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Riffing on the blues with WNIJ’s James

By Todd Houston  Contributor  This week, our Rockford Rocked Interview series catches up with David James, the host of WNIJ’s Saturday Night Blues. RRI: For those that don’t know, you are the host of the Saturday Night Blues Show on…

Rockford Rocked. Preserving a cultural icon

By Todd Houston  Contributor  The Naruz Family purchased Toad Hall in 2006 from the estate of Larry and Bev Mason, who amassed a huge assemblage of books, records, and other collectibles over a 30-year period. Originally, Larry was…

Rockford Rocked. What’s next for Mark Ricotta

By Todd Houston  Contributor  If you go to Mark Ricotta’s Facebook page, the cover photo simply says, “Writer.” Mark has been writing for years in one form or another, whether it be for a local publication or a national piece…

Armed Vision reunion show on deck

By Todd Houston  Contributor  Armed Vision (AV) was a Rockford-area band from 1979 through 1986. Founded in 1979 as The Numbers, by original band members Troy Lee, Lance Porter, Jay Samp, Rex Scott and Rick Zillhart (with Cesar Bruno,…

Rockford Rocked: A blues prodigy at 19

By Todd Houston  Contributor  This week's Rockford Rocked Interview catches up with 19-year-old blues guitar prodigy Raine Stern for a quick chat. Raine has been the lead guitarist of the New Glarus, Wisconsin-based band New Image for…

RRI talks with Terry Tyderek

By Todd Houston  Contributor  This week, Rockford Rocked Interviews talks with Terry Tyderek. Terry spent a large portion of his youth studying and playing guitar in various bands throughout the area, earning quite a reputation for…

Rockford Rocked: Inspired local music coverage

By Todd Houston  Contributor  Randy Keho saw a hole in the Rockford entertainment media market, and since January he’s worked tirelessly to fill it out. Our Todd Houston talked to him about his new project, Barjammers.com. Rockford…

Rockford Rocked: Legendary Alpine Valley

By Todd Houston  Contributor  Built in 1977, Alpine Valley Music Theatre is a 37,000-capacity amphitheater nestled deep into a woodsy hillside outside East Troy, Wisc. With a covered pavilion seating 7,500, the venue has played host…

Rockford Rocked: Blackmarket Democracy

By Todd Houston  Contributor  Metalheads Blackmarket Democracy formed in 2009 and hail from Chicago. Their influences included Bad Brains, King’s X, Pantera and Black Label Society. These guys put on a loud, high energy show with the…

Derek Luttrell’s latest project: Name The Moon

By Todd Houston Exclusive to TRRT Rockford Rocked Interview: The first single off the self-titled album from Name The Moon is called "Los Angeles". This song has sort of a haunting quality to it that really leaves me wanting more. How…

Chatting with Alex Johnson of So Called Saints

By Todd Houston Exclusive to TRRT If you click the About tab on The So Called Saints Facebook page it reads: "Hard hitting Midwest Heavy Nu-Metal at its finest." Being sort of an old guy I wasn't quite sure what that meant. I needed to…

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