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PHOTOS: Top Writer Showdown at True Music Room

On Saturday night, eight of Nashville’s most exciting, up-and-coming songwriters had a chance to be named the inaugural Top Writer Series champion at True Music Room and Bar.

In the end, there could only be one winner — and he brought some friends along for the ride to celebrate!

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Dana Gaynor Band Stands Up to Give ‘Power to the People’

Dana Gaynor is one of our music scene’s true icons and veterans. She’s won awards, and has played and toured with world-renowned artists.

All of Dana’s influences and experiences seem to come together splendidly on her band’s latest release, “Power to the People,” a seamless 14-track journey through the lands of blues, funk, country, and rock and roll.

Dana’s guitar work on “Power to the People” is, as expected, magnificent. A particular highlight is “In the Land of Fool’s Gold,” which features two well-crafted solos. Things get grittier on “Road to Oblivion,” which is complemented nicely with a fun groove in the rhythm section.

One thing to note about “Power to the People” is versatility. “Frenchman’s Wife” draws its main influence from country, while “Ghost Train” showcases the band’s blues side. Meanwhile, the album’s title track brings out the funk as Gaynor cries out for mankind to stand together and find unity in the world’s madness.

By crossing so many different styles and appealing to so many different tastes, Dana Gaynor makes it possible to find that unity, not only through her lyrics, but through a thoughtful album that offers something for everyone.

Standout tracks: “In the Land of Fool’s Gold,” “Power to the People”

PHOTOS: Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway at Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2016

Scott Marshall has a deep and very real appreciation and respect for the United States military. This can be heard in the songs he sings, and can be seen on full display on days like today.

To commemorate Memorial Day, Marshall and his band Marshall’s Highway performed on Mayfair’s Liberty Stage at Allentown Fairgrounds. Hundreds of friends and fans came out on what turned out to be a gorgeous Memorial Day to hear two-plus hours of music, as well as thoughts from Marshall, saxophonist Glenn Hofmann, and local guest of honor John Cramsey, who shared stories and letters to honor the nation’s veterans and to remember those who never returned from war.

Marshall’s Highway made Memorial Day 2016 one to remember. Now, this great day will forever be immortalized in photos on Lehigh Valley Underground!


PHOTOS: Dana Gaynor Band at Mayfair

It’s a blazing hot Memorial Day weekend in the Lehigh Valley, and that means it’s time for Mayfair Festival of the Arts! The festival rolls along all weekend, and began last night with an appearance from the Dana Gaynor Band.

Gaynor and her bandmates withstood the heat for two hours to deliver an incredibly tight performance of all original music across genres. Those in attendance heard shades of blues, rock, jam, rockabilly, country, and even a little pop throughout the night.

Mayfair continues all weekend long, highlighted by performances from the Godfrey Daniels Community, Big Valley Bluegrass, Craig Thatcher and more (full schedule here). We’ll be back to close the festival on Monday for Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway.

Until then, enjoy these photos from last night’s stellar performance.

QSLehighValley: Mar. 3, 2016

This week, we are joined by Joe Longo from Poconos-based band uMan ERA. Learn about the band’s process, its first two albums, and the work they’re doing on completing a new record this summer.

Plus, we speculate a bit on what the Foo Fighters’ “announcement” might be.

Track listing
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening theme)
The Revere – The Portrait II
Duke Maroon – Heart Attack
uMan ERA – 3 Steps Back
uMan ERA – Apocalyptic Rock
JingerKroa – Coward
Shottarhymes – Make You Feel
Lauren Marsh – Wildfire

Review: uMan ERA – One Blue Sky

Join us for an all-new QSLehighValley this Thursday on SoundCloud and iTunes, when Joe Longo from uMan ERA chats with us on the show!

Artist: uMan ERA
Album: One Blue Sky (LISTEN)
Released: 2015
Genre: Rock

You can be sure of one thing when you listen to Pocono-based uMan ERA. They will rock you. That’s exactly what happens as you listen to the band’s latest effort, “One Blue Sky.”

The eight tracks that comprise “One Blue Sky” will surely stack up in a rock fan’s collection alongside some of the genre’s giants. It all starts with a “Detroit Rock City”-esque drum beat on album opener, “Johnny Thunder,” whose guitar work from frontman Joe Longo showcases the band’s combination of hard rock energy and blues emotion. “Apocalyptic Rock” is a particularly high-octane song fit for an action movie soundtrack, with blazing guitar riffs and vocals just maniacal enough to convince you that the world might be coming to an end.

Certainly, an interesting moment is the album’s title – and longest – track, which clocks in at a whopping eight minutes and 23 seconds. It progresses from early blues metal riffs that seem to bear the weight of the world, and heads into the territory of a searching, yet optimistic mid-tempo anthem, delivering the message that our world can, in fact, live and work together under “One Blue Sky.”

Certainly, there are many stellar moments on “One Blue Sky” that are a credit to the songwriting and arranging ability of Longo and company. This is an album meant to be turned up to 11, and its tracks surely will provide listeners with unforgettable moments during the band’s live set.