Craig Havighurst is an author, journalist and media producer whoвЂ™s been reporting on music and the music business in Nashville since the late 90s. Craig has written for NPR, WPLN-FM, The Wall Street Journal, Acoustic Guitar and other magazines. He was a staff writer at The Tennessean from 2001-2004.
HeвЂ™s currently senior producer and blogger for Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, a nationally syndicated weekly live radio show that spotlights NashvilleвЂ™s roots and Americana music scene.
His blog String Theory chronicles art, commerce, education and technology as it relates to music. His book, Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City, tells the story of how Nashville was transformed by one of the nationвЂ™s greatest radio stations.
Three-year-old Gabriel Scott is lying on his back in a guitar case, floating on a placid, moss-colored pond and gazing at the sky. That image adorns the cover of his father’s new CD, Family Tree. The idea, says the senior […]
Quality reissues are fairly common these days, but genuine rediscoveries are harder to come by. This 1978 LP qualifies. Jimmy Murphy’s blunt language, stark blues influence and sacred edge evoke a stirring echo of Hank Williams’ plaintiveness and wit. Historian […]
Lucinda Williams achieved a certain apotheosis in 1998, riding her arduously crafted Car Wheels On A Gravel Road to dozens of ten-best lists, breakthrough record sales and two Grammy nominations. So the intimate Saturday-night guitar pull she put together at […]
Among traditional American country blues singers and guitar players, Doc Watson is without peer. When he sings in his unadorned baritone, it is as if the entire Anglo-Saxon folk tradition had been fermented in the Appalachian Mountains only to be […]
A perennial dilemma in sports dictates that if you expand the league, you thin out the talent pool, and while you may add more fans to the base, you can wind up paying good money to see a pitcher who […]
It’s the eve of a stormy Memorial Day weekend, high in the Clinch Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. Jimmy Martin’s enormous green tour bus has just barged its way up the winding road to Ralph Stanley’s Hills of Home park, a […]
There’s no more exciting or excitable a picker in acoustic music than Sam Bush. A whirling dervish onstage, he flails like Jimmy Page, conjuring up mesmerizing polyrhythmic chops and trailblazing solos, seasoned with the old-time wisdom of Bill Monroe and […]
The first sounds that hit you from the Horse Whisperer soundtrack are a fat, Tejano-style accordion riff and yodeling. So far, so good. What we have here is Dwight Yoakam singing “Cattle Call”, which is something I always wanted to […]
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