Content by tag "Tennessee"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Elton John at the FedEx Forum

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Elton John
FedEx Forum
Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Memphis, TN
October 30, 2019

The New York Times movie critic A. O. Scott made what seems an antithetical remark regarding Elton John when reviewing Dexter Fletcher's stylized biopic Rocket Man (New Republic Pictures, 2019):

“But the point of “Rocketman" ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center

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40th Annual Blues Music Awards
Memphis Cook Convention Center
Memphis, Tennessee
May 9, 2019

Mississippi writer David L. Cohn, in his 1948 book, Where I was Born and Raised (Houghton, Mifflin), defines the length of the Mississippi Delta thusly:

The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Big Ears Festival 2019

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Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN
March 21-24, 2019

The major focus of this year's Big Ears Festival was a celebration of ECM Records' 50th anniversary, which included a number of live performances (representing both the main label and the classical music imprint ECM New Series) as well as a panel ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black

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Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black
Alan Light
216 Pages
ISBN: 1588346390
Smithsonian Books
2018

In recent years, there hasn't been a shortage of books and documentaries on the subject of late singer and songwriter Johnny Cash. During his lifetime, Cash himself wrote two ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Big Ears Festival 2018

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Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN
March 22-25, 2018

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival has traditionally kicked things off with a big piece by a high-visibility headliner. This year was to have featured a live performance of guitarist Nels Cline's Lovers project, an ambitious re-imagination of romantic “mood music" which was to be performed ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Attention Grammy members: For you consideration, Low Society's Sanctified is on the ballot for the 2018 Grammy Awards in the American Roots category. Low Society have a long way to go to actually win it, but their latest album Sanctified has been entered for consideration. The Memphis based band's music may be way too sexy for ...

Low Society: Sanctified

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Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (2014, Ice House Records) was a revelation to me. I had long ago grown jaded believing that vibrant, genre-expanding blues and Americana had passed into extinction. Then I heard “Need Your Love," my ears stiffened and I sniffed the air... hmm, something special here. I ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Low Society: High Time

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When one listens to a whole lot of music, it becomes easy to be lulled into the friendly confines of being satisfied with good without ever hearing great. That is, until something exceptional comes along and then it is experienced as an epiphany. So were my feelings hearing Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Beyond Words by John Prine

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Beyond Words
John Prine
179 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0-692-74016-3
Oh Boy Records
2016

Anecdotally, Bob Dylan once surmised that John Prine was the last pure folk singer and counts Prine as one of his musical heroes. This statement is tantamount to the similarly anecdotal declaration by Frank Sinatra that ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Kenneth Brown Set To Release Debut CD "3 Down"

Drummer Kenneth Brown Set To Release Debut CD "3 Down"

Knoxville, TN based drummer, educator, composer, he wrote six of the tunes here, and band leader Kenneth Brown, son of jazz visionary pianist Donald Brown is set to release his debut CD 3 Down on Space Time Records. Born into a musical family Kenneth's household was filled with music led by his father and later his brother ...