Tamaryn Album Review: Tender New Signs

The last time I saw Tamaryn was at a Denny’s in Austin, Texas at three in the morning.  I had seen her, in all her pink-haired rock star glory, earlier in the day at the 2013 Austin Psych Fest – where she and her band had put on quite a good set of shoegaze.  I wanted to say hello to them, thank them for the set, and ask the lovely Tamaryn if she’d like to be interviewed in the future for Kick Ass Music Women, but I probably would’ve fainted at the first bat of her eyelashes, and I didn’t want to disturb them while they were trying to figure out what the hell “Moons Over My Hammy” is. Read More

Sounds of Mandy Lemons

Wow, I have so much to say about Mandy Lemons of Low Society that I don’t even know where to begin. How do I tell you about her extraordinary voice, the legends in her Blues band, her soul diving lyrics, and her personal journey without turning this article into a novel?  I don’t know, but I’m going to give it go.  Let’s start at the present when I met her and Low Society this past February in Memphis… Read More

Exit Stage Left

I was born in Arkansas City, Kansas and was adopted by my paternal grandparents at six months old. U.S. Steel transferred my father to Texas when I was four years old. I grew up in Wylie, Texas, and studied piano starting at age five, then classical guitar at age eight. I was ten years old when I started drumming. I had found my muse, my obsession, my groove. I went to college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a full music scholarship…. Read More

Polly Punkneck: A Gypsy Punkabilly Breeze

Polly Punkneck stole my heart when I saw a video of her playing the ol’ traditional mountain tune “In the Pines” on acoustic guitar.  Polly is a complete creative sensation layered with textures like honey and burlap. Her vocals are country sweet while her lyric and music combinations are rough, rowdy, and sometimes naturally raw.  She is being hailed as a Punk Rock Patsy Cline.  She is a continuous artistic adventure writing songs, playing guitar, sewing her own performance costumes, and producing art. From Hillbilly Harlots, to Jason and the Punknecks, to solo shows, Polly was born on a stage. Read More

Interview: L.A. Latin Alternative Artist Maria Del Pilar

We welcome Los Angeles writer Carlita Howard to KMW.  Singing the Sesame Street theme song from the crib and being raised by Chilean musician parents, María Del Pilar was born to be creative. She went on to front and co-found an influential LA based Latin alternative punk band Los Abandoned (whom she still considers her brothers) who broke new ground singing in Spanglish in the rock arena, amassing a loyal and rabid fan base. Her songs have been featured on national TV and in documentary films.

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Violet Hour: New Album Instigator May 10

Topping the local rock charts and quickly climbing national charts, The Violet Hour, a Fort Smith, AR based female-fronted band is revving up for the release of their sophomore album, Instigator. The new album is a far cry from The Violet Hour’s early indie/pop days. Front lady, Alli, says “We are a rock band at heart. This album shows our true spirit.”  Instigator is flavored with strong influences of metal and blues. Read More

Stage Fright, Open Mics & Importance of Connection

A few months ago, I was afraid of playing guitar in front of my boyfriend. I have been writing songs for many years, usually as a result of an emotional experience. The lyrics would come,  but I would hardly ever sing them more than once for myself.  Eventually I shared a few on a social music site called Soundcloud. Some people gave me positive feedback, especially about my lyrics. I was making my living as a writer and felt great about seeing my lyrics as the strong point of my music, even if my voice couldn’t carry a high note and my guitar playing consisted of only eight chords.  Read More

Syncopated Acts of Accomplishment

As an award-winning percussionist, I was poised for a career as a professional musician. From the age of ten to the age of twenty-four my priorities revolved around drumming. Whether playing for an audience of one or many thousands, the adrenaline rushes and the rewards were immeasurable.When I became a parent, the cymbal sounded and the needs of my beautiful baby girl quickly became top priority. The thump, thump, thump of the bass drum became the thump, thump, thump of my heart as I began to rethink my life strategy. Read More

Rough Edges: MusiCares

Tomorrow I am going to a free voice clinic here in Nashville that is being hosted by MusiCares in honor of World Voice Day. MusiCares is an organization that is run by the Grammy’s all across the U.S. and helps musicians and people in the music industry get discounted medical, dental, eye care services for people that don’t have health insurance, etc. They are a terrific organization and both my husband and I have had dental work done with their help. Read More

Lonesome Liz & The Ghost of Jesse James

The Land of the Outlaw Amish is filled with mysteries.  Ancient mounds, built by the pre-historic Adena, dot the landscape. The longest cave system in the world twines through this place Native Americans called ‘The Dark and Bloody Ground’. Rivers tumble along side and even in them, deeper than man can measure. Roads only recently paved have hundreds of years old wagon tracks embedded in them, retaining the physical memory of thousands’ ventures into the Wild West. Read More


HonkyTonk Highways
with Brigitte London

with Tonya Watts