10 Questions: Jimmy Babjak, Guitarist of The Smithereens

I have known Smithereens guitarist, Jimmy Babjak and drummer, Dennis Diken for some time now. The Smithereens, like The Beatles, to me, go…

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“THE MORNING AFTER”

Only a short time after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, The Beatles infused excitement back into the hearts of a…

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HERE WE COME – 54-YEARS AGO

The Monkees, aka The Pre-Fab-Four, were a cast of individuals that were molded after the original boy-band...The Beatles. They were "slipped in" at a…

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Western-themed concert venue invests in recording studio, seeks to attract local artists

For Mike Jones, owner of Saloon Studios in West Jefferson, the pandemic meant total shutdown for his 19th-century Old West Town replica and…

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Legends Series Artists – PETER RIVERA

We had the honor of hosting legend Peter Rivera, the original lead singer and drummer of Rare Earth, in June of 2018.  What an awesome show!  Besides…

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Get Back To Where They Once Belonged

When the movie “Let It Be” was released in 1970, we were already in a state of mending as our broken Beatles-Hearts were blindsided by their…

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“DEAL OR NO DEAL”

At some point in time, every independent band will need a label to take them to the next level. Perhaps you think you are ready? The following…

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The Seven Faces of John - original artwork by Shannon MacDonald

40 years here – 40 years gone

December 8, 1980, froze us all in a catatonic menagerie of disbelief and unforgettable shock. They say time heals all wounds - but every year around…

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Tumbleweed at the Not-So-O.K. Corral

As March’s National Emergency News gathered its moss on a downhill spiral to a 2020 Lockdown, we all pondered deeply at the thought of every…

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Blasting and Broadcasting from Past to Present

Moutenot, a rock-n-roll drum-mer, producer, and veteran tour-ing artist, serves as the Saloon Studios Entertainment Director, and…

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Where Legends Play and Stars are Born: Saloon Studios Live

Move over Motown! Watch out Westworld! West Jefferson, North Carolina has a new wild west music attraction. And it’s ready to rock the world of…

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