June is National Smile Month, according to an events calendar I’ve seen. In our area, maybe all of the upbeat music on offer has something to do with that. Events on tap here feature Broadway, classical and sacred melodies. It is that music that will likely bring on the smiles and good will.

The opening strains of “Framed” brought Chris Knight his first hit single and national acclaim, but the kudos were long overdue. Knight, who grew up in Slaughters, Ky., had been toiling on Music Row for years; he had publishing deals with major songwriting houses long before his voice was he…

Dylan Leblanc has a new album coming out on June 7. It’s titled “Renegade” and is more stomp than careful whisper. His past recordings were ethereal songs about swings and misses and characters that would have welcomed bad luck instead of their absence of any at all.

Attaching stereotypes to country music has always been sport for some. Cliches about sad men, trucks, etc., are some tired examples. But don’t stick the “tortured troubadour” label on Jordan Davis. He’s all about a good time; evidence was found in the rain and singalongs at the Knox Outdoors…

Musicians are intrinsically built to collaborate and create with others. These unions can often bring more heartache than headway. Egos, scheduling conflicts and label politics are the usual culprits. Not many with the musical credentials of Corin Tucker and Peter Buck get the opportunity to…

For young artists and actors, exploring the direction of their training can spark growth. And later, the exposure and recognition of their work encourages them even more. For area students, an art exhibit this month and art camps in June could be just the opportunities that fuel their artist…

The crime at the core of “Murder by the Book” by Claire Harman stunned London for months. Yet Harman’s book is not so much focused on the uncovering of a murderer as it is on dissecting the London not only of Queen Victoria, but the London of Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray as well.

Euterpe, the muse for which the Euterpean Study Club was named, was a goddess in Greek mythology of lyric poetry, music and song. If we can add that the arts she inspired helps fuel the sharing of history, then Euterpe should get at least some credit for two important events this spring.

Brandon Butler is a Calhoun County native who has been playing in bands or performing at church since his teenage years. After a couple of decades of starts and stops, his career is rolling with true momentum. He’s playing all the familiar haunts and booking venues outside his hometown. His …