Archives: July 2015

NMU Duo Wins Midwest Bassmaster Challenge


Northern Michigan University students Brandon Bissell of Adrian and Justin Brown of Bear Lake finished first among 82 teams at the 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwestern Regional. The fishing competition was held on the Mississippi River, spanning both Wisconsin and Minnesota waters. The duo took a strategic risk on the final day to secure a come-from-behind victory and a spot in July’s national championship. Their three-day total of 44 pounds, 3 ounces was about 3 pounds more than the second-place team.

“When it was announced that we had won, I was overcome with a slew of emotions that are almost impossible to describe,” Bissell said. “It took everything I had just to keep myself from weeping with joy on stage. I had been preparing for that very moment my whole life because I had been bass fishing competitively with my father since I was about 5 years old. Since then, it was always my dream to win a major tournament. It finally happened.”

Brown also began fishing at a young age with his parents. The two men became good friends last semester as members of the NMU Bass Fishing Team, a club sport at the university, but had never shared a boat before the regional. Three allotted practice days leading up to the tournament allowed them to become acclimated to each other’s fishing techniques and the water. They formulated a game plan after exploring where the bass were and what they were biting on. The duo had the best results casting hollow-bodied frogs on the water’s surface near shallow vegetation.

Bissell and Brown were trailing the leaders by 14 ounces heading into the final day. They knew a national championship bid was virtually guaranteed because the top 13 teams would advance. But rather than coast to the finish, they were determined to win it all. They took a risk that revolved around a variance in state regulations and vaulted to the top spot.

Culling—replacing smaller fish with larger catches—is illegal in Minnesota. Once teams reached the daily limit of five fish in their live wells, they couldn’t cull the smaller bass.

“The first two days, we would catch five in Minnesota waters, then go to the Wisconsin side where culling is legal and finish the day there, swapping for larger fish if we caught them,” Brown said. “We knew most of our better fish that week were coming out of Minnesota waters, so on the final day we started there as usual. Instead of hitting the limit and moving on, we decided to release smaller fish before we hit five. We were taking a risk that we would catch bigger bass and still hit the day’s limit. You don’t get many opportunities to win a big one, so we were willing to take a chance and it paid off for us.”

The NMU duo and the remaining top 12 teams from the regional will compete in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship July 9-11 on Lake DuBay in Stevens Point, Wis.

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Pictured with some of their haul are NMU students Justin Brown (left) and Brandon Bissell. Photo by Shaye Baker.

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Michigan Association of Broadcasters Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (MABPAC) cordially invites you to a: 


Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Monday, August 17 ~ 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


The fundraiser will include wine tasting and appetizers at Chateau Chantal and Bonobo wineries on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula!

Proceeds from the event will help support state lawmakers who are passionate about the Michigan broadcasting industry. The fundraiser will take place just prior to the 2015 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting at the Shanty Creek Resorts.

Guests will be picked up and dropped off at the Shanty Creek Resorts by the Trolley Company of Traverse City, generously provided by Chris Warren of Midwestern Broadcasting Company.

Cost: $135 / person

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE


NOTE: In compliance with the Michigan Campaign Finance law, only personal checks/payments can be accepted. No corporate checks, please.


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Surf The Sky by Bryce Wastney – Genre: Rock

Please enable images to see artist photoA beautiful ballad penned by NZ singer/songwriter Bryce Wastney is perfect for summer. The song was chosen out of 3000 entries to be featured in the multi award winning surf / adventure film Last Paradise, which packed out the largest cinemas in USA & currently touring Japan.

The music video features epic scenes from the film and the result is simply breath taking. Bryce’s vocals soar as the hang gliders float above the southern alps of New Zealand. Joining him on this track as a duet is NZ’s multi award winning country singer Aly Cook.

This song is the next single from “Beyond The Afterglow” album and was released under Tabitha Records, UK who agree this a strong track to follow the success of the last single “Ok Alright” which rose to #66 in the Top 100 Hit Tracks Charts in Europe last month.

Bryce is embarking on a national tour in New Zealand in August and is raising awareness & promoting child sponsorship for education alongside humanitarian organisation World Vision, with whom he is an active ambassador.

Bryce’s songs are actively promoted by radio promotions giant Musik & Film, USA and have been picked up by over 60,000 radio stations worldwide.

