10 Questions with Ryan Clackner and Lucy Cochran of Stump Tail Dolly


by Ryan Meehan

Ryan Clackner and Lucy Cochran (sometimes separately, sometimes together) have toured, performed or recorded with Bob Wayne, Fifth on the Floor, Shooter Jennings, JD Wilkes, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Sarah Gayle Meech, Red Simpson, Travis Harris and many others. They’ve opened for Social Distortion, Tiger Army, Hank III, George Thorogood, Unknown Hinson, Roger Clyne, JJ Grey, Scott Biram and more. Ryan has appeared in multiple music videos, including “Hush Hush” by The Pistol Annies. The purpose of Stump Tail Dolly is to mess your head up with an off-center mix of metal and country with other influences snuck in for good measure. They’ll be performing at Awesometown in Fulton, Illinois on Sunday October 9th and we are thrilled to have Ryan Clackner and Lucy Cochran of Stump Tail Dolly as our guest today in 10 questions.  Continue reading

7 Questions with Kelly David Smith of Flotsam and Jetsam


by Ryan Meehan

Flotsam and Jetsam, arguably one of the most influential and prominent acts from thrash metal’s birth in the early 80s, returned to Metal Blade Records to release their 2013 album, “Ugly Noise”. It was the band’s eleventh full-length album, and their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, as a follow up to their 2010 album, “The Cold”. The record also heralded the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven’t recorded with Flotsam and Jetsam since “High” in 1997. According to Smith, their decision to work with Metal Blade “was the obvious choice for us after our long-standing relationship and Metal Blade’s 30 year history of metal. You can’t match what they can do with 30 years of experience behind them.” The band has re-recorded their classicalbum “No Place for Disgrace” which is set for re-release on February 15th, 2014. Horns to that, and Kelly David Smith is our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading