Craig Morgan has an impressive string of No. 1 country hits on his Wiki page and numerous accomplishments in his personal life. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was a decorated Army vet before chasing his dream in Nashville. He is an erstwhile soldier who never stopped serving. He con…

Chris Holmes is a comedian, singer and actor from Montgomery. He grew up poor, the oldest of seven kids. Now he’s making the rounds of the comedy clubs in Alabama. He says his comedic heroes are Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell and Chris Rock. “They paved the way for me, but I am i…

Applause is due to more than 40 artists in music and visual art in Calhoun County this month for their honors and accomplishments. But their success involves more than the recognition. In the case of pianist Rachel Park and 40 artists selected for the annual juried student exhibit at Jackson…

The arts bring people together, it has been said. This week, arts events will do just that in three different ways. A gardening presentation, a piano quartet performance and an organ recital of sacred music appeal to different tastes, but each will be fresh and interesting and a learning exp…

Everyone who takes the arts calendar seriously knows that Anniston, Oxford and Jacksonville offer a bounty of events. Here are three more, all scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The photography and piano music occasions happen at different hours. You can make all three!

What a magical place musicians and their songs hold in our lives. They become our heroes, friends on a one-way first-name basis and, ultimately, family. It’s hard to let family go when they pass on or decide to retire. When we’re left with just songs, our hearts yearn for more.

History repeats itself, as they say. And thank goodness for that, when it comes to art trends today. Three arts happenings on this month’s calendar wouldn’t be possible without attainments centuries ago in hymnody, tatting and a deserving individual’s trip to Rome, Italy. All three elements …

The Righteous Brothers are part of American rock ’n’ roll royalty. Their songs are woven into our collective tapestry by virtue of the time we heard them and the memories attached to each moment. Timeless classics like “Unchained Melody” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” have helped us l…

The creativity in music and theater has a way of bringing our attention to special occasions. Locally, music and theater can enhance our celebration of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. If we can dance at a Mardi Gras ball and hear romantic songs on stage — songs from the heart — on Valentine’…