It seems Taylor Swift is everywhere these days except Nashville. The guy selling newspapers on the corner in the nation's capital listening to gospel tunes through his ear buds has heard her newest ditty "Shake It Off," even if it was a muffled version in a passing car.
Nashville may be known for its abundance of top quality country music, but many people don't realize that over the past several years, other musicians have made it their home, and they are changing the city for the better.
November 20 marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Prior to Fowler's death, the list for 2014 included more than 70 names from around the world.
Jerry Castle and I have just released his latest video, "The Road Less Traveled." It is our second collaboration for his latest release, "South Holston."
She's a sweet Carolina native with a voice as luscious and refreshing as a glass of iced tea on a sweltering summer day. But don't let that sunny disposition and alluring Southern accent fool you.
For those of you completely freaked out by the Internet video featuring very young girls dressed like street-walking Cinderellas and spouting more F-bombs than one would hear in a women's correctional facility, there is a soon-to-be viral antidote.
Dylan Scott says he's fired up, but even if he didn't say so, that's the impression you would have gotten anyway. He's so enthusiastic about so many different things that you could get the exact same impression, whether he was talking about songwriting, touring, recording, or even just being back home in Louisiana.
Perhaps when the next election rolls around Secretary Hargett will hand out temporary tattoos, the kind little kids like. That way, even voters' children could become his own walking billboards. Given what I've seen this year, I wouldn't be surprised.
We try to organize class trips, and bemoan the increasing challenges of getting access to buses, to getting the OK to leave school for an arts experience when the pressures of sticking to curriculum and "teaching to the test" are ever-present.
Putting my pen to paper, pain plus distance equaled comedy as I wrote the three words, "Hell No, Joe."
Today, so many of us crave the "Hippy" look because the life of a hippy is often romanticized. Don't we all dream of riding in Volkswagen busses, wear...
Nashville, like many American metropolises, turned its back on its river for years. Never mind that it was an inextricable part of the physical Nashville make-up, and that it would never leave us. But a fundamental shift occurred. A 180-degree turn, to be specific.
Folk, the New Orleans-born, Missouri-raised bluegrass singer-songwriter who co-founded Open Road, one of Colorado's hottest roots acts during its eight-year existence, is admittedly struggling to make it as a solo artist these days.
As part of a musical family, she has, during that time, absorbed the traditions from her soul-singing father, the hip-hop of her generation, and the influence of the aforementioned greats of the nineties.
It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the inspired daughter of a profound poet likes to write. Any time, anyplace. Words, thoughts, phrases will get scribbled down on notepads, Post-its or, if it's during a night out on the town, even cocktail napkins.
Onstage, this feisty cowpunk of Mexican-Irish descent talks tough, wears cowboys boots that match the color of her ruby-red lipstick (and her Gibson J-200) and prefers to sing Johnny Cash instead of Bob Dylan.