The Rust Belt Chronicles Year-End Review: Cheers and Jeers for 2017

The Rust Belt Chronicles Year-End Review!

As the CEO and Founder of The Rust Belt Chronicles I want to acknowledge some of our accomplishments, endeavors and friends.  It’s impossible to mention everyone who’ve supported us during 2017. As ‘The Man’ below often says: “Continue To Rock Until Otherwise Notified!”

The Rust Belt Chronicles

Michael Stanley (center).

Photo: © 2016 Jim Carver / The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Cheers to Michael Stanley for his successful on-going recovery after recent open-heart surgery. Cleveland’s “Favorite Son” also released his latest album, Stolen Time‘ in November and in my humble opinion has grown into one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. Back in the day, Kerrang Magazine compared his and original member, Jonah Koslen of The Michael Stanley Band song-writing to Lennon/McCartney. Since going solo, his musical stories have matured to a rich and thoughtful form from the heart, often laced with his own experiences that contain quite a bit of wisdom; which sadly is seldom heard in today’s music scene! Get well soon Michael!

Jonah Koslen

Jonah Koslen

Cheers to former Clevelander, Jonah Koslen who returns to Cleveland at the Music Box Supper Club” this month. After promptly selling-out the evening show (standing-room tickets only remain for the late show), a late afternoon show has been added to hear the songs of this jewel of a singer/songwriter.  Jonah’s tunes are a trip down memory lane between his iconic past musical heritage (ex-member of The Michael Stanley Band, Jonah Koslen and the Heroes, Breathless) along with some new gems from his latest solo releases, ‘Nusic‘ and ‘Partially Light‘. Strike up the band with one of Cleveland’s favorite artists, of all time on Saturday, January 27th!

Frank Medley and The Get-A-Way Band.

Heroin Epidemic Awareness Video
Produced by 419 PRODUCTIONS 2017.

Cheers to Mansfield, Ohio’s Frank Medley for his release of his video/song, “Struggles“and his passionate stance on Opioid Addiction, along with his upcoming charity event against the drug that costs so many lives. Watch for our interview with Frank in an upcoming episode of Rock Lines!

President, Larry “Big L” Ritter of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Vice-President, Shannon “Hammy” Hamilton of The Rust Belt

Cheers to the newly announced President of The Rust Belt Chronicles, Larry Ritter and new Vice-President, Shannon “Hammy” Hamilton! I am fortunate to be able to do have these two gentleman on our team. Their passion and pride in our services of media entertainment is a vision we all share. I wish nothing but success as “Big L” and “Hammy” guarantee the future of The Rust Belt Chronicles in 2018 and beyond!

Jeers to my own personal health issues in 2017!


Jennifer Colleen of Rock Lines Interview with Doyle.

Video Credit: JNRvision.

Cheers to our very own, Jennifer Colleen who’s engaging and acknowledgeable presence on our video show, Rock Lines is dynamite!


Cheers to singer/songwriter Georgia Kostyack, whose voice is an incredible up-lifting experience. Georgia melts your heart with her blend of Modern Country Music resonating to Heaven and back. Whether she sings one of her beautiful lush ballads or soars the powerful range of her voice with an rockin’ tune, it’s simply breathtaking! Don’t miss her in 2018!

– Jim Carver, The Rust Belt Chronicles

Amazingness Winner, Michael “Shred Head” Weber of The Michael Weber Show.

Cheers to Michael Weber, the young guitarist phenom who we covered in 2017, appeared on MTV’s talent show, ‘Amazingness‘ last week as ‘Shred Head’ and won the contest along with the trophy and $10,000 of prize money.

Autumn Burning Interview Episode #7 Rock Lines.

Video Credit: JNRvision.

Cheers to Autumn Burning, whose new single “Pray” is a luscious romp of Hard Rock at its best” and for allowing us to use their music on the intro/outro of Rock Lines. Watch for the upcoming interview/review with Autumn Burning on their latest CD on Rock Lines and The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Mr. Danny Powers.

Photo: © 2015 Jim Carver / The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Cheers to Danny Powers of Michael Stanley and The Resonators. Last summer on short notice, Roger Daltry decided to add music to his scheduled appearance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Roger requested the “Best” guitarist in Cleveland. That call immediately summoned Danny who marveled all in attendance with his guitar skills including the legendary vocalist of The Who.

