Highway 81 Revisited

Highway 81 Revisited http://www.highway81revisited.com/ Highway 81 Revisited is a blog based in New York City. Highway 81 Revisited covers pop music news of interest to our readers and partners with venues, promoters and other music industry professionals to help present and sponsor events and contests in Northeastern Pennsylvania (where the site was founded), Lehigh Valley/The Poconos, Philadelphia NYC and beyond.

Founded in 2011, the independently owned and operated blog has featured exclusive interviews with everyone from Yoko Ono, Guided By Voices and Alice Cooper to Robert Hunter, Grace Potter and the Allman Brothers Band. We also routinely exclusively premiere new tracks and music videos. Contact: [email protected]

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03/23/2021
Dog Trainer interview

NYC's Dog Trainer on new album "Scrolling to feel better...part one," shifting gears from studying jazz guitar to making pop music and why 2019 was just as bad as 2020.

INTERVIEW: Grateful Dead photographer Susana Millman on capturing the unique moments between Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, ...
03/18/2021
FOR SUSANA MILLMAN, GRATEFUL DEAD PHOTOS ARE FAMILY PHOTOS - Highway 81 Revisited

INTERVIEW: Grateful Dead photographer Susana Millman on capturing the unique moments between Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, what John Mayer brings to Dead & Company and what Garcia said before walking her down the aisle at her wedding.

Musicians, whether they're performing on stage or living their lives off it, often view photographers as intrusive, annoying or a necessary evil of th...

INTERVIEW: John Morgan Kimock chats about his new album, "Hikikomori," the strange email correspondence that led to him ...
03/10/2021
JOHN MORGAN KIMOCK CHASES HAPPY ACCIDENTS ON NEW ALBUM - Highway 81 Revisited

INTERVIEW: John Morgan Kimock chats about his new album, "Hikikomori," the strange email correspondence that led to him joining Mike Gordon's band and how playing the music of his father, Steve Kimock, was the ultimate education.

For drummer John Morgan Kimock, downtime on tour became writing time. Whether out on the road with Phish's Mike Gordon, Dead and Company's Oteil Burbr...

03/08/2021
Jay Luke interview

Jay Luke chats with us about his new album, "Alone in the Crowd," why he chose that title, and creating hard rock and metal music that has more depth than sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Kieran Loughney explains why he loves the work of novelty songster Mickey Katz, inspired partially by a recent run-in wi...
03/02/2021
MUSIC AND COMEDY WITH A BOWL OF BORSCHT - Highway 81 Revisited

Kieran Loughney explains why he loves the work of novelty songster Mickey Katz, inspired partially by a recent run-in with someone connected to his son, Joel Grey.

"Mickey Katz occupies a niche in music little remembered or understood today. For years, Katz’s records appealed to my fascination with the intersection of music and comedy. My affection for the genre went beyond nostalgia. I had heard records from the 1950s and ’60s by artists such as Stan Freberg, whose recordings featured voice actor Daws Butler (Yogi Bear, Snagglepuss, etc.) and Sinatra’s bandleader Billy May and by Alan Sherman (Camp Granada), who also used the richest orchestration to back his silliest tunes. I loved their skewering of everything from commercialism to politics to celebrity. These artists performed social commentary with a melody, standup comedy that rhymed."

By Kieran Loughney“I’m picking up something for Joel Grey,” said the young man next to me as I shopped at a store in New York City’s West Village....

03/01/2021
Interview with Brian Langan

The inimitable Brian Langan talks about new song "The Sight I Seek," Langan, Frost & Wane, The Brian Langan Guild Patreon, podcast with Justin Hawkins of The Darkness and moving from #Scranton to Philly about 10 years ago.

Happy birthday to us! Highway 81 Revisited posted for the first time on this day in 2011 from Scranton. A month later, w...
03/01/2021

Happy birthday to us! Highway 81 Revisited posted for the first time on this day in 2011 from Scranton. A month later, we'd post our first interview -- with Tigers Jaw -- and other interviews that spring would include Dean Ween and Chuck Ragan.

Tigers Jaw
02/26/2021

Tigers Jaw

Record Release Show Next Friday, 3/5!

To celebrate our new album, this show is FREE! This is a pre-recorded live performance, so we’ll be watching along, heckling ourselves, answering questions and hanging out in the chat room.

If you want to support our band further, in lieu of tickets, you can head to our merch store and purchase $5 raffle tickets to try and win an autographed test pressing of the new album. Good luck and see you at the show!

http://smarturl.it/TigersJawReleaseShow (for now, follow the big cartel link in bio)

Check out this wonderful tribute to our friend Alex Seeley, and do what you can, if you can, to support a great cause.
02/22/2021
ALEX SEELEY BLACK | Shirts for the Scene

Check out this wonderful tribute to our friend Alex Seeley, and do what you can, if you can, to support a great cause.

4.3 oz., 100% combed ringspun cotton, 32 singles Heather Grey is 90/10 cotton/polyester Fabric laundered Set-in 1x1 baby rib collar Hemmed sleeves Side seamed Tear away label

02/22/2021
Tigers Jaw interview

Tigers Jaw's Ben Walsh chats about upcoming album "I Won't Care How You Remember Me," signing with Hopeless Records and the deliciousness that is Hello Donuts + Coffee.

