Trail Mix: Rain Perry

Income streams are dwindling. Record sales aren’t what they used to be. The devaluation of music and what it’s now deemed to be worth is laughable to me. My single costs 99 cents. That what one cost in 1960. ...

Trail Mix: Boo Ray

Tomorrow, Boo Ray, native of Western North Carolina and wayward country troubadour, is set to release Sea of Lights, his most recent record, on vinyl. Released digitally last year, Ray has teamed with ...

Trail Mix | Elliot Root

I have a good friend who regularly refers to Elliot Root as “he.” And it drives me bananas. Elliot Root is not a “he.” Just like Jethro Tull isn’t a “he.” Just like Steely Dan isn’t a “he.” Just like Lynyrd ...

Trail Mix | July 2017

What were the highlights, the milestones, of your teenage years? If your adolescence was anything like mine, you were hoping that cute somebody liked you back, or that first time your folks tossed you the keys ...

Welcome to Beat Street

On September 30, 2016, The Music District opened its doors in Fort Collins, Colorado. While the name harkens to legendary performance spots like Memphis’s Beale Street or Austin’s 6th Street, the moniker is a ...

Trail Mix | Amy Black

Vintage soul has experienced a resurgence over the last half decade. Bands like The Alabama Shakes, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Anderson East, and The Broadcast draw heavily upon the soulful inspiration of ...

Trail Mix – June 2017

Take six or so musicians . . . or even as many as fifteen . . . stir in some Appalachian old time with a dash of New Orleans jazz, add a little Dick Van Dyke and cook the whole concoction in Los Angeles. What ...

TRAIL MIX

The Sounds of Summer: Hot-Season Outdoor Shows in the South THE RETURN OF DISPATCH Reggae-hued roots-rock act Dispatch emerged from Boston in the late 90s and in a short time became an independent music ...

Heart of Appalachia

The Heart of Appalachia is home to rugged mountains, deep gorges and wide valleys. Rooted deep in the heart and soul of the people who call this home is a music based on storytelling.  The rich heritage of ...

Five Bands You Must See

Photo Courtesy Margo Price Margo Price As a longtime, hardworking Nashville songwriter, Margo Price finally got her due last year with the debut album “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” To make the powerfully honest ...

After The Flood

In the chorus of the optimistic, up-tempo newgrass tune “Sun and Rain,” a standout from Taarka’s new album “Fading Mystery,” mandolin player David Tiller and five-string violinist Enion Pelta-Tiller harmonize: ...

Trail Mix | April 2017

Here’s a band that gets it. I remember that being the first thing I thought when I saw this video of The Whiskey Gentry some five years ago. They get it. All of it. The sound, the energy, the performance. It’s ...

MerleFest is Turning 30!

MerleFest – the 30th Celebration – features one of the festival’s most diverse lineups in its history. “We designed this year’s lineup to feature artists who have graced the stages at MerleFest over the past ...

Trail Mix | March 2017

Please, don’t be the kid that kills Colin Hay. It might be hard to believe that I offered those very words to my oldest son, but it’s absolutely true. It was sage advive given to John Patrick, four years ago, ...

Trail Mix | Beth Snapp

I’ll come clean and fess up. This week’s blog post is dripping with bias. My journalistic integrity has been dashed. There is no way I can approach this week’s subject, Kingsport, Tennessee, singer/songwriter ...