You’re a happily married couple who share a 24-7 existence, mostly writing songs while roaming free in what’s left of the open country. Yet when you put your first two names together, the act sounds like a finger-snapping folk duo resembling the fictitious Mitch and Mickey, who were reunited in the 2003 mockumentary A Mighty Wind.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but ... If you like your lyrics dark, your melodies moodier, your Christmases not quite so merry…Continue
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Ultimately, Dido believes her upcoming collection of songs is “the crazy diary of my life” rather than a greatest hits record.Continue
The singer-songwriter born in New Jersey but now based in Northampton, Massachusetts, has remained primarily in her Northeastern comfort zone since leaving the solace of a meditative life to become a full-time musician in 2009.
So flying to Colorado to perform two…Continue
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It was pouring buckets that wreaked havoc in Colorado the week that ZZ Ward arrived in mid-September with her Down and Dirty Shine tour.
“I was getting a little nervous about the weather,” Ward said, acknowledging the situation more than halfway through her set at the Ogden Theatre in Denver on September 14. Her previous day was spent at the…Continue
“It’s such cool and eccentric but such deeply emotional and innovative music and it’s so hard to achieve all of those things at the same time.”
Vienna Teng was expressing her admiration for another musician last week when she said that, not for a moment considering she was describing her own latest ambitious and remarkable project.
So let’s say it for her: Witness the musical rebirth of Vienna Teng with…Continue
Some groups are just so irresistible, you can’t help but root for them like they’re one of your own. He’s My Brother She’s My Sister is one of those groups whose cheeks you just can’t wait to pinch.
Besides having one of the best band names in recent memory (check out Faye Dunaway’s startling revelation to private dick Jack Nicholson in all-time favorite…Continue
There are a lot of terrifically talented and youthful singer-songwriting couples today who, when they’re not making out, breaking up or making up, are capable of making beautiful music together.
Now all of them should listen up, especially if they aspire to reach the level of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, a perfect match of team players who are complementary and complimentary.
The affable husband-and-wife tandem that comprises Midwestern roots act…Continue
If Amanda Shires is the perfect example of writing what you know, there just might be a box set equivalent of James Joyce’s greatest hits waiting just around the corner.
Now the transplanted Texan fiddler who’s writing up a storm these days in Nashville might admit that’s going a little too far. Though she’s as modest as her upbringing in Lubbock, Shires has a way with words that goes far beyond her 31 years.
Yet the wise…Continue
The summer festival season never seems to let up in Telluride, the southwestern Colorado mountain town where the musical kingpin, since its modest start in 1974, has developed into a four-day party in June while outgrowing the bluegrass in its title.
If it's the weekend, there's another festival in town, with events attracting lovers of wine, the Wild West, mushrooms and even yoga. Then there's the Telluride Film Festival, which later next month will have its own 40th…Continue
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She was barely 5-feet tall, but still determined to reach David Byrne one way or another.
The 20-something woman found her spot front-and-center below the 7-foot-high Fred Shellman Memorial Stage, named in honor of the late founder of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She positioned herself for maybe that once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with the Talking…Continue
Tucked in the southwest corner of Colorado like a hidden jewel you’re determined to find, Telluride is a sparkling diamond of a town that lures adventurers from all over the world. It’s not easy to reach, with the closest interstate exit some 125 miles away in Grand Junction.
Yet it’s certainly worth the trip, as many skiers, bikers, fly fishermen and festivarians have found out. Aspen and Vail are trendy, but Telluride is the place to be, whether it’s to watch movies,…Continue
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The American Southwest is filled with visions of grandeur and mysterious animalistic howls and cries that leave one thinking the final frontier has yet to be fully explored.
That feeling is sort of like discovering a new band for the first time, which often can turn into an exploration just as fascinating. Especially when it involves a charming couple of Nashville-based singer-songwriters known as Escondido. They grew up nowhere…Continue
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This month the Revivalists are headed for Colorado mountain towns to escape the New Orleans heat, but lead singer David Shaw said the funky bunch with jam band tendencies already have reached the figurative high point of their career.
In what he described as a “defining year” for himself and six transplanted musicians who somehow came together in the Deep South, Shaw saw six years of hard work pay off in June 2013 with three sets…Continue
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Stevie Wonder (right) was the main attraction, and deservedly so, while delivering a feel-good message along with solid gold hits by himself, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the Beatles on Sunday (May 19), the final night of the 2013 Hangout Festival.
At age 63, Wonder’s “Little Stevie” days may be long behind him, but that soothing, moving voice remains crystal clear as he broke out with…Continue
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The pride of Gainesville, Florida, Petty had sort of the home-field advantage Saturday night on the Hangout Stage, playing just one state over and practically a direct Interstate-10 shot from Heartbreakers…Continue
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“I think there are a lot of ‘Delta’ bands out there, too, so we kind of get that ... people get confused,” said Holljes, the whip-smart singer of the North Carolina-based sextet (like Deborah Harry used to say about Blondie, Delta Rae is a group). “And I completely…Continue
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Professionally known as Lissie, Elisabeth Corrin Maurus identifies with another one-word pop-culture phenomenon not named Madonna, Beyonce or Pink.
The rock-pop singer-songwriter who was raised in the Midwest still has googly eyes for Annie, the spunky fictional character she played as a precocious 10-year-old at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in her hometown of Rock Island, Illinois.
Ryan Bingham might look, act and talk like a cowboy, and maybe that’s where his crazy heart ultimately lies. But there’s more to the singer-songwriter’s backstory than the scratchy voice he can raise to eardrum-splitting levels and the hardscrabble past that’s impossible to forget.
The 32-year-old musician with a sense of adventure has a Los Angeles zip code (along with Hollywood-handsome movie star looks and an Academy Award to go with it).…Continue
Added by Michael Bialas on May 9, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Bruce Springsteen and Mark Knopfler have influenced tons of artists over the years, but a sweet-sounding soprano who’s co-founder of the charming Canadian trinity known as the Wailin’ Jennys wouldn’t be the first to come to mind.
Ruth Moody, who possibly possesses the prettiest voice in all of North…Continue
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Jason Isbell doesn’t mince words while discussing his battle with the bottle.
“Man, I’m an alcoholic,” the Alabama singer-songwriter said of his addiction that involved a dangerously close friendship with Mr. Jack Daniel’s. “So I drank all the time. I used to think I didn’t drink in the morning, but my wife pointed out to me that I didn’t usually wake up in the morning.”
Isbell laughed, yet knows there’s nothing funny about…Continue