On LANY's new record, “Gg bb xx,” the new songs are raw with emotion.
The Knox Music Club of Anniston, later known as the Knox Concert Series, presented its very first concert in the old Anniston High School auditorium at 17th Street and Leighton Avenue in April 1946. The featured artist was pianist Stanley Fletcher playing the works of Frederic Chopin.
The War and Treaty is the husband-and-wife musical team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount, with heavy roots in R&B, soul and old-fashioned gospel stomp. I interviewed them in 2019 and wanted to catch up before their tour date in Huntsville on Oct. 16.
Toad the Wet Sprocket issued two well-regarded college radio albums in 1989 and 1990. They were able to tour and eke out a respectable existence. Their 1992 third album, “Fear,” would catapult them to world stardom. The singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” were the vehicles to break …
Brynn Elliott began her musical career with a batch of songs and dreams of making it. That’s pretty typical fare for most. The difference is she actually made it.
The change in the weather brings a change in the number of art events, it seems. Jacksonville State University’s David L. Walters Music Department, the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County, and Oxford Performing Arts Center are offering a healthy dose of music programs and speaker prese…
The Read Southall Band has a new album coming out Oct. 22. Envision being in the crowd at a young Merle Haggard show and realizing what was to come.
Songwriter, pianist and singer Tim McDonald is known for his preference for country music, but he enjoys writing for and performing many genres. He is from Virginia but he has many contacts in Alabama, particularly in Calhoun County.
Sam Williams, 24, resisted being a musician for a while, refusing to trade on the names of his grandfather, Hank Williams, or father, Hank Jr.
Bailey Coats is a name I ran across from time to time while covering music in the state of Alabama. That’s testament to her yeoman’s approach to touring and releasing new music from Birmingham. She has a new project rolling out, and I’m pleased that I finally got a chance to speak with her. …
I’ve always been a proponent of local bands. I’m particularly biased toward Stadium Drive, a power trio based in Alexandria. Their singer and guitarist ensures that every light in my house stays on and that my living room continually looks like a Guitar Center grew roots therein.
Tribute bands play an important role in live entertainment. True practitioners turn ghosts into heroes again and songs into memories for crowds and individuals alike. The musicians have honed their craft with pitch-perfect blends and faithfully executed harmonies. The crowd is transfixed and…
Priscilla Block may one day be the reason that the words “chanteuse” and “TikTok” are used in the same sentence.
William Levi Dawson didn’t achieve fame in Anniston. He left, in the dead of night, hiding in a train-car bathroom from an oppressive father who thought the intrinsic value of his teenage son’s life came through labor, not a love of music and education.
With the collection of catastrophes that was 2020, we all have high hopes for the current year. I’ve heard repeatedly that folks miss live music. Moon Crush is a music festival in Miramar Beach, Fla., from April 26-May 1 that is specially designed for the COVID era.
There’s an awakening of the earth’s beauty this month with bright blooms that you can’t help but notice. Notice, too, that a few arts groups, including Cheaha Creative Arts and the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, celebrate a rebirth that results in new attractions and opportunities for the public.
Timing is everything, as actors say about performing in comedies. Although good timing wasn’t part of the plan for the current celebration at Jacksonville State University, the donation of four grand pianos came at just the right time.
It’s almost officially winter. Time to slow down, settle in and look forward to abundant musical entertainment from Jacksonville State University from the comfort of your home. Look for the 2020 Virtual Foothills Piano Festival on www.jsu.edu/music and see the online collection which contain…
The bleakest winter can turn into the most vibrant spring, as it was stated in an article in Guidepost magazine in July. By the same token, the 2018 tornados that hit Jacksonville and buildings on the JSU campus did drastic damage, but there is a happy ending to that story.
Riley Green is back in town for a concert Friday at JSU, starting at $30 a ticket for the cheap seats. His music is no longer free with the purchase of a burrito at LocoMex.
Local country music staple Riley Green returns to Jacksonville on Nov. 20 for a socially-distanced show at Jacksonville State University to benefit athletics programs at the school.
Guitarist Miguel Comas is driven to flights of prog-rock fancy, taking the title track of “Technicolor” into Pink Floyd’s lunar lander for its last two, soaring minutes across a trippy cosmos.
Being a teenager has never been a cakewalk. Finding and occupying oneself can often be an exercise in confusion, heartache and channeling the hidden Holden Caulfield that seems to bully each generation. Couple the constant state of bewilderment with a pandemic and it’s potentially adolescent…
Country music, like all genres, goes through different reiterations and artists. The country art form, however, is unique in that the debate always refers to ‘real country.’ No other artists are scrutinized as heavily as country singers. The pantheon of real country is Hank Williams, Johnny …