This week, the footwear told the story. Young bluesman Selwyn Birchwood wore purple patent leather shoes. Keelan Donovan sported stylish dress shoes to go with his narrow plaid tie, crisp white shirt and melodic acoustic pop. Taylor Brashears wore cowboy boots as a compliment to her Patsy Montana inspired western dress. While Whiskey Shivers went… Read more »

Whiskey When I’m Dry

Nowadays we’re almost used to seeing cool Nashville talent on national television, but Taylor Brashears singing a blind audition on The Voice in recent weeks was particularly good for Music City’s mojo. She hit the stage in a head-turning, hippie-in-Asia red frock and kicked into Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man.”… Read more »

Radio Ramble

“I’m a ramblin’ guy” sang Steve Martin in his late 70s song that consisted of only those four words plus that bit in mock Chinese. So for the longest time as a kid I thought ramblin’ meant playing the banjo with a white suit on and a fake arrow through one’s head. Later I’d associate… Read more »

Prized Bluegrass – Nature Conservancy Benefit
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I had the good fortune to attend the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, probably the most spiritually and geographically magnificent music gathering in the nation. And one of my fond memories is the annual band contest, held on a perfect blue sky day in June. I admit I went with a sentimental bias. I’d hoped to… Read more »