“Wastney has a husky low vocal register and power in reserve when he opens up. He could be an Antipodean Jack Johnson..” Jacob Connor – NZ Musician magazine

The Duhks Perform at 3th an. Hiawatha Music Festival on Fri-Sun 7/17-19 – Touring with ‘Beyond The Blue’

The Duhks Perform at 3th an. Hiawatha Music Festival on Fri-Sun 7/17-19
– Touring with ‘Beyond The Blue’

Marquette Tourist Park Marquette, MI 49855

See the daily schedule here->

The Duhks Released New Album “Beyond the Blue” Through Compass Records

Beyond the Blue is a “tasty potpourri of cultural influences, styles and substance”
–Huffington Post, Michael Bialas

“Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old- timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” –The Boston Globe

“The inventive Canadians in The Duhks are widely beloved for their smooth blend of traditional roots music, bluegrass and soul which they inject with well-placed Afro- Cuban and Celtic influences” –NPR

“A tasty blend of..folk traditions with hard-grooving world beats, country, bluegrass, jazz, and a healthy injection of catchy, soulful pop.” –Paste

ASHEVILLE, NC —  One of the most musically adventurous bands to come from the roots scene in the past decade, The Duhks return to the stage is definitely a cause for celebration. Hailed by The New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, The Duhks (pronounced Ducks) have won admirers as diverse as David Crosby, Dolly Parton and Doc Watson. The Duhks released their long-awaited new studio album Beyond the Blue on June 24, 2014 through Compass Records.

No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old- timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of four critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and GRAMMY awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.

On Beyond the Blue The Duhks are in the best form of their 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Anna Lindblad from Sweden, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. “All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we’ve learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible.” Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music.

Musically, the new project is reminiscent of 2006’s GRAMMY-nominated Migrations, but with a sound that is even more dense and grittier than 2008’s Fast Paced World. The album opens with the title track, a gorgeous song by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gary Nicholson that begins with the bell-like drone of Leonard’s claw hammer banjo and the ethereal sound of guest Charlie Rose’s lap steel before giving way to Jessee’s expressive alto, perfectly complemented by Tania’s harmonies. On “Banjo Roustabout” electric guitar and drums bring out the more aggressive side of the band’s sound while “Suffer No Fools” is a beautifully rendered acoustic waltz ornamented by banjo, strings and percussion and beautifully sung by Jesse and Tania. Taken as a whole, Beyond the Blue represents a group of musicians at the peak of their powers, the music shaped by their collective experience of years on the road and driven by the sheer joy and inspiration that comes from reuniting and rediscovering that magic that drew them together in the first place.

The Duhks On Tour:
7/2 Thu – Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
7/3 Fri – Mason District Park – Annandale, VA
7/4 Sat – Town Commons – Carrboro, NC
7/5 Sun – Festival For The Eno – Durham, NC
7/7 Tue – Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks (CHIRP) – Ridgefield, CT
7/8 Wed – Payomet Performing Arts Center – Truro, MA
7/9 Thu – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
7/10 Fri – Cabot Performing Arts Center – Beverly, MA
7/11 Sat – Prescott Park Arts Festival – Portsmouth, NH
7/12 Sun – Earlville Opera House – Earlville, NY
7/17-19 Fri-Sun – Hiawatha Music Festival – Marquette, MI
7/25-26 Sat-Sun – Festival Memoire et Racines – Joliette , QC
8/1-2 Sat-Sun – Falcon Ridge Festival – Hillsdale, NY
8/6-9 Thu-Sun – Edmonton Folk Music Festival – Edmonton, AB
8/14-15 Fri-Sat – Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival – Salmon Arm, BC
8/21-23 Fri-Sun – Summerfolk Music And Craft Festival – Owen Sound, ON

For more information and further tour dates, please visit,,

Anjali Ray


Please enable images to see artist photo“with some of the best singing this side of Billy Holiday”
Cory Frye oof ZIndie Music Reviews

“I would dare to say Anjali comes as some kind of music messiah at a vital time, a much needed answer to the western world’s lack of mainstream honesty”

Cyrus Rhodes of Indimunity

“This is about as good as it gets for female jazz style pop singers, because there simply aren’t enough around anymore”

Larry Toering of Music Existence

“East meets west in perfect harmony with New Delhi’s Anjali Ray….it belongs with the best of female songwriting.”

Erman Baradi Of Skope Entertainment

“This album is perfect for rainy nights it’s a fabulous collection by a rare talent”.

RJ Frometa of Vents Magazine

“Anjali Ray’s album Indigo offers something more than listening pleasure. It’s a spiritual experience”.

