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Out of Carolina: Sweet Sweet heads to North Florida

Surfing for good music is a daily duty for Indie Art South, and today I wasn’t disappointed. I found a great song by a duo from coastal South Carolina. Sweet Sweet will head to North Florida this weekend for a gig at a venue I’m fond of because I’ve had good times there listening to my daughters perform. The venue, The Green Turtle, is known for quality music and fun times. So what’s so special about Sweet Sweet? 

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orange raisin nut bread from Land O Lakes recipe

As summer looms, food for the road comes to mind

Summer is looming, and many of us will travel by car. Some of us connected to bands, or if we have family in distant states, already travel a lot by car. One thing I’ve learned as a veteran of I 95 and other routes is the fast food can really get old quick. Years ago I began to try to pack some easy fix food items for a couple reasons. 

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TV transmitter in 1930, via US Library of Congress. Original photo from Keystone View Company.

TV blight prevails, but at least Luther, Sunday Night Football are tops

I have trouble with TV. Right now, every time I hit a new channel, it’s all about the royal wedding, crime, or psycho chefs. There’s not much I can sit through these days. I have too many books lying around and they’re a lot more interesting. That said, I do have a few shows I like to watch. Two of the features I do watch are among the most popular shows in the US and the UK. 

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Butterfly on plumbago Indie Art South

Band Mom: I never envisioned this phase of motherhood

It’s almost Mother’s Day, so naturally I find myself reflecting on my own journey helping to raise our children. Thanks are due to my husband who set a great example for our daughters. They’re both adults now, and having dealt with everything from teething to teen angst, I find myself in a phase of motherhood I truly never expected. I am Band Mom, and it’s been a doozy of a journey. 

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Cream of Crop stage Thomasville GA

Which love, country, hip-hop, and rock songs rule over time?

We’re constantly talking music at our house, and all of us eagerly look for new bands whose songs might have shelf life in our brains. That’s how I discovered The Dead South, a group I thought of when I saw a reader list “House of the Rising Sun” as a submission to the set list I’m building here. I did some searches, and what I came up with was a mixed bag of top songs from different critics. Some of the songs on these lists surprised me. Others, like “Hey, Jude,” just never made their way into my heart. 

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J. Paul Getty Museum in LA

‘Trust’ recounts story of kidnapped heir whose brother co-founded Getty Images

Are you watching the series Trust on FX? The series recounts the story of John Paul Getty III who was kidnapped in Italy when he was only 16. Some of us are old enough to remember the news coverage about the kidnapping of an heir whose grandfather was one of the richest men in the world. While the kidnapping is the focus of the series, what’s not as well known is that one of the most influential image galleries in the world was co-founded by Getty III’s brother Mark. 

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook clampdown could be an opportunity

News that Facebook will clamp down on media, with plans to “rank” outlets by “trustworthiness” has many armchair and pro pundits in a meltdown. The move towards “suppression” or “promotion” has caused alarm among those of us who are passionate about free expression. While the government cannot legally control your speech, social media sites certainly can. That is their right. 

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What do you do about earworms, since they’re so common?

Sometimes after listening to the band practice, I’ll get a song I like stuck in my head. They are many. “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert. Lead Belly’s “In the Pines.” Closer to home, the Daysies’ “Stick a Lime in It.” I recently learned there’s a label for songs that get stuck in your head. 

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Snip from "Ain't Much Left of Me"; Blackberry Smoke. (YouTube)

Indie band Blackberry Smoke tops in country album sales—for third time

If you don’t know the music of Blackberry Smoke, lend this indie band your ear. The band’s latest release, Find a Light, outsold other country albums to take the top spot. As the website Saving Country Music pointed out, this is for album sales as opposed to sales from all sources including streaming. 

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