West Coast Music Magazine – Issue 4 Out Now

Hi world,

Issue 4 of the incredible ‘West Coast Music Magazine’ is out now for your pleasure.


  • Lee Ritenour; Exclusive interview from ‘Rit’, who talks about his early days getting established, his incredible success as a solo artist, working with other musicians including Dave Grusin & Bob James and what makes his new box-set collection so special.
  • Ed Motta; Jim Chamberlain experiences some Intergalactic moments with our man from Brazil.
  • Thierry Condor; Turning back the years to recall the golden era of west coast with his new album ‘So Close’. Interview and exclusive signed cd’s to be won in our summer competition.
  • Tom Snow; ‘Songs Of Innocence & Experience’ is the title of the legendary song writer’s guest playlist featured in this issue.
  • Marcus Liesenfeld; Featuring a rare interview with the man who keeps delivering wonderful  west coast compilations with his
  • Too Slow To Disco series.
  • Ed Greene; Barney Hurley catches up with one of his favorite drummers to talk about his session work on albums for Marvin Gaye, Barry White & Martin Omartian.
  • Diggin’ The Dollar Bins; In this month’s ‘Letter from America’, Jeff Boozer looks at the ups and  downs of tracking down vinyl gold in the U.S.
  • West Coast Smooth Lounge Chart; Whats hot in the world of west coast album releases.

Issue 4

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Trade Winds a mix by Robert E Lee

Here’s a really lovely mix from Robert E Lee on Mixcloud. I’ve been listening to it this morning and it’s got a fantastic vibe… Robert says it best though…

“The sounds of distant conga drums and soft flutes drift on the breeze, mingling with the smell of wood smoke and sassafras. Barefoot children play in the sand, lovers lounge in white cotton and a bearded holy man strums an old guitar, watching the sun set over the water. It could be Laurel Canyon, a commune in rural Appalachia, the deserts of Morocco or a secluded hacienda in Ibiza, it’s a feeling rather than a location; a vibe not a scene. What do we call this feeling? Groovy West Coast Folk Rock? Hippie Balearica? Sunset AOR? Who knows, just let it wash over you and take another drag…”


West Coast Music Magazine: Issue 3

Thought you’d like to know that issue 3 of the excellent ‘West Coast Music Magazine’ is out now, in digital and print versions.

In this issue:

  • Bobby Caldwell; Exclusive interview about his new Cool Uncle album, plus the inside story of the making of his classic debut album What You Won’t Do For Love.
  • Bill LaBounty; Shares his exclusive guest mix ‘Compass Points’, with West Coast readers recalling memories and anecdotes about tracks from Sly & The Family Stone, Luther Vandross & Elton John amongst others.
  • Samuel Purdey; Recalling the making of their classic album Musically Adrift with Barney Hurley.
  • Lava; Sharing the story of how in the early 80’s they worked, toured and recorded with soul jazz legend Randy Crawford.
  • J. Canady; Up & coming artist of the month.
  • Glenn Frey; Tribute to Eagles founding member who passed away in January.
  • Northern Lights; Jim Chamberlain explores impact of Nordic west coast music and how it continues to grow.
  • Searching For West Coast Love; Erik Mattox worries about attitudes to this genre in America.
  • Plus news, views and reviews.

Buy it now here >>



View From The West Coast


View From The west Coast is a unique online magazine for lovers of west coast smooth music. Featuring classic album reviews, new releases, guest playlists and an exclusive ‘View From The West Coast’ radio show from Steve Quirk. Also featured is information about an exclusive mix by Mark ‘Good Vibes’ Taylor, done especially for the launch of the magazine.

Interviews in the first issue include Mike Lundy, who has already been featured on this blog, Brian Wilson, Lucas Arruda, Roger Bong and Geyster. Also featured is an article by yours truly, about Westcoast AOR duos to go with my mix.

The magazine’s editor Nick Mawson said “This is the start of a magical journey for me… I’ve met so many wonderful people being involved in this new magazine and the music we have shared along the way has been a joy to hear. I hope you consider it yours as much as mine and I’d love to get your thoughts and feedback about ‘View From The West Coast’. I really do sincerely thank everyone for their amazing support in helping me get this off the ground…”

Buy the magazine now at: Joomag.com