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”

“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”

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”

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!””

Did court get decision right in Katy Perry copyright suit for ‘Dark Horse’?

Sometimes I have to reach deep inside my conscience to be fair. Right up front I’ll say I don’t care for Katy Perry’s music. Any of it. Perry just lost a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement for her song “Dark Horse.” I looked over her song and the song she allegedly ripped off. I think the court got the whole deal wrong. Continue reading “Did court get decision right in Katy Perry copyright suit for ‘Dark Horse’?”

Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park

Yesterday Rebecca did a solo show at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. The day was hot, but shade from the trees and a gentle breeze made it comfortable. I met so many people as I did roadie duties, and every exchange was pleasant. I took note of all the different types of people there. The park is, like our country, a melting pot. After the performance ended, I witnessed something that touched me deeply. Continue reading “Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park”

Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray

Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC
Photo of Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC by Indie Art South.

I spent time last week in South Carolina to celebrate my Mother’s birthday and to attend a family reunion with cousins I hadn’t seen in decades. Like many American families, we’re scattered around the country. There were 7 of us in my immediate family and we needed a place to stay. After a series of mishaps and no small amount of sleuthing, we ended up staying at Swaffield House on Lake Murray.

I’d never seen this house before. Continue reading “Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray”

Lil Nas X pundits: Egg on their faces on Old Town Road

The Lil Nas X brouhaha continues as pundits at certain publications change their tune on coverage of the ‘Old Town Road’ Billboard controversy by an influential country music website Saving Country Music. I’ve covered this in my own way, but what struck me about the latest developments is the refusal of some pundits to correct the record even when facts prove them wrong. Continue reading “Lil Nas X pundits: Egg on their faces on Old Town Road”

Notes from the road: New restaurant at Fernandina serves real barbecue

awards for BBQ captain jack's founders
The founders of Captain Jack’s Smokehouse obviously know their barbecue. Their awards fill a wall in the new restaurant at Fernandina Beach (FL).

I traveled with Rebecca on Tuesday to a private event in Fernandina Beach. A new restaurant was doing a trial run before opening to the public—a ‘soft opening.’ Rebecca contracted to provide music for the evening. Because the restaurant is new, we had no idea what to expect. I came away with positive impressions. The biggest one: Captain Jack’s Smokehouse serves real barbecue. Continue reading “Notes from the road: New restaurant at Fernandina serves real barbecue”

Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts”

Miranda Lambert is one artist who never ceases to surprise. Lambert just debuted a song I’d say leans to punk country, and she’s celebrating finding homes for her “mutts”—all 61 of them. Continue reading “Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts””