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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:

 

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.

 

Successful bands forge their defining moments from a rare mix of electric audience response, killer songs, and memorable stage performance. While the result is enough to keep any band on stage all night, the ability to sustain that dynamic beyond its gig of origin is what sets an average band apart from an outstanding one.

DFiVE9 had its defining moment on a special night opening for a major metal act in Chico, California, in 2001. Taking the darkened stage in unfamiliar territory, the band captured a crowd anxious to move on to the headliner. As the last note died away above the heads of the cheering crowd, each member looked at one another through their sweat and exhaustion, and knew that the dominion they held over their new-found fans was the beginning of something special. The band has been hard at work recreating that defining moment ever since.

The story of DFiVE9 begins with Montana natives Michael Krum (guitar) and Will Casey (drums) relocating to Portland, Oregon in 1993, where they led a former band through countless weeknight club gigs and eventually clawed their way onto weekend bills while winning over rockers throughout the Rose City. Before the band had time to relish the view from it’s ledge near the top of Portland’s hard rock heap, however, personal and family issues prevented their bass player and vocalist from making the total commitment to artistic success that the band’s potential demanded.

Undaunted, Krum and Casey recruited a number of potential replacements from other Portland acts, eventually tabbing vocalist Nic Yannariello and bassist Michael ‘YMike’ Yatabe in June of 2000. Gifted and dedicated artists in their own right, both new members of what would become DFiVE9 welcomed the opportunity to join a band for whom anything less than national exposure was unacceptable.

Since their inception, DFiVE9’s music fueled an ongoing groundswell of interest at the grass-roots level and beyond. The band was sponsored by Jaegermeister and PMC Guitars.

We look back at a Pacific Northwest band full of fire and fury that took the region by storm before moving onward to new paths. Catch up with Nic, Will, Mike and YMike as we get deep inside DFive9!

Jaime St. James is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the glam metal band Black ‘N Blue. He also served briefly in the mid-2000s as the lead singer of Warrant, but he left upon the return of the band’s original lead singer Jani Lane in 2008. He sang (and co-wrote several tracks) on Warrant’s 2006 album Born Again. Born James Pond, St. James started out playing drums, as he had fantasized about being a rock drummer during his youth.

He began his professional music career while a student at Cleveland High School, where he and classmates Dan Kurth, Barry Pendergrass, and Ray Malsom formed the Molly Hatchet-inspired combo Jet. Pond and Jet are featured prominently in the 1977 Legend, the yearbook of Cleveland High School. The band was briefly a favorite among Portland’s high school crowd, and his version of the ZZ Top song “La Grange” was an early hint of his future fame.

It was also during high school that Pond met his then-classmate and fellow musician, Tommy Thayer, creating a friendship that has lasted to the present. He and Thayer formed a band that ultimately evolved into Black ‘n Blue, which gave the two their first taste of mainstream success.Following Black N’ Blue, St. James performed with the bands Freight Train Jane, The Glorious Things (which also featured former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris), and his own band St. James, which Billy Morris guested with.

Jaime St. James also played drums for the Kiss tribute band called Cold Gin, playing the role of Peter Criss. Tommy Thayer, band mate of St. James in Black ‘N Blue (and current member of Kiss) was also in Cold Gin, playing the role of Ace Frehley. He co-wrote one Kiss song with Gene Simmons and Scott Van Zen: “In My Head”, which appeared on their album Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.

Aside from Black ‘N Blue, St. James is currently a member of the Hard Rock All Stars with Juan Croucier of Ratt, Stacey Blades (formerly of L.A. Guns) and Pete Holmes of Black ‘N Blue / Michael Schenker. Their set list includes songs from their own respective bands Black ‘N Blue, Ratt & L.A. Guns.In late 2013, St. James joined the live show Let It Rawk with Stacey Blades, Oz Fox, Scot Coogan, Eric Brittingham and Sean McNabb. The band currently performs regularly in Las Vegas, Hollywood, and at various rock festivals.

