“I’ve never had that kind of inspiration working with another musician. When we say she’s special, it’s because she’s really f—ng special!”

– Alex Lifeson

Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul, is often depicted wearing butterfly wings representing the trials she’s endured. Like Psyche, Maiah Wynne wears butterfly wings to symbolize hard-won hope and a lingering belief in beauty despite all her trials. “I found a lot of meaning in butterflies that I could connect to. Their ability to grow and transform, their strength, and chaos theory and the idea that a single flap from a butterfly could change the world. When I’m feeling small, I remind myself that I can still make big changes,” says Wynne.

Those changes happen in her music as she tells her own stories, alchemizing her victimhood into agency. “This album touches on themes of hope, failure and triumph, joy and sadness, pain and growth,” Wynne says of her debut solo LP Out of the Dark, which she also self-produced. “It’s an eclectic mix of heartfelt singer-songwriter ballads, alternative rock, and uplifting cinematic folk-pop. There are a lot of unique instruments on this record and a lot of talented musicians that have lent their skills.”

 While those motifs re-occur, the musical variety sets the songs apart. Wynne is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist with a downright fearless curiosity about trying new things. “I own over 50 instruments and love playing all of them. The collection continues with some of my latest additions being the harp guitar and cigar box guitar.” Her live performances offer a taste of this, with her playing various drums with her feet while her hands circulate among guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, or other stringed instruments, all while singing.

It would be tempting to call Wynne’s voice ethereal, but there’s just too much human pathos in it. In many songs, she offers the calm presence of a trusted confidante. “I look for threads of meaning and personal connection in everything I do. I want to relate to what I’m singing. If ‘I’m resonating with the music, I think others will too,” she says. Lead single “Come On” begins timidly with Wynne seeming unsure of herself, a softness she transcends by the song’s end. “I wrote this song when I was 16 and it was my mindset at the time right before I left home,” Wynne says, referring to her choice to run away from home, a journey that led her to experience sexual abuse and trauma. She describes “Out of the Dark” as “a soft hug, and wrote “Don’t Wait” to encourage her friend—and herself—to follow dreams.

Wynne’s music still has humor and edges to it, though. In “Butterfly,” a song about being underestimated, Wynne issues the reminder that butterflies are scavengers and chaos agents as well as delicate beauties. “Cause I’m a butterfly / Feeding on the corpses of my enemies,” she sings in the alt-pop song. I’m not afraid to break my bones if it means that I’ll grow,” she asserts in the song’s bridge, reminding listeners that change is hard, even for a butterfly. “What a Shame” brings the “heaviest and most grunge/rock song on the album. A commentary on the way society treats and sexualizes women (and all people in the public eye) from such a young age, only to discard them as they age,” explains Wynne.

Though this is Wynne’s first solo LP, she’s hardly new to recording. She has written and recorded songs for film and TV, as well as charity compilations. Starting in 2020, Wynne gained an online following for recording songs written by Lucy Gray in the Hunger Games book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. She donned costumes and recreated scenery to perform her arrangements of the songs, which went viral.

Wynne’s other main project is Envy of None, who has released an album and an EP so far. The group began when Andy Curran told Wynne about music he made with his friend Alfio Anibalini and Wynne offered to contribute. They brought in Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, who reported to Rolling Stone, speaking of Wynne, “I’ve never had that kind of inspiration working with another musician. When we say she’s special, it’s because she’s really fucking special!” Wynne credits Envy of None with a lot of her growth. “From introducing me to new genres and musical worlds to helping me navigate the industry, to dealing with online hate, to helping me feel confident and finding my footing as an artist, they’ve been such a blessing in my life.”

Out of the Dark is a record of Wynne’s growth. “This album has been a very long time in the making. I wrote the first song 10 years ago and the latest song just a few months ago. In a lot of ways, this album tells my story and is the culmination of my journey for the last 10 years of my life. I’ve poured my heart into it.”

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After relocating to the U.S.A. in 2001, by way of Houston, Dilana arrived in L.A. in 2006 and auditioned to compete on TV’s “Rock Star Supernova.” Quoted in the Hollywood Press, “The moment she stepped on the Mayan Theatre stage for Episode 1 and performed ‘Lithium,’ Dilana instantly became the show’s frontrunner.” Her powerful vocals and commanding stage presence amassed legions of new fans from around the world. That acclaim inspired Dilana to further pursue her musical passions with characteristic tenacity.

Dilana has performed with rock’s biggest legends including Tommy Lee and Mick Mars (Mötley Crue), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Gilby Clark (Guns N’ Roses), Adrian Young (No Doubt), DJ Ashba (SIXX AM), John 5 (Marilyn Manson) and many others. In 2007, she won over the masses with opening slot performances for Aerosmith and Beth Hart. She launched two solo tours spanning North America and Western Europe that both consistently sold out and earned stellar reviews in the press and in 2009, Dilana ended a third successful year performing by touring her native South Africa.

