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The Dark Side of Streaming

  Music streaming services offer us all a convenient, portable, and fun way to enjoy music—plus, they're a great conduit for discovering new artists and songs. The relatively-low monthly subscription fee for these services certainly seems ideal to us...

Six Days in a French Hospital

When planning this year's European tour, with two days off before the Paris suburb show, I thought I'd book band and crew time off in a lovely walled town in the French countryside just an hour and a half south of Paris: Provins, France. Unfortunately, I never got to...

Behind the Art: Angela Gossow

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Angela Gossow.  In an interesting twist, she switched from rock star to manager of the very band she fronted. Angela found that she prefers life behind-the-scenes to life onstage.  I must admit, after my...

Behind the Art: Lisa Jenkins

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Lisa Jenkins, manager of the legendary Peter Frampton, among others. Frampton Comes Alive was the soundtrack of my youth, so I was especially intrigued to interview Peter’s manager. I know it sounds trite,...

Behind the Art: Carol Peters

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Heart’s manager, Carol Peters. I’ve adored Heart ever since I first heard “Crazy on You” as a kid in 1976, so interviewing this dynamo was extra-special for me. Carol’s career spans the music industry...

Behind the Art: Jodi Goodman

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Heart’s manager, Carol Peters. I’ve adored Heart ever since I first heard “Crazy on You” as a kid in 1976, so interviewing this dynamo was extra-special for me. Carol’s career spans the music industry...

I’m Coming Home: A Special Weekend in Dave’s Ancestral Hometown

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Jodi Goodman—top notch concert promoter. Starting in the club scene, Jodi worked her way into the coveted position of President of Live Nation Northern California. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. ~...

Behind the Art: April Malmsteen

Dave and I often visit his family in Gubbio, Italia—the beautiful, medieval hill town of his grandparents. But this year's visit was extra special. Gubbio is a beloved town throughout Italy, as Italians cherish the story of il Lupo di Gubbio—the notorious wolf, who...

Behind the Art: Jill Meniketti

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet April Malmsteen—the woman behind guitar virtuoso, Yngwie J Malmsteen. As an entrepreneur, April has ventured down many roads beyond the music industry, including founding a cosmetics company and her own...

Paperback Writer

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet me! Foghat’s Linda Earl and Leighsa Montrose turn the mic on me this time . . . ~ Jill   Jill Meniketti is an amazing human being. Extraordinarily busy but still able to smile! She is not only an...

Behind the Art: Brie Greenberg

Coming up for air from our whirlwind U.S. tour, between dates, I thought I'd blog a few things . . . The paperback edition of Welcome to Groove House released a few months ago, just in time for our 2-month U.S. tour. And, wow, what a great tour!  Thanks to so many of...

Behind the Art: Maria Lundy

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Brie Greenberg, the woman behind Metallica. Handling such a mega-force as Metallica is surely a demanding and daunting job, but Brie seems to manage it all with grace and vigor. It’s so refreshing to...

Behind the Art: Renata Ravina

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Maria Lundy of QEDG Management, where she’s the woman behind such legendary acts as YES, E.L.P., Asia, Focus, and more. ~ Jill   Behind the Art: Maria Lundy Tour Liaison and Special Projects Manager. ...

Behind the Art: Bridget Kendall

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet me! Foghat’s Linda Earl and Leighsa Montrose turn the mic on me this time . . . ~ Jill   Jill Meniketti is an amazing human being. Extraordinarily busy but still able to smile! She is not only an...

Behind the Art: Leighsa Montrose

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Bridget Kendall. Married to Great White’s Mark Kendall, and also the executive assistant for his band, Bridget dove in headfirst when Great White needed a hand. Once a tour is booked, there’s much more...

Behind the Art: Susan Cramer

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Leighsa Montrose.  Upon her husband’s suicide, Leighsa was suddenly thrust further into managing Ronnie Montrose’s music and his estate.  This amazing woman has survived trauma and has come out on top;...

Guest Blog: Dave Meniketti

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet the Rockbar Theater’s Susan Cramer.  Susan followed her heart and her love of music, and shifted careers to open a rock music venue.  Soaring from her venue’s stellar first year, she continues to reach for...

Will Work for Wine

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Heart’s manager, Carol Peters. I’ve adored Heart ever since I first heard “Crazy on You” as a kid in 1976, so interviewing this dynamo was extra-special for me. Carol’s career spans the music industry...

