What they tell us:
“I love that you support the musicians” – James “Munky” Shaffer, KORN
“Thanks for the great review!” – Debbie Hennessey, singer-songwriter
“I have your card, I’ll call you” – Rob Zombie
“Ok but please let me drink my coffee now” – Rod Stewart
California Rocker Staff:
Donna Balancia, Producer
The award-winning California Rocker covers music trends and up-and-coming musicians in the Golden State.
Under Donna’s guidance CaliforniaRocker.com has won awards for writing and photography by The Los Angeles Press Club, The National Arts and Entertainment Awards, The Lucie Awards and The Southern California Journalism Awards.
Donna Balancia is a content editor, producer, photographer and photo editor. She started as a breaking news reporter in New York City covering new bands and entertainment for Gannett Co. and wire service United Press International.
Donna was a content editor at VNU Business Publications, covered police beat for The New York Post and was a wire service journalist and sportswriter at United Press International and Associated Press.
Donna and her colleagues at CaliforniaRocker.com have been honored with regional Press Club awards, including Best Entertainment Blog and Best Photography.
Heather Harris’ award-winning photographs of musicians have been published in Rolling Stone, MOJO, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, Rock&Folk, Creem, Music Connection, Warner Brothers, Penguin Books, St. Martins Press and many more. Spanning Buffalo Springfield to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, her work includes many of the most important figures in rock that came through her native Los Angeles throughout the past four and a half decades.
Heather has photographed covers for New York Times top ten best-selling books, has enjoyed several solo exhibitions of her photographic work in Hollywood, Calif., has provided still photography for Warner Bros. television advertising and for assorted films and video productions plus has garnered awards for music books that were designed, photographed and written by her. She authored the books Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll and Bob Marley-Rastaman Vibration for A&M Records in the mid-1970s, and her popular blog Fastfilm currently attests to her skill annotating these photo shoots in lively terms. She is a Los Angeles Press Club National Arts and Entertainment Award winner for her Photo Essay for James Williamson’s One Night Only Concert, which ran in California Rocker.
Craig Hammons, Reviewer
Craig is a music historian whose passion is the live performance.
He has reviewed and attended approximately 2,622 shows during his career, during which he has worked for a range of news organizations and magazines.
Craig is particularly fond of punk and wild Rock N Roll. If you see him out and about, say “Hello!”
Mariel Calloway, Photojournalist
Mariel Calloway is a photojournalist and music reviewer for California Rocker. She has a knack for finding innovative and interesting acts and is an excellent sports photographer as well.
Mariel’s casual appearance belies her Ivy League background. She is also an avid athlete. Mariel enables the success of her peers and colleagues, a rare quality in this day and age.
Alina Lim, Reviewer
Alina is a music fan who is energized by new music and innovative sounds. She says she finds herself attending more and more shows in Downtown LA these days and loves how the area is developing into a city within a city. Alina loves alternative bands and unique acts.
James Balboni, Photojournalist
James Balboni is a prominent photojournalist who covers a range of beats on the East Coast and on the West Coast. In addition to rock and roll, James is a fan of technology and aviation.
John Daly, Contributor
John Daly is a music writer from Fresno, Calif., and he lives for the music. John has a B.A. in Digital Communication and he has a passion for telling the story.
“I want to tell the story the way no one else can,” John says. His taste in music runs the gamut and you can usually find him in the pit at the festival of the week. All this and another plus: He is an avid Rocky and Bullwinkle fan.
Dottie Paris, Contributor
Dottie Paris covers technology and innovations in music. An excellent reporter and veteran writer, Paris loves music, the beach and in-depth interviews.
“Making it in the music business is tough and I appreciate all musicians,” Dottie says. “I appreciate all musical efforts; I may not like everything I hear but all musicians receive my support.”
Bob Busby, Reviewer
Bob Busby is a veteran music reviewer and has attended thousands of concerts. He has an excellent eye for new talent and loves a good show. We are fortunate to have his talents at CaliforniaRocker.com
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