Cowboy Mouth and their enigmatic leader, Fred LeBlanc, will be in Bessemer at Hangarfest on Oct. 5. Their appeal has always been their raucous live show and Fred’s pile driver personality. He’s always been one of the more magnetic people in the music business. I’ve interviewed him in the pas…

You just can’t get away from history. But thank goodness it’s with us. History plays a part in most new movements, issues and presentations. History helps us understand the present and envision the future. This fall, history finds its way into three enjoyable events.

    1. Eastaboga Manor, 91 Mudd St., Eastaboga. When the Higgins family moved into an old house to start a dairy, they hired a hobo named Boxcar Joe to help them. That was a bad idea. Open: Sept. 28-Nov. 2. Open Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m.-midnight. From Oct. 17-31, also open Thursday from 7…

    Hearing music has more advantages than people realize. It can motivate exercise, decrease anxiety, aid sleeping patterns and generate creative solutions. As members of the Bienville Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution learned recently, music is also useful in bringing history to life.  

    Since there’s a big ol’ story about Ken Burns’ new “Country Music” PBS series on this page over there to my left (your right), I thought maybe we could play a game of country music trivia. Here are 10 questions, with answers at the bottom.

    Hearing is one thing; really listening is another. Listen closely to the music at next week’s Foothills Piano Festival recital to imagine the images the composers created with their style, and pay close attention to the plot of “Matilda” when the CAST community theater production opens Oct. …