Our 2015 Artist of The Year is ?


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Photo credit: Joe Kleon/G4orce Studios

We’ve had the pleasure of covering some of the finest up-and-coming performing artists in the rust belt area throughout 2015. If we missed your band perform in 2015, our hope is to review you in 2016!

Our staff was asked to vote for the “Artist of The Year” based on their performances, original music, musicianship and recordings. It’s certainly a difficult task with such an impressive list of musicians, we’ve had the pleasure of covering.

Update Note: In fairness to my staff and the bands, I’ve edited the original post to exclude ratings of the bands. It would be unfair to rate these bands against the hundreds of artists we’ve covered. Our objective was to choose the “Artist of The Year”, not piss-off our viewers, bands and fans! Our goal is to positively promote the music of all artists! I take full responsibility for the gaffe. I sincerely apologize to my staff and anyone I’ve offended! – Jim Carver

In 2016, we will allow the fans  to choose the “Artist of The Year”!

Last year, Georgia and The Georgia Preachers was voted our “Artist of The Year“. The 17-year old vocalist recently finished her new record and we await to hear her latest music in 2016!

This year our coverage has grown and so has our possibilities of choices. We want to thank all of the bands we’ve covered for their hard work, sacrifice and effort in providing us with some great music and entertainment.

Here’s Some of the Bands We Covered in 2015:

LunaDin This power/groove band from Mansfield, Ohio shreds music at a frenzy pace. Their passion is displayed throughout the setlist.

Video Credit: Robert Conaway.

 Titans In TimeThese young men deliver some powerfully written songs and are poised for bigger things!

Video shot and produced by Vince Lundi.

Olathia –  Chris E.’s voice is electrifying. The band drives through their tunes like a Ferrari on steroids!

Video Credit: Olathia.

 Unsaid Fate The Cleveland rockers provide a highly energetic edge at their shows. With Jackie Laponza’s pipes leading the band, you know it’s going to be a night of epic melting Metal!

Video Credit: Payne Productions and HILLjACK Films.

 Sunless SkyJuan Ricardo is the most powerful male-vocalist on the North Coast. Need we say more?

Video Credit: Vidz-R-Us Productions.

 Breathing Theory. This band has the music, stage presence and variables to be signed nationally!

Video credit: Breathing Theory.

Destination (Original Raw Music)With the young visionary and musical genius of Tristan Loparo shredding the strings, Dave Loparo obliterating the bass,  part-Cherokee, vocalist/guitarist, Tim Greene throwing down the vibe and Mikey Smolen attacking the skins; what’s not to like?

Video Credit: Loparo Images.

 BobaflexWhy this band isn’t an international success is beyond me. Bobaflex is only one great song away from being headliners. This band is literally on the cusp of greatness! No egos or drama, just pure rock n’ roll with their unique sound delivered loud and clear!

Video Credit: Payne Productions.

 Bad RemedyArmed in 2015 with new a guitarist, Riley Beaire, the pride of Lucas, Ohio is gathering steam with their music, showmanship and loveable personalities. With the right management, this ultimate party band could have a bust-out year delivering their infectious sound with no known cure and spreading their mayhem to a city near you!

Our 2015 Artist of The Year is:

Video Credit: Payne Productions.

 Red Sun RisingThe Akron, Ohio band became an overnight sensation with their song, “The Otherside” becoming a #1 hit across the nation. Red Sun Rising recently began their own headline tour on the heels of their new album,, ‘Polyester Zeal’. Vocalist, Mike Protich and company now share the throne with another “King” in the Rubber City.

The Rust Belt Chronicles would like to congratulate Red Sun Rising on their splendid success in 2015!

Music video by Red Sun Rising.(C) 2015 Razor and Tie Recordings, LLC.



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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.


  1. Thank you for using 3 Payne Productions vids for this article, i really appreciate it a lot!


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