Kiefer Sutherland evolves from fearless Jack to country troubadour

I remember the series ‘24’ with fondness. It was a hit in my family, and we’d always watch with a great amount of humor thrown in by my witty husband. My husband could always tell when Sutherland as Jack Bauer was about to eliminate a foe permanently. When it was time to watch, my husband would go, “So who’s Jack gonna shoot tonight?” Sutherland has evolved, though. Now he has a band and he does lead vocals on his self-penned songs, many of them biographical. Who knew?

SWAMPYTONK EXPERIENCE BEGINS IN FERNANDINA BEACH FOR THE CRAZY DAYSIES

The Crazy Daysies kick off their summer Swampytonk Experience with a performance on the Riverfront Stage at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on May 5. Instead of a typical tour most musicians do, this series of shows will highlight original music written by Jacksonville-based sisters Rebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson. The goal is to spread the word about their unique “swampytonk” sound most closely aligned with Americana music, and to have fun welcoming all those who want to come out and be part of something different.

With ‘Jockeys and Juleps’, Jax Junior League puts hats, bow ties in limelight

If you’re a Kentucky Derby fan, chances are you mark the yearly event with some sort of gathering. We usually do that in our family, although this year my husband and I can’t because we’ll attend a personal event not related to the Derby. Various organizations sponsor events, and this year, the Junior League of Jacksonville has put together an event guaranteed to spotlight the fun in the word fundraising. There’s an artistic aspect to the Derby, although you may not have thought of it. There’s a contest to see whose “art” is the best, as a matter of fact.

Will new Americana podcast help clear up confusion?

Robert Earl Keen will soon launch Americana Podcast: The 51st State, and it’s a given the genre will benefit from Keen’s support. Few can clearly define Americana,  but many lay claim to it. The new podcast comes at a time when listening to podcasts is becoming more popular. Will this new messaging help clear up confusion about this genre that could be loosely a hybrid of country and rock? Maybe. Then again, it seems to me there’s a wide range when it comes to defining Americana music. The genre can comprise more than a mix of country (or folk) and

Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle

The Green Turtle is a staple in Amelia Island entertainment, and the popular music venue is gearing up for a pre-Shrimp Festival celebration beginning Saturday, April 27. In anticipation of the more than 100,000 people expected to head to Shrimp Fest, The Green Turtle kicks off the weekend before the festival with their first ever Turtle Jam Mini Fest. Melody Trucks and her band will headline this event. Trucks is part of the Trucks family music dynasty.

Lil Nas X on a roll as Keith Urban covers ‘Old Town Road’ (on Twitter)

I wrote about the dustup over the song “Old Town Road” as debate about the song’s “country-worthiness” took place on social media. I remain perplexed about why country music gatekeepers would deem the song not country when it  is, in fact, as country as anything I hear on radio stations or anything I see on the TV channel that airs country videos. In fact, Lil Nas X the rapper has produced a song that’s more country than most of what I hear these days.

More than 100,000 expected for Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend the 2019 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, based on attendance in previous years. Firefall and Poco will headline the music, with bands like The Crazy Daysies and The Swingin’ Medallions taking the stage on Sunday. The music is only part of a three day mix of activities, parades, and marketplace wares.

Jacksonville singer-songwriter is in it for the art

I first met Nancy Wilson Buckler through my daughters’ music. Nancy lives in Jacksonville (FL), and I know her son and daughter-in-law and their children. Some time ago my own daughters told me they’d had a great time listening to Nancy play the guitar and sing. They said she had a fantastic voice. A new CD Nancy produced is a testament to that voice, and one song in particular touched me in a way that few songs do. Nancy has no idea I am writing this. And she has no idea about something in my past that figured heavily in

Genius of Lil Nas X: 20 year old rapper topped country charts, then controversy burned

Because of technology, we live in an age where, if you’re an artist, you can’t just be talented or hard-working. You also have to know how to work the system. A rapper from Atlanta, 20 year old Lil Nas X, did all of the above, and now he’s the topic of many a conversation in the music industry. How did a rapper get a song to the top of country Billboard before it was removed from country? Was this racist?

Amazon fake reviews controversy reemerges; the company isn’t alone

From time to time media publish stories about fake reviews of products on sites like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and others. Right now there’s a story bouncing around from site to site about fake reviews specifically at Amazon. A British consumer group is the source. What’s an online shopper or artist in search of reviews to do?