• Burn Something Beautiful

    “I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.”

    ―–Jack Kerouac, On the Road

     

  • Heart like a levee

    What happens when you do not name? You look at an emotion, at a sensation, more directly and therefore have quite a different relationship to it, just as you have to a flower when you do not name it. You are forced to look at it anew.
    –Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

    Americana music is in a state of transition. Like any Darwinian creation, they have discovered they must evolve. Honestly, there are only a handful of artists who can use their voice and an acoustic guitar to mesmerize.

  • Local musicians kick off home games

    The sixth annual WUSM Tailgate Concert Series will return this fall to the University of Southern Mississippi home football games with a great line-up of local and regional favorites of WUSM-Southern Miss Radio and its listeners.

    The Lanna Wakeland Band will kick off the series Sept. 10 at the first home game, followed by Lloyd “Hurricane” Munn and B.C. Duett on Sept. 17, Scott Chism and the Better Half on Oct. 5, The Devil Music Company for Homecoming Oct. 29, Wes Lee Nov. 5, and Wes Johnson and the Shifters will cap off the series Nov. 25.

  • Singers/Songwriters

    Let us take a moment to sympathize with the singer/songwriter. This entity has the Atlaean task of having to create a work that not only must reveal some innermost circle of emotion within them, but also connect with you at a nexus where you both empathize and share this feeling whose commonality allows both parties to feel as if they are no longer alone with their problems in this world. 

  • Love, loss & what remains

    Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself." 
     –Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

  • Artists usher in a new age of guitar

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – 
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    -Robert Frost 
    "The Road Not Taken" (1920)

  • Album offers glimpse of unique style

    When singers (and singer/songwriters) commit to doing “standards” in the twilight of their career, it is often viewed as one of your longtime favorites – either heading (or being put) out to pasture. 
    Not naming names, only a few true artists find true interpretations of these wonderfully written songs. In fact,  most of those who are successful are the ones you would least expect. 

  • A sailor's guide to Earth

    It matters not how strait the gate
    How charged with punishments the scroll
    I am the master of my fate
    I am the captain of my soul
    -William Ernest Henley – “Invictus”

  • Pet project gathers voices in Southern family portrait

    Memory is funny thing. It is a large, lumbering beast that can carry you instantly to its dark, underwater lair or with a single sound, smell or sight offer you the most subtle reminder of an event that lay untouched in your subconscious mind for decades. 

  • Lucinda Williams takes us on a journey

    Rock ‘n’ roll is a strange beast.

    If asked what most songs are about or what is that common thread that links the disparate history into its present holistic whole – the answer is “love.”

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