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Signature Sound: Caroline Herring

Caroline Herring has been compared to everyone from Lucinda Williams to Mozart, but ever since she came onto the scene a decade ago she has quietly—yet forcibly—carved out her own sound.  The mark of a true artist, of course, is the listener’s ability to instantly recognize their trademark sound, and Herring has that in spades.  There is… Continue

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

HEARING EVERYONE'S STORY: Ben Sollee's stunning new album INCLUSIONS builds community

Ben Sollee believes that community is all about inclusion. And music is about inclusions. So it’s no wonder his new album bears that title.

 

INCLUSIONS, Sollee's second solo record, released May 10 by Thirty Tigers, is a sort of folk-urban stroll through all that is being gained—and…

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Posted on May 9, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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Dennis Brunnenmeyer commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"It's not an argument, it's a fact. There are true artists that don't have a signature sound, as you call it. and there are true artists that do. One is not necessarily a requirement of the other. There are also lesser artists that…"
Jun 22, 2011
Silas House commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"Dennis, I hate to engage in an online "argument" as it's the biggest waste of time in the world but I have to respectfully disagree with you and point out that you are totally missing the point of my lead-in to the piece.  First…"
Jun 21, 2011
Jessie J commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"What a wonderful, thoughtful and heartfelt piece on one of my favorite artists. I'm reminded not to exhaust myself looking for the next new listen when I can circle back to an artist that has healed me for years. She deserves accolades for her…"
Jun 21, 2011
Dennis Brunnenmeyer commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"Having a voice you recognize, which is what you claim to be a mark of a true artist. doesn't mean that they are great. It only means that you recognize them. There are plenty of great artists whose voices you would not know. Familiarity breeds…"
Jun 14, 2011
Silas House commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"Dennis, I'm curious to know of great artists who don't have a signature sound that is easy to recognize as soon as they come on the radio...when I hear a song by Dylan, or The Everly Brothers, or Stevie Wonder, or Emmylou Harris or The…"
Jun 14, 2011
tom wekenman commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"My wife and I saw Caroline  at Hal and Mal's in Jackson, MS in 2010. She comes across as a very tender, thoughtful performer who does not shy away from social or political issues in her music. She sings of her pride in the ways of the…"
Jun 14, 2011
Dennis Brunnenmeyer commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"Caroline certainly is one of the best songwriters and performers in her chose field...if not the best in North America. But the comment that the mark of a true artist is their easily-recognizable sound is absurd."
Jun 14, 2011
chris sweeney commented on Silas House's blog post 'Signature Sound: Caroline Herring'
"Nice post, Silas. Caroline is a wonderful artist."
Jun 11, 2011
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Signature Sound: Caroline Herring

Caroline Herring has been compared to everyone from Lucinda Williams to Mozart, but ever since she came onto the scene a decade ago she has quietly—yet forcibly—carved out her own sound.  The mark of a true artist, of course, is the listener’s ability to instantly recognize their trademark sound, and Herring has that in spades.  There is always…See More
Jun 11, 2011
Silas House posted a blog post

Signature Sound: Caroline Herring

Caroline Herring has been compared to everyone from Lucinda Williams to Mozart, but ever since she came onto the scene a decade ago she has quietly—yet forcibly—carved out her own sound.  The mark of a true artist, of course, is the listener’s ability to instantly recognize their trademark sound, and Herring has that in spades.  There is always…See More
Jun 11, 2011
Silas House commented on Silas House's blog post 'HEARING EVERYONE'S STORY: Ben Sollee's stunning new album INCLUSIONS builds community'
"Cash:  I saw Phoebe play with Ben in Lexington, Kentucky, and she was phenomenal.  Great on every front."
Jun 1, 2011
Cash Edwards commented on Silas House's blog post 'HEARING EVERYONE'S STORY: Ben Sollee's stunning new album INCLUSIONS builds community'
"I was just talkin' with Phoebe Hunt, fiddler from here in Austin that was one of the lead singers and fiddler in Bellville Outfit.  She is going out playing on Ben's tour. I don't know the details but she's a wonderful…"
May 13, 2011
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May 9, 2011
A blog post by Silas House was featured

HEARING EVERYONE'S STORY: Ben Sollee's stunning new album INCLUSIONS builds community

Ben Sollee believes that community is all about inclusion. And music is about inclusions. So it’s no wonder his new album bears that title. INCLUSIONS, Sollee's second solo record, released May 10 by Thirty Tigers, is a sort of folk-urban stroll through all that is being gained—and lost—in modern society.…See More
May 9, 2011
Silas House posted a blog post

HEARING EVERYONE'S STORY: Ben Sollee's stunning new album INCLUSIONS builds community

Ben Sollee believes that community is all about inclusion. And music is about inclusions. So it’s no wonder his new album bears that title. INCLUSIONS, Sollee's second solo record, released May 10 by Thirty Tigers, is a sort of folk-urban stroll through all that is being gained—and lost—in modern society.…See More
May 9, 2011
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May 9, 2011
Silas House is the author of four novels:  Clay’s Quilt (2001), 
A Parchment of Leaves (2003), The Coal Tattoo (2004), Eli the Good (2009), two plays, The Hurting Part (2005) and Long Time Travelling (2009), and Something’s Rising (2009), a creative nonfiction book about social protest co-authored with Jason Howard.  House was selected to edit the posthumous manuscript of acclaimed writer James StillChinaberry.  House’s young adult novel, Same Sun Here, co-written with Neela Vaswani, will be published by Candlewick Books in early 2012.

House serves as the NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College and on the fiction faculty at Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program.  House is a former contributing editor for No Depression magazine, where he has done long features on such artists as Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek, and many others.  He is also one of Nashville’s most in-demand press kit writers, having written the press kit bios for such artists as Kris Kristofferson, Kathy Mattea, Leann Womack, and others. A former writer-in-residence at Lincoln Memorial University, he is the creator of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

House is a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, the Appalachian Writer of the Year, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and many other honors. In 2009 the Silas House Literary Seminar was given at Emory and Henry College.  For his environmental activism House received the Helen Lewis Community Service Award in 2008 from the Appalachian Studies Association.  In 2010 he was awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award from the Kentucky Council of English Teachers.

House’s work can be found in The New York Times, NewsdayOxford American, BayouThe Southeast Review,The Louisville ReviewThe Beloit Fiction JournalWindNight Train, and others, as well as in the anthologies The Southern Poetry Anthology:  Volume 3, New Stories From the South 2004:  The Year’s BestChristmas in the SouthA Kentucky ReaderOf Woods and WaterMotif, We All Live Downstream, Missing MountainsA Kentucky ChristmasShouts and WhispersHigh HorseThe Alumni GrillStories From the Blue Moon Café I and II, and many others.

House is the father of two daughters.  He divides his time between London and Berea, Kentucky.  

Photograph by Curt Richter

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