Misty Posey releases ‘Moon, Oh Moon’, performs for ‘Celtic Christmas’ in Dallas

Photo of Misty Posey used with permission; still shot from video.
Photo of Misty Posey used with permission; still shot from video.

Misty Posey has released a new original, “Moon, Oh Moon”, and she’s aiming for more. In an email, she told me, “I am currently getting my recordings and artwork together for a full debut CD.” She’s doing this after selling out of her EPs at a Celtic-Renaissance festival. This week Posey will head to Dallas to a concert I’d love to hear. Posey will perform in two concerts on Dec. 7 and 8. “Celtic Christmas with the Selkie Girls and Friends” promises an evening of holiday sounds you can bet are honed to perfection.  Continue reading “Misty Posey releases ‘Moon, Oh Moon’, performs for ‘Celtic Christmas’ in Dallas”

Porchfest 2018: Gem of a festival in North Florida

The first time I went to Porchfest in the Springfield community of Jacksonville (FL), I was in awe of everyone coming together to share music and admiration for the unique homes. Porchfest is a free event. People can stroll the wide streets and hear music on porches throughout the neighborhood. Food trucks, kids’ activities, and a big mix of musical styles await those who come out for the 2018 festival.  Continue reading “Porchfest 2018: Gem of a festival in North Florida”

In Jax, two talented musicians definitely on an ‘Eternal Odyssey’

Jacksonville’s best kept secret is the city’s diverse music community. From rap to country to blues to metal to everything in between, this sprawling Florida city has an abundance of musicians doing live music every night of the week. Now two Jacksonville musicians, brothers Kent and Brent Smedley, have announced a new album due out from Combat Records, part of the EMP Label group, in early 2019. For both these musicians, music has indeed been an ‘Eternal Odyssey’, the namesake for their new musical endeavors.  Continue reading “In Jax, two talented musicians definitely on an ‘Eternal Odyssey’”

Meet Gerry and the Schaks: American classics, skilled musicians, an unforgettable voice

I encountered the band Gerry and the Schaks quite by accident. I’d read a fascinating novel, The Ruby Tear Catcher, by Nahid Sewell, and after I’d written about the novelist for a national magazine, I remained connected with Nahid via Facebook. One day I was scrolling down notifications, and saw a post she’d made about her husband’s music. I clicked on it. I loved what I found.  Continue reading “Meet Gerry and the Schaks: American classics, skilled musicians, an unforgettable voice”

Most requested songs at gigs are often from the past

It doesn’t matter if you’re a performer or a music enthusiast, if you’ve taken in live music performances, you will always witness special requests. While it’s true most of my experience is in Americana or country venues, the requests cover all genres. “Time after Time” is a perfect example.  Continue reading “Most requested songs at gigs are often from the past”

Hot song? Take a chance on Independent Music Awards call for entries

Are you an indie musician with a hot song? Have you recorded the song in a “fully mastered and complete” format? If so, you might consider entering the Independent Music Awards contest. Entry fees are reasonable, and the bang for your buck if you win will definitely be positive.  Continue reading “Hot song? Take a chance on Independent Music Awards call for entries”

Two creatives: Author and singer have stories to tell on Iran and more

Photo credit: Nahid Sewell on Facebook
Photo credit: Nahid Sewell on Facebook

I first came to know Nahid Sewell through her novel The Ruby Tear Catcher. I read the novel, and concurrently running through my mind were the Iranian expatriates I came to know well as friends in the 1980s. I wrote about her novel for The Writer Magazine.

Years after I wrote that story, I saw video Nahid posted of her husband on Facebook where she and I had reconnected. I was blown away again.  Continue reading “Two creatives: Author and singer have stories to tell on Iran and more”

Spotify ‘experiment’ shakes up the Big 3; opportunity for indie artists

Spotify has big record labels in a tizzy over a policy that may help indie artists. Before this new initiative, if you wanted to get to the top of the charts by traditional means, you had three options. Now it appears indie artists will have another potentially better option, and the labels who’ve controlled the industry are not too happy about it.  Continue reading “Spotify ‘experiment’ shakes up the Big 3; opportunity for indie artists”

Gunboat Diplomats latest: Paean to summertime pop

With Gunboat Diplomats, you never know what to expect. These musicians recording as a group, who perform in a variety of venues and bands, including solo acts, most definitely embrace variety. The last song, “Original Sin”, was described as “a bastardized bossa nova.” I liked that song, bastardization or not. The latest from GD is a sharp turn compared to past recordings, however.  Continue reading “Gunboat Diplomats latest: Paean to summertime pop”

Count on a request for ‘Freebird’, but it’s not on popular karaoke list

It never fails. At least one person, at almost every gig from among hundreds of gigs in a single year, will request a song. The most frequent request by far, regardless of the city or state they’re playing in,  for our band is “Freebird”. It’s not on a popular list of karaoke songs, but another one Rebecca often plays is on it. “Friends in Low Places” is most definitely popular among all age groups, probably for one reason.  Continue reading “Count on a request for ‘Freebird’, but it’s not on popular karaoke list”