Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza

Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)
Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)

There’s an old adage, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and it’s a fitting description for the West Texas Film Festival based in Odessa.

While local film festivals sometimes span only a day or two, the 2019 festival stretches across three days, beginning November 21 and ending November 23. The good news for producers is there’s still time to send in your submissions, and there’s even a small tip about something special the organizers hope to see. Continue reading “Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza”

Nashville musician Yorlets’ band returns as controversy arises over murder suspects

Kyle Yorlets, Nashville musician was murdered in a robbery in February. (Photo from Facebook page: @Carverton)
Kyle Yorlets, Nashville musician was murdered during a robbery in February. (Photo from Facebook page: @Carverton)

Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets played in the band Carverton. Yorlets was one of the founders of the pop punk band, and it looked like things were going well for them until an encounter changed everything. Yorlets was murdered at his house in Nashville in February. His bandmates were grief stricken. They recently returned to performing, perhaps because there’s no better tribute to their bandmate than continuing the work he helped begin.

The murder suspects are currently moving through the justice system, and once their identities became public, to say everyone was shocked is an understatement. Now there’s a controversy only the courts can resolve. Continue reading “Nashville musician Yorlets’ band returns as controversy arises over murder suspects”

Stapleton heats up concert with John Mayer, unveiling song written day before

Chris Stapleton (left) joined John Mayer on set in Nashville to sing "I Just Remembered That I Didn't Care". (snip: YouTube channel Tessa)
Chris Stapleton joined John Mayer on set in Nashville to sing “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care”. (snip: YouTube channel Tessa)

Chris Stapleton took the stage with John Mayer in Nashville, and moments into a new song, Stapleton definitely heated things up as indicated by the audience response. Reportedly the song the two did together, “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care”, was written one day before the show. How did Mayer do up on stage with the music icon? Continue reading “Stapleton heats up concert with John Mayer, unveiling song written day before”

“Shelter” shared by S. Florida Country Music goes straight to IAS playlist

(Tour poster, Eleni Skiba and Jodi Gaines via @EleniSkibaMusic on Facebook)
(Tour poster, Eleni Skiba and Jodi Gaines via @EleniSkibaMusic on Facebook)

I’m building a Spotify playlist, Indie Art South Indie Selects. I’ve been wandering around Facebook and other sites in hopes of finding songs that stand out from the pack. My latest find is an original song titled “Shelter”. South Florida Country Music shared the song in a video featuring Jodi Gaines and Eleni Skiba. These talented musicians were new to me. Continue reading ““Shelter” shared by S. Florida Country Music goes straight to IAS playlist”

Midsummer doings in N. Florida: Chuck Nash, Mama Mia, and Darwin

Florida Theatre
Florida Theatre image courtesy of The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day.

In North Florida there’s something for everyone to do when it comes to leisure time. You can opt to hear live music, go to a dinner theater, and inspect papers related to Charles Darwin’s theories. From the beaches to downtown, we’ve highlighted some events. Want to dance in the streets? Read on!
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Ads zapped for latest bloody Blum film ‘The Hunt’ targeting a sector of voters

super moonNo one familiar with films Jason Blum is involved in will be surprised his latest film is dark and bloody. Horror is one of his favorite specialties. It seems, though, that Blum went a little too far this time, at least where advertising is concerned. One Web publication said “movie executives” pulled the ads for his film The Hunt. Why? The film script specifically talks about “slaughtering a dozen deplorables” for sport.

Have recent mass killings impacted decisions about violent films? Continue reading “Ads zapped for latest bloody Blum film ‘The Hunt’ targeting a sector of voters”

SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times

Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it's been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)
Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it’s been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)

Eric Church’s Double Down Tour is so successful, he’s extended it. Again. Via the website Saving Country Music, it looks like a song from his album released in late 2018, Desperate Man, will soon be released as a radio single. The song “Monsters” was new to me; I hadn’t heard it yet. After listening, I came to the conclusion now is a perfect time to release it. Continue reading “SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times”

New Paradise Outlaw album ‘Shadows’ inspires you to “turn it up!”

Paradise Outlaw band members (L to R): Kevin Langeland (Guitar), Nathan Vredeveld (Drums), Kyle Gifford (Guitar), ColinTobin (Vocals), and John Johnson (Bass). (Photo used with permission)
Paradise Outlaw band members (L to R): Kevin Langeland (Guitar), Nathan Vredeveld (Drums), Kyle Gifford (Guitar), ColinTobin (Vocals), and John Johnson (Bass). (Photo used with permission)

Michigan based band Paradise Outlaw just released the new album Shadows, and the songs definitely live up to requests to “turn it up!” The originals are solid, with lyrics and score venturing into unexpected corners. Any songwriter who can couple ‘voodoo’ with ‘Cadillac’ in a successful work deserves a hat tip. Continue reading “New Paradise Outlaw album ‘Shadows’ inspires you to “turn it up!””

City of Atlanta and Jimmy Buffett’s resort set to destroy historic country music site

The single 'The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane' recorded in 1923 can be heard on YouTube. (Image by BBYMRLCCOTN)
The single ‘The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane’ recorded in 1923 can be heard on YouTube. (Image by BBYMRLCCOTN)

Country music wasn’t always mainstream as it is today. In 1923 the genre stood on the breakout brink, and a major influence in that breakout was a song titled “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane.” The building where that song was recorded is about to be destroyed with the city of Atlanta’s blessing, although there is an effort to save it. Pop icon Jimmy Buffett also has a profit-seeking hand in the destruction. Continue reading “City of Atlanta and Jimmy Buffett’s resort set to destroy historic country music site”

Friday’s here; Get ready for a fun weekend in North Florida

Looking for fun as the weekend opens? North Florida has you covered. From the beaches to Fruit Cove, there are plenty of options for leisure as Friday rolls in to deliver most of us from work for a day or two. Continue reading “Friday’s here; Get ready for a fun weekend in North Florida”