Independent Artists Spotlight

Catch the Independent Artists Music Spotlight on Wednesdays 1-2pm, Fridays 11-11:30am, and Indie Artists After Dark on Wednesdays at 11-midnight!


Vicious Rooster

Following the release of “The Moon Is Dancing”, Vicious Rooster returns with the energetic “Something Goin ‘On“, a song full of rhythm, sharp guitars and a voice that seeks to capture the attention of the audience. The single was mixed by Mikal Reid, who has worked with renowned artists such as Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Ben Harper, and Kenny Wayne Sheperd, among others.

Accompanied by his first music video, the single marks the beginning of a new stage in the career of singer-songwriter Juan Abella, in which he promises to bring his own share of rock to the music scene. The artist, discovering his passion for rock at an early age and after being part of several bands in Argentina, decided to pursue a solo project called Vicious Rooster. Under that name and after moving to Los Angeles, California, he released his first album “The Darkest Light” in 2017, and the single “The Moon Is Dancing” in August 2020. Vicious Rooster combines elements of classic rock with nuances of southern rock and a touch of grunge, influenced by elite artists such as Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes and Alice In Chains, among others, to create their forceful sound.

Have a listen to Something Goin’ On below, and then head to Vicious Rooster to snag your copy, available on all digital platforms!


Malea & the Tourists

Malea & the Tourists features some of the Northwest’s most dynamic musicians. The group is recognized as one of PDX’s hottest variety bands with a repertoire that spans all ages and genre preferences. Their cover selections offer a variety of genres including jazz, swing, pop, bossanova, R&B, Motown and light rock. Have a listen to a few tracks from “Have You Seen My Angel?” below, and then head to Malea & the Tourists to find virtual concerts, check out their social media and purchase/stream your copy!


John Michael Ferrari

John Michael Ferrari writes songs about his life experiences and the experiences of others. His music speaks to us; we can relate to the message or story in the song.​ John’s music producer for over 30 years, Pepper Jay, describes John’s music as “poetry and stories put to music with unique retro sounds and emotionally piercing lyrics.” John’s album “Be the Smile on Your Face,” released in 2020, was recorded at Larry Beaird Studios in Nashville. ​Take a listen to a few of the radio chart climbing tracks below and then head to ReverbNation to grab your copy!


The Celtic Kitchen Party

KBOG’s favorite lads are dropping their new album on November 20th!
Boasting a diversity of talent, “The Celtic Kitchen Party” plays a mix of their own originals as well as traditional and contemporary East Coast, Irish and Scottish Celtic Music and with just the right dash of Pop, Classic Rock and Country! The name conjures up that down-homer feeling where all your relatives and neighbors drop by for a traditional kitchen party. This ensemble group brings a lively high energy performance to any venue for a night you and your guests are sure to remember. CKP has shared the stage with The Mudmen, The Mahones, Sean McCann, Next Generation Leahy and Queens Bands to name a few.
The guys have been shouting out “SOCIABLE!” for years now and telling their ONE and only (good) joke and now all that energy and experience is culminating in their latest musical offering titled “LOBSTER TAIL AND BEER” (now available in CD and DIGITAL MP3 copy, and will be released November 20, 2020 to all major digital platforms). Check out a few tracks below and then head to The Celtic Kitchen Party to get your copy, see some livestreams and grab some cool merch!


Deborah Silver

“Deborah Silver’s strong and sultry vocals are seductive and soul soothing. Her talent and beauty are equally extraordinary. Whatever she sings she owns, making every note matter! One listen and you know… Deborah Silver is the real deal.”
~ Quincy Jones

That’s how Legend and Icon, Quincy Jones, describes Silver, who is back to follow up her acclaimed 2016 Billboard #1 chart-topping release, The Gold Standards, with a brand new full-length project, Glitter & Grits. Produced by the 10X Grammy winner Ray Benson and featuring musicians from his legendary outfit Asleep At The Will, Glitter & Grits reinforces Deborah’s immense versatility as she takes us on a journeythrough genres ranging from Jazz to Americana with a Texas swing flavor. This release has a special meaning to Deborah, because her “grit” recently helped her to recover from a 40-day bout with COVID-19 reinforcing her belief that all things are possible. When speaking about Glitter & Grits, Silver says “I am thrilled and honored to have created this album with the legendary Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel. Their incomparable western swing touch has brought these songs to life in a way that nobody else could have!”.

Have a listen to a few tracks below, find more info about Deborah at Deborah Silver Music and then head Here to grab your copy available on your favorite streaming platform!


Bill Wence

It’s the 15 Year Anniversary Re-Release of Bill Wence’s “Songs from the Rocky Fork Tavern”!

Bill started playing piano in his early teens in Salinas, California in the 50’s. He worked in the lettuce fields in the summers with the “braceros” and started playing piano with Bobby Bare during his junior year in High School while Bare was stationed in the Army at nearby Fort Ord. He worked the “honky tonks” in California, Oregon and Alaska throughout the 60’s, moving to Nashville in 1973, where he hit the road, working with Tom T. Hall for over 1000 shows. He had cuts as a writer by Ronnie McDowell, Cristy Lane and others, as well as having four consecutive Billboard singles under his name on the Country charts in 1979-80.

Tiring of the road life, Bill opened up his radio promotions company in 1980 and he still has a very successful company to this day. He never did stop writing songs and put out a top 30 Americana album in 2001 called “California Callin’.” 615 Records and Bill hope you enjoy his new album, “Songs from the Rocky Fork Tavern.” They’ve been a long time comin’.

Listen to a few “Songs From The Rocky Fork Tavern” below and and then head to AllMusic and Apple Music to grab your copy!


