Studio: Leif Bondarenko

Leif Bondarenko is the bandleader and lead singer of CashBack, a Johnny Cash-focused band with deep roots in the Birmingham music scene.

Yes Yes, Y’all

Artist Melissa Robert Yes

Involved with it All

Somica Spratley’s Makeup Magic

Don’t Fret

Tom Gauldin’s Southside Custom Guitars. By Brett Levine // Photography by Beau Gustafson Renovating a home can often lead to a second career as a house-flipper, but Tom Gauldin took an entirely different path. “I decided, ‘I’m going to do custom guitars,’” he laughs, standing in Highland Music in front of a wall with several of… Read More

Studio: Laurey Glenn

Labor of Love

Studio: Kashara Johnson

From the many, many voices By Brett Levine//Photo by Lindsey Tillman For many people “synchronicity” may be little more than a Police song on a classic ‘80s station, but for Kashara Johnson it is a term that seems to accurately and succinctly sum up the opportunities that she has tried to capitalize upon in her… Read More

The Bearer of Badham News

Mia Badham By Brett Levine//Photo by Edward Badham It would be hard for artist Mia Badham to describe Birmingham as a “comeback town” given how passionate she is for a city where, in her words, “I was born downtown and I’ve lived here all my life.” That city is, in her eyes, one that is… Read More


From Absence to Return
By Brett Levine

Fabricating and Casting His Story

In an age of relentless self-promotion, fleeting recognition, and a seemingly endless onslaught of social media, it seems surprising when an artist with a decades-long career seems to fly under the radar. Yet in many ways, for Birmingham sculptor Brad Morton, this is the case.

Depths of Field

The photography of Jennifer O’Neil. By Brett Levine Most people wouldn’t envision a fall down some stairs—with the accompanying break of a bone in one’s foot—as being the impetus that kickstarted their career, but award-winning underwater photographer Jennifer O’Neil isn’t most people. “I was so angry and frustrated with having to spend three weeks on… Read More

Mixed and Mastered

Les Nuby and Jason Hamric Written by Brett Levine // Photography by Beau Gustafson Great music production teams often garner nicknames—think the Glimmer Twins or the Dust Brothers—but for two talented Birmingham-based friends a catchy title couldn’t improve on the incredible work they already do and the partnership they have. The two, musician and producer Lester Nuby… Read More