Art evolves, as it must, in a self-perpetuating cycle that winds and twists within the mind of the artist and current culture. Purists may decry the blurring of genres and strict guidelines that once defined radio playlists and the confines of physical media.
The harvest in the arts is large this summer. Thankfully, the number of laborers is also large. Due to spring planning and planting of new ideas, there’s a lot happening in entertainment, especially in theater — and soon to come in church music outreach. The events are plentiful. Enjoy the feast!
The first time I heard of Riley Green was when my dear friend Sam Stewart mentioned that a guy from Jacksonville had his own show and that we should have him open for the Marshall Tucker show we had planned at Zinn Park.
“Sudden Opera,” the new album by Pony Bradshaw, is truly a work of art. Every composition stands on its own; each is also a vital piece of quilt work, with not a sign of musical makeweight in the track listing.
With the support of key community and individual partners, the Oxford Performing Arts Center announces plans for the Alabama Children’s Museum in historic downtown Oxford. The announcement was made at the “Reveal” celebration for OPAC’s 2019-20 season.
June is bustin’ out all over — with the arts, to borrow a phrase from the Rodgers and Hammerstein song. For our art scene, it is a month for new beginnings and renewal.
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 blues. Delta blues. Twelve-bar blues. Got the blues. The crossroads. The deal. Full dance floors and sweaty walls in the smallest of rooms, bars and dives in the Deep South. These are all parts of the legend that come to mind when the truest of art forms is brought up.
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…
John Paul White is a musical auteur of the highest rank. His Grammy-nominated work as one half of The Civil Wars brought him to prominence. His songwriting craft and haunting voice have kept him there.
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 …
Most aspiring artists cut their musical teeth playing in their garage or even in front of a bedroom mirror. Matt Maeson spent his formative years playing in prisons as part of his parent’s traveling ministry.
The War and Treaty is both the musical and literal marriage of Michael and Tanya Trotter. Their union is characterized by soulful hymns with gospel roots and tinges of folk. Tanya’s soaring vocals complete this timeless and never-tired collaboration.
Tokyo Police Club has been a band on the rise, inked record deals and watched the recorded music business both collapse and begin to reinvent itself. They’ve emerged on the other side a nimble collective dedicated more to creativity than commerce.
Catherine Britt is an artist on the rise. Her authentic country style evokes 1940s Nashville and painstaking takes in smoky recording studios. Her aching vocals puts one in mind of a younger Dolly Parton, while her guitar playing wouldn’t sound out of place on a jukebox in your downtown neig…
Brent Cobb is an artist on the cusp of many things. His fan base is expanding, his stage presence is immaculate and his songwriting craft is in a true creative ascent. He'll be at Saturn in Birmingham on Thursday at 8 p.m., and fans can expect an artist in true control of his career and arti…
If words can’t say it all, art and music can. Visual art speaks through its subjects and textures; music can awaken our deepest emotions.