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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment
Sometimes the best roads are the ones that lead us back home. After a 30 year odyssey that has taken him through the multi-colored world of pop super stardom, as one half of the popular duo, Hall & Oates, John Oates finds himself walking a road back to where he began, in the best sense. His road home returns him into the arms of the best in American musical traditions: Namely, the R&B of his hometown, Philadelphia & to the folk and blues he once absorbed there. During…Continue
Posted on November 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments
If great art depends on the reflection of the artist's soul in their work, then the act of songwriting can be a daunting, at times risky and intimate experience. A painter, a poet or a writer can leave such reflections on the canvas or the printed page. However, the songwriter often finds her work's full realization in performance before a live audience. Once a song is captured in the studio, in the hands of singer-songwriter, Mary Gauthier the art of the song continues to…Continue
Posted on November 5, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments
Dan Crary may not be a household name to many folks today. That is, unless you’re a bluegrass fan or a student of acoustic guitar. Then, hearing his name conjures up the sound of some of the most eloquent and well-executed flat-picking on acoustic guitar imaginable. Beyond that, Crary is among one of the few who…Continue
Posted on November 4, 2013 at 10:57pm — 3 Comments
In the world today, what’s new is new. If it shines, we love it. But, what’s new becomes gradually and increasingly old, by the minute. In the world of popular music this is numbingly true. Trends are created by corporate nobodies then marketed, followed as bridges and trails are blazed and burned away.
Then, once in a great while, artists like Brian Wright come along. He’s new, but his sound is old, in the best…Continue
Posted on October 23, 2013 at 4:00pm
Chuck Berry turns 87 today. It's impossible to measure his contribution to popular to music. He influenced The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and generations of musicians and fans. He's become part of the American soul today with songs like Johnny B Goode and Roll Over Beethoven a part of our national songbook. He changed how rock and roll songs were written, telling stories like a folk singer while sending his guitar into overdrive. He's still out there on the road…Continue
Posted on October 18, 2013 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments
As collaborations go Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby recent live album, Cluck Ol' Hen, and tour may seem unlikely. But, hearing them the first time together is a revelation. It would be hard to imagine two more diverse popular artists coming together, and while their common roots, may not be apparent, they do run deep. Both artists scored popular success during the same era of the 1980s, a time of transition when record labels were willing to take risks on performers who…Continue
Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:00am — 5 Comments
When young Leslie Phillips first stepped into recording studios in the early 80's to sing background with Contemporary Christian Artists Mark Heard and Randy Stonehill, neither the evangelical based Myrrh Records or the young singer had any idea where it could possibly lead her. It was at best a difficult road for background singers to rise from the studio shadows to the spotlight in…Continue
Posted on October 14, 2013 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments