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Local Tucson Music Scene

Tucson is within 120 miles of Phoenix and shares many of the same artists. Paul McCartney owns a ranch in the Tucson area. The Tucson metro had over one million people in the 2010 Census. Its most prominent campus is University of Arizona, which is one of the city's largest employers. The history of the Tucson music scene has included Linda Ronstadt and Duane Eddy. The annual Tucson Folk Festival is presented every May at El Presidio Park by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association and community radio station KXCI 91.3. Tucson's local music awards presentation is called the TAMMYS. The local music scene is covered by Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Weekly.

Alisha Peru * Artful Dodgers * Ashbury * Audacia * Beautiful Soul * Broken Romeo * Brookee Lin * Celena Santa Cruz * Charlie P Green * Chris Holiman * Clamdiggers * Crystal Stark * Dash Pocket * Fretbender * Funky Bonz * Giant Sand * Heather Lil Mama Hardy * Hounds * Joe-Joe * John Shannon * Jono * Kari Shaff * Kate Becker & The Zodiacs * Kid Icarus * Linda Chorney * Mike Brennan * Mike Levy * Mission Creeps * Ms. Sunshine * Neil Russell * Planet Jam * Ramonaji * Runaway Five * Sad Forever * Sarebro * Sarenity * Shotgun Society * Sunday Afternoon * Stuart Oliver *

Local Highlights

Tucson Weekly is a leading authority on the local music scene. The resource is full of stories about featured local bands such as Cobracalia and Cash Lansky and Marley B. The site has also covered the opening of a record store called Old Paint, located at 201 North Court Avenue, owned by Lana Rebel and Kevin Mayfield. Both store co-owners are extensive record collectors and are musicians for the rock band Hermanitos.

Tora Woloshin sounds ready for to be appreciated beyond the region. She's the top ranked pop/dance artist on ReverbNation for Tucson. Her song "Listen" sounds like it could be strong contender on a national level. Tora spends time in New York and Los Angeles as well as Tucson as she emerges as one of the leading original r&b singers of the region. Tora appeared on the realty TV show The X Factor USA in its first season, 2011. She impressed all four judges with her version of the Jackson 5 hit "I Want You Back." She ended up being one of the top 32 contestants.

Whythe Panther is the number one ranked artist in Tucson, according to ReverbNation in February 2014. He was originally from Brooklyn, NY. He says he started writing songs in July 2010 when he met an "amazing woman," which led to writing over 700 songs. He is a country artist with songwriting similarities to Jim Croce. He has released several albums, including Homemade in December 2013. Other top artists include hip hop artist Cryptic Wisdom, American band Mustang Corners, indie band Boondock Gypsy and "other category" group Rainbow Didge Music.

The Arizona Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Sticks N Strings music store owner Tony Bernard in January 2016. The lawsuit alleges that Bernard received thousands of dollars' worth of payments for instruments that were never delivered to the consumers who bought them. Bernard told Tucson News Now that he was taking full responsibility and working to resolve issues with victims.

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