| Oct 5, 2011
| 6:52 AM
Guitar-strumming troubadours aren't rare birds. They're commonly sighted across Hampton Roads. But two of them landing in the region this month stand out from the flock.
Steve Forbert, the songwriter best known for his 1980 hit "Romeo's Tune," will...
| May 13, 2011
| 7:29 AM
Hell is getting what you want first thing in the morning, when it's the last thing in the world you need.
Hell is the life led by Doc Ebersole, the man at the mangled heart of Steve Earle's unforgettable new novel about music, life, death, addiction,...
| May 13, 2011
| 7:31 AM
In novels and songs, in movies and plays and TV shows, addiction to drugs and alcohol is a frequent theme. Steve Earle's new novel "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the latest, but here are some previous standouts...
| May 13, 2011
| 3:16 PM
Bicycles and balloons, football and films, garlic and golf — disparate things, for sure. But they're all at the heart of festivals and other special events that promise to make this summer interesting in the Midwest.
Here's a sampling of what's...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 10:10 AM
Back in October a new CD from local acoustic country band Tin Roof Union landed on my desk. The six song EP titled "The 6 Pack" sports strong tunes, sharp, stripped-down playing and a big dose of backwoods attitude.
Tales of hard partying, family ties...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:26 AM
The Old Town School of Folk Music has had a lot of legendary and influential artists pass through its doors during its 55 years, and many of them have been documented on recordings that up until now have been available only to the school’s music...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 3:47 PM
When all was said and done, 2011 turned out to be a good year for new music and I found that the best of the best was strung out from the beginning of the year right into a late discovery for me in December. Also, I barely had to argue with myself. No...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 1:36 AM
COSTA MESA — My friend the late Jiggs Thompson was a South Carolina gentleman and one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. The only cross words we ever had were over Bob Dylan.
“Bob Dylan is terrible,” Jiggs said.
| Jul 21, 2011
| 8:28 AM
Smithfield Arts outdoor concert series is about to enter its final and, to my mind, most interesting phase. On Friday, July 22, Norfolk folk musician Bob Zentz will dig into his vast trove of sea chanteys and nautical folk tunes. He's adept on concertina,...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 11:37 AM
The performance this evening is sold out.
To view clips:
Since 2003, Voices of a People's History -- the national non-profit that runs education and performing arts programs based on primary source materials has...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 2:02 PM
Roots rockers, take notice. Wrinkle Neck Mules from Richmond will play an early show at the Hampton Taphouse 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.
For updates and details, go here.
"Great musicianship, harmony driven, and realy nice folks," reads a post from the...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 1:59 PM
Decades ago, Woody Guthrie wrote the sparse lyrics for a song he never got around to recording, “New Multitudes,” a plea to future generations to stay the course: “Give me my new multitudes/Gonna build my world over/Gotta have new...