Editor’s Ramblings – January 2024

Editor Josh Noll

Editor Josh Noll

Welcome to 2024! It’s hard to believe, but a new year is upon us, bringing with it all the plans and aspirations we hold for ourselves each year. While I’m not a fan of setting traditional New Year’s resolutions, I do have some specific goals I’d like to accomplish. One of them is to finally build a cedar strip canoe. Now, you might wonder, what does this have to do with the paper? Well, nothing, but by typing it here, I’m committing to it! Plans for the canoe are set to arrive tomorrow, so I’ll be transforming the “office” to make space for this exciting endeavor. If you happen to have any nice cedar boards lying around, give me a ring. It’s that easy to start something fresh.

Embarking on something new and exciting can seem daunting, whether it’s learning a new instrument or starting a band. Perhaps it’s time for you to start playing out and promoting yourself. Give us a ring and kick off the new year on the right foot—or the left foot, but just get started. Advertising in the paper is super affordable and easy. Email me at joshnoll@pamusician.net and start your new year right!

Looking back to 2023, before Santa came to town, I had a relaxing night down at the Doyle in Duncannon with a solo set by John Rossey. John is another busy local musician, performing solo and playing in The Jacks and Cold Spring Union. The night featured a variety of songs, both covers and originals, from artists like The Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Isbell, American Aquarium, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. However, the standout moments were John’s original songs, seamlessly fitting into the set and creating a great flow. If you haven’t seen John as a solo act or in his other projects, be sure to look him up and catch a show.

We’re thrilled to welcome a couple of new advertisers aboard. First up is the legendary SKA/Rocksteady/Reggae band “Fink’s Constant.” With over 15 years of experience and more than 60 original songs, these guys offer a refreshing departure from the regular rock band scene. Members include Mike Fox (guitar/vocals/trumpet), Chad McCartney (trumpet/vocals), Zack Nye (guitars/vocals), Don Wood (trombone/keyboards), Andrew Sheffer (sax/vocals), Micah Young (bass), and Andrew Hartman (drums). If you’re seeking a cure for the same old Saturday night, “Fink’s Constant” is the medicine you need. Find them on Facebook, Bandcamp, and other online platforms. They’re now booking for 2024—see the ad below for more info.

Next up is “Caulfield’s Radio” from Ephrata, PA. This up-and-coming 4-piece band has just released a new album, “Above The Static.” Mixing raw elements of punk and classic rock with intriguing songwriting, this 11-song album is sure to gain them new fans. Members include Clint Hibshman (frontman/guitar), Chad Hibshman (guitar), Bryan Ross (drums), and Ryan Phillips (bass). The band draws inspiration from JD Salinger’s “Catcher In The Rye,” with tones of dark, angst-filled rebellion emanating through their music. More details can be found in the ad on the next page. Check out the new album and follow along as their journey has just begun.

That’s it for this month. I’ve already encouraged you to join the team at the beginning, so have a happy and prosperous new year. If you’ve been wondering if we can help, please give me a call at 717-636-4203 or send an email to joshnoll@pamusician.net. Also, a special Happy Birthday to our very own Andrea Greene on January 6th! We love you