Second Sundays got a rain reprieve in Springfield

crowd Second Sundays in Springfield
People began to take a listening spot as Second Sundays in Springfield got underway.

On Sunday, Rebecca was scheduled to open for Cain’t Never Could as part of festivities for Second Sundays in Springfield. We planned to go, but by late morning, our Mandarin community south of Jax was getting heavy showers and a light show. For a couple hours, it looked like the event at Klutho Park located north of Jacksonville wouldn’t be possible.

By 2 p.m., a reprieve was in progress courtesy of Mother Nature, and the event was a go-ahead. There was a bonus, too.  Continue reading “Second Sundays got a rain reprieve in Springfield”

Sturgill Simpson helped produce indie musician Childers’ new album ‘Purgatory’

Childers' album Purgatory
Tyler Childers’ album ‘Purgatory’ is due out in August.

Sturgill Simpson, the indie musician who took his brand to the level just about any musician would love to enjoy, helped produce a new album for indie musician Tyler Childers.

The album ‘Purgatory’ comprising 10 of Childers’ songs will be out in August, and the backstory is interesting.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson helped produce indie musician Childers’ new album ‘Purgatory’”

Nashville’s Post headlines Blue Jay with Kyle Jennings

Kevin Post Kyle Jennings
Kevin Post and Kyle Jennings are featured in the next Blue Jay concert in Jacksonville.

Blue Jay Listening Room will present Nashville guitarist Kevin Post and country artist Kyle Jennings in concert on Saturday, June 17, at Engine 15 Brewing Downtown Taproom in Jacksonville (FL). Continue reading “Nashville’s Post headlines Blue Jay with Kyle Jennings”

CMT Awards: Trucks shines amid gala short on ‘country’

Tedeschi Trucks
Tedeschi Trucks Band from Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DerekTrucks/)

When it comes to country music, CMT was a trailblazer because it was the first channel airing country music videos as primary content. CMT has moved past that model, and nowhere was that in evidence more than last night at the channel’s annual awards show.  Continue reading “CMT Awards: Trucks shines amid gala short on ‘country’”

Songwriter Naomi Martin passes, serves as inspiration to others

Naomi Martin Yonts
Naomi Martin Yonts (Photo from Legacy.com)

Songwriter Naomi Martin Yonts passed away on May 31 after a career that spanned decades in country music. Martin, like many talented songwriters,  isn’t a household word, but her songs were known and loved by many fans of traditional country music. Martin wasn’t a flash in the pan celebrity, though.  Continue reading “Songwriter Naomi Martin passes, serves as inspiration to others”

Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival

Blue Crab Festival banner
Promo banner for Blue Crab Festival. (via Facebook)

Today the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka kicks off its 29th annual event with live music, just about any kind of seafood you’d want, and arts and crafts vendors. There will be carnival rides and games. There’s even an adopt-a-duck event.  What’s not to like?  Continue reading “Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival”

What’s ahead in indie country and Americana?

Dylan St. Lawrence U Yearbook 1964
Few musicians have had an effect on music as profound as Bob Dylan. Shown here in 1964. (Via Wikipedia: 1964 Yearbook, St. Lawrence University)

Corporate country has pretty much gone cookie cutter, with musical offerings sounding as much like pop as country. Americana remains a hybrid, but that label gives an artist plenty of wiggle room.

What’s ahead for indie country and Americana, two genres often appearing to be joined at the hip?

Look at two trendsetters—both of them have indie in their past, and both are currently dominating the charts and awards circuit.
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Band Mom: My first ever Possum Festival unleashed trove of memories

Rexall Drugstore at Heritage Park in Macclenny, FL.
Rexall Drugstore at Heritage Park in Macclenny, FL.

I never know what to expect from a venue when I head out of town to hear my daughters perform. Sometimes the distance is great; other times, it’s close to home. On Saturday, a 40-minute drive to Macclenny (FL) landed me in Heritage Park Village where the Possum in the Park Festival was held.

I always enjoy local festivals, and I am always surprised by something. But this one was different. As I walked into this park in a town where the population is roughly 6,000, I was not prepared for the treasure trove of memories a single sign and some buildings evoked.

That single sign said ‘Rexall.’  Continue reading “Band Mom: My first ever Possum Festival unleashed trove of memories”

Indie artist Aaron Watson tops charts with ‘Vaquero’

Aaron Watson bio pic
Bio photo of Watson from aaronwatson.com

Aaron Watson is defying the pop culture model again as his latest album Vaquero tops country music charts within two weeks of release. Watson has been relentless in his efforts to take his music directly to his supporters, and he’s done it without the artificial persona and synthetic sounds most big studios create for their entertainers.  Continue reading “Indie artist Aaron Watson tops charts with ‘Vaquero’”

Kentucky bluegrass group masters harmonies, evokes heritage and faith

Breakin' Clay
Breakin’ Clay will captivate you with their harmonies. (Facebook image)

Kentucky bluegrass group Breakin’ Clay’s video popped up on my Twitter line this morning, and it took only seconds for their voices to create a welcome moment of joy in my workday. When it comes to bluegrass and gospel, the vocals seem to be a challenge for many bands. Not this one.  Continue reading “Kentucky bluegrass group masters harmonies, evokes heritage and faith”