Meet The Writers
The Review You Team
Alec Cunningham is a journalist and freelance writer from Knoxville, TN. Her passion for music goes back to the early days of her youth. For her, having the chance to interview bands and review their music, along with becoming introduced to new artists, combines the best of the music and writing worlds. She currently works for the Music section of Blank Newspaper, Knoxville’s longest-running independent publication, writing musician interview articles and album reviews. Alec is also presently working toward her degree in Journalism at Tusculum College, where she serves as editor of the Frontier Magazine and is a leading member of the women’s golf team.
Alex Henderson is a veteran journalist/music critic whose work has appeared in Billboard, Spin, The L.A. Weekly, Creem, HITS, Jazziz, JazzTimes, CD Review, Skin Two, Black Radio Exclusive, Thrash Metal and a long list of other well known publications. Known for his eclectic tastes, Alex has contributed several thousand CD reviews to The All Music Guide online and series of reference books since 1996. Jello Biafra, Sonny Rollins, Megadeth, Ice Cube, Live, Chick Corea, Public Enemy, Marduk, Bobby Brown, Ra and Everlast are among the many well known artists Alex has interviewed during his long career.
At the age of fifteen Alexa Spieler started writing about music and managed to build up her very own music promotional website. Since then she has covered prestigious events ranging from the VANS Warped Tour to Arthur Ashe Kids Day, among more. Music has always been a passion of hers, as well as writing. Putting the two together came the formation of her conducting music reviews. She loves this since she now has the opportunity to find out about new artists, as well as getting to write her own opinion on them. She is always excited to find out about the next ‘big thing’ and as always, to interview them.
Andrea Guy hails from Southwestern Pennsylvania where she collaborates with several friends on pop culture blog called The Certifiable Wenches. This blog features books, tv, movies and music reviews as well as commentary on current events. Music has always been a part of her life; from the age of 5, The Beatles and The Monkees dominated her listening. Over the years music became more and more important, and one room of her house is filled with CDs from the floor on up. There isn’t a genre that she won’t listen to at least once.
Andrew Greenhalgh is a music writer, content editor, and lifestyle commentator based in sunny southwest Florida. His writings have appeared in places as diverse as Relevant Magazine, Stereo Subversion, CCM, Country Standard Time, and Soul-Audio.com, where he serves as a co-editor. With a love of music that transcends genres, declaring love for artists and styles that run the gamut from George Jones to The Swell Season and everything in between, Andrew is always excited to hear the next great song. And, when not playing with his two rambunctious children or whipping up something tasty for his wife in the kitchen ala Julie and Julia, Andrew can be found surfing the net for the latest and greatest music, a passion he just can’t, and won’t, lay down.
Dan MacIntosh has been a professional music journalist for 30 years and his work has regularly appeared in many local and national publications, including CCM, CMJ, Paste, Mean Street, Chord, HM, Christian Retailing, Amplifier, Inspirational Giftware, Stereo Subversion, Indie-Music, Soul–Audio, Country Standard Time and Spin.com. He’s an expert in Christian and country music, but he’s also extremely knowledgeable when it comes to most every kind of rock. In addition to reviewing CDs, he regularly writes artist features and biographies.
GW (Gary) is a musician and has been a music fan since a young age. His main musical interests are in progressive rock and heavy metal, however he enjoys many other types of music. He has been writing for quite a long time, having worked as a freelancer for such publications as All Music Guide. Hill also wrote for G4TV scripting interactive content for the “Cops 2.0” television show. Hill’s book The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H. P. Lovecraft was published in 2006. He’s also published a book of short stories entitled “Strange Realities.” He’s working on a book about musician and music fan and in the planning stages for a revised edition of the Lovecraft music book. He created Music Street Journal (musicstreetjournal.com) in February of 1998 as a means of covering the music that he enjoys.
