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.

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…

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.

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.

Parris is a Jacksonville-based band that is anything but local. Led by singer Megan Parris, the group plays popular tunes in a familiar way. Every song gets virtuoso treatment from each member, and audiences are left satisfied until the last note rings out.

Alan Jackson is playing two live shows in Alabama this weekend — in a socially distanced “drive-in” format. The drive-in concert idea has been bandied about but never actually executed. There had to be an artist with the star power to pull enough of a crowd for the experiment to work. Jackso…

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…

    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…