Episode 52: Brian Ewing, an Overnight Success

Brian Ewing spent the early to mid-90s on the air at 97X, including three full years doing the overnight shift, which surely must be a record for “the cave.” During that same time, he was also playing in the local band Messerly & Ewing, so music ruled his life. We talk to Brian about his 97X days, including party patio drunks, open mike nights, long-distance tea-brewing, and rocking the vote.

Phil Manning, Damian and Brian “Rock the Vote” Ewing at the 97X 10th Anniversary Show at Bogart’s.

After leaving 97X, Brian still performed as part of Messerly & Ewing. They won the 97Xposure band contest in 2002, and continued to release new music and play gigs through 2014. Here’s their 2011 release on Bandcamp:

And here’s Messerly & Ewing performing live in July 2009 with their full band, featuring MPMF co-founders Sean Rhiney (bass) and Bill Donabedian (drums).

Brian on stage at an Earth Day event
Messerly & Ewing & Woman with Feather Boa
Messerly & Ewing performing live on the Fox19 Morning Show
Takin’ it to the streets…
Midpoint Music Festival 2009
Brian when we chatted via Google Meet last month

3 Replies to “Episode 52: Brian Ewing, an Overnight Success”

  1. Russ Rhodus

    Brian Ewing is one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever had thee pleasure of meeting and listening too

    1. Damian

      Thanks Russ, we agree.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *