More big-name musicians must step forward and say: "There's always more money, but I only have one name. And I won't have people shouting my name in states where there are citizens who have no rights."
I subscribe to the old theory that if you really want to know what's going on in our United States -- if you want to understand the hearts and minds of a large segment of America at any given moment -- listen to country music and you'll know.
I wish I could sing, and belt out every feeling like Nina Simone or sing a love letter to my daughter like Paul Simon. I love music and have long been impressed with the artists that enrich our world in so many ways.
Austin, TX has long been known as a town with a rich and vibrant independent music scene. The home of Willie Nelson and Gary Clark, Jr. sports no shortage of interesting acts, some of which I've had the pleasure of seeing in my travels.
Translating lyrics can be a noble calling. It's simply not what Carl did. When writing a lyric -- whether or not there was an already existing foreign-language one -- he focused on one thing and one thing alone: creating the perfect "wedding" of words and music.
The Bottom Line has been closed for eleven years, it closed January 2nd, 2004. I think about it all the time because I spent a great deal of my life there. One of the things I'm working on is an oral history viewed from the perspective of the performers who performed there.
On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.
Just because what we hear a lot of today is not what one would think of as his type of music, does not by any means that Humperdinck has retired. Quite the contrary. He has a busy tour schedule, beginning on the east coast this month.
Stopping the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline makes a difference for communities in Nebraska and along the pipeline pathway. Real jobs are stake, jobs on many farms and ranches. Those are the jobs that drive this region and feed the country.