Behind the Art: Lisa Champagne-Sweet

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Jodi Goodman—top notch concert promoter. Starting in the club scene, Jodi worked her way into the coveted position of President of Live Nation Northern California. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. ~...

Behind the Art: Diana DeVille

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Lisa Jenkins, manager of the legendary Peter Frampton, among others. Frampton Comes Alive was the soundtrack of my youth, so I was especially intrigued to interview Peter’s manager. I know it sounds trite,...

A Novel Idea

When planning this year's European tour, with two days off before the Paris suburb show, I thought I'd book band and crew time off in a lovely walled town in the French countryside just an hour and a half south of Paris: Provins, France. Unfortunately, I never got to...

Best Book Tour Ever

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Brie Greenberg, the woman behind Metallica. Handling such a mega-force as Metallica is surely a demanding and daunting job, but Brie seems to manage it all with grace and vigor. It’s so refreshing to...

Behind the Art: Marianna Burdon

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Jodi Goodman—top notch concert promoter. Starting in the club scene, Jodi worked her way into the coveted position of President of Live Nation Northern California. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. ~...

Behind the Art: Linda Arcello-Earl

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Lisa Champagne-Sweet.  Married to Stryper’s Michael Sweet, and also his band's manager, Lisa is another kindred spirit.  I'm quite familiar with how much effort goes into her artist management workday....

Behind the Art: Nancy B. Sayle

In this edition of my blog series, Behind the Art, Foghat’s Linda Arcello-Earl talks wine, musicians, and music, as she discusses her lengthy history in the business.  Another kindred spirit, Linda is a band manager and rock star wife, who juggles both in a busy,...

PRESS RELEASE: Debut Rock ’n’ Roll Novel Wows Rock Stars

I’m pleased to feature Nancy B. Sayle in my blog series: Behind the Art. As owner/publicist at VQPR, LLC, Nancy has worked with some of the biggest names in rock, generating a media buzz for each of them. I’d heard Nancy’s name around the business, but I first met her...

Behind the Art: Kate Moore

In this edition of my blog series, Behind the Art, Foghat’s Linda Arcello-Earl talks wine, musicians, and music, as she discusses her lengthy history in the business.  Another kindred spirit, Linda is a band manager and rock star wife, who juggles both in a busy,...

Behind the Art: Karrie Keyes

I’m pleased to feature Nancy B. Sayle in my blog series: Behind the Art. As owner/publicist at VQPR, LLC, Nancy has worked with some of the biggest names in rock, generating a media buzz for each of them. I’d heard Nancy’s name around the business, but I first met her...

Behind the Art: Korie Koker

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Karrie Keyes.  Karrie’s job is extremely specialized because she’s mixing the sound on stage.  Her efforts help the artists lose themselves in the music so that they can perform the ultimate show for their...

Travel Like a Rock Star!

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Korie Koker.  Hers is not a job for the faint-of-heart.  I can't imagine being a talent buyer for a venue.  Actually, I can but I'd rather not.  Managing the schedule for a live music venue must be...

Behind the Art: Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Karrie Keyes.  Karrie’s job is extremely specialized because she’s mixing the sound on stage.  Her efforts help the artists lose themselves in the music so that they can perform the ultimate show for their...

The Book of Lies

In this edition of my blog series feature Behind the Art, meet Korie Koker.  Hers is not a job for the faint-of-heart.  I can't imagine being a talent buyer for a venue.  Actually, I can but I'd rather not.  Managing the schedule for a live music venue must be...

The Art Behind the Touring—Part 2

In the music industry, tour itineraries are often referred to as the book of lies.  That's usually due to some eager (or lackadaisical) tour manager, who pads the itinerary pages with false information (rather than leaving blank portions) in an effort to route the...

Behind the Art: Denise Martin

(or, the Art of Hounding) The other day, someone asked me, “What’s the difference between a promoter and a booking agent?”  Booking shows can be a two-part process, with most artists using both an agent and a promoter.  For those who don’t know, a promoter can be as...

The Art Behind the Touring—Part 1

In the music industry, tour itineraries are often referred to as the book of lies.  That's usually due to some eager (or lackadaisical) tour manager, who pads the itinerary pages with false information (rather than leaving blank portions) in an effort to route the...

Me, a Blogger?

(or, the Art of Hounding) The other day, someone asked me, “What’s the difference between a promoter and a booking agent?”  Booking shows can be a two-part process, with most artists using both an agent and a promoter.  For those who don’t know, a promoter can be as...

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