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?”

From Hank Williams’ grave to Tootsies Orchid Lounge, musical ghosts abound

Hank Williams' grave in Montgomery, AL ; photo by Carol M. Highsmith, US Library of Congress
Hank Williams’ allegedly haunted grave site in Montgomery, AL. (Photo: Carol M. Highsmith; US Library of Congress)

Have you ever seen something you couldn’t explain, something others might call a ghost? Or maybe had an uncomfortable moment when something you couldn’t explain happened? I have—it’s a family tradition where I come from. Just in time for Halloween, there’s a nifty list of country music’s most haunted places, and one of them is Hank Williams’ grave. That grave in Montgomery, Alabama was memorialized in a song by none other than Alan Jackson.

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Lady Antebellum reminds us of necessary tradeoffs for success

image of new album Ocean from ladyantebellum.com
Image of new album ‘Ocean’ from ladyantebellum.com

Lady Antebellum’s new song, “What I’m Leaving For”, is a reminder of what we trade off, by necessity, in order to succeed. Listening to it for the first time I was reminded of demands my own work, and that of my husband, placed on us, and the feelings inspired when either of us had to be absent from the family. The video, replete with scenes from the band’s personal life, perfectly illustrates the push and pull of necessity. Once you’ve ‘adulted’, you quickly figure out that work is a necessity, not a luxury, regardless of what you do for a living. Continue reading “Lady Antebellum reminds us of necessary tradeoffs for success”

In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red

Junior Brown photo from Facebook
Image of Junior Brown from @officialjuniorbrown on Facebook

In Massachusetts, a burglary has created a whodunnit that has rocked the music world. Big Red has gone missing, and a reward for its return has been increased. How did an iconic guit-steel go missing? And what is a guit-steel? Continue reading “In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red”

Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville

Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)
Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)

Tyler Childers, in an interview posted on Spotify, pegged the new Nashville in a perfect way. He said of the city that is “the largest growing and developing city in the nation”, one traditionally known for country music, “Once you’re immersed in that, then there’s just a disconnect to the reality of what country life is.” In my opinion, Childers gets it right. Continue reading “Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville”

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!””