Jimmy “Superman” Clark.

Cheers to Jimmy Clark who continues to serve as the drum technician for Lars Ulrich of Metallica!

Photo: 2017 Larry Ritter/The Rust Belt

Cheers to car salesman, David Piatt who surprised us at the Massive Tailgating Party at Rock On The Range 2017 with an impromptu advetisement for us on his catering setup! David also booked a band to perform in the parking lot as he served the hungry concert fans his delicious food and beverages!

Cheers to The Babys, their management and Jen, who used our photos taken during their show at the Music Box Supper Club for upcoming concert promotions!

Deep Purple
Cheers to Deep Purple who may have toured the USA for one last time after finally being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017!

Jeers if the above remains true!

Cheers for all of inductees announced for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018!

Cheers to the Music Box Supper Club for promoting national and local musicians, along with their series of Cleveland Stories/Dinner Parties, giving us the rich history of Cleveland’s past with music, sports, radio and more!

Cheers to Lzzy Hale of Halestorm for Tweeting and posting one of our photos on Instagram.

Jeers to the loss of Tom Petty, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Sonny Geraci (The Outsiders, Climax), Glen Campbell, Allen Holdsworth (UK), Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), Chris Cornell, J. Geils (The J. Geils Band), Malcolm Young (AC/DC), David Cassidy, Della Reese, Sam Shephard, Chuck Berry and John Wetton (ASIA, UK, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, King Crimson), who left our world way to soon!

Rick and Susan Fields.

Photo: © 2016 Jim Carver / The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Cheers to Rick and Susan Fields, co-owners of the Whiskey Warehouse Bar & Grill on a successful first year of business in Mansfield, Ohio.

Maria Brink of In This Moment performing at Ink In The Clink 2017.

Cheers to Fields Productions for another big and successful year at Ink In The Clink 2017!

Ink In The Clink 2017 Rock Lines- The World I Knew with Jennifer Colleen.

Video Credit: JNRvision.

Cheers to musician and soundman, Carl Perry who recognized my buckling knee at Ink In The Clink 2017 as he offered me his handicap chair. The disabled musician is an inspiration to all!

Cheers to vocalist, musician, Mathew PD Pagani who commented to me: “This business will take your heart and soul.” True words my friend! Stay well and keep the faith.

The Eagles

Cheers to The Eagles who’ve announced a brand new tour this spring across the USA.

Jeers to the “pay-to-play” promoters“, who take advantage of musicians.

Cheers for Fox 8 Morning Show in Cleveland who promote local bands and musicians.


Cheers to all of the Great Concerts I had the privelage to attend and cover in 2017!

Drummer, Percussionist, Tommy Amato.

Photo: © 2016 Jim Carver / The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Cheers to Tommy Amato for keeping his “Tommy Amato Rock and Roll Benefit” alive another year, which financially supports family members of deceased musicians or musicians diagnosed with life-threatening ailments.

Rock Lines – Bobaflex, Grindhouse and Shallow Side with Amanda Snider. 

Video Credit: JNRvision.

Cheers to the healthy return of Amanda Snider to our Rock Lines show with her impeccable skills!

Matheson Kamin

Cheers to our Matheson Kamin whose amazing abilty to review CD’s and live concert reviews are fantastic!

Cheers to our new staff members, Mandy Edmonson, Jaime Courtney, K.C. Donahue Gillen, Allen Hiemberger,  Wendy Roberts and Shannon Miller; who’ve either already hit the ground running with great ideas, skills and coverage or soon will be a known commodity with media presence!

Cheers to Nita Rindengan of JNRvision  for her amazing videographer skills.

Cheers to our business and band sponsors, who’ve understood the importance of what we all do and contributed their time, money and integrity by supporting us!

Cheers to all of the venues, concert promoters, radio stations and PR agencies we worked with in 2017 throughout the USA, especially our friends at Live Nation, Promowest Productions and Danny Wimmer Presents!

Cheers to all of our readers and we wish you the best for 2018!


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Jim Carver About Jim Carver

Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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