Live music saved the night—literally—as Billy Buchanan saved a life in Florida

image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page
Image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page @billybmusic.

If you’re a traveling musician, your stories are probably legion once you’ve done this for a few years. Jacksonville (FL) musician Billy Buchanan has one to top them all. Live music literally saved the night, and a life, on Saturday at The Villages in Sumter County, Florida. Continue reading “Live music saved the night—literally—as Billy Buchanan saved a life in Florida”

No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden

Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com
Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com

Vulfpeck, a band from Michigan with no manager or record label pumping their brand, managed to sell out their Sept. 28 concert at Madison Square Garden. They didn’t spend one dime on advertising. The band has “never had a hit single”, according to an article in Billboard. How’d they do it? Continue reading “No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden”

Sturgill Simpson’s new tune just might blow your mind

Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson (Photo: Atlantic Records)

Sturgill Simson is possibly the most intriguing figure at the top of today’s US music culture. Outspoken, brash, and even off-putting at times, Simpson doesn’t hesitate to criticize the corporate music industry. He made his chops in country, but like so many others before him, Simpson used that platform as a springboard to building a massive base. I don’t know what genre I’d put him in. I do know the video for the single he just released, “Sing Along”, blew my mind. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson’s new tune just might blow your mind”

Ahead of toxicology tests, vehicle data indicate speed a factor in singer’s fatal crash

Highway 567, junction, near Taos, Taos, New Mexico. (John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, US Library of Congress)
Highway 567 junction, near Taos, New Mexico. (John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, US Library of Congress)

On September 10, friends and family of 16 year old Taos (NM) high school student Maria Elena Cruz held a memorial service to honor the young woman who had a bright future ahead of her. According to authorities, Miss Cruz died on a highway in northern New Mexico when Texas singer Kylie Rae Harris tagged the rear end of a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck. Officials believe Harris lost control of her Chevrolet Equinox, rapidly moving into the wrong lane where she crashed into Cruz’s Jeep. Authorities obtained the vehicles’ data recorders, and investigated the scene.
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‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise

banner for Alienstock Festival
Snip from alienstockfestival.com

A student placed a message on Facebook creating an event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, reportedly just for fun. Fallout ensued, along with warnings from the US Government guaranteeing the government would protect assets, and now the same student has nixed his calls to storm the facility long associated with extraterrestrial and UFO conspiracies.

Instead, Matty Roberts is now proposing a music festival, with a focus on electronic dance music (EDM). Roberts apparently had a come-to-Jesus moment regarding public safety. Continue reading “‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise”

Nashville musician Yorlets’ band returns as controversy arises over murder suspects

Kyle Yorlets, Nashville musician was murdered in a robbery in February. (Photo from Facebook page: @Carverton)
Kyle Yorlets, Nashville musician was murdered during a robbery in February. (Photo from Facebook page: @Carverton)

Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets played in the band Carverton. Yorlets was one of the founders of the pop punk band, and it looked like things were going well for them until an encounter changed everything. Yorlets was murdered at his house in Nashville in February. His bandmates were grief stricken. They recently returned to performing, perhaps because there’s no better tribute to their bandmate than continuing the work he helped begin.

The murder suspects are currently moving through the justice system, and once their identities became public, to say everyone was shocked is an understatement. Now there’s a controversy only the courts can resolve. Continue reading “Nashville musician Yorlets’ band returns as controversy arises over murder suspects”

“Shelter” shared by S. Florida Country Music goes straight to IAS playlist

(Tour poster, Eleni Skiba and Jodi Gaines via @EleniSkibaMusic on Facebook)
(Tour poster, Eleni Skiba and Jodi Gaines via @EleniSkibaMusic on Facebook)

I’m building a Spotify playlist, Indie Art South Indie Selects. I’ve been wandering around Facebook and other sites in hopes of finding songs that stand out from the pack. My latest find is an original song titled “Shelter”. South Florida Country Music shared the song in a video featuring Jodi Gaines and Eleni Skiba. These talented musicians were new to me. Continue reading ““Shelter” shared by S. Florida Country Music goes straight to IAS playlist”

Friday’s here; Get ready for a fun weekend in North Florida

Looking for fun as the weekend opens? North Florida has you covered. From the beaches to Fruit Cove, there are plenty of options for leisure as Friday rolls in to deliver most of us from work for a day or two. Continue reading “Friday’s here; Get ready for a fun weekend in North Florida”

Not going to the Stones? Options for live music Friday in N. Florida

The Rolling Stones are expected to entertain approximately 50,000 people in Jacksonville (FL) tonight. Jax is a big city, and for those who aren’t attending the concert, there are plenty of options for Friday live music in this area outside downtown. Continue reading “Not going to the Stones? Options for live music Friday in N. Florida”

With major film placement success, Gunboat Diplomats release new song

Florida recording group Gunboat Diplomats has gone one better, and that’s saying a lot. This group’s song “Crazy About You” is part of the soundtrack for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass. Imagine heading to the theater and seeing your song in a major motion picture. Having scored at the top of the meter in an amazing way, the group is releasing their latest song, “Judgment Road,” and it is most definitely a winner. Continue reading “With major film placement success, Gunboat Diplomats release new song”