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Mulgrew Miller, Gone Too Soon

Posted May 29th, 2013 at 8:39 pm (UTC+0)
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Mulgrew Miller, one of the best and most prolific jazz pianists of his generation, has died of a stroke. Nate Chinen, in the New York Times, reports:  “Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died […]

Congratulations George Strait! 60 for 60!

Posted May 23rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole There was a lot of cheering at George Strait‘s house last weekend, but it wasn’t all because the Country Music Hall of Famer was celebrating his 61st birthday….it’s because “Give It All We Got Tonight” (off his 40th studio album “Love Is Everything”) is a number one hit, making Strait the first […]

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A Lucky Star, Still Burning Brightly

Posted May 21st, 2013 at 9:01 pm (UTC+0)

By Ray McDonald   Last week, I noticed that Huey Lewis and the News were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album “Sports.”  This got me thinking of all the other musical milestones from the year 1983, and once I started investigating, I was impressed. Bon Jovi formed in 1983. So did Megadeth, the Flaming […]

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That’s Dr. Hootie to you…

Posted May 21st, 2013 at 8:55 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole Put down the keyboard, no need to send the outraged missive. I know that Darius Rucker was the lead singer of the group and there really was no one named “Hootie” in Hootie and the Blowfish. But there is a Dr. Darius Rucker and his latest hit is “Wagon Wheel.” The rocker […]

Eliane Elias Paying Tribute to Chet Baker

Posted May 18th, 2013 at 10:42 am (UTC+0)
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Jazz legend Chet Baker has left an indelible mark on traditional Brazilian music

Devon Allman’s Solo Flight

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 2:46 pm (UTC+0)
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By Doug Levine I recently interviewed singer, songwriter and guitarist Devon Allman about his first solo album, “Turquoise.”  Devon is the oldest son of Gregg Allman, co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame greats The Allman Brothers Band.  Devon talked about growing up without his father and what it was like to meet him […]

Acting Like Musicians

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 4:14 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald Hugh Laurie is one heck of an actor. Famed for his roles in the British TV series “Blackadder” and “Jeeves and Wooster,” he burst onto United States TV screens in 2004 as irascible M.D. Gregory House. His show, “House,” earned him multiple awards and the distinction of being among the highest-paid actors […]

Four Songs for Mother’s Day!

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 4:10 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole In the US, we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May—a bit later than our friends in the UK and  several  European and Middle Eastern countries, but earlier than some. But no matter which day you’re honoring Mom, there are plenty of songs for the occasion. In fact, there are […]

Farewell, Wichita Lineman

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald We know we’re going to die. The circumstances usually remain a mystery – and mercifully so, don’t you think?  However, when we can see the end approaching, how do we face it? For Glen Travis Campbell, the answer lies in his great love, music. The son of an Arkansas farmer, he learned […]

Happy 80th birthday Willie Nelson!

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:30 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole He’s a poet, an activist, an actor and an author—and now we’re celebrating 80 years of Willie Nelson.Funny how times slips away, isn’t it? Not only is that one of my very favorite Willie Nelson songs —but it’s front of mind after seeing all the  “Happy 80th Birthday Willie Nelson!” posts on […]



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