Traveling artist? Don’t forget you can ditch the interstate

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Slowdown on I95 North (Photo Day on the Day)

Are you a traveling artist? If so, you’ve probably been where I was last week.  Continue reading “Traveling artist? Don’t forget you can ditch the interstate”

Sturgill Simpson helped produce indie musician Childers’ new album ‘Purgatory’

Childers' album Purgatory
Tyler Childers’ album ‘Purgatory’ is due out in August.

Sturgill Simpson, the indie musician who took his brand to the level just about any musician would love to enjoy, helped produce a new album for indie musician Tyler Childers.

The album ‘Purgatory’ comprising 10 of Childers’ songs will be out in August, and the backstory is interesting.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson helped produce indie musician Childers’ new album ‘Purgatory’”

Indie artists might find gold in August solar eclipse

eclipse photo NASA
“This 1991 photograph captures the brief moment of totality when the Sun’s faint corona is most easily observed. It is made up of several photographs from cameras with different settings that were later combined into one image. Credit: Steve Albers, Dennis di Cicco, ad Gary Emerson.”

[caption, photo from NASA]

In August the sun and moon will be stars of the day when the first total solar eclipse visible to the US  in 38 years occurs.

The total eclipse will be viewed by Americans from Oregon to South Carolina. Those of us in states like Florida will see a partial eclipse.

Is there gold in that eclipse for indie artists?  Continue reading “Indie artists might find gold in August solar eclipse”

Nashville’s Post headlines Blue Jay with Kyle Jennings

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Kevin Post and Kyle Jennings are featured in the next Blue Jay concert in Jacksonville.

Blue Jay Listening Room will present Nashville guitarist Kevin Post and country artist Kyle Jennings in concert on Saturday, June 17, at Engine 15 Brewing Downtown Taproom in Jacksonville (FL). Continue reading “Nashville’s Post headlines Blue Jay with Kyle Jennings”

Jax Art exhibit explores myth, the elements, and legend

Leilani Leo
Jacksonville artist Leilani Leo

Jacksonville artist Leilani Leo will exhibit works in a special presentation at the Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum on Friday, July 14, from 5-8 p.m. Leo’s exhibit is titled All the Way Up: An Oil Portrait Series of Gods, Goddesses, the Elements, and Other Mythological Beings.

Leo explained she hopes to beckon “the viewer to peer deeper with renewed perspective musing…on the subject of heavenly legends.”

This won’t be one of those dry as a bone affairs.  Continue reading “Jax Art exhibit explores myth, the elements, and legend”

CMT Awards: Trucks shines amid gala short on ‘country’

Tedeschi Trucks
Tedeschi Trucks Band from Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DerekTrucks/)

When it comes to country music, CMT was a trailblazer because it was the first channel airing country music videos as primary content. CMT has moved past that model, and nowhere was that in evidence more than last night at the channel’s annual awards show.  Continue reading “CMT Awards: Trucks shines amid gala short on ‘country’”

Songwriter Naomi Martin passes, serves as inspiration to others

Naomi Martin Yonts
Naomi Martin Yonts (Photo from Legacy.com)

Songwriter Naomi Martin Yonts passed away on May 31 after a career that spanned decades in country music. Martin, like many talented songwriters,  isn’t a household word, but her songs were known and loved by many fans of traditional country music. Martin wasn’t a flash in the pan celebrity, though.  Continue reading “Songwriter Naomi Martin passes, serves as inspiration to others”

Band Mom: Making a song

music score sheet for guitarLots of songs we hear nowadays are a collaboration among members of a team. Many of these songs are formulaic—an award-winning songwriter once explained to my daughter the standard format for a good country song. Naturally, she disregarded everything he said. Continue reading “Band Mom: Making a song”

Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival

Palatka 2017 Blue Crab Festival
Palatka’s annual Blue Crab Festival featured lots of crafts, food, and bands.

Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday.  Continue reading “Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival”

Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival

Blue Crab Festival banner
Promo banner for Blue Crab Festival. (via Facebook)

Today the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka kicks off its 29th annual event with live music, just about any kind of seafood you’d want, and arts and crafts vendors. There will be carnival rides and games. There’s even an adopt-a-duck event.  What’s not to like?  Continue reading “Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival”