Jax Beach group Gunboat Diplomats make top 100 at Bandwagon Network

Gunboat Diplomats single 'Judgment Road'Jacksonville beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats can add another item to their achievement list. One of their songs made the top 100 on a radio network with global reach. Continue reading “Jax Beach group Gunboat Diplomats make top 100 at Bandwagon Network”

Big double standard as radio ‘presenter’ goes full book burner over ‘Fairytale’ song

Still snip from 'Fairytale of New York' with Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues on YouTube.
Still snip from ‘Fairytale of New York’ with the late Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues on YouTube.

I’ve praised the song “Fairytale of New York” (The Pogues) for quite some time. I know the lyrics. I know there’s a term in there that in the USA, is derogatory if it’s used to insult a gay person, but not derogatory if a gay person uses it to describe a fellow gay. You still with me on this double standard thing?

As a matter of fact, ‘faggot’ isn’t the only derogatory word in music, but at present, it’s the only word getting attention. Sadly if that’s your primary takeaway from this epic song, you’re cheating yourself. A person described as a BBC radio “presenter” banned this song because of a single word. Continue reading “Big double standard as radio ‘presenter’ goes full book burner over ‘Fairytale’ song”

New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler

CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler
CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler

I wrote about Florida singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler not long ago, explaining I’d always known her as a fellow grandmother. Then I discovered her music. Buckler’s work is heartfelt, and many of the songs will touch those who place family first. We listened to her CD recently on a trip to Carolina, and besides her lyrics, her voice is one of those memorable, well-defined instruments you won’t forget. Continue reading “New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler”

Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song

New Year celebration 1940
New Year Celebration 1940; National Photo Company Collection; gifted by Herbert A. French, US Library of Congress.

Musical group Gunboat Diplomats never ceases to surprise me, and the latest release holds to that standard. I’ve praised the work of this recording group before, often calling attention to their lyrics for artistic merit. Some of their songs have dark undertones—I really like that. I mean, how many musicians write songs with a nod to Albert Camus? I’d wager more than half of those under 40 couldn’t pick Camus out of a literary lineup on paper. Continue reading “Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song”

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”