Following the release of seven singles, Dilana spent much of 2008 in the studio. In November 2009, she unleashed the album Inside Out, featuring 12 original tracks and her first full-length album in nine years. As new opportunities presented themselves, Dilana jumped at the chance to venture into film acting. The singer/songwriter won the BEST ACTRESS award as well as the BEST MUSIC award at the Action On Film International Film Festival for the 9 songs she co-wrote with Erik Eldenius (current drummer for Billy Idol) and performed in the rock drama: Angel Camouflaged.

During her wide-ranging world touring, Dilana performed in Afghanistan for the troops in 2009 and 2010. She was a part of the Go Army Concert Series tour in August 2011, sharing the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers as well as touring Holland, South Africa, and across the USA.

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A gentle bear, this Clowater guy… we bonded over his incredible photography, love of music and appreciate for culinary delights. Andrew is one of the most remarkable photographers I’ve ever met, and has an eye for capturing images that people rarely see. From nature’s beauty to dynamic expression onstage, Mr. Clowater brings his gifts to life in the form of art, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing stories of his process, his journey along the way, and some great laughs that we’ve had in our times together.

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Brett Eichenberger is an award-winning filmmaker with over twenty-five years of experience working in the film and video production industry. His work includes the feature films Light of Mine and Pretty Broken, commercials, short films, music videos, and documentary shorts. Brett’s work has been featured on A&E, Discovery Channel, ABC Australia, PBS, as well as other prominent international networks.

Brett began his work in film and video in Portland, Oregon. This led him to Los Angeles and opportunities with Fox, Universal Studios, and Miramax. Brett’s talent eventually brought him to Washington, DC, where he produced and edited documentaries and public service announcements broadcast in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Subsequent filmmaking assignments have taken him to Pakistan to document the earthquake devastation of 2005, and to Egypt for the U.S. Department of Defense to produce a short film for the Pan-Arab community.

Filmmaking has taken Brett around the world, but he feels most at home in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. As a native Oregonian, Brett’s been intrigued by Bigfoot since his childhood years, and his documentaries, A Flash of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed and A Flash of Beauty: Paranormal Bigfoot, have given him the opportunity to explore the topic in depth.

Gustav first moved to Portland from the Bay Area to study German and International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College, where he was immediately seduced by radio. He has spent the past 25+ years on the air in Portland, sharing his love for all things music and entertainment. He’s been voted “best of Portland” multiple times by Willamette Week readers, played mixed dance music sets in clubs around town, including Waterfront Park, and has volunteered for numerous years with UCP Oregon as well as his son’s school district.

We had a beautiful conversation about his on-air time at KNRK during the attacks of 9/11, trying to share some sense of positivity with the community, and how much his love for music means to be able to share with those around him. His legacy is intact, providing joy and positive vibes to all around him, and the fortune cookie opened for his episode said it all:

 

Joel Franklin Kinney born 1967 child of the Vietnam War. Guitarist and vocals for the Salem OR band JFK. High energy and big production band representing the hard FM rock of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Picked up the acoustic guitar in 5th grade learning Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and Jim Croce songs. Grew up on all the classics, Elton John, Billy Joel, Queen etc. when in 1978 found a record in older sister’s record collection of a little known band named… Van Halen. It was all over after that point. It was all “Big Rock” from that point forward. 1981 was my first concert. Van Halen “Fair Warning” tour at the Coliseum in Portland June 9th. That point forward I was going to be a Rock star, trading in my football cleats for a microphone and a PA system. Never a natural guitarist, my focus was on vocals and being the front man performer. It was always about the show. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, UFO, MSG, Scorpions were the many flavors of those years .

Fronted a couple Salem and Portland bands all through High School and after. Left for Hollywood in fall of 86 only to return a year later, starving, broke and dejected. Joined a circuit band for a year learning how to pace myself 6 nights a week playing top rock hits of the day traveling the west coast. Decided to get serious about guitar once and for all, and started my own three piece thing doing originals ala Kings X meets Black Crowes called Thunderjelly. Had a couple of our CD’s chart in the NW and open for David Lee Roth, Yingwie Malmsteen, Pat Travers and Foghat at various Roseland Shows mid to late 90’s.

2000 I was absolutely burned out and completely quit music when I opened my company and store Apex Pro Audio. At a friend’s urging reformed Thunderjelly for a friends 40th bday seven years later and JFK was born. Got some great shows once again opening for Pat Travers and Randy Hansen, would have Kelly Lemieux from Gold Finger/Buckcherry join when he was on break, had Deen Castronovo for about six months on break from Journey and it all took off again. Now it’s a monster that won’t stop. It’s all about the Show.

Brad began playing bass guitar after watching a friend playing bass guitar in the junior high school band. He loved how the low end of the sound drove the whole thing along. When he moved to high school, he began playing and was soon in a band named “Misty Island Evil”.

