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Matt Movin Is Doing Just That

Chattanooga is a hotbed of musical talent. In truth, it has been for twenty years, but once upon a time no one seemed to know that. Bands and performers who built strong names and loyal followings on the road were virtually anonymous at home.

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“I can always work out the very worst concept and make it worser.” So said Fred Lane, the notorious “stripmine crooner”, via email, when asked if he ever thought of a song idea that went too far. Depicted sporting a suit jacket, boxer shorts ... Read more


North London’s Girl Ray has been garnering considerable attention since their debut in 2018. Consistently making it on to “Bands to Watch” lists on both sides of the Atlantic, the time has come to acknowledge that people are, in fact, watching. Read more


Almost nine months ago to the day I wrote about a new single from an up-and-coming blues act, GA-20. “Naggin’ On My Mind” was the name of the single, and at the time I could not help but be impressed by how authentically vintage the young band ... Read more


I first reviewed Ikebe Shakedown in the summer of 2018. At the time I was so struck by their music that I produced such gems as “Quentin Tarantino ought to have them on speed dial,” and “music for facing down martial arts bad guys.” I mention that... Read more


You may not know it yet, but one of the finest traditional Irish fiddle players in the land has made Chattanooga his home. His name is Tom Morley. Tom, along with his wife Fran and band mate Bryant Haynes, make up the folk trio Stringer’s Ridge ... Read more


One phrase that reverberates throughout the debut album Ancient Warnings and accompanying zine from the Chattanooga punk band Listening Skulls is “Ancient voices sing warnings we don’t understand,” reminiscent of the quote “Those who don’t know ... Read more


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