Interviews

 

 

Take a listen to our conversation with various music makers

Judy Banker With Brian Maloney

Michigan's Judy Banker released her 4th album, Bona Fide, in November of 2023. Sonic Coast curator Brian Maloney discusses Bona Fide with Judy, her previous albums, producing records with her son, and more. Judy participated in the Singers In The Round tour in February of 2024; Brian and Judy discussed playing in a "different" space.  

Michigan Rattlers/Graham Young With Brian Maloney

Sonic Coast's Michigan Music Curator Brian Maloney is joined by Graham Young (guitar/vocals) for the Michigan-based Michigan Rattlers band. Brian and Graham discuss a 2023 look back, what's in store for the band in 2024 and their performance at the 2024 Ann Arbor Folk Festival to benefit The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Devon Gilfillian With Jane Asher

Sonic Coast's Jane Asher talks with singer/songwriter Devon Gilfillian about his tremendous success in 2023 and what's in store for Devon in 2024. Devon is performing at the 47th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival to benefit The Ark on January 26, 2024.

 

Joe Hertler/Rainbow Seekers With Brian Maloney

Joe Hertler is the leader of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers - a Michigan based band. From Joe Hertler's website: "Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical puddles of golden rain, leaving his audience wearing flowery crowns and bubbling smiles. A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and last, a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found. Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers have an infectious energy. Joe discusses recording their upcoming live album with three-nights at Michigan's 20 Front Street, 2024 plans and his Michigan roots.

 

Alison Albrecht With Jane Asher

Sonic Coast curator Jane Asher talks with Michigan's Alison Albrecht. Combining the likes of pop, folk, and soul with insightful songwriting, Detroit metro native, now LA-based Alison Albrecht consistently captivates audiences from concert venues to living rooms. She talks with Jane about her experience on NBC's The Voice (team Reba) and future plans!

Ironwood With Brian Maloney

Ironwood is a husband/wife acoustic duo from Michigan that is heavily inspired by Celtic and American folk music - often with a twist! Anna sings lead vocals and plays fiddle and mandoline, while Mark rocks the acoustic guitar and electric bass. Sonic Coast's Brian Maloney talks with the duo about their husband/wife venture and what's in store for 2024.

 

Karley Davidson with Jane Asher

Sonic Coast curator Jane Asher speaks with Karley Davidson - a passionate acoustic pop musician whos love for connecting with people through music has led to a captivating blend of influences. Karley travels full-time in a pink schoool bus tiny home, with her wife and three dogs. Jane and Karley disccuss life on the road and the musical process.

Abe Abraham with Jane Asher

Abe Abraham is a Detroit, Michigan-based singer and songwriter.  Abe can write some songs - he'll often go on a songwriting binge.  Abe talks with Sonic Coast curator Jane Asher about his songwriting process, including writing the song "Where the Skies Are Blue," which was subsequently recorded by The Lumineers for their #1 album, Cleopatra.  

Katelynn Corll with Brian Maloney

Katelynn Corll is a Michigan-based multi-instrumentalist and woodburning artist. Katelynn plays drums in the Michigan/Nashville-based group The Accidentals, with guest spots on many tours/albums and more. Katelynn recently spent time with Sonic Coast curator Brian Maloney to discuss her current projects.

 

 

Frank Grimaldi / Slowfoot with Brian Maloney

Frank Grimaldi is the frontman for Detroit's Slowfoot and talks with Sonic Coast's Brian Maloney. Slowfoot is straight on Detroit Rock & Roll. Frank talks about the release of Slowfoot's debut album in December 2022, the band's influences, and how the stop/starts of Covid prolonged the recording process of their debut album "Something Good". Frank also speaks about performing solo on 12/22 for a special benefit concert with The Gasoline Gypsies to benefit Habitat For Humanity - Detroit.

 

 

Jason Singer/Michigander with Jane Asher

Jason Singer of Michigander (from Midland, MI) is on a tear in 2023.  His new EP, "It Will Never Be The Same," has yielded substantial airplay at The Sonic Coast and nationally.  Jason talks with Jane about his influences, living on the road, and rebounding from a tragic accident while filming the video for his song Superglue.

 

 

The Gasoline Gypsies With Brian Maloney

Sonic Coast curator Brian catches up with the Gasoline Gypsies a few hours before they step on stage in Detroit with Myron Elkins.  The conversation includes the loyal, dedicated fans the Gypsies have, Wheatland memories and the Home For The Holiday's Christmas Show on 12/22/23

 

 

 

Myron Elkins With Jane Asher

Sonic Coast curator Jane Asher speaks with Michigan's very own Myron Elkins.  Myron discussed his new album Factories, Farms And Amphetamines.  Myron discusses his influences, producer David Cobb and meeting Mavis Staples!

 

 

Elderly Instruments CEO Lillian Werbin

Elderly Instruments, based in Lansing, Michigan, was named Small Business of The Year in the United States by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Sonic Coast curator Brian Maloney talks with Elderly Instruments CEO Lillian Werbin about the big honor.  Lillian shares her advice for small businesses just starting and establishing small businesses.

 

 

Desmond Jones / Isaac Berkowitz

Sonic Coast Curator Brian chats with Isaac Berkowitz (guitar/vocals) of Desmond Jones.  Based in Grand Rapids, Desmond Jones has been together for over 11 years and performed over 800 shows.  Brian and Isaac discuss the five Michigan dates Desmond Jones has to finish off 2023 and what's in store for Desmond Jones in 2024.

                                                 

 

 Josh Clemens / Strange Heart

Josh Clemens does vocals/guitar for Detroit's Strange Heart.  When we launched Sonic Coast in September of 2023, Strange Heart came on our radar fast, and their song "Brand New Lover" reached #1 within two weeks on The Sonic Coast.  Josh joined us to discuss that song and their latest release, "Love Letters."  Josh discusses how the new song came about and the fun of playing with an eight-piece band at times!

 

 

Greg St. James / Radio Cobra Detroit

If you grew up in the Detroit area, the name (and voice of) Greg St. James is likely familiar.  Greg was a DJ at legendary Detroit rock stations WABX, WLLZ, WRIF, WLLZ, and the FOUNDER of the legendary 89X.  Greg has launched a new online radio station called Radio Cobra Detroit.  Like Sonic Coast, Radio Cobra Detroit is a LOCAL internet "radio station".  Sonic Coast's Brian Maloney discusses the explosive growth of local internet radio, particularly in Michigan.

 

 

Jacob Betts / The American Hotel System

Jacob Betts of The American Hotel System joins Sonic Coast music curator Brian Maloney.  The American Hotel System is a rock band based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that has just released a new EP entitled Can You Hear It.  Jacob discusses the bands' formation, winning a national contest and the excitement around their latest release.

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