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”

Shovels and Rope’s ‘Botched Execution’ a mind-blowing composition

Snip from Shovels and Rope album cover for 'Little Seeds'.
Snip from Shovels and Rope album cover for ‘Little Seeds’.

My family discovered Shovels and Rope a few years ago, and we’ve been fans ever since. Springing forth from Charleston, SC, this duo brings a uniqueness to music we don’t see a lot these days.

The band is often billed as ‘indie folk’ or ‘Americana’. But what they really are: two who are one of a kind. Continue reading “Shovels and Rope’s ‘Botched Execution’ a mind-blowing composition”

‘Most viewed independent band in the world’: Boyce Avenue hails from Florida

Boyce Avenue photo via Wikipedia; Andy Rennie
Boyce Avenue photo via Wikipedia; Andy Rennie

Defying traditional means of building a music community, Boyce Avenue legitimately casts the band as “the most viewed independent band in the world.” How can they claim that title?  Continue reading “‘Most viewed independent band in the world’: Boyce Avenue hails from Florida”

Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival

Blue Crab Festival banner
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”