• The Two Pivotal Years in Music

    Music has been such a big part of my life, that it feels like music HAS been my life. Other than my mother, my brother, and my friend, Laura Foote, music is the companion that has been alongside me for this entire 56-year ride. Music was my earliest confidant. From the “Meet the Monkees” album someone gave me when I was 5 years old to the iTunes playlist I created last week. Music has always been there to excite, console, comfort, energize, and advise.

  • Flaming Lips & Jackson Browne Work to Set World Record at Boom Boom

    Benny’s Boom Boom Room on Front Street, Hattiesburg, played host to Jackson Browne and the Flaming Lips during June 2012. After stops in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, The Lips planted a very early morning kiss on the Hub City.

    Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne joined them on the Hub City stage as The Lips attempted to break a Guinness World Record title for The Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours in Multiple Cities.

  • Hi-Hat Club

    It was, at one time, one of the important stops on what was known as the “chitlin circuit,” featuring the likes of B.B. King, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Louis Armstrong, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Fats Domino and many others.

  • Tal’s Music Emporium

    In the Pine Belt, when music of days gone by comes to mind, many may think of Tal’s Music and Dart Emporium, The Stone Toad, Tal’s Corral or The Library. All were hangouts of Tal DeCell through the years. And they too featured their fair share of big name musicians during the day.

    A former Marine, boxer who made a name for himself, and University of Southern Mississippi graduate with a degree in psychology, DeCell sold insurance for about six months after graduation.

    In 1968, he purchased a jukebox bar on U.S. 49, The Capri Lounge, which he later renamed The Stone Toad.

  • Hub City Hooked Number of Big-Name Performers

    As far back as the ’50s and ’60s, USM played host to a number of big-name concerts. Reed Green Coliseum, built in 1965, and Bennett Auditorium both welcomed musical guests. We’re talking BIG NAME musical guests.

    While some of these highly-acclaimed musicians performed with the USM symphony, others were just touring bands, who made a stop in the Hub City, usually on a week-day night following a stop in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile or New Orleans on its way to Texas, Florida or other venues along the way.

  • Rifles, Rosary Beads and Remembering What Most of Us Try to Forget

    Still, the nation’s veterans are a group of brave individuals who no matter what soldier on. For her new album, “Rifles and Rosary Beads,” singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier (say “Go-Shay” ya’ll – as she likes to say) bravely sat down with several of the nation’s Vets and put their complicated feelings into simple, visceral songs.

  • Our Turntable, Your Travel Agent

    When the 12-inch 33 RPM record became more than a novelty in the 1950s, owning a few slabs of wax was a sign of being adventurous. Esoteric was the label given to forbidden realms of music that your phonograph would then bring to life. Suburbia bloomed out of the boom after World War II and LP's like Martin Denny's "Exotica" allowed listeners to scale vistas, descend into jungles and feel the sand of distant beaches all without leaving your sofa.

  • Happy Songs

    Pine Belt residents will have the opportunity to hear the choir when members perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Good Hope Baptist Church in Purvis.

    The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.

  • 10 Ways that You Can Better Music

    As 2017 draws to a close, columns will be festooned with lists and accolades. I myself will more than likely compose such a list. However, I can only urge you to read this or anything I write for that matter with two things: An open mind and a discerning ear. The other bombardment we suffer through daily are the traps laid known as "clickbait", where just the simple hook can drag you through a pond of muck you would barely glance at in reality. It is for that reason (and with a great deal of thought), I present this list.


  • The Weather Station

    Toronto's Tamara Lindeman is The Weather Station. After listening to her latest Paradise of Bachelors record, it clearly does not matter whether she is/is not or has/has not a band - Lindeman is a brilliant songwriter first and foremost. "The Weather Station" is that rare breakup album that captures the strange optimism of losing your past and the odd comfort of privately reveling in the best parts.

  • Pages