Rockets are partly a paradox. They go forward by exhaling their exhaust backward. They’re engaged with energy, being shot off into space by chemical components that are powerful enough to produce lift off. The countdown to ignition is entertaining and exciting, knowing that in ten seconds the rocket will blast off beyond the sky. Turtle Island has a new rocket in mind, with a daring new destination.
The first part to pique my participation about Sarah LaMantia was how happy her fans were to help spread the scoop about Sarah’s singing. Someone suggested that I put her on the Soundcheck schedule, so I wrote her name down but had a few other artists ahead of her. That same week another person put it in my ear that Sarah LaMantia would be a proper person to promote. I promptly and rapidly researched and what I found was that Sarah Lamantia was far beyond being just famous in the small West Virginia town of Weirton.
Last time I talked about the London lads and lady in Being Buffalo I had several things to say about the folk/pop music-makers, all positive and pristine. I said they – Thom George, Matt Child, Emily Lambros, Pat Knight, John Budding, and Pete Snowdon – were like sunshine, their music was a mood-changer, they made me feel like I just hit the jackpot. Little did I know that they were just fanning the flame. With their new EP, Start the Fire, released on March 21st, they’ve gathered good songs and kindled something that has combusted – all the way to number 12 on the singer/songwriter charts!