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’”

Military veteran and other Florida filmmakers’ works officially selected for West Texas festival

Iron Freedom Foundation photo for film A Devils River Story
Cameron Cushman’s films like ‘A Devils River Story’ illustrate the benefits of outdoor activities as therapeutic. (Snip: Iron Freedom Foundation)

The West Texas Film Festival announced Florida filmmakers’ works will be included in selections for the 2019 festival in Odessa Nov. 21-23. The festival, in its fourth year, showcases works that have the “pioneer spirit of filmmaking.” Among the Floridians whose works will be shown is a military veteran who is an enthusiastic outdoorsman and believes nature can be therapeutic. Continue reading “Military veteran and other Florida filmmakers’ works officially selected for West Texas festival”

Does Florida have a shot at an Alan Jackson concert?

Image from Facebook page @officialalanjackson
Image from Facebook page @officialalanjackson

Country music legend Alan Jackson has announced the cities where he’ll perform for his 2020 tour. Jackson has included cities like Atlanta. That stands to reason because he was born in Georgia. He’s also included Columbia, SC. What top state is missing completely? Continue reading “Does Florida have a shot at an Alan Jackson concert?”