Colin Gawel writes songs and records/tours with the just so-slightly, semi-legendary rock band Watershed. You can read all about them/him in the highly acclaimed memoir "Hitless Wonder". And... Click here for music/reviews and a nice NPR story about all of it. When not with Watershed he records solo records as well. Click here to watch the video for "Superior". He also owns a small coffee shop with the clever name, "Colin's Coffee". During the quiet hours at the shop, the idea for Pencilstorm was born.
Will Kenworthy does all the techy stuff here at Pencilstorm. If something isn't working go ahead and blame him. We all do. When he isn't fixing mistakes on the site he also contributes. He enjoys listening to music, drinking wine and watching the Georgetown Hoyas come March. His oldest son just got accepted to Cambridge. Yeah, the one in England.
Ricki C. formerly ran his own blog - Growing Old With Rock & Roll - from January 1st, 2012 until 11:59 pm December 31st, 2013, and now writes exclusively for Pencilstorm whilst contemplating his next move. He has been involved in rock & roll - as a musician or as a roadie - since he was 16 in 1968. He's really, really old. When not penning prose he deploys a solo singer/songwriter act he dubs action-packed acoustic rock & roll. He's worked for the three W's of Columbus rock & roll - Willie Phoenix, Watershed and The Whiles - and believes he's a better man for having done so.
Scott Carr is a guitarist who plays in the Columbus, OH bands Radio Tramps and Returning April. Scott is also an avid collector of vinyl records and works at Lost Weekend Records. So...if you are looking for Scott....you'll either find him in a dimly lit bar playing his guitar or in a record store digging for the holy grail.
Jeremy Porter is a Detroit-based guitarist/singer/songwriter who currently fronts Jeremy Porter and The Tucos and does some solo stuff on the side. His mom wrote his high school research papers for him, but once he realized it was his only way out that didn’t involve math, he learned to hold a pencil himself. His first public writing contributions were to a Pogues fan site he started, including interviews with original Pogues Spider Stacy and James Fearnley. He also wrote for two now-defunct Detroit-based blogs - Drastic Plastic and MotorCityRocks - before landing at Pencilstorm after some guest guitar and vocal work on a Watershed single and bonding with Colin over their mutual love of Cheap Trick. He’s happy to represent that state to the north on Pencilstorm and contribute album and concert reviews, and whatever else might come up.
Johnny DiLoretto is a longtime Columbus media personality who first made an impression as a smart aleck film critic for the now defunct The Other Paper, then later as a smart aleck entertainment reporter for Fox 28 and ABC 6. Currently, Johnny writes and acts in the Gateway Film Center's new comedy talk show, Columbusland , and contributes to the weekly program Out and About Columbus , which despite its title is not about the city's LGBT community... He's also the producer of the semi-regular event The Johnny DiLoretto Variety Show at Shadowbox Live's Backstage Bistro ("semi-regular" as in "the next one's coming soon...") and co-host and producer of two, short radio shows on WCBE -- Cinema Classics and Foodcast . Having tried his hand at nearly every form of communication, he hopes one day to master the art of signal flags, which he sees as the next big media thing.
Wal Ozello is the author of Assignment 1989: The Time Travel Wars and the lead singer of the Columbus hairband Armada. He spends a lot of time at Colin's Coffee writing and talking, sometimes too much talking and not enough writing. Born and raised in Cleveland, he's kind of a Browns fan but doesn't like the pain. You can follow him on twitter @wozello
Jeff Hassler sez - Hey guys, I'm really excited to be back blogging again at Pencilstorm! I had to move into a new apartment after my divorce (long story!), which was a big hassle, but the good news is I got my old job back networking at AEP. I won't be doing any social networking stuff for at least 18 months (part of that long story) but you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
JCE sez - Who the hell am I, and how did I end up here on Pencilstorm anyways? I’m just a regular guy with a wife and a daughter, a lot of skateboards, a lot of books and a whole lot more music than anything else. I am a Watershed fan who somehow began trading emails with Ricki C and from there I found Pencilstorm. Then Colin made the mistake of inviting me to write some posts. That’s probably all you need to know. Oh yeah, and I live in Virginia, about an hour south of D.C.
David Martin worked as a writer and editor at various alternative newspapers in the Midwest before taking a square job at an academic medical center. He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and their overweight beagle. He is allergic to kiwi.
Greg May hasn't been writing much lately, but he knows his way around Squarespace and he is the de facto web administrator ever since Will Kenworthy moved to Chicago. When he does write, it's usually about sports, beer and/or cannabis, three things he has embraced for the better part of his life. Greg grew up in Columbus when Flippo the Clown was calling the shots. He's a non-practicing lawyer (not to be confused with a practicing non-lawyer). Follow him on Twitter: @gregin120.
Brian Phillips has a head full of interesting/useless knowledge from 20+ years prepping for his radio program. He is currently a jock at the coolest radio station in the world, CD102.5, Columbus, OH.
Ben Galli covers the NBA for Pencilstorm. He writes and files all his stories on his phone just before last call. Follow him on twitter @bengalli33
The North Coast Posse cover Browns football for Pencilstorm. Follow Big $ and Punter follow on Twitter @northcoastposse