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ColumnsApr 12, 2018

Artist: Dean Owens Hometown: Leith, Edinburgh Scotland Latest Album: Southern Wind Sounds Like: A swampy Townes Van Zandt by way of Scotland, with a bit of jam band thrown in every now and again. Why You Should Listen: Long heralded as one of Scotland’s best troubadours, the talent of Dean Owens is too big to be confined to…

ColumnsApr 6, 2018

“What’s the name of this song you’re going to sing?” says Herbert Halpert. The year was 1939, and the folklorist was visiting Elk Park, North Carolina, a small mountain community near the Tennessee border, not far from Johnson City. There, he met two singing sisters, Mrs. Lena Bare Turbyfill and Mrs. Lloyd Bare Hagie. “'Lily…

ColumnsMar 8, 2018

Artist: Ferris & Sylvester Hometown: London, UK (Specifically, an area called Streatham in South London … They LOVE Streatham.) Latest Album: Made in Streatham (See?!) Sounds Like: Time-traveling musical beatniks plucked from 1960s Lower Manhattan and plopped down in modern-day South London with a bit of blues, a bit of folk, and a bit of alright. Why You Should…

ColumnsMar 2, 2018

For the week of August 27, 1988, the number one song in America was George Michael’s “Monkey,” a crackling dance-pop tune off his multi-platinum Faith. Rounding out the top 10: Elton John’s “I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” and Chicago’s “I Don’t Want to Live Without Your Love,” along with “Simply Irresistible”…

ColumnsFeb 20, 2018

Artist: Pauline Andrès Hometown: Nashville by way of France Latest Album: Fearless Heart Personal Nicknames: Musicians call me P.A, Spanish friends Paulinilla, Southern friends Mama. If you could spend 10 minutes with John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, Sister Rosetta, or Merle Haggard how would it go? Tough choice between Merle and Dolly. I guess…