Musician Interviews

Cliff Dorsey: Small-Town Hero With A Southern Heart

Words by Carson Rich High Springs, Florida, known for its charming small-town atmosphere, is now becoming a hotbed for musical talent as an ambitious young country singer/songwriter aims to make it big in the heart of the country music scene. Meet Cliff Dorsey, a rising star with a voice that echoes the soul of the South and lyrics that tell tales of life, love and everything in between.   Born into a family with deep roots in the town, Dorsey discovered his love for country music at a young age, listening to the timeless classics that echoed throughout family gatherings. …

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Southern Sounds: Stephen Carey Q&A

  Words by Carson Rich How did you get started playing music?   I got my first guitar for my 11th birthday, and within about a year, I was playing along with Green Day and Blink-182 songs. Girls were impressed by this so I stuck with it. My parents have been supportive from day one and always let me choose music over everything. Music is a community and having been a part of it the majority of my life, I’ve learned everything I know from trial, error, and collaboration within that community.    What inspired you to write country music …

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Wish You Were Here with Floyd Nation

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    “We don’t hold ourselves out to be these rock stars we’re not. We’re just people. We’re just people that just happen to be able to play Pink Floyd really well.” – John Conrath, Floyd Nation   It’s unfortunate, really, that our generation did not have the luxury of living through the Pink Floyd era. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to them; we just weren’t physically there. From 1965 to 1994 Pink Floyd, ruled radio stations and arenas across the globe with their psychedelic space-rock and blues-based progressive rock. As we mentioned, …

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Artist Spotlight: Liza Attic

  Words by Amiyah Golden Meet Liza Attic, a local Jacksonville band that is composed of four friends who love to create music filled with passion, purpose, and inspiration from late band member, Max Higney.   With a sound that’s unique to Jacksonville’s music scene but pays homage to those before them, the ensemble composed of members: Ej Rivers, John Jones, Jordan Smith, and Cole O’Hallaron is one to keep your ears open for.   I remember hearing the band play at a local venue months prior and was intrigued by their lyricism and sound. It felt nostalgic but fresh; …

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A Conversation With Tinsley Ellis

Words by Carson Rich  A singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Tinsely Ellis has been blessing fans’ ears with sounds of rock, folk and blues for over three decades now. His influence spreads wildly among today’s artists as his discography exemplifies nothing short of timeless symphonies. “Folio” had the opportunity to speak with him ahead of the release of his new album “Naked Truth” that is set to drop Feb. 9, 2024. FOLIO: When listening to your work, I can hear a lot of influences from the likes of the folk, blues, country, and rock. Was there an idea behind this, to make …

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Some Things in This Life Are Meant to Be: Noah Hunton’s Journey Toward Success

Noah Hunton’s Journey Toward Success Words by Carson Rich Noah Hunton is a rising singer/songwriter who has always had dreams of being at the top. Since the time he picked up a guitar in the sixth grade, he has always envisioned himself on the big stage like the ones before him. A childhood filled with the top country artists playing throughout his home brought this idea to life.    At a young age, Noah Hunton loved playing music, so much so that it drove his parents crazy everytime he would ask for a new guitar or something new to learn. …

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Southern Sounds

An Interview With Musician Rachael Sage  Words by Carson Rich Rachael Sage is a woman of many talents who has been inspiring people all over the world through her music. An award-winning singer songwriter in her own right, she’s also worked with Grammy winners Judy Collins and Sarah McLachlan. We had the chance to chat with Sage recently to find out more about her career, life and inspirations.   Folio: Diving into your discography, there are so many genres that your songs can fit under from pop to rock and folk to R&B. Which is your favorite, and also what …

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Born in a Barn: From Macclenny to Hollywood: Dylan Gerard has ‘The Voice’

Words By Rob Nicholson   Macclenny’s own Dylan Gerard is “always trying to write his next favorite song.” Drawing on inspiration from artists like Otis Redding, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, and bands including The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd, creating a mix between country and rock and Americana. His first single, “Simple Things,” was very well received in Nashville and reached No. 37 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart. Gerard followed that song up with his newest single, released last month, “Young Again.” It’s no surprise to people who know Gerard that he is a songwriter due to …

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Born in a Barn with Dean Winter

  Words by Rob Nicholson   Dean Winter is likely one of the most unassuming guys you’ll ever meet. Very easy going and relaxed, he’s calming to be around. But stick around until showtime, and you’ll see a very different Dean Winter. When he takes the stage with The Heat, he’s his own inner country star. From Winter’s website: “With every passing release Winter evolves as a songwriter finding details in the experience to draw each listener closer. You feel the push and pull between winning and losing and the fleeting euphoria of a dimly lit bar as reality flickers …

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Taylor Dayne Interview

Vincent  Hey guys, my name is Vincent Dalessio. I’m here with Folio Weekly, and today I’m talking with Taylor Dayne. She’ll be in town for Everybody’s Favorite Barbecue and Hot Sauce Festival March 13th through the 15th. Welcome, Taylor. Taylor  Thank you so much. Right now I’m in Miami and I have a show here this week. So just getting you know, enjoying being back on the road. Vincent  Awesome. Miami is a great place. I love it down there. Last night, I was doing a little bit of reading on some of your older interviews, and one  interesting topics …

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