If you asked Tom Hamilton to list his current musical influences, he probably would point to a bounty of TV shows and standup comics. The singer-songwriter behind the Philadelphia band American Babies lives with a healthy level of discontent. He has no interest in repeating the same bars of music throughout his career or becoming his own cover band.
In 2014, Carlene Carter gave a significant tip of her cap to her family's musical legacy with the record "Carter Girl." She and producer Don Was invited a who's who of Americana artists - among them, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Kris Kristofferson and Rami Jaffee - into the studio to tackle 12 songs from multiple Carter family generations.
America has a rich history of musical families. Clans whose songs have endured throughout generations, whose crests - if drawn up today - would be decorated with symbols of their legacy and innovation. Think the Gershwin brothers. The Staples. The Jacksons. Carlene Carter is a member of arguably America's greatest musical family.
For many jazz agnostics, their first memories of hearing Donny McCaslin play will be forever tinged with equal measures wonder and sadness. At the recommendation of composer and jazz orchestra leader Maria Schneider, McCaslin and his band were selected by David Bowie to appear on his swan song, the tremendous "Blackstar."
Education/experience: McCauley is in the second year of a Ph.D. program in creative writing at the University of Missouri. She serves as an editorial assistant at The Missouri Review and edits for several other literary journals. Where her work has been featured: McCauley has been published in journals and magazines such as Luna Luna, Hermeneutic Chaos, Gravel, New Delta Review and Deep South.
I'd like to think I have picked up on a few things writing about the arts the past seven years. Among the little lessons I've saved for rainy days and columns: Familiarity doesn't have to be the enemy of freedom.
It is unlikely David Crowder will ever be accused of making Southern rock. With his untamed hair, bushy beard and a penchant for eclecticism, the 44-year-old Texas native has built a reputation as one of the more unique figures in Christian music.
Rock 'n' roll, at its purest, is about running down a feeling. About seizing the moment and knowing you've made the most of it. It is an elusive thing, to be sure. But you know it when you find it, in life or in a song.
Ebony Tusks is a thoughtful force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop realm. The Lawrence, Kan. trio - Martinez Hilliard, Nathan Giesecke and Daniel Smith - creates compelling music that, at its core, speaks to a greater need to connect, to belong and to transcend lazy divisions and heartless stereotypes.
In a recent piece, Washington Post pop critic Chris Richards makes a persuasive case that we are living in rap's golden age. Richards name-checks Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar and a number of lesser-known names as evidence; he also wisely steers out of the skid that usually comes with such a discussion.
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Selecting a term
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