HughShows Blog has featured thousands of original live band photos and has conducted over 1000 musician interviews (including Brian Wilson, Mavis Staples, and Bruce Hornsby) since starting. With the original ‘First/Last’ questionnaire, you get a sense of where the musician has come from and where they are going with their artistic expression.

First/Last-Lukas Read

“Cosmovisionary American artist. Austin, TX via Pittsburgh, PA via Buffalo, NY.”

Check Lukas out on Facebook, BandCamp, Instagram and Tumblr. Lukas Read is the stage name of Lukas Truckenbrod, a former Pittsburgh resident who now calls Austin home. He was in a band called The Whiskey Holler and is now striking out on his own having just released his fantastic debut solo album, “Ramble Man, Ramble…

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First/Last-Chris Rattie & The Brush Valley Ramblers

“Everything moves in cycles, an unstoppable circular motion. This idea is inescapable in our daily lives. From day to night, summer to winter, and life to death, change is inevitable. The wisest of us accept it and do our best while we hold tight to…

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First/Last-The Fatty Acids

“The Fatty Acids (a half-a-dozen-boy band) have accidentally been kicking around incredibly powerful rock pop tunes for a half-decade in Milwaukee, WI.”

Check the band out at their official Website, Facebook, BandCamp…

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First/Last-Dream Shake

“Like many songwriters who spend most of their time developing ideas behind closed doors, James Nee hit a creative wall in the middle of making his debut album as Dream Shake. (In case you’re curious, the name’s a Hakeem Olajuwon reference.) So he did the …

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First/Last-Softly, Dear

“Softly, Dear has a very ‘Wisconsin’ sound. Portico is the debut effort from this Eau Claire-based band, who formed late summer 2012. After brewing for a while, it’s ready to breathe. Softly, Dear is made up of Tyler Hart, Josh Frederick, Alex Adkinson, Ben …

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First/Last-Davon Magwood

“Comedian Davon Magwood is known for his alternative approach to traditional comedy. Magwood made his debut to the stand-up world in February 2007 at the Pittsburgh Funnybone. Ever since then, his career in stand-up comedy has been a steady incline …

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“FISHDOCTOR is a band that evolved from a Greenpoint, Brooklyn bedroom studio project, into a whimsical group of musical prodigies. Using an array of sounds, their songs contain elements of surf, synth and alternative rock with heavy bass/drum driven …

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First/Last-Bill Eberle

“It is impossible to escape history. It informs the way that we view the world. It also informs the way we hear the world. In a country like America, with such a troubled past, there is plenty to listen to. This is not lost on Bill Eberle. Unable to stay in …

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“Wires.Under.Tension is a duo based in The South Bronx. Combining homegrown audio sampling instruments with ferocious beats and adventurous orchestration, WUT’s angular gymnastics reflect the raw imagery of their home turf. Multi-instrumentalist Christopher…

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First/Last-Florentijn Hofman

“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly…

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First/Last-Wild Child

“Wild Child’s founding members Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins first met in 2009 while touring with a Danish act called The Migrant. Both call Texas home: Wilson, a classically-trained violinist who wrote her first songs under the wing of legendary…

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First/Last-The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries

“The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries is a rock band which began as a kind of gag between friends. “Elisha and I were just hanging around talking about having a band and we were coming up with ridiculous names,” Weston said. “At first, I don’t think we really…

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“Sparkling songcraft. Unbridled inspiration. Disciplined arrangements. PUSH/PULL, the forthcoming release from Champaign-Urbana, IL indie stalwarts Elsinore is a creative triumph by a band that cannot be discouraged. What’s their secret? Elsinore’s sunny …

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First/Last-Adult Field Trip

Band photo courtesy of Margo Van Hoy

“Cormac sings. He also strums both the guitar and bass (though not at the same time). Ricky hits drums and sometimes messes with samples and weird stuff. They’ve been a band off and on for over a year…

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First/Last-Cobalt Cranes

“Led by Kate Betuel and Tim Foley, Cobalt Cranes blend elements of grunge, psychedelic and shoegaze sounds into a sort of post-garage modern take on California rock. Since their 2010 EP In Media Rez, the band has been winning over critics at The …

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First/Last-Jay Arner

“For years, Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Jay Arner has teamed up with others to translate the sounds in his head. He’s fronted an indie rock band, played synthesizers and samplers in a pop duo, manned the drums for a piano-punk songwriter, and held down …

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First/Last-Seth Walker

Posted on October 9, 2013

“Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth played cello before discovering the guitar. His introduction to the blues came via his Uncle Landon Walker who was both a musician and disc jockey. Before …

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First/Last-Jonny Rodgers

Posted on October 8, 2013

“In addition to touring and recording his songs based around tuned wine glasses, guitar, and electronics, Jonny Rodgers is also a composer and producer, writing chamber, orchestral and choral music for concert and film. His newest material prominently …

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First/Last-New Country Rehab

Posted on October 7, 2013

“New Country Rehab cuts through the clutter of watered-down musical imitations with a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. With a knockout combination of sharp innovation and a deep love and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New …

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First/Last-Krissy Krissy

Posted on October 5, 2013

“I’ve been singing and showboating for as long as I could talk and walk,” says the Brooklyn-bred Krissy Krissy, the 23-year-old sings with a guttural passion nicknamed “Brooklyn’s Finest” by her hometown peers. She has half a million+ hits on YouTube, 50K …

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