How many times have you seen indie bands doing fundraisers for a worthy cause? Or craft makers exhibiting at a festival to raise money for a charity? Or an artist donate his or her time to help a nonprofit?
“Lead Belly, the hard name of a harder man.” Woodie Guthrie once said this about the blues musician born Huddie William Leadbetter who spent most of his life in poverty but left an eternal legacy after his death in 1949. You’ve probably heard covers of his music without realizing who he was.
After performing at the American Heritage Festival in Lake City, SC, in early December, the Crazy Daysies headed upstate shortly before Christmas to visit with family and friends. I dreamt of living amidst vast fields and rolling Carolina hills while growing up. Farm houses and cozy log cabins appealed to me, while neutral, modern-styled houses furrowed my brow.
Jason Evans is a seasoned veteran of Nashville, having played with country stars having and co-written popular songs. Now Evans has returned to Florida, doing gigs with his band and aiming for music that makes fans want to “stomp those boots.”
When news broke that Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth had been nominated for a Grammy, many people were surprised. I wasn’t.
On Saturday a group of us traveled from different cities to a farm near Lake City, South Carolina, to hear The Crazy Daysies perform at the American Heritage Festival. The weekend-long event is only a couple of years old, but organizers and vendors offer a lot of sights, sounds, and handmade crafts for guests.
Aaron Lewis, familiar to many as lead vocalist in the band Staind, is aiming for country music roots as the genre is increasingly affected by creeping pop. Lewis’ latest album, Sinner, released recently, includes the song ‘That Ain’t Country’, an ode to a style of music that is based on heritage and to some degree, geography in the sense of ties to an agrarian culture, past or present. Lewis’ criticism of some artists who are taking the country out of country is well-placed.
The Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held the Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff on November 19, with visitors coming from near and far. On a perfect fall day, guests enjoyed music, the opportunity to taste many different kinds of chili, and also do some early Christmas shopping among an eclectic assortment of crafts and other goods for sale by indie artists and vendors. The Crazy Daysies duo, Rebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson, performed country, pop, and Americana tunes as people strolled through the marketplace on San Jose Blvd.