M Music and Musicians Magazine
Everyone once in a while we come across something that really shines and that feels like a great fit to share with our visitors. M Music and Musicians Magazine fits that bill.
We discovered this fairly new print magazine when we they reviewed a solo album by friend, talented musician and Lichty Guitar player, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne. A turn of the pages and it looked pretty good… but really, we are very busy and who has time to do much more than just flip through?
We were fortunate to get some back issues, however, and rather than joining the dust collecting “things to read” pile they have stayed close at hand and we find ourselves coming back to them over and over.
Here are just a few reasons that we are more than pleasantly surprised and are actually excited about this magazine:
The interviews are thoughtful, interesting, deep and you read the last line actually feeling like you know the musician (producer, etc) better. Isn’t that how it is supposed to be?
Here is an example for you guitar-lovers: “Like many musicians, Melissa Etheridge has the ability to hear things the rest of us do not. For example, every now and then she can hear seemingly inanimate guitars talking to her. “I am very, very particular about which guitars I’ll write on,” she explains. “Oftentimes I’ll actually go to the guitar stores to look for that guitar and have it call out to me.” – excerpt from an interview and article by Melinda Newman in the May ’10 issue.
There is a great blend articles: reviews, interviews, industry insights and lots of heads-up about artists you may not have heard about yet.
Top all of that off with tons of reviews that include some of our favorites:
Patty Griffin: Downtown Church
Jim Lauderdale: Patchwork River, featuring Lichty Guitar player, Doug Lancio
Jody Porter: Close to the Sun
John Hiatt: Open Road
and the list goes on and on.
We invite you to pick up a copy or check it out online to see for yourself. In the latest issue you’ll find a feature on Sheryl Crow, The Black Crows, Indigo Girls and even Tom Jones.
In late 2009, as the magazine prepared to launch, publisher Merlin David had this to say, “M will blow away the clutter of the complex musical landscape by going behind the scenes and between the notes with the artists, musicians, producers, songwriters and dealmakers who shape the music world. M is all about the way music gets made, played, recorded, released and enjoyed.”
We’d have to say the magazine delivers and then some!