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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Features

Re: “How Erykah Badu Inspired Ali Steele's Musical Journey

Ali is an amazing young man!I first met him at my home("the New UNDERGROUND)as a vendor.
One night I'm in the kitchen cooking vblack bean burgers and I hear someone singing the hook for Black Linen. I run down the stairs just in time to witness this amazing sound coming from Ali's adontis like black body.
I had no f****** idea!
Ali Steel is beautiful inside and out!!!

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Posted by Bunny Gregory on 10/25/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “How Erykah Badu Inspired Ali Steele's Musical Journey

This is a great article and truly sheds light on who he is. As a friend, I respect this young man's hustle and I know he will make it far!


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Posted by lisalee on 10/25/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “A run-in with Van Morrison

Peter G, you are full of shit. I was at this show. Had hitchhiked down from New Hampshire after catching two great Van shows in Boston on October 16th; 39 years ago, today. The first number on November 2nd, for the second show (he did TWO shows per night on this tour ~ a dubious decision since he hadn't toured in four+ years), was MOONDANCE. He dumped the mic over during the 8th number, "Natalia", which was well over 15-minutes into the show; more like 40-45 minutes. To his credit, Bobby Tench took over the lead vocals and the band finished the song. Expecting Van to return to the stage, the band went into Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me" (appropriately enough), which without vocals sounded remarkably just like "Green Onions". When the band realized Van would not be returning, they cut that number short. The stage lights went out. The band hustled off stage. End of show. A handful of goons jumped up on stage, and the PA announced Van had wanted to come back for two encores, but he was sick. Encores? How about just finishing the set, which had another eight numbers left in it! Man, was I pissed. Pissed off all the way to Penn Station. Pissed when my train rolled into South Station the next morning. Still pissed now. But Peter are full of shit, pal.

Posted by Acoustic Shadow on 10/16/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Southern comfort: Whitey Morgan

The name of Waylon's band was the Waymore Blues Band and the .357's were the band mates of Waylon's son Shooter.

Posted by Jay Mitchener on 10/03/2017 at 4:24 AM

Re: “VIDEO PREMIERE: Bless These Sounds Under the City, "The Sleeping 8"

Wow! So glad to know these incredibly creative gifted geniuses. Awesome video. Spacey and magical.

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Posted by Saundra Porter Thomas on 09/30/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “VIDEO PREMIERE: Bless These Sounds Under the City, "The Sleeping 8"

Incredible video- great work everyone who worked on the project!

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Posted by QC Skits on 09/27/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “VIDEO PREMIERE: Bless These Sounds Under the City, "The Sleeping 8"

Hey my triplet! Love you Bro!

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Posted by Gemini Tee Twin on 09/27/2017 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Christian punks MxPx wrestle with doubt — and greatness

I don't think we should be personally attacking Mike here. It is easy for church to be a routine that means nothing, It's good to think about what you're doing and what it means to you. Christian lyrics can be insincere and forced; It's easy to tell the difference between something inspired and something that isn't. When you've been told how to think for so long It's easy to walk off and try something else that might be the complete opposite. But that doesn't mean that you can't come back to the pure desire of wanting to feel God's presence again and realize your life hasn't taken you anywhere better. There is nothing wrong with questioning. I know I have no one to judge.

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Posted by Rebecca on 09/12/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Charlotte Duo Ready for Anything After Facing Sturgis Bar Full of Bikers

I have known Jennifer for 13 years and watched how hard she works. Her talent is unsurpassed . She is an amazing singer, songwriter and all around musician. I am so happy people are now seeing what I have seen years ago .Diamonds and Whiskey is an amazing musical experience.
Tammy Bell

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Posted by Tammy Rhone-Bell on 09/08/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Elenora Fagan balances life between rock and rap

Hi MusicMike,
Thanks for writing and asking. We reached out to Elenora Fagan bassist Juan Ossa, who informed us, "Elenora was dissolved a while ago. We got to record an album and everyone kind of started drifting apart. Two of the guys had kids and stuff, so that had something to do with it. My career as photographer/filmmaker started picking up as well, so I had to choose. Our guitar player still plays as a solo artist and sometimes as a session player. He goes by the name Von Hunter."

You can find Elenora Fagan's self-titled album of 2011 on iTunes at this link:…

And follow Von Hunter (who's now doing acoustic funk, rock, reggae and soul) at his Facebook page:

Posted by Mark Kemp (CL editor) on 07/28/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Elenora Fagan balances life between rock and rap

Whatever happened to these guys? Found them on spotify, and wow is all I can say. They have a very raw sound, could be big.

Posted by MusicMike on 07/27/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “The night Dickey Betts broke my guitar

Dear god I hope this is strictly satirical otherwise it is nothing more than sheer rock-and-roll blaspheme. Most guys would chop off their left nut to have THE Dickey Betts play their axe. Shit, I wouldn't care what he did with it, just to meet that man let alone watch him play your own instrument would be an absolute honor. Stick to your eye-liner, glam-rock garbage if you can't appreciate one of the greatest guitarists going, belonging to, in Bill Graham's words, "the greatest rock and roll band in the world"

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Posted by MarZ on 07/16/2017 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Th3 Higher Are Fomenting a Spiritual/Intellectual Renaissance in Charlotte Hip-Hop

These two young men are AMAZING... and the reason I started the UNDERGROUND!!!

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Posted by Bunny Gregory on 06/23/2017 at 11:03 PM

Re: “The night Dickey Betts broke my guitar

Is this supposed to be a joke or trying to be serious? If so who is the author so I can be sure to always avoid anything he writes in the future.

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Posted by the mf'n man on 06/01/2017 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Mason Parker Departs Charlotte for L.A., Prepares to Drop New Album

Love this! Congrats Mason..

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Posted by Alyssa Barry on 05/27/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Hope Nicholls on Spending Three Decades in Charotte's Music Scene and Why She Still Won't Leave

enjoyed reading the article. I feel the need to say that her store is not not a thrift store by any means. Boutique.

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Posted by JoAnn Land on 04/28/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Hope Nicholls on Spending Three Decades in Charotte's Music Scene and Why She Still Won't Leave

Hope is so awesome! It's so cool that Ryan discovered he's related to Aaron. Hope and Aaron are some of the best people ever.

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Posted by Mindy Barker on 04/28/2017 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Kishi Bashi and his history of violins

What an amazing review. You covered the recent history of the man behind the act in such a way that the current music creates that much more of an impact. Really contextualizes it.

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Posted by Sven on 04/23/2017 at 1:29 AM

Re: “Politics as usual with Steve Earle

Anyone who plays music play fucking music I love Springsteen more tha anyone see him a lot live but keep your comments to yourself and Steve Earle you was good at first now you are not good live or your songwriting is relly getting weird I guess you've run out of Vietnam material. Will all of you just stick to writing great songs and Bruce live your great but leave Trump out of it. Please do this and I've talked to hundreds of fans that agree with me it's always been about the music right.

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Posted by mikemike690 on 03/30/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Bad Company deserves a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

they deserves this honor, more than KISS, more THan a lot of regular band, who was honored!!!!!

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Posted by Yolanda Isturiz on 03/30/2017 at 8:16 AM

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