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Wordsmith Lives Up to Its Promise

Gosh, kids, it seems like I’ve been on a winning streak lately, getting disc after disc of brain-tickling music. It’s always easier to write about music you really enjoy and this week’s experiment, Wordsmith by Sweet G.A. Brown ... more »

Jun 24, 2015 3:47 PM Features

Dead Girls Take No Prisoners At JJ’s Bohemia

This Saturday, June 20, at 10 p.m., Nashville rockers The Dead Deads take the stage once again at JJ’s Bohemia. The Dead Deads are easily one of the most adorable bands that could kick your ass for looking at them the wrong way. more »

Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM News & Notes

A Decade of Sideshow Celebrated

A decade. That’s how long it’s been since Lazarus Hellgate and Pinkie, the Princess of Pain, started their sideshow act. It was a humble beginning, just a couple of crazy kids doing weird stuff to amuse, shock and gross out their friends. more »

Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM Features

The Horror, The Horror…of Surfboards

I love music. I love playing music, I love writing about music. I have the best job in the world as far as I’m concerned. Doing what I do, I get to hear some truly amazing stuff. I have yet to review a band whose music ... more »

Jun 10, 2015 1:50 PM Features

Get On the Bill Mondays at Granfalloon

In much the same way as a mother cat brings a wounded mouse to her kittens in order to teach them valuable hunting skills, so too the venerable “open mic” has been a proving ground for fledgling performers to cut their teeth ... more »

Jun 10, 2015 1:50 PM News & Notes

Singer/Songwriter Workshop Returns to the MACC

The popular program “The Art of the Singer/Songwriter” will be hosted by Signal Mountain’s Mountain Arts Community Center again this summer. Butch “Lord of the Dulcimer” Ross and the lovely Trish Ferrell Wileman will be resuming ... more »

Jun 3, 2015 12:06 PM News & Notes

Far From The Maddening Dinosaurs

It’s been 17 months since I wrote about the resurrection of the River City Hustlers, that kick-ass rock-and-roll band that (thankfully) just won’t die. They’ve been up to quite a bit since then, playing extensively and ... more »

Jun 3, 2015 12:06 PM Features

Survival Guide: Summer Festival Season

Thanks to the combined forces of planetary rotation and orbit and axial tilt, music festival season is upon us once again, and I have been asked to assemble a sort of “survival guide” to aid the uninitiated ... more »

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM Cover Story

Must Be Time To Get Twisted

It’s that time of year again, kids. Riverbend will soon be upon us. As well-loved as that celebration is, there are some folks who find the crowds daunting, the heat oppressive, the Spandex expansive or, for whatever reason, would prefer some ... more »

May 20, 2015 12:48 PM Features 2 Comments

Wanna Help Some Birds with Fleas?

Indie-rock band Birds with Fleas has big plans for a new album and they’re turning to Kickstarter to make it happen. The band started life as a solo project, getting by with a little help from some friends before eventually morphing ... more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM News & Notes

Three Days of Music, Nature and More Music

The sky is blue and all the leaves are green, the sun’s as warm as a baked potato. What, precisely, does this mean? It means festival season is upon us—and that homegrown favorite, Roots Fest, is right around the corner. more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM Features

Band On A Break? Don’t Despair.

One day you wake up and decide, “That’s it, I’m gonna be in a band!” Depending on where you are in your own musical development, it might be necessary to learn to play an instrument first—but maybe not if your friends ... more »

May 7, 2015 11:18 AM Features

The Well Presents A Very Open Mic Night

Tenacious D famously referred to “Open Mic Night” as “Learn to Play Guitar in Front of a Live Audience” night, and not without reason. As a veteran of 25-plus years of open mics, I can attest that the results can be…mixed. more »

May 7, 2015 11:17 AM News & Notes 1 Comments