POSTED ON: June 2nd, 2017
Amanda Shires’ music has greatly shaped my life in the past few years; her songwriting is real and her fiddle playing is incredible. I have loved her music for quite a while, but My Piece of Land really hit home for me. I have always loved music – it has always played a huge role in my life but music like Amanda’s is what drove me to want to learn how to play something. It may be 20 years before I can even possess an ounce of the talent that she has, but it has definitely made me appreciate music in a new light.
POSTED ON: June 1st, 2017
Lee Fields and The Expressions fall under the umbrellas of blues, soul, and funk. This collaboration between famous soul singer and house band has created a musical experience like no other.
POSTED ON: May 30th, 2017
It’s impossible to talk country music greats without mentioning Marty Stuart. While he is too humble to admit it, Stuart fills the post-Johnny Cash gap with his truly authentic, country sound.
POSTED ON: May 26th, 2017
“Start around two minutes and ten seconds into ‘Long Way Down.’”
That was the piece of advice I read after looking up The SteelDrivers. Without any prior knowledge on the band or their style, I was pleasantly caught off guard by lead singer Gary Nichols’ unique voice and the band’s folky, country feel.
POSTED ON: May 24th, 2017
For me, the end of this past semester meant one thing: The Hangout Music Festival was finally here. This year’s festival, located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, looked promising with big time headliners like Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, and a late addition of Phoenix. The fest spread across the sandy beach and extended to a cement area just beyond the shore, which centered around a local restaurant and music venue. Just a short 12 and a half hour drive from Columbia, this three day festival was spread across seven different stages, featuring music ranging from pop to alternative to hip-hop.
POSTED ON: May 23rd, 2017
When you first hear Pokey Lafarge, you may think you just stepped out of a time machine. His music is an ode to the roots of Western Swing with a twist of jazz, somewhat resembling what you may hear at a saloon if the owner was trying to expand his audience. He fits the part, often dressed in a polka dot tie and suspenders but always with the signature slicked back combover.
POSTED ON: May 19th, 2017
Band of Horses: who are they? What do they do? Are they really horses? Why should you care? I, Michael Arnott, shall give it my darndest effort to answer all of these questions and more for your reading pleasure.
POSTED ON: May 17th, 2017
I first found out about The Suffers after my parents attended the New Orleans Jazz Festival. It was here that they were introduced to lead singer Kam Franklin’s powerful vocals, the rousing, energetic brass section, and the remaining members of the ten-person band. After hearing about how their live performance gave my parents goose bumps, I knew I had to give them a listen.
POSTED ON: May 12th, 2017
As I approached Bur Oak Brewing’s massive venue on a late April evening that was saturated with fog and humidity, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the experience. Even though I’ve lived in Columbia for the past four years and have enjoyed Bur Oak’s Big Tree IPA at countless downtown Columbia bars, I’d never been to the brewery itself. Few things can convince me to travel 15 miles down I-70 toward the dismal obscurity of rural mid-Missouri, but the promise of live bluegrass and craft beer proved to be more than enough temptation. My friend Dylan Hawf, a southern Illinois-based fiddler who recently relocated to Arkansas to make music his full-time job, had invited me to Bur Oak to see the band he had newly joined, National Park Radio.
POSTED ON: May 9th, 2017
“Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,” the opening words to the chorus of John Prine’s “Paradise” will always bring a tear to my eye and put me in a different place. And then I hear “I know a guy that’s got a lot to lose, he’s a pretty nice fella, kinda confused.”
POSTED ON: May 5th, 2017
A year prior to the Front Porch Stage’s introduction to the Roots and Blues Festival, I was riding on a golf cart through the festival grounds with Terry Robb. We were on our way to the main stage to announce the winners of the signed guitar giveaway and something caught my eye.
POSTED ON: May 2nd, 2017
But no ooonnnneee is ever gonna love you more than we do over here at Roots N Blues! That’s why we updated our Spotify playlist with all the newly announced artists for the 2017 festival, including Band of Horses! Check it out here. Read More
POSTED ON: April 28th, 2017
Gary Clark Jr. is far more than an R&B singer: the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has blended genres to create a whole new category of musical excellence. Think R&B meets soul meets rock & roll meets hip-hop. Those of you who know Clark’s music are probably nodding your heads right now; the rest of you are probably raising an eyebrow at how so many different styles of music can be mashed under one artist. At this point, I would ask you to stop reading and listen to a few songs. Go ahead, I’ll wait here…
POSTED ON: April 18th, 2017
POSTED ON: April 13th, 2017
“Someday somebody’s gonna ask you a question that you should say ‘yes’ to,” say Old 97’s, one of this year’s RNB’s artists. Here’s the question: do you want a Spotify playlist with amazing music from the 2017 festival artists? You know the answer.
POSTED ON: April 12th, 2017
Picture this: you’re at Roots N Blues N BBQ. You put a $10 bill in the pocket of your jeans before coming to the festival. You go to buy a beer at the Logboat Brewery station. You reach for that ten dollars, but it’s gone. Read More
POSTED ON: April 7th, 2017
When I was in seventh grade, and primarily listening to the likes of The Black Keys and The Fray (we all have to start somewhere,) my “cool friend” made me a CD. The first two songs were “Airplanes” and “Cubism Dream,” both from the Local Native’s debut album, Gorilla Manor. Some may compare this discovery to The Enlightenment; it basically kickstarted my fascination with music in general.
POSTED ON: April 4th, 2017
“Cherish the moments with your mother, because they don’t last forever.” These were the closing remarks in one of the most real conversations I’ve ever had with none other than Charles Bradley, an acclaimed Roots N Blues alumnus. I saw Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires for the first time last September at Loufest in St. Louis. I considered myself a relatively new fan, considering I had been introduced to his music earlier that year. After witnessing his set at Loufest, I immediately immersed myself in his music: buying vinyls, getting merch, etc.
POSTED ON: March 30th, 2017
The opening of each Mavericks song is closely followed by a recurring conundrum: to salsa or to line dance. In their newest single “Damned (If You Do),” the Miami bred group does not eliminate this decision making process. With more than twenty successful years in the music industry and an incredible performance at last year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ under their belt, the Mavericks continue to deliver.
POSTED ON: March 28th, 2017
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Alum, Shovels & Rope, played in Kansas City last week at Knuckleheads Saloon. I was among the people fortunate enough to attend: watching the magic that happens between those two truly does feel like a privilege. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels & Rope is constructed of husband & wife duo, Cary-Ann Hearst & Michael Trent. Two people, about 10 instruments, a whole bunch of love, and a really unique sound. Their ability to tell and retell stories is something to be envied. After getting married in 2009, the couple continued to work on their solo careers. It wasn’t until a drive from Nashville to Birmingham that Hearst and Trent decided Shovels & Rope was a more powerful force than either one of them could be on their own.