In 1986, he joined the band Jet Red. Jet Red was a popular Central Valley band led by Willie Hines and included Billy Carmassi (drums) and Johnny Feikert (guitar). Jet Red produced its debut album in 1989. The album was well received but Relativity Records did not provide the proper marketing and tour support thus dooming the release. Various demo recordings were made for the follow-up album in 1991. This material was eventually released in 2010 with the album entitled “Flight Plan”.

In July 2010, he was contacted by Y&T as they had learned that original bassist Phil Kennemore was diagnosed with lung cancer and unable to tour. In less than 24 hours, he learned the setlist and was on a plane to Wisconsin to play the next day. Upon Kennemore’s passing in 2011, he was asked to become a full time member of Y&T.

In 2016, Brad left Y&T amicably due to personal reasons, soon after joining Bobby Blotzer’s Ratt. This version of Ratt was derailed by a series of lawsuits. Several opportunies lay ahead for Brad, playing with Dennis DeYoung in 2018 and 2019 when his bass player was unable to perform, and jumping in last minute to play with Foreigner when Jeff Pilson needed a sub in 2024.

He joined Doug Aldrich’s Burning Rain in 2019 to record the album “Face The Music” and tour, performed in a Christmas Holiday musical experience named Luminare in 2021, and in 2022, he was asked to join the BulletBoys, where he’s currently touring internationally.

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Kelly Keagy takes us inside his home, sharing stories of musical inspiration, his drumming influences, making of an iconic classic platinum record and more. We get up close and personal in Kelly’s gorgeous home, check out his drum kit, record awards and fond reflections of what got him to this point.

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Paul F. Antonelli is an award-winning music supervisor, composer and associate director with extensive experience in all facets of music production. Winner of six Emmy Awards and nominated for seventeen more, Paul is currently working on NBC’s Days Of Our Lives and Open Book Productions’ Venice The Series and Beacon Hill. Working between Los Angeles and New York, Paul has supervised music for the soap operas The Young and the Restless (CBS), Hollywood Heights (Nick At Night), As the World Turns (CBS), Passions (NBC), Sunset Beach (NBC), All My Children (ABC), General Hospital (ABC) and Santa Barbara (NBC).

Paul grew up in Boston and studied music at the University of San Diego and UCLA. He worked as the head DJ at the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip before joining ABC-TV as the studio’s music coordinator. He helped choose music for a variety of shows in production at the time including The Academy Awards®, The American Music Awards, Good Morning America, Eye on LA and General Hospital.

While working at ABC, Paul became the keyboardist and founding member of the 1980s synthpop band, Animotion, which had evolved out of his previous band, Red Zone. Animotion would experience mainstream success with their top-ten hit single, “Obsession.”

After leaving Animotion in the mid-80s, he played with the gothic horror band Radio Werewolf and later appeared with them in the 1988 film Mortuary Academy. Around this time, he began composing music for various films. He has worked as a composer along with co-composer RC Cates on 3 Chains o’ Gold and The Beautiful Experience for the artist formerly and currently known as Prince and Speed Zone!, The Princess Academy, Dead On: Relentless II, China O’Brien II, China O’Brien, Out of the Dark and The Women’s Club which were co-composed with David Wheatley.

Paul is a member of ATAS (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences), DGA (Directors Guild of America), GMS (Guild Of Music Supervisors), The SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists), ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians).

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Craig Carothers lived in Portland before it was hip and moved to Nashville before it was ready for prime time. He’s always been a little ahead of the curve and an old school kind of cool. His music is heartbreakingly beautiful and scathingly funny, delivered with a lively deadpan smile and a voice that’s downright swoony.

Too folk for rock, too pop for folk, too jazz for country, too tall to be a jockey. It’s difficult to easily categorize his music without the use of hyphens. But the wide-ranging influences of Craig’s music-teacher parents can be heard in each of his more than 20 albums.

He’s a songwriter’s songwriter, sharing co-writes with Bruce Hornsby, Marty Stewart, Don Henry, Maia Sharp, and Don Schlitz, to name a few. He’s had songs recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Morgan, Russell Hitchcock, and Peter, Paul and Mary, as well as numerous international artists whose names are unspellable.

As a touring musician and a regular at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Craig has shared a stage with the likes of Richard Thompson, Janis Ian, Donovan, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Gretchen Peters, Catie Curtis, Greg Brown, Shawn Mullins, Patty Larkin, Michael McDonald, and Kim Richey.

When not traveling to hundreds of shows each year, Craig shares his songwriting expertise as a professor at University of Miami, and through online and in-person songwriting workshops across the U.S. and Europe.

A true Renaissance man, Craig is also a producer, recording engineer, background singer, booking agent, graphic designer, photographer, Tex-Mex connoisseur, left-wing inactivist, and a collector of exquisitely obsolete gadgets.

His many recordings are available at live shows and via the website, as well as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, CDbaby, and all other digital streaming providers.