ION INDIE MAGAZINE June 2017, Volume 37 - Page 13

Kaz Hawkins’ life has been a whirlwind since she appeared on our February 2017 cover in an article by Editor Kiki Plesha (photos by JB Bridges). After placing in the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, she went on to win the coveted European Blues Challenge. Additionally, Kaz just wrapped on a piano and vocal album titled “Don't You Know”, set to be released on July 22nd in Belfast—and additionally produced a video and single benefiting the charity Aware NI, for which Kaz serves as an ambassador. Alongside touring in Europe and UK, she commanded the airwaves with a 6 week series on BBC Radio called “Kaz Hawkins Got The Blues”. Catch up with Kaz at: www.kazhawkins.com Since appearing on our March 2017 cover, Darrell Harwood reports that 2017 is proving to be a great year for the much sought-after country artist— and he is busy as ever—and is still maintaining a demanding schedule of around 100 shows a year! He shares that he’ll be performing at the Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach on June 8 th , sharing the stage with some of the “heavy-hitters” of country music. He also continues with his charitable pursuits--on September 23rd, he’ll be organizing his first music festival, benefitting LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) to help raise money for further research. Check out Darrell Harwood on his web site at: www.darrellharwood.com This April 2017 feature story spotlighting multi-dimensional artist, Ryche Chlanda, was authored by Art Director/Journalist Jay Petsko. We’ve caught up with Ryche and found him to be doing well after a brief health scare. We are delighted to report that Ryche is currently working on some new music that will probably debut at some of the live shows that he has coming up in the early summer. We listened to a new cut called "Disconnected". The song is very “Floydian”, with introspective lyrics and Ryche's signature/virtuosity. Be looking for an early winter release, with new songs debuting on a rumored Flying Dreams tour. Visit Ryche’s site at: www.rychechlanda.com Although having just appeared on our May 2017 cover and inside the pages in a feature by our own Jere Perry, Cape Coral, Florida’s Newmachine has not slowed down in their career pursuits. They recently released their full- length CD “Karma”, finished up a short tour run, and are now getting ready for another, much longer, much-anticipated tour run. Along with the release of the new album with HighVol Music, they have additionally launched their first music video for the single, “Hell to Pay”--filmed on location in Tennessee. Look for the boys on the road, pop over see them and let them know ION Indie Magazine sent you! Catch up with Newmachine at: www.reverbnation.com/newmachine7