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The latest in music reviews, concert reviews and music news. Hosted by Shaun Smith.

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The latest in music reviews, concert reviews and music news. Hosted by Shaun Smith.




Episode 14 - Talkin' Bob Dylan With Mum

Hop in the car with me and my mum as we talk about Bob Dylan following his show Saturday, Nov. 17 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Neither one of us are Dylanologists but we talk about his musical legacy and his various performances in New Jersey and Philadelphia including this most recent one - which we both agree was the best. Don't think twice - read my Dylan in Atlantic City review. Subscribe to The High Note podcast anywhere you subscribe to podcasts including iTunes,...


Episode 13 - Dweezil Zappa Review with Nick Valinote

My friend Nick Valinote and I review Dweezil Zappa's Choice Cuts tour show Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. Fresh from the concert, we talk about Frank Zappa and how Dweezil is carrying the family torch in the form of the guitar that Jimi Hendrix set ablaze at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. Excuse the background noise as we recorded while driving home from the concert. Read my review and see photos from the show at Subscribe to...


Episode 12 - Know Yourself Mashup

For this swapcast episode of The High Note with Shaun Smith, I welcome Dan Udale, a counselor and the host of the podcast "Know Yourself" based in the United Kingdom. We talk about how he met Gary Vaynerchuk, who connected us, and the impact music has on mental health. We both created playlists on Spotify that we talked about in this episode. Dan's playlist Shaun's playlist Subscribe to The High Note podcast anywhere you subscribe to podcasts including iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and Google...


Episode 11 - David Myles at Philly Folk Fest

David Myles is a singer-songwriter who hails from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and was a featured performer at the 57th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. We speak before his first performance Saturday, Aug. 17, 2018 in the hospitality tent on the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, Pennsylvania. His tenth studio recording, "Real Love," is available now and his upcoming album "Le grand départ" will be released Sept. 14. He is @mylesdavid on Twitter and @davidmyles on...


Episode 10 - Christopher Kent

Christopher Kent is a singer, songwriter and musician who has been writing and performing on stage since he was a teenager. He joins Shaun Smith on The High Note to talk about what he has learned during his long musical career, the creative process and he explains some of his most popular songs. His latest album is "Earthsongs." His book is called "Staying Off The Wheel Of Misfortune," which is available as an audiobook that he narrated. Learn more about Christopher Kent at...


Episode 9 - Lisa Schaffer

Lisa Schaffer, photographer, DJ and overall Philadelphia-based badass joins host Shaun Smith for this episode of The High Note. We talk about the magic of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the journey of a working photographer, DJing, vinyl and music! Follow Lisa @LisaSchafferPhotography and @VinylChickie on Instagram and see her photos at Follow @HighNoteBlog anywhere you socialize online like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. See for album reviews and music...


Episode 8 - Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett, also known as H-Pizzle, aka Blue Blur joins Shaun for this episode of The High Note podcast. We reminisce about playing in a punk band in high school, how he began playing drums, how he started creating video game music and his latest projects including recreating the music of "Sonic the Hedgehog" - Blue Blur and for the video game "Beyond Humanity." We also talk about some of the concerts we saw together and our favorite video game music. Follow him on Twitter...


Episode 7 - _the_yearlong_revue

Alex and Elizabeth Sinari from _the_yearlong_revue_ join Shaun for this episode of The High Note podcast - recorded Saturday, April 21 at Ventnor Coffee. We go deep about the songwriting process and what it’s like to make music using more than 700 effects pedals. The opening song is “only hurts me longer” and the closing song is “the weight of the word,” both by _the_yearlong_revue_ and both are available on Bandcamp. Learn more about _the_yearlong_revue_ on Soundcloud, Instagram and...


Episode 6 - Ventnor Summer Concert Series preview

Shaun talks to the members of Boycot and The Mountain Waves about the Ventnor Summer Concert Series. Recorded Saturday, April 7 at Ventnor Coffee with Boycot founders Tyler Gehringer and Ellie Dotson, and CJ Sooy, Kevin Velazquez and Sergio Ripa of The Mountain Waves. To donate to the concert series, see Follow The High Note anywhere you subscribe to podcasts and follow @HighNoteBlog anywhere you socialize online. See for...


Episode 5 - Philadelphia Folk Festival with Baile An Salsa

First, I talk about Mordecai's debut album "It's Never Enough." Read my blog for info and see Mordecai Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Holocene in Portland. Next, I talk about the Philadelphia Folk Festival. I interview members of Baile An Salsa about their crowdfunding campaign for their second album expected by Christmas. Please consider donating at At the end of the podcast, you'll hear "Dancing Bodhrán" from the upcoming Baile An Salsa album. Follow @highnoteblog on Twitter,...


Episode 4 - Hittin' The High Note With Amazing Mike

Shaun Smith sits down with Michael Einwechter, Director of Amazing Ventnor and Music Director of Ventnor Coffee. Recorded live Thursday, May 18 at Ventnor Coffee. For concerts in Ventnor see: Twitter: @AmazingVentnor Instagram for Mike: @VentnorMike Special thanks to Ventnor Coffee, Courtney, Christine and Mike.


Episode 3 - New Music Friday And Ben Folds Review

The High Note Episode 3 - New Music Friday And Ben Folds Review Shaun Smith talks about new music releases from Friday, April 21 and Adam Hernandez joins the podcast for a discussion about the Ben Folds concert on Friday at Borgata in Atlantic City. Playlist: DREAMCAR - “Kill for Candy” JAZZ IS PHSH - “Foam” Robin Hitchcock - "I Prey When I’m Drunk” Sheryl Crow - "Be Myself” Damian “Jr Gong” & Steven “Ragga” Marley - “Medication"


Episode 2 - Talkin' Philly Folk Fest with Cousin Mike

Cousin Mike stops by the podcast to talk about the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival! We talk about The Sheepdogs, The Quiet Life, Darlingside, Del & Dawg, Anderson East and The Stray Birds as well as 1998 Y100 FEZtival in Camden, New Jersey. #TheHighNote


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