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Coldwater Canyon Band

Coldwater Canyon Band

An interview with singer/songwriter Howie Vaughn
by Tina Hall
January 2011

The sound of Indie group Coldwater Canyon Band is rather hard to describe. With a sound that is called Cali Country it is an interesting band to say the least. Frontman Howie Vaughn was raised in Tennessee bringing the sound of true country back to his birth state of California. The newest album is titled Just Getting Started. Their single Nobody Knows hit #2 On Billboard’s Hot Country Singles Chart and the Top 10 On the Hot Singles Chart. For fans that prefer more of a rock tunes their track Weatherman was inspired by the style of the band Cinderella.

Maximum Ink: What was it like growing up in Kingsport, Tennessee? Do you ever get back there much?
Howie Vaughn: It was very fun, mamaw and papaw taught me to be self-reliant and humble. Uncle Bill and Uncle Jack taught me how to have fun and fight like a man. Momma and daddy taught me to live off the land and be the man I am today. I go back at least every 2 years.

MI: Is it true you were sneaking into to clubs to sing country at the age of 8? What was that like? Any interesting stories to tell from back then?
HV:Yes it’s true, dad liked beer and honky tonk angels. It was an experience. Lol, I listened intently to most of the stories being told by those old men. So I learned and heard things that well, let’s put it this way, made me a little more streetwise or bar-ready than most folks. Here’s a good story, my dad took me to a little place to sing in Las Vegas, my Uncle Dave and Uncle Charlie were there. Uncle Dave bet my dad 100 bucks to run across the street buck naked, you know streak, and jump in Caesar Palace fountain, so daddy did. The cops came and so did some goombahs. I was about 10.  11 years later, my buddy Jason and I were in the same bar and I told him the story. He said, “you ain’t got a hair on your ass if you don’t do that too”, so I did. I’m one of the few people to be escorted to state line for being redneck and crazy.



Madison Quartet Rides Grooves Hard, Fast, and Tight
by Dan Vierck
May 2013

If Colorphase is a bandwagon, it’s a party bus. And you better get on before the only seats you can find are the nosebleeds.


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Conniption of Milwaukee, WI


An Interview with Bill House and Andy Martin
by Michelle Braun
April 2016

Conniption is an American Heavy Metal band hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Band members Michael Brigham (lead vocals/guitar), Cody Dziuk (bass guitar), Bill House (lead guitar/vocals), and Andy Martin (drums) are known for high energy, heavy shredding and a fondness for clean, fast tunes. Maximum Ink met up with these kings of metal to discuss WAMIs, music videos, and their upcoming CD release show on April 29th.


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CONVOY! - photo by Marty Waitkoss


Putting some "Blue Collar America" back in to Rock 'n Roll
by Sal Serio
April 2014

There are only a handful of local/regional bands that have immediately gotten into my consciousness and altered my DNA like Convoy has. There’s just something about the ruckus hard rock that those four loonies from the Western suburbs of Chicago play that gives me permanent grinnage. Need some perma-grin of your own? Then you better hitch a ride on the Convoy train to one of these upcoming gigs: Sat. May 24 at The Back Bar in Janesville, and Sun. May 25 at Brat Fest in Madison. CONVOY are Brian Corbin: vocals and guitar, Mike Getz: drums, John Daniel: lead guitar, and Dan “Big D” Thompson: bass.


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Corey Hart

Corey Hart

An interview with Corey Hart
by Hannah Becker
July 2014

With a mixture of folk, bluegrass, rock, and R&B, Corey Hart has a musical talent that is unique and memorable. Hart now lives in Madison with his family, but is originally from Milwaukee. At a young age, Hart knew music would be a big part in his life. After attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hart went on to Berklee School of Music for a short period of time but became too eager to pursue his music and left. Hart traveled, and with his experiences, he was able to write songs with vivid details and stories. 

Hart’s music is filled with energy, yet his vocals and use of banjos and fiddles give off a melodious vibe. His unique style won him Madison, WI Songwriter of the Year in 2007, which gave him recording time. Hart has so far recorded two albums: “Words Like Wildfire” released in May 2007 and a five-song EP “Winter Bones” released March 2011. He also lived in North Carolina and recorded “Wooden Houses” in July 2009 with musician Danny Johnson. His album “Winter Bones” earned him best male vocalist and best Folk/American album awards at 2012’s MAMAs. He was also nominated for best vocalist that year. Hart is still writing songs and performing across Wisconsin.

Maximum Ink: Who were some of your earliest influences?
Hart: Growing up in Milwaukee, I was a huge Willy Porter fan. I still am. I can’t wait to catch his show at the Shitty Barn this season. When I was really young, I remember my family listening to a lot of Paul Simon and James Taylor. The first concert that I ever attended was Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints tour. That made a strong impression on me.

MI: What is your favorite part about recording an album?
Hart: I love the sense of focus and intensity it brings to the material. I enjoy figuring out arrangements and instrumentation. It’s also a lot of fun to make music in a space that is designed to make music sound good.

MI: With two MAMAs for “Winter Bones”, what do you think made this album so special?
Hart: I’m not sure that it was any more special than any of the other albums that came out that year, but I had a lot of fun making it. It was recorded very quickly, with most of the tracking done live. I think that gives the recordings a unique kind of energy. I was also lucky enough to have some really great players on that record.


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Cowboy Mouth

by Troy Johnson
February 2011

In the midst of their 16th annual Mardi Gras tour, Cowboy Mouth is fixing to bring their New Orleans style of good times rock and roll music to the Midwest. The group has earned a reputation for a wildly entertaining live performance with crisp and clear, often goofy, lyrics and songs that encourage crowd participation. Their style of literate but accessible pop-rock is similar in spirit to former tour-mates, the Barenaked Ladies. The band also shared stages with musically similar groups like Sister Hazel and Hootie and The Blowfish.

I had a brief conversation with Fred LeBlanc, frontman and drummer, before a show while they were unloading their equipment for a gig that evening in Shreveport, LA. Cowboy Mouth plays so many shows, I was curious about what makes an individual show special. LeBlanc mentions that “A live show, for me, is about creating a moment for the audience and ourselves. I have this thing I started saying when we first put Cowboy Mouth together, it goes, ‘10 or 10,000.’ It doesn’t matter how many people are or are not in the audience. Every night that we play we give our very best.”




by John Noyd
August 2009

Formed in 1991 after David Lowery left cult icons Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker’s core consists of David and ace guitarist Johnny Hickman. The band’s relentless touring and sparkling wit have forged a guitar-driven style that incorporates blues and country with punk and rock -  most recently documented in the smart and invigorating, “Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey.” Playing the Wisconsin State Fair August 14th, Johnny was kind enough to answer a few queries via email.
MI: Sharp writing and solid guitar work have always been stock in trade for Cracker who are your six string idols and literary heroes?

JH:  Thank you. Being a songwriter as well, I have to say that I can’t stand most guitar players. Most seem more concerned with showing off than with what works for the song. The most enduring guitar riffs have 3 or 4 notes. I like guitarists who sound a little disturbed like Joey Santiago from The Pixies or Jeff Beck. As far as literary heroes go, I’m attracted to a little madness there as well. Kurt Vonnegut, Cormac McCarthy. David is fond of Thomas Pynchon and McCarthy.


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