Music

The Couch Sessions Throughout the Years

by Winston "Stone" Ford

As we set to celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary, we wanted to look back at the past few years of the site and show new readers our O.G. status. If you didn’t know, The Couch Sessions was an offshoot of political blog Article Online. After Bush won the 2004 election I decided (with help from my blogfather Jeff Davidson)  that I was done with politics and turned to my second love…music. I ran pirate radio in high school as well as college radio, in addition to booking bands like Vertical Horizon during those years, so I had the chops. And the nacent music blog scene and availability of the Internet made it ripe for an alternative to the mainstream music scene.

After a successful musc blogging stint at Article Online (we wrote about Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis years before the mainstream caught on), we decided to launch our own brand, The Couch Sessions. It started with me and Dafna (aka Lady Glock aka Miss Hipstah) and Divynthought.

2007. A new graffiti font. A New Look. And a new tagline: “The redheaded stepchild of hip-hop blogging.” To be honest, we were trying to shake the “Hip-Hop” box which has followed us to this day.

By late 2006 we added the homie Jerome Baker III (of Better Than Yours) to the lineup. Some writers fell off but the vibe stayed the same.

By 2007 we were making a name for ourselves, having already interviewed such acts as Camp Lo and a budding Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. The site was redesigned with a sleeker look, and if you look closely, you see some of our favorite artists as a gently hidden in the banner.

2009 was the year that we experienced our fastest growth in readership. We’ve relaunched the site with a new logo and design (the iconic Couch in Headphones logo designed by my homie Dennis), and launched our Twitter account. We added a few more writers, including the homie Marcus Dowling and we were being mentioned in the breath of larger blogs like Nah Right and The Smoking Section.

Which brings us to today. What can you expect in the next 5 years? All will be revealed soon!


  • http://www.onze11.com.br/blog lila

    I don’t know what’s gonna be like in 5 years but I can assure you that i’ll still be reading as long as you guys keep writing!
    ;)

  • http://www.tgrionline.com Marcus DOwling

    Winston!

    http://www.tgrionline.COM! Not DOT Net. LOLOLOLOLOL. But seriously your site and your hard work as you know is a constant inspiration. :)

  • http://differentkitchen.blogspot.com/ @Stellaskid

    Congrats, man. Hope the party goes well tonight!

  • http://neilmaclean.com Neil

    The hard work is paying off, congrats on 5 years!

  • Nadia Ghanem

    Really interesting read, it’s a great background to share with us readers and newbies to the Couch Sessions, and woaw, well done indeed, hard work pays off, it’s a big thumb up to inspiration and dedication itself!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/pamelaobrown Pamela

    Congrats! I’ve been right there with you since the days of the pleather couch masthead.

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