Welcome to the show singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer/sound engineer/master engineer, The Cyber Phounkist Ultra Van Krome! “UVK“ hails from Portland Oregon and proudly flaunts a PHD in Phounkology, having  played with the best in the music industry from global stars Miles Davis. Prince, George Clinton, Chaka Kahn, Tower of Power, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, The Esquires, Janice Scroggins, TC Coleman, the Mayther brothers, LaRhonda Steele and SO many more!

1990 Oregon Hall of Fame Inductee UVK sings & plays all the instruments on his studio outings. The brainchild & alter ego of Producer multi-instrumentalists Stevie Ray Mays, aka “Ultra Van Krome LLC“.

“You’s a Twisted Mha Phugga, Van Krome!“
– Miles Davis to a sold out performance in Portland OR in 1986

“Miles loves you, so you gottsta be Twisted, at least that’s what he told me “
– Prince 1986

UVK has a new album produced by Dan Reed, fronted by slammin’ new single “Chocolate Rocket“ features a killer video produced by Dan Pred / Video Media. Check it out, and then check us out when we go live on All Access Live with Kevin Rankin!

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“Sarah Moon brings a blast of pure rock to our ears as she packs commanding vocals and flying guitars into every second of her new release ‘Cut & Run’. Both the melody and vocals carry the essence of great rock songs in their core and inject this directly into your veins. Her performance is passionate, charming and an absolute pleasure to listen to.”

Not only does Sarah have a new album of her material with a stellar all-star cast of the Pacific Northwest’s strongest talent, but she’s also producing a series of “Unexpected Duets”, the first of which she premieres live on All Access Live!  The new video and recording of The Mayfield Four’s “Summergirl” features a vocal duet pairing Sarah with The Loyal Order’s Jeff Buehner. Produced by Rob Daiker, the video is a hauntingly beautiful rendition one of Myles Kennedy’s strongest ballads. Can’t wait to share it with you and get to know more about the talented dynamo Sarah Moon!

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For those of you that missed them on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands”, Appetite for Deception is the world’s most authentic Guns n’ Roses Tribute. These guys have been touring the Pacific Northwest and beyond, amassing a trove of ridiculous and awesome experiences, and they plan to share them with you all on All Access Live! Some of the funniest guys I know, which we ALL need right now! Come join us live on Thursday February 9 at 7pm Pacific!

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Deep in the roots of Portland, Oregon’s rock scene, veteran rockstar Lamar Stilwell scorched the stages throughout the 90s and 2000s. Having toured extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, Lamar fronted Portland favorite’s “Grindstone” well over a decade before forming Seattle-area’s Point Defiance. That band continued to shine due to Stilwell’s hook-laden grit-rock, catching the eye of Snoop Dogg and collaborating on a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame”.

Lamar continues to write his emotionally-driven power rock, balancing that focus with his love and passion as a husband and father. We’ve done many gigs together in the Northwest, and now we’ll reconnect to share his mindset and hear some of his material in an intimate live environment. Fans of the “golden years” of Portland’s rock scene will love this meetup!

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In the mid-1990s, a Portland, Oregon trio took the alternative rock scene by force. Fronted by the eternally powerful voice and bass prowess of Lea Krueger, On a Llama played nearly every venue in the Pacific Northwest. Supported by guitarist/songwriter Greg Kirkelie and Kevin Rankin on drums, On a Llama amassed a fiercely loyal fan base, sold thousands of full length albums (self-titled in 1995, “Riddle Canon” in 1997) and left the music scene wanting more.

Decades later, I’m still asked often “whatever happened to…?”, and it just seems appropriate to reflect on the story behind the recordings, the incredible live shows, aspirations for the members, hilarious stories about the fans and supporters of the band, and see if we all can’t enjoy the beauty of the phase that embodied that band.

You’ll hear unreleased tracks, see some rare video performances and share conversations with lots of people involved with the band when you join us on Nov 16 at 5pm Pacific!

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Veteran bassist, sousaphonist and producer Don Schwarz recently completed his role as Technical Coordinator for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. We talk music for film and TV and how his relationship as a father shaped his perspective on the film, as well as the unique musical history of Portland, Oregon and our shared common musical family.

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