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”

Headliner concerts may go with shorter sets, more special effects

Community First Seawalk Music Festival
Attendees arrived early for the Community First Seawalk Music Festival at Jacksonville Beach. Organizers presented a mix of indie and well known bands. Josh Turner closed out the concert. (Photo: Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

Recently I heard criticism from some folks who’d attended an outdoor concert here in Jacksonville. Our weather was iffy. The concert featuring a long list of established performers had to be briefly evacuated because of weather. And because that meant lost time, the top performers my friends had gone to see didn’t take the stage anywhere near on time.

Have you had a bad ‘big concert’ experience?  Continue reading “Headliner concerts may go with shorter sets, more special effects”

With days to go, Cara Burky’s Blue Jay Listening Room nears fruition

Cara Burky Blue Jay Listening Room
Cara Burky, a musician, has come up with a novel idea for musicians and their supporters by founding Blue Jay Listening Room. (snip: Video bluejayjax at Kickstarter)

Creatives are most definitely what I’ve come to call “thinkative” people. We come up with all manner of ideas, but as with everything else in life, the value is in the doing.

Jacksonville Beach currently has a thinkative musician implementing a sensational idea. With just a little bit of help, this pioneer’s dream can become a reality and our community will benefit too. Continue reading “With days to go, Cara Burky’s Blue Jay Listening Room nears fruition”

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’”

Band Mom: What’s behind that band on the stage?

Seawalk Community First Festival
The crowd began to gather early at Seawalk Community First Festival.

Watching a band develop is proving to be one of the more interesting experiences in my life. I could (and probably should because we have a nearly complete manuscript) publish a book.

But there’s one aspect of that experience I want to comment on today.

What’s behind that band on the stage?  Continue reading “Band Mom: What’s behind that band on the stage?”