The Music Scene
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Audio engineer, producer, guitarist, singer/songwriter, music teacher Fred DeAngelis is a study in determination, patience and endurance. As a teenager, he fostered a dream to achieve a degree in, … more
One Saturday morning in 1983, when Riverside native, songwriter, singer, musician Joe Doyle was in his freshman year at Rhode Island College studying music, his dad, Ed Doyle (former mayor of … more
I recently had the opportunity for a sit down with Rhode Island singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Petrella to chat about his nearly three-decade-long career in the local and national music scenes. The … more
Ben Shaw is a modern-day renaissance man. He has taken on the weighty role of singer, songwriter, guitarist, saxophonist, pianist, jazz/classical composer and author. Alas, like so many artists and … more
In early 1973, a young, venturesome troubadour named Jimmy Buffett signed a recording contract with ABC/Dunhill records. At that time, singer/songwriters were in vogue, and in high demand, being … more
I had sought out, for some time, singer, songwriter, guitarist Becky Chace for an interview regarding her life and times in music. A life rich in gigs, travel, recordings, starts, stops and … more
On a beautiful summer evening, over a pint outdoors at Aidan’s Pub, I sat with bass player, guitarist, singer/songwriter Eric Leffingwell, where he spoke of his musical development, the … more
On a warm, midweek spring day at Borealis Coffee in Bristol, I sat at an outdoor bistro table with singer, songwriter, guitarist Michelle Saylors to conduct a long-awaited one on one interview. … more
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, recording engineer Erik Peterson. Over coffee at Borealis in Riverside, the East Providence resident … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Recreation Department announced its 2023 Summer Concert line-up, once again featuring a mix of musicians performing standards, Jazz and Blues, do-op and … more
Chris and Diane Myers have been husband and wife for 30 years this July. In their time together they have thrived, fostering careers, raising children, building a home, while becoming pillars in … more
At 23, singer, songwriter, recording artist Jessica Kaela is a contemporary songster whose commitment to hard work, positivity, doing for others and doing what’s right, in the midst of a … more
At a recent sit down over coffee at Borealis, in his hometown of Riverside, R.I., legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter Dave Tanury reflected on his life and career in music. It’s a career … more
At 5 o’clock on a recent Wednesday evening at the Hometown Tavern in Warren, R.I., singer, performer, pianist and teacher Jan Schmidt took the stage. Not the bandstand, where, in two hours, … more
For an individual who declares, “I took no music in grade or high school and wasn’t particularly drawn to it,” singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist and music teacher … more
What immediately impressed me during my recent sit down with singer/songwriter/keyboardist Kari Tieger was her beautiful speaking voice. Like her singing voice, it is lilting, rich in tone, rhythm … more
What struck me about local singer, songwriter, guitarist Colby James, when I met him recently, was his unpretentious, warm, affable manner. Although it was the first time we’d met, he treated … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.