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The Man Behind The Underground and Mrs. B’s

Those who experienced the local Jamaican restaurant Mrs. B’s Reggae Cafe—run by the husband/wife team of Neville and Marilyn Forsythe and named after Marilyn’s late mother Frances Brown—knew it as an oasis of Caribbean escapism, offering ...

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Ever since Robert Johnson supposedly made his way to the crossroads, the notion of a young musician trading his immortal soul for talent has been a staple of music lore. With his latest entry, the delightfully devilish Holy Smokes!!, Skip Frontz ... Read more


Oweda, the five-piece outfit from Chattanooga, has been building a sterling reputation at all of the area’s favorite music haunts including Clyde’s, JJs, Tremont, WanderLinger, and Songbirds to name just a few. The truth is, you don’t get to play ... Read more


I first heard Swayyvo at STIR’s Sunday brunch and his skills on the sax elevated my slow-moving mentality more than my biscuits and gravy. As refreshing and intoxicating as my day drink, Swayyvo on the saxophone was an unexpected audible pleasure ... Read more


There is, unsurprisingly, a common element between a lot of rock music and hip-hop. It’s something I reflect on more and more as I get older and think back on the impression certain bands made on me as a teenager. That common bond is a sort of ... Read more


Years ago one of my favorite Celtic bands counted among their ranks a young woman from Sweden. She was a stunning vocalist, and to hear her renditions of old Irish tunes, you’d swear she’d been plucked straight from the field of Connemara. Read more


Chattanooga is a hotbed of musical talent. In truth, it has been for twenty years, but once upon a time no one seemed to know that. Bands and performers who built strong names and loyal followings on the road were virtually anonymous at home. Read more


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