Questions, anger after tragic wreck kills Texas rising star and a teen in Taos

Profile photo of Kylie Rae Harris from @KylieRH on Twitter.
Profile photo of Kylie Rae Harris from @KylieRH on Twitter.

Texas singer-songwriter Kylie Rae Harris’ career was set to take off. She’d enjoyed attention from media lately and had gotten good reviews of her latest album release. Her heartfelt song “Twenty Years From Now” was written to her young daughter, and listening to it raises questions in addition to questions about the tragic wreck that took her life and the life of an innocent teen, Maria Elena Cruz. Continue reading “Questions, anger after tragic wreck kills Texas rising star and a teen in Taos”

Despite Hurricane Dorian and a turnpike miss, we kept the music going

VIP Lounge Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Outside the VIP Lounge at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. (Photo: Indie Art South)

As the Labor Day weekend approached and Hurricane Dorian loomed, Rebecca and I packed our bags to head for West Palm Beach (FL). She’d done a great show the night before at Seven Bridges on Jacksonville’s southside where many supporters showed up to celebrate their friends’ birthdays.

Although the hurricane was hundreds of miles away, our family went into overdrive on concerns. I kept wishing I could send them a map of Florida so they could visualize how far away the storm was. I also kept wishing I could toss my phone into the pool. When we set out, I told her the trip would be like all road trips—an adventure. And it was. Continue reading “Despite Hurricane Dorian and a turnpike miss, we kept the music going”

Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?

Hootie and the blowfish
Hootie and the Blowfish (photo: hootie.com)

Hootie and the Blowfish became a South Carolina legend, with the band achieving success on a level most musicians dream about. The band gave way to lead vocalist Darius Rucker’s solo career for awhile. Now they’re back with a second act and their forthcoming album “Imperfect Circle.” Continue reading “Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?”

SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times

Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it's been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)
Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it’s been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)

Eric Church’s Double Down Tour is so successful, he’s extended it. Again. Via the website Saving Country Music, it looks like a song from his album released in late 2018, Desperate Man, will soon be released as a radio single. The song “Monsters” was new to me; I hadn’t heard it yet. After listening, I came to the conclusion now is a perfect time to release it. Continue reading “SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times”

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!””

City of Atlanta and Jimmy Buffett’s resort set to destroy historic country music site

The single 'The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane' recorded in 1923 can be heard on YouTube. (Image by BBYMRLCCOTN)
The single ‘The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane’ recorded in 1923 can be heard on YouTube. (Image by BBYMRLCCOTN)

Country music wasn’t always mainstream as it is today. In 1923 the genre stood on the breakout brink, and a major influence in that breakout was a song titled “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane.” The building where that song was recorded is about to be destroyed with the city of Atlanta’s blessing, although there is an effort to save it. Pop icon Jimmy Buffett also has a profit-seeking hand in the destruction. Continue reading “City of Atlanta and Jimmy Buffett’s resort set to destroy historic country music site”

Patsy and Loretta friendship revealed in new film about music legends

Something about country music legends Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline will be released in a new Lifetime film airing in October, 2019. Cline and Loretta were close friends, and Cline actually played a part in getting Lynn attention from the country music industry. According to A+E Networks’ news release, the new film ‘Patsy and Loretta’ was co-produced by two people who knew more about the singers than most. Continue reading “Patsy and Loretta friendship revealed in new film about music legends”

In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500

It happened last night when Rebecca did music solo on the deck at Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery on Jacksonville’s southside. Just as she started a song, there was a pop. It was not a pretty pop. For a second, I thought she’d torched a guitar string. Then I saw the look on her face. Her first sound system, the one she bought when she started performing as a solo artist, had gone belly up. Continue reading “In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500”

Miranda teases 8 million+ on Facebook with new song and ‘something else’

More than 8 million fans of Miranda Lambert keep up with her doin’s on the country star’s Facebook page. The page is updated frequently with news about her new music, tour and other appearances, and efforts for “Mutt Nation.” On Monday, Lambert announced the release of a new song and added a teaser. Continue reading “Miranda teases 8 million+ on Facebook with new song and ‘something else’”

Swift blowup: Scooter Brown backlash case of mistaken identity

Pop star Taylor Swift’s recent blowup over the sale of the label her first albums belong to made national headlines. Swift held nothing back in complaining about the label sale although she’s now worth hundreds of millions of dollars partly because of that label. Swift targeted Scooter Braun, the man at the helm of the purchase of her label, for allegedly bullying her, among other reasons. Rising country star Scooter Brown had no idea what would come at him as a result of mistaken identity. Continue reading “Swift blowup: Scooter Brown backlash case of mistaken identity”