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Blog entries by Shawna Ortega
Shawna OrtegaAn ace transcriptionist, Shawna learned interview technique from listening to hundreds of interviews as part of her job. Based in San Diego by way of Phoenix, her musical passions include Roger Clyne and Stevie Nicks.
Rissi PalmerPalmer got railroaded into covering "No Air" back in 2008, but now she's making music on her terms. Teddy Gentry of AlabamaAlabama founding member Teddy Gentry breaks down the band's philosophy on writing and recording songs, and talks about the most personal one's he's written. Play On, Roger ClyneThe Peacemakers' front man talks to us about... well, everything under the hot desert sun. And we wonder, as we always have, why this Southwest remedy to Bruce Springsteen isn't a household word. Yet. Jesus Christ Superstar: Ted Neeley Tells the Inside StoryExpect to see protests even in today's society, as Jesus Christ Superstar, the film, marks its 40th anniversary with a worldwide theater tour. Here, we take a walk down film location lane with Ted Neeley, or "Christ," if you prefer. Jimbeau HinsonA successful country songwriter, Jimbeau is HIV positive. He talks openly about his illness and recounts the vision when it nearly took his life. Bronze Radio ReturnChris Henderson of BRR loves words. He doesn't mince them, or dice them; he lovingly crafts them and makes them into a perfect musical canvas. And you already know it. Josh ShillingThe Mountain Heart frontman talks about his solo album, Letting Go. Randy MontanaAn inside look at the Nashville scene from the man who told us that love has a 1,000 faces. They Might Be GiantsWho writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you. Little Big Town"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you." Mountain HeartJoshua Shilling is an original. He'll do whatever it takes to not write the standard tears-in-my-beer story. And he'll do it brilliantly. Josh KelleyJosh released his first Country album in 2011, so now he doesn't have to sound "like a little freakin' emo." Steel MagnoliaJoshua Scott Jones explains why he's always asking forgiveness from his musical partner, who's also his girlfriend. SugarlandMeet the "sassy basket" with the biggest voice in country music. Dirty DancingWhat's missing from today's lame Rom-Coms? Killer songs and Patrick Swayze. Steve AzarWhen you touch down in the land of the delta blues, you're walking in Steve Azar's territory. Marcy PlaygroundIt took an alternative school education and lots of Dungeons & Dragons to mold the man who brought us "Sex and Candy." Laura Bell BundyThis "Countrypolitan" sweetie has a Marilyn fascination and a look that is pulling YouTube views in the millions. Ryan StarSeen on Rockstar Supernova, Ryan has a Springsteen thing going on where passion just flows through his songs.