Tim Norton releases new song “Holding on to a Dream”

Tim Norton’s second single, "Holding on to a Dream" is available today. The single ‘Holding on to a Dream’ has a jam rock feel stitched into a indie/pop rock tapestry. We really vibe with the single and look forward to hearing more from Tim Norton and his band outta SoCal.  Also out now, Live Vol. 1, featuring 6 tracks from their audience-free July performance in North Park, San Diego.  

Backing him up is an all-star cast, featuring Eric Blumenfeld, Cameron Radke, Jacob Miranda and Jake Najor. Averaging well over 100 performances a year on the road, Tim grew his band from humble beginnings of <10 attendees to routinely selling out 200+ capacity venues in SoCal. Touring nonstop and gaining a following allowed the band to open for profe...

With The Band | Alexandra Dempsey

Behind almost every musician, at least if they are lucky, is someone or some people, at home keeping things running. We thought it would be interesting to speak to these women and men who help the musicians we love keep their thing going on the road. 

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[NEW RELEASE] Charm Parade Releases Four Song EP

You may remember earlier this year when the band RANA announced a reunion concert in honor of keyboardist, Matt Trowbridge's 40th birthday. That band which also includes drummer Ryan Thornton, bassist Andrew Southern, and Scott Metzger on guitar, was unable to play the concert due to COVID-19.

The silver lining, Charm Parade. Charm Parade is made up of bassist Andrew Southern and Ryan Thornton on drums and vocals. The band came together organically after the RANA reunion did not come to fruition this year.

Thornton tells Tour Stories, "About 15 years ago Andrew told me that he wants to form a band with me as the lead singer someday, and that whenever that happens, it will be called Charm Parade. So here we are! 

The absence of the RANA show was in part the push over the edge that we needed to get this happening. There was a void that we were able to fill by working on these songs, and we wrote songs that we hope fill a void for the listeners, and bring joy to their day. 


There are certainly some veiled (or not so veiled) hints at the c...

Spafford Brings Live Music Back to the Desert at The Drive-In

A concert is like a car. Most of us have been around one before but we really don’t know anything about what is under the hood. There is A LOT of shit under there and it takes a lot of moving parts to make the thing go. In the last two weeks I have had the unique privilege of watching a band I admire putting the pieces together. It was a real experience to see the thing come together so quickly. Spafford produced a finished product, a LIVE socially distant drive-in concert in Mesa, Arizona, in under two weeks.

The vibe was initially surreal. I arrived for soundcheck a little after 4PM and that desert sun was beating down. I could see in the distance that the cars had started to line up. Die-hard Arizona Spafford fans arriving early for the first shot at a first come first serve based spot situation. The concert was ticketed and each car had either a East or West pass. Depending on your purchased location you were instructed on either side of the stage. Next to the stage was a tremendous video screen, fans were truly at the drive-in. The band brought in a PA system to provide a real conce...