CMT Awards: Trucks shines amid gala short on ‘country’

Tedeschi Trucks
Tedeschi Trucks Band from Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DerekTrucks/)

When it comes to country music, CMT was a trailblazer because it was the first channel airing country music videos as primary content. CMT has moved past that model, and nowhere was that in evidence more than last night at the channel’s annual awards show.  Continue reading “CMT Awards: Trucks shines amid gala short on ‘country’”

Songwriter Naomi Martin passes, serves as inspiration to others

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Naomi Martin Yonts (Photo from Legacy.com)

Songwriter Naomi Martin Yonts passed away on May 31 after a career that spanned decades in country music. Martin, like many talented songwriters,  isn’t a household word, but her songs were known and loved by many fans of traditional country music. Martin wasn’t a flash in the pan celebrity, though.  Continue reading “Songwriter Naomi Martin passes, serves as inspiration to others”

Band Mom: Making a song

music score sheet for guitarLots of songs we hear nowadays are a collaboration among members of a team. Many of these songs are formulaic—an award-winning songwriter once explained to my daughter the standard format for a good country song. Naturally, she disregarded everything he said. Continue reading “Band Mom: Making a song”

Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival

Palatka 2017 Blue Crab Festival
Palatka’s annual Blue Crab Festival featured lots of crafts, food, and bands.

Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday.  Continue reading “Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival”

Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival

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Promo banner for Blue Crab Festival. (via Facebook)

Today the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka kicks off its 29th annual event with live music, just about any kind of seafood you’d want, and arts and crafts vendors. There will be carnival rides and games. There’s even an adopt-a-duck event.  What’s not to like?  Continue reading “Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival”

Band Mom: Hoby’s features indie crafts alongside popular honey and other wares

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Handcrafted jewelry at very reasonable prices at Hoby’s.

In the Mandarin community in Jacksonville (FL), Hoby’s Honey and General Store is a destination for many of us seeking honey, canned products like pickles and jalapenos, and other locally produced wares. Besides the quality of the products, the fact they’re unique is icing on the cake. There’s more to Hoby’s than things to eat, though. Continue reading “Band Mom: Hoby’s features indie crafts alongside popular honey and other wares”

What’s ahead in indie country and Americana?

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Few musicians have had an effect on music as profound as Bob Dylan. Shown here in 1964. (Via Wikipedia: 1964 Yearbook, St. Lawrence University)

Corporate country has pretty much gone cookie cutter, with musical offerings sounding as much like pop as country. Americana remains a hybrid, but that label gives an artist plenty of wiggle room.

What’s ahead for indie country and Americana, two genres often appearing to be joined at the hip?

Look at two trendsetters—both of them have indie in their past, and both are currently dominating the charts and awards circuit.
Continue reading “What’s ahead in indie country and Americana?”

Headliner concerts may go with shorter sets, more special effects

Community First Seawalk Music Festival
Attendees arrived early for the Community First Seawalk Music Festival at Jacksonville Beach. Organizers presented a mix of indie and well known bands. Josh Turner closed out the concert. (Photo: Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

Recently I heard criticism from some folks who’d attended an outdoor concert here in Jacksonville. Our weather was iffy. The concert featuring a long list of established performers had to be briefly evacuated because of weather. And because that meant lost time, the top performers my friends had gone to see didn’t take the stage anywhere near on time.

Have you had a bad ‘big concert’ experience?  Continue reading “Headliner concerts may go with shorter sets, more special effects”

Band Mom: What’s your inspiration destination?

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Garden photo: Indie Art South

How many of us have been through times when we’d shake our head and wish for a couple more hours in the day because we’re so busy?

Everyone goes through that, artist or not. But for artists, it’s a double-edged sword.

Sometimes the business of art can crowd out the art. That’s why you need an inspiration destination close at hand.

Not long ago I was talking with my daughter. She’d booked heavily ahead of summer, doing solo, duo, trio and full band shows. She’d taken roughly three days off work in a 30-day period. Continue reading “Band Mom: What’s your inspiration destination?”

How can artists and craftsmakers deal with Florida wildfire smoke at outdoor events?

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Craftsmakers at festivals know what it’s like to contend with weather. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Is there anything more inspiring to an artist than a beautiful Florida day? Despite a long run of fair weather, quite a few of us find ourselves with a bit of cabin fever these days. Why?

Wildland fires. What can you do if you’re trying to perform as smoke wafts across the stage?  Continue reading “How can artists and craftsmakers deal with Florida wildfire smoke at outdoor events?”