JC Brooks To Appear On The Company You Keep; Live Taping 3/9/2017 At Uncommon Ground

A few weeks ago I went to the inaugural live episode of The Company You Keep, a Chicago music podcast hosted by Phillip-Michael Scales. He talked to my friend Donnie Biggins about life and ┬ámusic and they each played a few songs. It was a lot of fun, listening to two people that I know speak in detail about topics I’ve never asked about myself. … Continue reading JC Brooks To Appear On The Company You Keep; Live Taping 3/9/2017 At Uncommon Ground

The Company You Keep Podcast Has Live Debut 1/12/2017 At Uncommon Ground

Philip Michael Scales started The Company You Keep podcast back in 2015, and this year he’s stepping his game up with a residency at Uncommon Ground on Clark to record the episodes live. Every second Thursday of the month you can find him interviewing music makers about their craft, their experiences, and anything else that comes up. On January 12th he’ll be sitting down with … Continue reading The Company You Keep Podcast Has Live Debut 1/12/2017 At Uncommon Ground

Phillip-Michael Scales Returns To Chicago 6/17, 18

For a few years there was a great singer/songwriter living and performing around Chicago called Briar Rabbit. That wasn’t his real name, of course; rather a pseudonym that hinted at the kind of music you might expect if you’re old enough to remember Disney’s racially charged Song Of The South. Briar Rabbit was a character of cunning wit and smarts. All of the singer Briar … Continue reading Phillip-Michael Scales Returns To Chicago 6/17, 18

Thomas Kivi & The Immigrants

I first heard of Thomas Kivi when he was opening for Jason Myles Goss here in Chicago, alongside his bandmate Sarah Pray. They traded lead vocals back and forth, playing songs off both of their solo albums and a couple covers. They had good chemistry together, and their voices fit together very well. Kivi’s first album, Crying Child, is good-very precious at times. There’s a … Continue reading Thomas Kivi & The Immigrants