Colin Smith at Gashouse Radio

“When I first heard the music of Anjali Ray I had to listen again and then again. Her vocals drew me in with a warmth that I could feel. Truly an album you can listen to over and over again and never grow tired of.” Stephen Wrench nominating and voting member of the Grammy’s

“Not one word but two”: “She’s fantastic!” By Graham Sclater CEO Tabitha Music Publishing England
Anjali, raised in New Delhi till the age of 10, draws on her extensive training in classical piano, Indian Hindustani classical vocal training, and occasional moonlighting as a jazz pianist to create emotional and haunting melodies. Learning piano through the British school of music since the age of 4, Anjali’s early musical foundation was later strengthened by the contrast of her Indian vocal training, enabling her to begin writing her own songs and communicating in a way words alone never can.

After performing in venues throughout Chicago and Los Angeles, Anjali began a career as an engineer, which enabled her to embrace her greatest gift to date – motherhood. She recently seized the opportunity to create a full length album of songs inspired by her experiences as a wife and mother. Her songs are sonically captivating, blending rhythms and music from east and west. Her lyrics mirror the challenges, struggles and joys we all face in our lifetime, and combine with her powerful, angelic voice to yield a soulful and honest product.

Deer Mx

Please enable images to see artist photoElectronic duo Deer Mx are two Mexican musicians based in Hong Kong (China).

Adriana Falcon and Miguel Bastida both studied at The National School of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and are now based at the university of Hong Kong.

Both trained classically as well as playing and re-interpreting Mexican folk music and working in photography and visual arts

Their music mixes trip hop base, the sonorous atmospheres of the alternative European pop, the Latin-American rhythms and nostalgic lyrics that remind of Mexican and Latin-American poetry.

Influences include artists such as James Blake, Juana Molina, Eric Satie, or Grizzly Bear.

Deer have toured throughout Asia and played a Spanish tour earlier in 2015

Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates

Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates are a 4/6-piece group based in San Francisco, USA and Birmingham, UK.

Please enable images to see artist photoIn late 2013, Last Tape Recordings of San Francisco released the group’s debut album — “The Fates.” Which features a hand-lithographed sleeve by designer/artist Rex Ray (David Bowie etc.)

On The Fates, The Unfortunates are joined on electric guitar by Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Eno, Robert Wyatt). The record is produced by Eric Drew Feldman (Capt. Beefheart, P.J. Harvey, Pixies). Eric also plays the pump organ and the mellotron and frequently plays live with the group.

In September 2013, Metal Postcard Records of Hong Kong released the group’s 45 “Minotaur/Bad Blood.”

Matthew Edwards relocated to the UK in late 2013 where he now has a UK version of the Unfortunates and is playing band and solo shows.

In November 2014, ‘The Fates’ had an official release (CD/download etc.) worldwide on Metal Postcard Records. The group are playing shows and festivals throughout the UK in 2015. Plus, California dates in September.

The group are currently (February 2015) recording their follow-up to “The Fates” provisionally titled “Folklore” at John Rivers (Felt, The Specials) Woodbine Street Studio in Leamington, England


‘****’ Mojo January 2015 ‘”The Fates is a great record, blessed with snags of understated charm, originality and pure lambent beauty”

4/5 Shindig Magazine December 2014

“The Fates rolling wordplay recalls Kevin Ayers; all wry wit and melancholy” 7/10 Uncut December 2014

“An altogether striking record” – Bucketful of Brains, November 2014

“An album rich with the intricacies of human experience” – StereoEmbers, October 2014

“Baskets of shoes in a railroad flat” is a wonderfully evocative and precise image in a sparsely narrated song, and both this and ‘Accident’ have the quality of a Scott Fitzgerald short, bookending the album with themes of how things were better before. “Once we were alone and had a place of our own, before the good times tore us apart, The Quietus

Skye Bailey

Please enable images to see artist photoPlease enable images to see artist photoRay Charles is more than a legend, he is infamous. Ray had 12 children. Only one of his children is a performing artist, Sheila Ray Charles. Stephen Wrench of Musik and Film Records was working with Sheila Ray Charles to write a hit for her to break into country music.

The song was written on facts from Ray Charles’ life and his life with his daughter, Sheila Ray Charles. Ray used to go to Wiley Pitts Red Wing Cafe and use the piano to play all day. Ray used to say, “there was nothing below him except the ground.”

Sheila Ray Charles followed in her Dad’s footsteps and was an addict for 20 years. Sheila is now performing around the world as a Christian artist and has her life back. But she can’t stop loving her Dad, Ray Charles.

The version you are listening to was sung by Skye Bailey and this was her first take.