Local Music Profile Archive

Backstage with ... Norfolk's rock 'n' roll band Push

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STYLE OF MUSIC  “Refreshingly listenable, original rock ’n’ roll”

BIO  Bassist Karl Ziemann and guitarist/singer Russ Barnes are the founding members of the band, which has been going strong for 10 years.

Backstage with ... Dave Cynar Chesapeake's New Country singing artist

Backstage with ... Dave  Cynar Base of Operations  Chesapeake

Style of Music  New country

BIO  The country music bug took hold of Cynar in his late 20s when he was singing along with Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Brooks and Dunn at karaoke nights at Chevy’s Nightclub in Chesapeake.

Backstage with ... Portsmouth gospel artist Hope Askew

Hope Askew Base of Operations  Portsmouth

Style of music  gospel

BIO  Thirty-five year old Askew began singing when she was 15. “I did a couple of shows on Channel 27. That was way back then,” she said with a laugh.

Backstage with ... Derek Smith, Portsmouth's singer/songwriter/guitarist

Derek Smith
Base of Operations: Portsmouth
Style of Music:  acoustic/folk

Backstage with ... Mathews Country gospel rapper Triumph the Vessel

Triumph the Vessel
Base of operations  Mathews County
Style of music  Gospel rap

Backstage with ... Chasing Arrows out of Newport News

Chasing Arrows
Base of Operations:  Newport News
Style of music:  Contemporary rock
Bio:  Christopher Newport University students Nate Fender  (lead guitarist) and Graham Todd  (lead vocalist) formed the band after meeting at an open-mic night in 2005.

Backstage with ... No Fault Of Their Own, experimental garage

Experimental garage
Former band mates and high school friends from Maury –  guitarist Josh Christian and drummer Mark Griffin formed this all-original experimental garage band a couple of years ago when the two of them reconnected.

Backstage with ... The Muckrakes, alt-Americana

BASE OF OPERATIONS Newport News, but its members live all over Hampton Roads   STYLE Alt-Americana – all original, mixing everything from bluegrass to swing with traditional American rock ’n’ roll.   BIO

Backstage with ... Christian rapper NR Hunt


Virginia Beach STYLE

Christian rap BIO The 22-year-old, Memphis-born rapper graduated from Chesapeake’s Western Branch High School in 2005, and goes by the stage name 2 Lettas – which, he explained, stands for “to live encouraging the truth acquiring salvation.”

Backstage with ... Suffolk's Christian rocker Ricky Byrum

Base of operations  Suffolk

Style  Christian rock Bio The 43-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist, with a little bass and keyboard thrown in, released “Time to Rise” in early 2008. He began his solo career in 2003 and has released five EPs with original material.

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