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…

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’…

I enter each year with open ears and excitement about new music. I’ve worried that I won’t be blown away by new music, but artists haven’t let me down yet. Their work is my reward. Thanks to all the musicians that changed my life the past 12 months.

Coming events in entertainment range from fun to festive to reverent. After the New Year, a program on historic highlights of Calhoun County shifts the aura to spooky. You never know what you can find in area arts, but there’s likely something for every preference.

The debate for authenticity in country music rages eternal. Is it “real country” or “pop country”? Is an artist using the right amount of pedal steel? Would Nashville approve? Would Merle, Johnny and Hank give their stamp of approval?

It would be fair to say that established norms in the music business are gone. In their place are new charts, DIY musicians and tech-savvy artists with innovation only a few keystrokes away. A new generation has created musical landscapes that are chopped beats and distorted notes without sa…

The Rembrandts have a new album and plans to tour in early 2020. The new songs are strong; each one is rooted in the jangly style the duo is known for, but also drenched in near-mint harmonization.

Janiva Magness is an artist adept at playing many roles. Her chief endeavor is that of blues chanteuse and keeper of the flame for the legends who lived those songs and travelled our country’s dusty trails. She’s also a published author and passionate advocate for at-risk children. 

While the temperatures outside are dropping, the volume of entertainment events is rising. This afternoon, First Baptist Church of Oxford is on tour as part of the Oxford Historic Church Tour. On Nov. 3, Lakeview Baptist Church welcomes visitors into their sanctuary to see 12 lovely stained …