Hey, look! I’m a ‘Music Industry Master Mind!’

One hot summer day earlier this year, I was on the phone with John Scargall, touring country artist and #GoodFriendoftheShow. John and I talk to catch up on each other’s projects every so often, and to bounce ideas off of one another.

As this particular conversation went on, John told me about his upcoming Music Industry Master Mind podcast. The series features John interviewing “some of the music industry’s top executives and minds to find out what makes them tick; [and] the beliefs and strategies they use in order to achieve tremendous success.”

John’s Music Industry Master Mind guest list includes CEOs and top industry A&R executives, and provides valuable industry insight to anybody passionate about making music their life’s mission.

Now, I am ecstatic and humbled to tell you that Music Industry Master Mind also features the story of Lehigh Valley Underground!

John extended the offer to me to share my experience of building Lehigh Valley Underground, from fledgling blog to local online music powerhouse(?). To have my name — and, especially, Lehigh Valley Underground’s — listed alongside some of the top executives in the music industry today is a tremendous honor, and to share my thoughts on John’s amazing platform is something for which I’m incredibly grateful.

Thanks to John for including me! Please have a listen to the podcast to learn our origin story (Spoilers: The Quinn Spinn is involved), what it takes to succeed, and my hopes for LVU’s future.

WATCH: John Scargall on PBS39 Steel Sessions

On Thursday’s edition of QSLehighValley, we talked to John Scargall about his local appearance on PBS39’s Steel Sessions.

PBS39, based in Bethlehem, hosted ten tapings of Steel Sessions last August. Each episode features a half-hour of local, original music performed by artists from the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

As a nice way to close out your Friday, we’ve included John’s episode of Steel Sessions for you to enjoy. If you want more, you can catch an episode of of Steel Sessions every Saturday night at 11 p.m., only on PBS39.

QSLehighValley: Feb. 25, 2016

#GoodFriendoftheShow John Scargall joins us to talk about his album, “Breakthrough,” as well as his work with NASCAR and PBS39.

Track listing:
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening theme)
uMan Era – Highlanders
Michael Meade – Relevant
John Scargall – Tearin’ Me U
John Scargall – Leave It on the Track
Audra McLaughlin – Tennessee Cowboy
Rofo Audio – Baggage
Reverse Order – Erase You

 

Review: John Scargall – Breakthrough

Catch John Scargall tomorrow when he joins The Quinn on QSLehighValley. Tune in on SoundCloud, iTunes and here on Lehigh Valley Underground!

Artist: John Scargall
Album: Breakthrough (LISTEN)
Release date: Oct. 6, 2015
Genre: Country rock

When John Scargall decided to leave the corporate world and pursue a career in music, he was defying the odds, as well as the seemingly-reasonable, yet all-too-often-heard advice of those around him to have a fallback.

After listening through his debut album, the appropriately-titled “Breakthrough,” it’s clear that he doesn’t need one.

By reacting to doubt on triumphant, “I-told-you-so” anthems like “Tearin’ Me Up” and “Live Out Loud,” John shows that he has the confidence and knowledge to achieve whatever dream he pleases. All the while, he imparts that wisdom to others looking to break from life’s doldrums on “Breakthrough,” the album’s title track and most tender, inspirational moment.

There’s plenty more rockin’ country fun to be had on “Breakthrough,” like the fast-moving, fiddle-driven “A Little Bit of Lovin’” and the groovy “Two Face Factory.” NASCAR ’15 staple “Leave It on the Track,” for being a bit closer to mid-tempo than the aforementioned, also has the rhythm and soul to make you dance.

It’s hard to believe that, not too long ago, John Scargall was giving presentations at his 9-to-5 like the rest of us. Just a couple of short years later, “Breakthrough” has deservedly taken John out of the boardroom and all over the country.

QSLehighValley: Feb. 4, 2016

Our first-ever local podcast hits the internet with The Revere, who come on the show to discuss their latest concept album, “Behold, the Sea Itself!”

Track listing:
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become
Duke Maroon – The Man Who Laughs
The Band of Rivals – Ghosts of You
The Revere – Behold, the Sea Itself
The Revere – Down at the Water’s End
Meghan Cary – Building This House
John Scargall – Live Out Loud
Whitney Peyton ft. Sounds – It’s All Good