Who’s your mamma and what does she do?

It’s late… maybe 2 or 3 A.M.  and I’m sitting here at a keyboard, trying desperately to find the words that most accurately describe the live show I just left. How do you explain the way the way the room buzzes before the lights come up? Or the feeling of that vibration in your chest when the music roars to just the right volume? And finally, how proud you are of the people on that stage that you’ve watched struggle and fight and claw their way to get to that point, only to feel like they still have miles to go to reach their goals?

Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena
Shauna “WhiskeyChick” Castorena

That’s me. That’s what I do. I am a live music ambassador. I like to think I’m a writer, although I don’t do nearly enough of that. Instead I spend my time emphatically shouting the praises of musicians I am currently in love with. I do everything I can to share the experience of loving live music with people who may have never even been to a concert.

It started as an escape from my every day cycle of work and bills and obligations. I went to country bars and punk clubs, arenas and fairs, trying as hard as I could in those few hours every weekend to understand why I couldn’t get enough and what it said about who I am. I’m not a talented musician… I can barely hum in tune. I’m not a traveling gypsy, although I feel like my heart might be. But what I am is a fan and a friend of the music community that surrounds me. Now, years down the road, that community is huge, and a lot of those musicians have grown up and into projects that are wildly successful. That’s where the pride comes in. I’ve watched some fall short, and I’ve watched some rise. And I share their stories with my readers which, in part, become my stories too.


I am currently writing for PureRockNews.com, CountryMusicNewsBlog.com, and a few smaller sites. You can see links to my favorite pieces at the bottom of this page. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and just about anywhere else online!

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