American Heritage Festival lit up the night, literally

On Saturday a group of us traveled from different cities to a farm near Lake City, South Carolina, to hear The Crazy Daysies perform at the American Heritage Festival. The weekend-long event is only a couple of years old, but organizers and vendors offer a lot of sights, sounds, and handmade crafts for guests. 

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Performers raise funds for music icon’s daughter

I first met Kent Smedley when my younger daughter Rebecca was in middle school. Transplants in Florida, we were searching for a guitar teacher. The day we found Kent was a lucky one for us. Rebecca began to study with him and results were immediate and impressive. Rebecca is an adult now, with her own band The Crazy Daysies. She’s self-employed as a musician. Just about every time I see Kent, I thank him again for teaching and mentoring her. He was one of the keys she needed to unlock the career she dreamed about as a child. Kent is

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Lewis aims for country roots with ‘Sinner’

Aaron Lewis, familiar to many as lead vocalist in the band Staind, is aiming for country music roots as the genre is increasingly affected by creeping pop. Lewis’ latest album, Sinner, released recently, includes the song ‘That Ain’t Country’, an ode to a style of music that is based on heritage and to some degree, geography in the sense of ties to an agrarian culture, past or present. Lewis’ criticism of some artists who are taking the country out of country is well-placed. 

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Crazy Daysies, craftsmakers highlight Fall Festival

The Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held the Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff on November 19, with visitors coming from near and far. On a perfect fall day, guests enjoyed music, the opportunity to taste many different kinds of chili, and also do some early Christmas shopping among an eclectic assortment of crafts and other goods for sale by indie artists and vendors. The Crazy Daysies duo, Rebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson, performed country, pop, and Americana tunes as people strolled through the marketplace on San Jose Blvd. 

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Creatives, Odd?Rod converge at ‘mindBLOWN’

A trio of talented creatives in poetry, music, and comedy will converge in Jacksonville (FL) on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at the historic Theatre Jacksonville. The three-hour show (8-11 p.m.) mindBLOWN features nationally acclaimed poet Odd?Rod (Borisade), ‘comedy mentalist’ Sean Bott and the band Radio Love. 

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