Cassidy Paris

Introducing 17 year old Cassidy Paris from Melbourne, Australia! Following in the footsteps of female rockers Avril Lavigne, Pink and Lzzy Hale, Cassidy Paris promotes girl power by bringing back rock chick fronted melodic pop rock.

Cassidy has released three singles so far – with all of them making a mark worldwide. Cassidy’s debut single ‘Talk About It’ brings back hooks and a very catchy chorus that will be stuck in your head for days. Her second single, ‘Stand’ is a heartfelt account of what it’s like to be a teenager, stressing the importance of standing up for yourself. Cassidy’s third single ‘Walking On Fire’ impressed again with its feelgood upbeat and instant catchy melodies & lyrics. She has performed live in Japan, playing a run of shows in Tokyo, and in the United States at Melodic Rock Fest wowing audiences with her infectious rock ‘n roll poptastic songs.

Cassidy has also played lots of hometown shows around Melbourne by playing acoustic shows at many schools, enjoying the personal side of meeting fans.
Although only 17, Cassidy has grown up with music from a very early age. With influences ranging from the classics such as Heart, Kiss, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Def Leppard, to more recent artists like Taylor Swift (lucky enough to meet her idol Taylor Swift at the age of 8 years of age), H.E.A.T and The Chvrches, Cassidy is ready to make her own mark on music.

Check out a couple of tracks below and then head Here to get her ep/cd ‘Broken Hearted‘ out now!


David Hatton

One of KBOG’s favorite emerging Southern Rock Artists, David Hatton, has dropped his new single Rob The Man! Hailing from Winchester, KY, David’s been composing songs and making music for 15 years. With intoxicating guitar picking and its euphonic and stirring tone, Rob The Man is about how temp services make it possible for factories to work their workers almost non-stop. “Each week you think you’re gonna get a weekend off only to find it’s another mandatory weekend. It’s non stop. It’s sad…” ~ David Hatton

Have a listen below, and head to ReverbNation to grab your copy! (It’s also available on Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud too! Just search David Hatton)


Max Earnshaw

After growing up as a performer and songwriter busking on the streets of Christchurch from the early age of 8, Max began performing solo and as a front man winning the SFRQ Regional Final and playing major events such as Christmas In The Park. Max can be found smashing the Auckland live scene at venues like The Wine Cellar alongside emerging NZ acts, and collaborating with artists such as the Skeleton of Colour (a Los Angeles based smoke artist) in his debut video.

Fresh off the release of his debut single “Temporarily”, he is currently an active solo artist backed by a driven live band. He recently made his radio debut on RNZ and KAOS FM, and his debut with NZ media including The 13th Floor and NZ Entertainment Podcast. He can also be found performing his heart out at venues like The Wine Cellar alongside emerging NZ acts like Harry Parsons and Only Brothers.

Supported by blues and jazz influences, his rock/pop sound is undoubtedly unique, and his stage persona has an infectious energy and a captivating look – he will draw you in with his highly engaging, upbeat music and astute lyrics. He will stir you up and make you think about what’s at stake.

His follow up single ‘Lonely Love’, that describes emotional heartbreak paired with epic driven rock music, dropped in November. Check out the track below and then head to his site Here to watch some videos and grab your copy, available on all major platforms!


Bryant Carter

New Single! – “My Life Story”

Bryant Carter is a singer, songwriter and left handed guitar player with diverse influences from many different music genres and it shows in his music, which is a mix of blues, rock, r&b and hip-hop. Bryant says: “Sometimes with my music, I have all instruments backing my songs in the studio and sometimes I write a song over a beat or add a beat to it along with my guitar and vocals like for this track, which sums up some of the moments in my life that have stood out the most. This is a song that I had needed to write for some time now and I’m glad I’ve finally done it. I wrote four pages of the most personal lyrics I’ve ever poured out over a beat and added some guitar to it and brought it to life. Call this bluesy hip-hop.

Check out “My Life Story” below, and then head to The Bryant C. Project Here, to learn more about Bryant, listen to his wide array of talent, and pick up your own copy available now on all platforms!


Mercy Shine

With influences ranging from Johnny Cash to Motley Crue, music from vocal duo Mercy Shine is sure to bring a new and fresh feel to the country-rock scene. Comprised of Jason Clark and Matt Barfield, Mercy Shine is unapologetically honest and true to themselves which helped them achieve success with their debut single “So Do I”.
Born and raised in the Tidewater area of VA, Jason and Matt spent years in the rock arena playing shows with some of the biggest names in the industry such as KISS, Godsmack, Fuel, Saliva and Deep Purple, to name a few. They are excited to bring their country-rock transformation to a whole new audience. The duo just released their new feel-good, radio single “Curves” along with their self titled EP which was produced by Kimo Forrest; guitarist/vocalist for the groups Alabama and Cash Creek.

Check out the fun new single, Curves, below, and then head to Spotify Here or iTunes Here to grab your copy, and find out more about them Here.



Deathtruck is an American heavy metal band with its origins in Palm Harbor, Florida. Founded by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Anthony Edmiston, former drummer Chase Henderson, lead guitarist/vocalist Chris Savopoulos and bassist/vocalist Peter Tavoularis, they’re finally back with new rhythm guitarist/vocalist Antonio Glass and drummer Connor Fass, and heavier than ever before.

“This was such an unexpected surprise. We took a shot and dropped our name in a link on Facebook to win a free studio session to record a song and won. Preston DiCarlo over at MasterSound Tampa was an all around awesome guy who made the entire process a blast. Any band trying to record in the Tampa area need to do themselves a favor and make the trip. We are so happy and lucky to be able to have the fun we have doing what we love. We can’t wait to announce more in the future! Enjoy”

The new Deathtruck Single “On the Shoulders of Giants” is now available online in all major stores and streaming sites! Head over to Bandcamp to check out the band and grab some cool merch Here.