Cherise Letson

Cherise is the co-host of the Strange Grooves podcast. She started collecting vinyl back in high school, but her love of classic rock and AM Radio hits goes back long before that. When she’s not listening to music, Cherise is the Associate Editor of Huddle Today, an online business publication that covers Atlantic Canada. She’s previously worked for CBC New Brunswick, The Canadian Press and the Telegraph-Journal, among other great publications.

Feature Image: Jeremy Dutcher (Photo by: Matt Barnes) When I was attending university in Fredericton, winters were a drag. It was cold. It was snowy. Going outside and interacting with the world when I didn't have to was the last thing I

October is now upon us, and for vinyl enthusiasts in New Brunswick, that means Moncton's Fall Record Expo. For those not familiar, Moncton Record Expo is an event that takes place twice a year, once in the spring and again in

As you know, Strange Grooves was recently at Quality Block Party, a music festival in Saint John that celebrates the best of New Brunswick's local music scene. One of the bands I was personally excited to see was Janowskii, who played

When the rad folks at Yer Scene reached out to us a few months ago, we knew we had to meet them. Yer Scene is an online zine that covers music scenes from around the world, yet, its founders are based

If you haven't heard about The Backstays, it's just a matter of time. The Saint John-based band is made up of Pete Johnston on Guitar; Keith Whipple on Bass; Serenna Chapman slaying the piano and violin; Derek Hilchie on the organ

I was a really awful baby. No, I'm pretty sure my mother would admit it.  I was really colicky. I honestly don’t know how she didn’t throw my wailing ass out the window, but that’s her story to share. So naturally, in

VH1's Behind the Music was a staple program on music television stations everywhere in the mid-1990's and early 2000's. I guess it's still going on now, but I don't have cable. Also, music television is pretty much dead in Canada so

Let's face it. This winter sucked more than usual. It was long, cold, and miserable. And if you're like me and suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, it was particularly rough. But fortunately, temperatures are warming up and the snow is now gone. Though

Like much of the music I listen to, I first heard Terry Jacks in the car as a child. It was the station my mom listened to. The station played a few of his hits, both solo and with the Poppy

In April 2016 I took a trip to Lowell, Massachusetts to visit my cousin Matt and his fiancé Evan. Naturally, there was a lot of stuff I wanted to do and see. I wanted to explore more of Boston, go shopping

Most kids are heavily influenced by the music they hear on the radio. For many, that’s the current pop radio station that caters to playing the chart-topping hits of the day. It was quite like that for me. I was stuck

About five years ago I was working a summer job at the Canadian Diabetes Association in Saint John. I was helping out with their communications and general office operations with their clothing pickup service. One of the wonderful guys I worked with

New York is one of my favourite of Lou Reed solo albums. It's straight-forward rock 'n' roll that tells stories with the mean, gritty Big Apple as its setting and inspiration. The album came out in 1989, which historically is considered