EarToTheGround Music features emerging artists primarily in the folk, indie rock, and roots music scenes. The site has album reviews, artist interviews, and artist spotlights featuring a number of lesser-known musicians. It is the purpose of the site to curate the digital music world, helping artists find an audience and music fans find exceptional, high-quality music.
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Greg Jones (Co-Owner, Co-Editor)- Greg is a lifelong musician and music lover from western Pennsylvania, currently living in Ohio. He’s an avid fan of great harmonies and vocal blending. He mostly writes about acoustic, folk, and roots country artists. His most important personal music interests include Eagles, Larry Norman, Relient K, and Good Old War. Greg is happy to check out shows in the western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia region.
Matt Simon (Co-Owner, Co-Editor) – is passionate about showing the next generation what they are missing by listening to the radio. He was raised on classic rock and Neil Diamond, though his tastes have expanded greatly since. It is his strongly held belief that the Midwest produces everything good in this world and will gladly discuss that fact over coffee. All the major events in his life have a soundtrack attached to it like an audio scrapbook. He loves to listen to the likes of Ryan Adams and Frank Turner; wishes he was as cool as Josh Homme, and still foolishly believes that Led Zeppelin will reunite. He resides near Cleveland, Ohio.
Guest Contributors and Former Staff Members
Siri Undlin (Reviewer) – Siri Undlin is a writer, musician, traveler and mustard-enthusiast. She believes in following the whims, getting upside down at least once a day, and the elasticity of time. A proud Northerner who finds it hard to be productive without freezing temperatures, you can check out Undlin & Wolfe, Humbird, and the Tatterhood Gallery to see more of her work.
Hannah of Rockmycommute.com – Hannah is the author of the rockmycommute.com music review blog project. Hannah’s goal for this project is to check out a new CD each week to alleviate the boredom of the daily car commute, then share thoughts and opinions with fellow music enthusiasts via written reviews of each album. She loves 90s music and everything from indie folk to classic rock; is trying to appreciate jazz more; and is even willing to give metal a try. Most days, Hannah is also an audit professional who lives, works, and drives a Prius in the greater New York Metro area. Learn more at rockmycommute.com/about/.
Kori Shearer (Reviewer) is born, raised, and still living in southwestern PA. Her musical tastes run fairly wild, but she has a big soft spot for lyrical flow, harmonies, and fingerpicking. Armed with a passion for creating, Kori constantly tries to find new ways to enrich the world around her through words, art, and music.
Casey Karger (Co-founder, Reviewer) – Growing up in rural NW Pennsylvania, Casey has developed a healthy dislike of country music and most popular music (it was all we had). An amateur musician, he’s become infatuated with folk and bluegrass music. Give him something that sounds like Nickel Creek, NeedToBreathe, Dawes, or Mumford and Sons and he’ll talk to you about them non-stop. Currently in Pittsburgh, he will travel to meet and see bands live.
Kate Bee (Reviewer) – Kate is a writer from New York who went to college to study counseling psychology and currently spends her days playing with children in Cleveland, Ohio. She does not enjoy crossword puzzles, nail polish, or wearing shoes; but takes great pleasure in cooking delicious vegan food, climbing on rocks, and painting with all of the colors of the wind. She prefers to be outside whenever possible, climbing, swimming, hiking, and generally adventuring. She is not too particular about genre of music, but finds certain niches where she finds herself most at home. She never gets sick of Old Crow Medicine Show, Olof Arnalds, Beethoven, Cats in Boots, or Cake.
Dayna Duncan (Reviewer) – Dayna has been all over, there and back again…literally. She moved around a lot growing up (Ohio, NY, PA and Nashville) before moving to South Korea, where she currently resides with her husband and kid, all while teaching and answering endless stupid questions like “Do you know how to use chopsticks? Or, “Do you like KPop?” (The answers are “duh”…and “NO! Stop asking me!”) Either way, she went to college for music, was a musician for years, and now mostly loves writing about music. She has an ear for vocals and a knack to being awesome. True story. If you’ve got a good beat, some hearty instrumentals, killer harmonies, or even a good simple strum, then she’s your gal. Music is universal…ya’ll.
Lisa Regula Meyer (General Vagabond)- Lisa was born and raised in Lima, Ohio, now famous as the home of Glee. Reared on sixties and seventies music in the eighties, she still has an affinity for turntables and speakers taller than herself. After finishing two bachelor’s degrees at Ohio State Lima campus and being pronounced full of BS, she uprooted her husband and son to come to Kent and work on her Ph.D. in biology (just her- the husband is in history, and the son is in elementary). While dissertating and adjuncting, she began writing in a handful of venues, mainly for free music, pocket change, and to waste time she should be doing other things. Currently on the tenure track job hunt, she’s trying to stay busy and out of trouble, and is usually unsuccessful at this last endeavor. Lisa makes sure to warp the next generation through her own child and two surro-daughters, is a proud aspie, loves her husband and pet cat, and is great at doing what she tells others not to.
Jake Nelko (Reviewer) – Originally from Pittsburgh, Jake made his way out to the greater Seattle area in September 2011 and has done his best to soak in the music culture from day 1. He’s played some form of instrument from 1st grade (piano, trombone, drums, guitar) and has had a constantly developing taste in that time; from alternative through post-punk and into indie and Americana. His favorite bands of all time are the Avett Brothers and Squad Five-O. He loves music written from emotion and artists who wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Nikky (Reviewer) – is a Chicago native working in public relations & advertising. She is forever a music lover and prefers live music over most things. Her music tastes stay in the realm of indie/alternative and acoustic. While she loves hearing what musicians can do with their instruments, she enjoys sifting through the lyrics and interviewing artists more than anything.