Written by Chad Taylor
Troy Church, the man behind fellow local music blog The Bigfoot Diaries, is about as true a local music fan as you're apt to find. You're as likely to find him down at Ritual Cafe enjoying an acoustic set as you are at House of Bricks, checking out a metal show.
Church and I haven't always seen eye to eye (though I suppose he's hardly unique in that regard), but I've gotten to know him a bit over the past three years, and have come to appreciate and respect his honesty, passion for music, and strong sense of community.
Like any smallish, local blog, Church has had some contributors along the way, but the majority of the heavy lifting over at The Bigfoot Diaries is done by one man. There's no money in it, the hours are odd, and sometimes it can be hard to tell if its all worth it. Anyone who's tried to start something from nothing knows what I'm talking about. Just about a year ago this time, Church was seriously questioning how much longer he wanted (or could afford) to devote time and energy to a blog.
Thankfully for everyone, he powered through it. He's gotten some good help from some solid people, and The Bigfoot Diaries is one of the must-read stops for fans of local music. Church has been working smarter, not harder. The site has some advertising now, and he's got local legend Rita Stevens hustling for him. Now, this very weekend, Church unveils the next wrinkle in the Bigfoot Diaries mythos: the inaugural Bigfoot Ball, featuring Ohio's Rumpke Mountain Boys, as well as locals The Maw and Johnny Reeferseed & The High Rollers, and Auburn, IA's King of the Tramps.Read More