Heath Andrews discovered a passionate love for music at the hands of Huey Lewis & The News. Inspiring him greatly, he attended Ithaca College, obtaining a B.S. in Radio/Television and scriptwriting. During his award-winning tenure there, he hosted and produced multiple programs for the station 106VIC and interviewed musicians such as David Knopfler, Nils Lofgren, and Bruce Hornsby. Heath also contributed numerous written pieces to the campus newspapers and 106VIC website in addition to the websites of peers and colleagues. Heath continues working on his screenplays while scouring the Internet for new and unique musical artists.
Jason Randall Smith
Based in Mount Vernon, New York, Jason Randall Smith is a contributing writer for Impose Magazine. In addition, he maintains his own website, Both Sides Of The Surface, and is also the creator of Radio BSOTS, a podcast featuring independent hip-hop, soul, funk, and electronic music. Jason was also a World Music Community Blogger for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Under the pseudonym Macedonia, he served as a member of WCDB Albany 90.9 FM, hosting shows and producing promo spots during the 1990s. Jason collects vinyl, treats liner notes like canonized literature, and still equates the term “mixtape” with actual cassettes.
After years of playing in various bands and managing a local record store, writer Justin Kreitzer of Dayton, OH turned his experienced ear and lifelong passion for music into Atlas and the Anchor, the ever-growing indie music blog he started over five years ago. He is also a contributing writer for Fabricoh Magazine and the Dayton City Paper and assists with PR for Misra Records. Justin’s love of music began as a Metallica-patched-jean-jacket-wearing eight-year old, banging on the drums in his bedroom and continues today.
Kelly O’Neil began her career in Public Relations in NYC with a diverse clientele including Foreigner, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Max, Jaci Velasquez and Sir James Galway. Her journalism career launched when she moved to Nashville and wrote for CCM, U and CrossWalk magazines. Kelly’s freelancing credits include Reader’s Digest, Pan Pipes, christianmusicplanet.com and christrock.com. In addition to contemporary Christian music, Kelly is well versed in classical and jazz, having played in numerous ensembles, most notably the Nashville Philharmonic. She met her husband over a mutual admiration for King Crimson and Yes. They now reside in Raleigh where Kelly assists him with his Custom Home Theater Installation company, AV Tech and teaches private music lessons at her own Request Music studio.
Matheson Kamin is rapidly approaching the ten-year mark as a writer/reviewer. During his first decade, he has written well over five hundred music-related articles that have featured reviews of albums and performances. Like most reviewers, Matheson has a large music collection. And while the biggest part of his collection features a lot of rock and roll, he also likes many other genres of music. As one of the reviewers for Review You, Matheson has done reviews for Rock, Country, Jazz, Heavy Metal and even a CD from the Children genre. When not writing for Rock and Roll Report, you can find other writings by him on his blog called Matheson’s Entertainment Blog. You can also find Matheson on Facebook and Twitter.
Since 2000, Wisconsin-based Matthew Forss has been actively involved in the ‘global’ world music scene as a music journalist for the Edmonton, Canada-based Inside World Music. Matthew holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College-Plainfield, VT. Some of his music and book reviews have been published in Songlines, Ethnomusicology, and African Music. He is published with ABC-CLIO, World Trade Press, Oxford University Press, Golson Media, Greenwood Press, and Facts On File. He diligently maintains his ever-growing collection 4,200+ recordings of music from every country in the world, while looking forward to discovering (and reviewing) new music.
Melissa Nastasi is a lifetime New York resident with a passion for all things music. Two years ago she started ModernMysteryBlog.com, where she writes albums reviews, interviews, editorials, show reviews and more. Formerly the Associate Editor of the music site GreenShoelace.com, her work has also been featured on BreakThruRadio.com, MyMusicSuccess.com and BrooklynVegan.com. She has interviewed a great deal of artists from The Dandy Warhols to We Are Scientists and even conducted the first ever Surfer Blood interview. She has been a Pavement fan since she was 12 years old.
