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Tribute to legendary guitarist Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy

By Todd Houston Contributor By the mid-’50s, Matt had migrated to Chicago where he became one of the founding fathers of what we now consider the “electric blues” movement. Over the past 45 years, Matt has played with such blues…

RRI: Sci-Fi nerd makes shred guitar cool again

By Todd Houston Contributor In a world full of Bebe Rexhas and Lil Waynes, Shawn Williams has chosen to take the road less traveled in his new musical endeavors. Of course back in the late 1990s when Williams was first learning his…

Catching up with Greg Kihn ahead of OSD

By Todd Houston Contributor Rockford Rocked Interview: Greg Kihn! How are you doing Man? Greg Kihn: Doing great Todd! RRI: What’s going on with this Rick Springfield ‘Best in Show’ tour? You guys are going to be at Rockton’s…

Catching up with former Fierce Heart guitarist Rex Carroll

By Todd HoustonFor Rockford Rocked InterviewsContributor Let’s face it, if you lived through and survived the 1980s you deserve some kind of an award. Period. If you not only survived the 1980s but also made it out with your dignity

RRI: Local hip-hop artist jumps back into the mix

By Todd HoustonContributor “Mic Check” aka King Sneakers. It doesn’t get more hip-hop than that. Influences range from Parliament, The Ramones, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley. His voice? Reminiscent of the days when individuality was a

RRI catches up with Jimmy Johnson

Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, making a recording of your band’s music wasn’t quite as easy as it is today. Sure, there were companies that made four- and eight-track tape recorders that you could buy and attempt to do it yourself, but

Rockford Rocked talks with NIGHT Paranormal

Rockford Rocked Interviews catches up with NIGHT Paranormal’s Correnna Nelson and Randal Buck to learn more about the spirit world, and more importantly to hear some good ghost stories.

Rockford Rocked Interviews. Beloit’s music Paradise

Since 1986, Paradise Guitars has been the area’s leading authority on all things guitar, even doing bass and drum lessons. Rockford Rocked Interviews catches up with owner Mike Johnston to talk about his 30-year musical journey.