ALBUM REVIEW: "The cadence of Lily Allen, the Southern soul of Susan Tedecshi and the jazz-pop restraint of Norah Jones ...
02/15/2021
'NICE TO MEET' CAT RIDGEWAY ON FIERY NEW EP - Highway 81 Revisited

ALBUM REVIEW: "The cadence of Lily Allen, the Southern soul of Susan Tedecshi and the jazz-pop restraint of Norah Jones might offer entry points for new listeners on 'Nice to Meet You,' but Ridgeway’s creative spark and gift for emoting are what truly make her an artist worth watching." Cat Ridgeway

Florida singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cat Ridgeway takes listeners on a journey from blues to rock to R&B to pop on "Nice to Meet Y...

RIP Chick Corea, a musical giant.
02/11/2021

RIP Chick Corea, a musical giant.

It is with great sadness we announce that on February 9th, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently.

Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do.

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a great mentor and friend to so many. Through his body of work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions.

Though he would be the first to say that his music said more than words ever could, he nevertheless had this message for all those he knew and loved, and for all those who loved him:

“I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun.

“And to my amazing musician friends who have been like family to me as long as I’ve known you: It has been a blessing and an honor learning from and playing with all of you. My mission has always been to bring the joy of creating anywhere I could, and to have done so with all the artists that I admire so dearly—this has been the richness of my life.”

Chick’s family will of course appreciate their privacy during this difficult time of loss.

02/08/2021
Interview with Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett joins Highway 81 Revisited to chat about his new album, "Under a Mediterranean Sky," his approach to acoustic guitar and the rock album he's been working on.

Our most "recent" concert review was in November of 2019. What artists are you most looking forward to seeing when conce...
02/08/2021
TOOL'S METHOD AND MADNESS ON DISPLAY IN EPIC NEW JERSEY SHOW - Highway 81 Revisited

Our most "recent" concert review was in November of 2019. What artists are you most looking forward to seeing when concerts come back?

That review was of Tool at Prudential Center in Newark, btw.

NEWARK, NJ -- Tool, who infamously works at a snail's pace -- five albums in 26 years -- has a vocalist who doesn't front the band on stage and bars c...

INTERVIEW: DJ Williams talks about creating the music for the Life and podcast (presented by Scranton Fringe Festival, L...
01/22/2021
Home - Highway 81 Revisited

INTERVIEW: DJ Williams talks about creating the music for the Life and podcast (presented by Scranton Fringe Festival, Lackawanna & Luzerne County Medical Societies & Park Multimedia), his work with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and more.

Highway 81 Revisited is more than a music blog. Founded in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and now based in New York City, H81R is an independently owned and operated website that publishes music news, views and reviews across various musical genres, from Americana to indie and even heavy metal and more obs...

Alternative Press' list of the top 10 unsigned emo bands includes NEPA's own sleeplore and The Maguas. Our interviews wi...
01/08/2021
10 unsigned emo bands to keep an eye on in 2021

Alternative Press' list of the top 10 unsigned emo bands includes NEPA's own sleeplore and The Maguas. Our interviews with both artists are in the comments below.

How many unsigned emo bands can you remember from the 2000s? Probably few enough to count on one hand, right? Well, fortunately, times are changing. Long gone are the days when all of our favorite music came through labels such as Fueled By Ramen. Now, streaming services give us an unlimited assortm...

Neil Peart, one of the greatest drummers and lyricists of all time, died of cancer one year ago today. If you’re a fan a...
01/07/2021
The Spirit of Neil Peart

Neil Peart, one of the greatest drummers and lyricists of all time, died of cancer one year ago today. If you’re a fan and have a few minutes, this piece in Rolling Stone with deeply personal reflections from his widow, bandmates and friends is well worth your time.

Rush’s virtuoso drum hero lived by his own rules, to the very end. For the first time since Peart’s passing, his bandmates and widow discuss his legacy and his final years

BEST OF 2020: Editor Michael Lello's favorite albums of 2020, including a few by septuagenarian legends, NEPA metal band...
12/31/2020
H81R'S MICHAEL LELLO'S FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR - Highway 81 Revisited

BEST OF 2020: Editor Michael Lello's favorite albums of 2020, including a few by septuagenarian legends, NEPA metal band Canedy, indie folk group Darlingside and more.

1. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways2. Phish: Sigma Oasis3. Stephen Malkmus: Traditional Techniques4. Taylor Swift: evermore5. Halsey: M...

YEAR IN REVIEW: Back in March, here's what the leaders of the Mohegan Sun Arena PA and the F.M. Kirby Center had to say ...
12/29/2020
VENUES COPE WITH CORONAVIRUS-INFLICTED SCHEDULING CHAOS, LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING BACK CROWDS - Highway 81 Revisited

YEAR IN REVIEW: Back in March, here's what the leaders of the Mohegan Sun Arena PA and the F.M. Kirby Center had to say about the coronavirus's effect on the live music industry. Both venues lost some significant shows, like the sold-out Tool concert at the arena. Here's hoping both open their doors to the public soon!

Even in the best of times, we look forward to being entertained and letting off some steam at a concert, sporting event or family show. Now, in the th...

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