South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list

Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook
Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook

Votes have been tallied in the South Florida Country Music Awards contest, and Luke Combs took top honors for 2019 Entertainer of the Year.

The awards list is peopled with celebs like Combs, but up-and-comers closer to the organization’s home base state are also favorites.

One top award winner, Eli Mosely, served in the US Marines, and with lines like “You’re my trailer park princess,” his work stands out as authentic country rising to the top in a music genre where pop has blended itself into mainstream country. Continue reading “South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list”

Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida

image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page
Image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page @billybmusic.

Before you read another word, I’ll admit I love Billy Buchanan’s voice and style, and I think the music he performs is probably the greatest this country produced in my lifetime. So if you expect me to be objective, ditch that expectation. Buchanan is currently based in Jacksonville, Florida, and besides being an awesome musician, he’s an unsung hero with a story media appeared to overlook. Continue reading “Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida”

New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler

CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler
CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler

I wrote about Florida singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler not long ago, explaining I’d always known her as a fellow grandmother. Then I discovered her music. Buckler’s work is heartfelt, and many of the songs will touch those who place family first. We listened to her CD recently on a trip to Carolina, and besides her lyrics, her voice is one of those memorable, well-defined instruments you won’t forget. Continue reading “New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler”

Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song

New Year celebration 1940
New Year Celebration 1940; National Photo Company Collection; gifted by Herbert A. French, US Library of Congress.

Musical group Gunboat Diplomats never ceases to surprise me, and the latest release holds to that standard. I’ve praised the work of this recording group before, often calling attention to their lyrics for artistic merit. Some of their songs have dark undertones—I really like that. I mean, how many musicians write songs with a nod to Albert Camus? I’d wager more than half of those under 40 couldn’t pick Camus out of a literary lineup on paper. Continue reading “Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song”

Florida filmmaker, on heels of success, wraps production on genre blend ‘The Waiting’

Promo poster for film 'The Waiting'Florida filmmaker F. C. Rabbath is in a minority of indie filmmakers. On the heels of wrapping a film picked up this year by robust distributor Gravitas Ventures, Rabbath set to work on a new film The Waiting. After a few weeks of editing, the new film will be sent to festivals.

Reception at those festivals will determine the world premiere. The Waiting is a blend of horror, romance, and comedy. Rabbath summed it up in a nutshell for Indie Art South. Continue reading “Florida filmmaker, on heels of success, wraps production on genre blend ‘The Waiting’”