Lingua Musica with Gaslight Street

Charleston SC band Gaslight Street is a roots rock, blues and soul influenced band which just released their third album, Heavy Wind. Derek and the Dominos, Allman Brothers and Traffic are big influences for this six piece band.

Campbell Brown spoke with host Joe Kendrick in our latest Google Hangout On Air version of the show in front of their performance at the One Stop in Asheville on January 1st, 2014. We talk about the diversity of the Charleston music scene, from bands like Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin, The Royal Tinfoil, The Dead 27s, and Shovels & Rope to artists like Elise Testone. We also touch on the challenges of putting a big band on the road, how Campbell's wife Noelle is a key part of their sound and his love of carpentry.

I hope you enjoy the latest episode. Please drop us a line here or on our social media and we look forward to continuing the conversation with you!


Lingua Musica with Vincent Schilling

Our latest show features award winning photo journalist, book author, public speaker and member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Vincent Schilling. Vince shares a wealth of experience with Native American history, culture and music with host Joe Kendrick in this conversation which was recorded on 12-21-13. Thanks to Myra Chapman for putting us together for our show! Vincent Schilling

We covered a range of topics, from issues like Native American cultural misappropriation, myths surrounding Native American history (the origins of Thanksgiving being one), the accuracy of the film Smoke Signals, favorite Native American music and much more.

Vincent and his wife Delores host Native Trailblazers, a radio show Fridays at 7pm EST, and his writing is featured on Indian Country Today Media Network. You can also keep up with him on his YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoy the show! And remember, the conversation is never complete without you, so feel free to leave a comment here or on our social media and we look forward to hearing from you! -Joe Kendrick


Importing and Exporting Music with Eric de Fontenay

Lingua Musica goes around the world in our latest conversation with Music Dish and's Eric de Fontenay, recorded 9-28-13. As one who listens to dozens of new music releases a week, I was quite aware of music from both Asia and Europe, but my knowledge of icons like PSY and new genres like K-pop, as well as personal favorites like Shonen Knife, Dengue Fever, Soukouchi Kina and a raft of artists and bands from Europe was dwarfed by the experience of our latest guest. Eric de Fontenay

We had a lively conversation via Google Hangout On Air, with Eric in New York City and me at home in North Carolina. G+ threw me a curve ball, however, as my voice's audio was delayed a split second, making it incredibly difficult to speak normally. I learned how much we key in on what we're hearing of our own voice in order to speak, and eventually improved my delivery by trying to ignore the delayed voice I was hearing in my headset. However, you'll notice that on the intro especially, I sound like I've been drugged, and periodically I stutter. Please forgive this and the fact that Eric's video never appears. Again, G+ didn't quite live up to expectations, as their program normally is set to automatically show whomever is talking on screen. Hopefully this does not detract from the show too terribly, as Eric is a fascinating entrepreneur and a great conversationalist. Music Dish's showcase and panels at this year's CMJ Music Marathon

In addition to our YouTube video of the show, you can download the podcast from this site as well.  I hope you enjoy the show and please feel free to leave a comment; the conversation is not complete without you!

The video of our conversation is linked below. Stay tuned for more interviews with music professionals and thanks for visiting.

-Joe Kendrick


Reinventing the Entertainment World with Eric Knight

One of the great pastimes of human history is to talk about revolution, about what an ideal world would look like. Wanting a better life for ourselves (and all of humanity, depending on your outlook) is basic to our condition, and is summed up well by good ol' William Shakespeare in Hamlet:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

Okay, so referencing this old nugget may be a bit cumbersome, but it is analogous to our latest guest's endeavors in the music and entertainment business. Eric Knight is a rock musician with his own management company, television/web series and entertainment company who wants to change the way the entertainment world does business. He's up against a sea of troubles and then some, namely the practices and principles of the world of entertainment over the last century. Eric's vision of the 50/50 split and artists with their publishing rights intact may seem like a pipe dream to many, but he has a number of things going for him which gives pause to my skeptical side. 

We talk about that vision and his music in this episode which was recorded via Google Hangouts On Air, starting with a nod to a mutual favorite band from the 80s, Def Leppard. We welcome your comments and ideas on what your ideal world of music and entertainment looks like, too. Drop us a line here in the comments section or by email with the "Contact" link in the left column towards the top.

Enjoy the conversation and thanks for being here! - Joe Kendrick 

A Conversation with Music Pioneer Scott Welch

I would have never known Scott Welch had it not been for an intersection of traditional and social media last spring. As fate would have it, a LinkedIn post searching for opportunities to branch out led to a reply from a fan of my radio station, WNCW, who put me in touch with Scott for the Google Hangout episode of Lingua Musica posted in this article.

Myra Chapman of All Indianz saw my post, and as a listener from Greenville, SC, was familiar with me on the radio. She reached out and offered help in sourcing her extensive network of artists and music professionals for being on my new series of video interviews and roundtable conversations.

publicity, promotions, media relations and home of Akina Records

Myra put me in touch with Scott Welch, whose list of accomplishments and experiences reads like a highlight reel of milestones in the music business, with a successful foray into the medical field with ChromaGen for good measure. I was both excited and a bit nervous: would he be a high-strung type A personality? Would I be able to engage him and guide the conversation? And what to talk about? There was an overflowing cornucopia of life story here.

For example, Scott has managed the careers and development of multi-platinum recording artists Alanis Morissette, LeAnn Rimes, Steve Perry, Paula Abdul, Collective Soul, C & C Music Factory, and others that have sold a combined total of over 100 million albums worldwide.

Welch was involved with the marketing launch and the IPO of, which was one of the first digital music websites and the launch and development of Stubhub, an online ticketing company purchased by Ebay for $320 million. He is also a co-founder of Highnote, a real time web search company and is on the board of directors of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit that brings music artists to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

Darius Rucker and Randy Houser perform for a hospital patient through Musicians On CallLuckily, Scott has a warm and patient personality and was easy to talk to both in setting up the outline for our show and on camera once it began. I wanted to draw out some sage advice for music artists, professionals and fans in the "wild west" kind of industry we find ourselves in now. How can you promote yourself best? What pitfalls can we avoid? And what about the future of the music industry? I read a quote of his from a 2002 interview which intrigued me: “The whole financial structure that involves artists and record labels has to be changed, and it will change....I would go back to focusing on the music and quit worrying about the corporate structure, worrying about how many units you sold, etc. It’s got nothing to do with art and art is what makes our society liveable.” These were some of the topics we drew from on the show.

We aired the interview live on my Google+ page and have the YouTube videos for you below. While the conversation was lively, our internet connection often was not. After a good start with no hiccups, some of our strands in the world wide web seemed to tangle and we had to start the show over again, so there are two parts to our conversation.

Your comments are welcome here and you may feel free to contact Scott directly as well at We hope you enjoy this episode of Lingua Musica, where music is the universal language!

 part one

part two