Light Social Hour played to a packed Shed Stage at Sloss Fest this past July. Loud, high-energy, space-rock anthems were peppered with reminders to love each other, leaving an impact only certain kinds of rock shows can offer. Read our interview below to get a feel for the dudes that made it all happen.

Words by Lindsay McDuffie
Photos by Darrell Nance

Hey guys! We seem to share an enthusiasm for space, so let me ask you, what’s your name, astrological sign, and how do you contribute to the band?

I’m Curtis, I’m a Scorpio, and I play guitar and sing.

Jack, I’m a Cancer, I play bass and sing.

I’m Edward, I’m a Cancer, and I make coffee. Sometimes play keyboards.

I’m Joe. I’m a non-practicing Capricorn, and I play drums and do a lot of studio stuff.

Well, welcome to Birmingham! Being the home of Sun Ra, we also think “Space is Still the Place,”—which is the name of y’alls new, really freakin’ cool album. It gets better and better every time I listen to it.

 Thank you.

I wanted to start by asking about the second line on that album: “The weight of weightless faces faces straight.” That’s a great line. Who writes the lyrics?

 That was Jack’s…

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POWERS

POWERS

POWERS

This dynamic duo has all the good vibes. Mike Del Rio and Christa Ru share dance heavy beats with hits like Gimme Some, you may recognize from the J. Crew & MasterCard commercials. They insight the bounce and foot boogie in all of us. Just recently they released an all new single on spotify called SUNSHINE. This electronic beat is filled with unique vocals, pleasant and unexpected guitar, a nice keys melody and topped off with a tipsy little flute.

The HOT LA based crew, POWERS took a minute to sit down with Mother Plug Music just before their Hangout 2016 performance! Check out the full interview here!

 

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POWERS

POWERS

POWERS

Meet the electronic Queen of POWERS, Christa Ru accompanied by her King Mike Del Rio. Dynamic, versatile, pleasantly unique vocals, smoking guitar sounds that run parallel with their dance heavy beats. Mike and Crista took a few minutes to sit down and chat with Mother Plug just before their Hangout 2016 performance. POWERS is a kind and inspiring band who everyone should go and listen to!

Hey Guys!

Mike: Hey!

Crista: Hello- what’s up?

So this is your first time at Hangout much less in Alabama, what do you think so far?

Mike: Yes it is!

Crista: It is pretty awesome! This is probably the best first experience to have. I mean, there are tipi’s everywhere. There’s tents, hammocks and everyone is in their bathing suits having a good time.

Mike: It’s been good vibes all around. I guess it’s that southern hospitality is kind of radiating here at the festival.

Yea, there is definitely a lot going on. I’m so glad you guys are here and about to perform! But first, let me ask you- I read on twitter the airline lost your guitar. Have they found it yet?

Mike: No, it is not here yet.

Crista: Oh gosh, no they haven’t found it yet.

So what is the plan?

Mike: I…

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