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Jumping into the Deep End: A Conversation with Billy StringsGuitar virtuoso Billy Strings (born William Apostol) is on the road somewhere between here and there, when he picks up the phone. That question “Where exactly?” gives him pause. “The other day, I couldn’t remember where I was,” he admits, a note of earnestness betraying his 25 years of age.…
FeaturesOct 16, 2017

Way back 50 years ago, in 1967, the music was the stuff of legend -- full of artists, songs, and culture that begat the Summer Of Love. So many great bands/artists were burgeoning under the surface: Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones, the Who, Janis Joplin/Big Brother and the Holding Company. Tina Turner was preparing…

FeaturesOct 11, 2017

North Carolina figures prominently into the music that Tamara Lindeman and M.C. Taylor make as the Weather Station and Hiss Golden Messenger, respectively. Its musical traditions as well as its current scene have shaped their songs …Taylor moved to North Carolina about 10 years ago, following the demise of his band, the Court & Spark.…

FeaturesOct 4, 2017

As far as voices go, Sam Beam has one of the more distinctive vehicles within indie folk. It’s been hailed as "intimate," "unadorned," and -- interestingly -- "limited," the latter description coming from an earlier observation he shared with The New York Times in 2013. If Beam saw his instrument as constrained, that might have something to do…

FeaturesOct 2, 2017

Back in 2010, the 5 Spot in Nashville was known for two things -- the Monday night dance party and the Wednesday night Old Time Jam. They were both very popular weekly events.But Tuesdays were a dead zone. Either the venue was closed or a haphazard show or writer's night was thrown together. Most of the…

FeaturesSep 28, 2017

On a weekday afternoon in September, Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae are at home in Appleton, Wisconsin. It's been a busy summer. Several weeks earlier, the couple brought 225 bands to town for Mile of Music, the citywide festival that Chisel helped launch in 2013. Not long before that, they hosted the recording sessions for…