Mike DeGagne has been writing about music for over 15 years. Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Mike has a B.A. in English from Laurentian University. He started reviewing music for a couple of local newspapers, and then graduated to the All Music Guide as a contributing writer specializing in album and song reviews from a multiple of genres. Although his forte is rock and pop, he has covered such areas as jazz, blues, country, avant garde, new age, progressive rock, and alternative. With over 1000 reviews written for the All Music Guide, both in the printed editions of the encyclopaedia and on their website, Mike has a true passion to write and to express his love of music in his writing. He has a fondness for British Blues and Classic Rock, with The Rolling Stones, early Fleetwood Mac, The Who, and The Beatles included as some of his most cherished artists. In his spare time, Mike teaches English to adult learners in Sudbury and also contributes reviews to the American Noise website.
Mike Korn was bit by the music bug at a very early age, exposed to his dad’s collection of jazz, country and pop music before discovering the world of 70′s classic rock. After hearing Judas Priest and Motorhead, there was no turning back and he became possessed by the metal spirit. Under the pen name of Dr. Abner Mality, he has written for a number of publications such as RAM Magazine, Music Street Journal and his own project, Wormwood Chronicles, which reflects a whole range of eclectic underground tastes. Wormwood Chronicles has existed since 1998 and features his interviews with artists ranging from Anthrax to Molly Hatchet and Blue Oyster Cult to Morbid Angel. Mike also writes for the Ravenous Monster webzine.
Nick DeRiso has also explored jazz, blues, rock and roots music for Gannett News Service and USA Today, All About Jazz, Popdose, Ultimate Classic Rock, Living Blues, Rock.com, No Depression, the Louisiana Folklife Program and Blues Revue, among others. Named newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006.
Reed Burnam is a musician and freelance writer hailing from the Republic of Texas, though he has also called Los Angeles and Jaipur, India home for a spell. Cutting his musical teeth in the early 90′s on a steady diet of punk, folk, lo-fi, noise, metal, and psych, Reed has spent the past twenty years playing multiple instruments in a small army of bands, as well as self-recording and releasing numerous solo albums on his own record label. His interests have led him to collaborate on varied musical projects stretching from improvisational noise to afro-funk to parody rock; in his free time he manages to write, attend shows, and work when he can stand it. He currently calls Austin home, until the condos finally take over.
Rhonda Readence was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the rock ‘n’ roll capital of the world, so they say. She lived for a short time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before migrating southwest to her current place of residency in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. In love with music from infancy, Rhonda was dancing to the likes of Elvis Presley before she even learned to walk. With her expertise in genres such as metal, rock, goth, punk, rockabilly, alternative, and even some country, her knowledge of music is vast. She has also dabbled in the art of production and engineering as a one time protégé of Neon Cactus Studios in Akron, Ohio.
Ross Barber is a music writer, web designer and social media consultant based in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2009, he graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Popular Music Performance receiving particularly high praise for his dissertation, ‘Virtual Scenes and Cultural Production: The Impact of the Internet on Hardcore Punk and Emo Subcultural Activity.’ His work has been included in various websites and publications including Absolute Punk, The List and Is This Music? and he likes to use his own blog (http://www.electrickiwi.co.uk/blog) as a showcase for unsigned talent around the world. Ross has an insatiable thirst for new music and for helping new artists reach a wider audience – he simply can’t get enough of it.
Wildy Haskell is the writer/editor of Wildy’s World, a blog dedicated to exposing some of the best music out there, be it Indie or mainstream. Wildy’s reviews have also appeared on CelticMP3.com and IndieMusic.com, and he has been excerpted in London’s The Independent. Wildy is also an occasional contributor to Pinstriped Bible (a New York Yankees on-line community), and writes biographies, newsletters and blog posts for artists and musicians on a free-lance basis. Wildy has classical vocal training, and is able to jam out on a dozen or so chords on his ill-used acoustic guitar.