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The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'
Black Voices
The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'Sun Without the Heat is Leyla McCalla’s fifth solo album, but it is different from past efforts and she brings the listener through the transformative process with her. Produced by Maryam Qudus at Dockside Studio in Louisiana, McCalla dug into her personal history, primary sources from Amistad Research Center at…
The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'
Black VoicesMar 12, 2024

The fourth annual edition of the Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival (AKA FWAAMFest) will take place this weekend, on Saturday, March 16, at Southside Preservation Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. BGS has been proud to support and sponsor this quickly up-and-coming event over the past few years and 2024's edition of the all-day…

The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'
Black VoicesFeb 29, 2024

Bestie Lizzie No has just released their career-defining new record, Halfsies, and we are 100% here for it on our 250th episode! Lizzie, who co-hosts Basic Folk, put her entire being, identity, and creativity into this project. There's a lot going on with their main character, the avatar Miss Freedomland, and we're getting to the…

The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'
Black VoicesFeb 15, 2024

Tyrone Cotton, a decades-long mainstay of the Louisville, Kentucky music scene, just released his debut album, Man Like Me. A quick listen to these songs reveals an artist who has spent decades steeped in roots music. Lizzie No spoke with Tyrone and Ray Rizzo, one of the album’s producers, about Tyrone’s journey as an artist…

The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'
Black VoicesFeb 9, 2024

(Editor’s Note: Sign up here to receive Good Country issues when they launch, direct to your email inbox via Substack.) Eight years ago, in 2016, the harp-playing half of Brooklyn-based folk duo Devil & the Deep Blue Sea, found herself filing away songs for a solo project. “There were certain songs… [that] would tell me who…

The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'
Black VoicesFeb 6, 2024

Artist: Gangstagrass Hometown: All over the USA! Rench: Brooklyn with Oklahoma roots; Dolio the Sleuth: Pensacola, Florida; R-SON the Voice of Reason: Philly; Danjo: Washington, D.C.; Farrow: Omaha; Sleevs: Baltimore. Song: “The Only Way Out Is Through” Release Date: February 7, 2024 (video); February 2, 2024 (single) Label: Rench Audio In Their Words: "I'm really into…

The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'
The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'