I am proud that some of the state’s best received full-cover love, like the Low Anthem, Brown Bird (chatting with David Lamb about our mutual infatuation with Mastodon and QOTSA was special for me), Joe Fletcher, Sage Francis (many thanks to Stormy Davis), and THR33 Piece Suit. I felt a great sense of pride when I pushed for that THR33 Piece cover — no one deserves it more than Chachi Carvalho and the GOAT Swann Notty.
I discovered so much great music and developed plenty of friendships through the Homegrown column, and perhaps the most meaningful is winning the trust of rock legend Bob Otis. My love of Lolita Black is well-documented, but getting to know Bob Otis ranks at the top of the list. Dude is a fucking sweetheart and the most sincere and impassioned artist I have encountered.
I had some good times with the 75orLess Records crew (those summertime shows at the Common Pub in Bristol — yikes), and was privileged to work alongside Davey Moore, Tracy Garrity, and Dusk owner Rick Sunderland for the Music For Paws benefit show, which raised more than $2000 for the Bristol Animal Shelter. Shoutout to my fellow paisans Sean Sbardella aka Meta P. (backyard bocce rap league, son!), and Mike Lamantia and Zan Laorenza. Thank you Mikey Lams for raising my tennis game over the past three years. I’ll see you at Centre Court this Friday.
Local music fans are in good hands with Tony Pacitti, Rob Duguay (also booking some great shows every week), and Marc Clarkin, the best in the biz around these parts.
So now what? I have no fucking idea.
Thanks for reading. And thanks for supporting the Rhody music community. See you out at the show(s).