Articles by: Jewly Hight

Revisiting An Era When Pop Didn’t Always Have Lyrics

Revisiting An Era When Pop Didn’t Always Have Lyrics

November 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

It might be unthinkable now, but groups like The Ventures cracked Top 40 radio with instrumental tunes. The Nashville duo Steelism hopes to do the same today by focusing on memorable melodies.

Sturgill Simpson Takes His Music From Coal Country To The Cosmos

Sturgill Simpson Takes His Music From Coal Country To The Cosmos

May 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

On his second album, Sturgill Simpson’s kept a foot in tradition while letting his mind wander into the metaphysical, and it’s an exhilarating departure.

Robert Ellis Boldly Goes From Texas Troubadour To Something Else Entirely

Robert Ellis Boldly Goes From Texas Troubadour To Something Else Entirely

March 7, 2014 at 4:30 am

Audiences were just getting to know Robert Ellis as a long-haired Texas troubadour. Then he moved to Nashville, and instead of turning up the twang, he chopped off his hair and put a few experimental jazz solos on his new album.

Good Girl Suzy Boggus Takes On Ex-Con Merle Haggard

Good Girl Suzy Boggus Takes On Ex-Con Merle Haggard

February 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

On the surface, Suzy Bogguss doesn’t have any business recording a dozen Merle Haggard songs. But Bogguss and Haggard share a meaningful trait: They’re anything but one-dimensional.

For a Solo Act, Brendan Benson Sure Enjoys Company

For a Solo Act, Brendan Benson Sure Enjoys Company

December 16, 2013 at 6:14 am

Playing a hometown album release show is kind of like having a birthday party—it’s your night to hog the spotlight. Some might say Brendan Benson is squandering that chance. The Nashville power-pop songwriter has so many musicians scheduled to appear at his Ryman release show that their names barely fit on the promotional poster.

Nashville’s McCrary Sisters Still Hone Harmony Around Their Childhood Dinner Table

Nashville’s McCrary Sisters Still Hone Harmony Around Their Childhood Dinner Table

November 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

Each week, The MCrary Sisters – Alfreda, Ann, Deborah and Regina – still gather at the modest family bungalow to join their voices around the well-loved, wooden dining room table of their youth.

Darker Than Light: A Song Connoisseur Returns

Darker Than Light: A Song Connoisseur Returns

December 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm

From his ‘60s and ‘70s heyday to his new album, Bare has always been willing to go out on a limb for an interesting song.

Pitching the Big Tent of Bluegrass

Pitching the Big Tent of Bluegrass

September 27, 2012 at 5:27 am

The bluegrass industry’s annual conference and festival – happening here in Nashville this week – is pulling up stakes and moving to Raleigh next year. Industry leaders say they’re aiming for a new balance in the stylistic push and pull between purists and progressives.

Sixpence None the Richer: Life After Youth

Sixpence None the Richer: Life After Youth

September 4, 2012 at 5:59 am

Sixpence None the Richer stumbled into ‘90s fame by soundtracking a steamy scene in the TV show Dawson’s Creek. Before breaking up, the duo spent an entire decade crafting thoughtful music inspired by literature. Now that the band has reunited, they couldn’t be less interested in trying to turn back the clock on their youthful success.

Provocation to Punch Line: The Music of Todd Snider

Provocation to Punch Line: The Music of Todd Snider

July 6, 2012 at 6:24 am

Respected folksinger Todd Snider doesn’t mind if people laugh when he voices his opinions. In fact, he’d prefer it.

The Hip-hop Echo of the Nashville Sound

The Hip-hop Echo of the Nashville Sound

May 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

Music City has a growing talent pool of rappers who value things like guitar playing and songcraft, staples of Nashville’s more recognizable genres.

One Songwriter, Generations of Hits

One Songwriter, Generations of Hits

January 27, 2012 at 5:00 am

Crafting a country hit certainly hasn’t gotten any easier over the last five decades, but veteran songwriter Bill Anderson just happens to be great at adapting.

Caitlin Rose: A Sharp Twist to the Twang

Caitlin Rose: A Sharp Twist to the Twang

December 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Rose’s music crosses sensibilities, with plenty of buzz to show for it.

Jim Foglesong: The Great Record Man Who Came Up Singing

Jim Foglesong: The Great Record Man Who Came Up Singing

November 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Thirty-nine years ago today Joe Stampley’s sunny, R&B-steeped single “Soul Song” claimed the top spot on the country chart. It was the first of more than 90 country number ones Jim Foglesong would oversee during his Hall of Fame career as a label executive. And part of what made him such a great leader was that he knew firsthand what it took to deliver a great performance

Charley Pride: An Authentic Country Voice, Forty Years Later

Charley Pride: An Authentic Country Voice, Forty Years Later

July 28, 2011 at 6:30 am

Say the name “Charley Pride” and people think of the first African-American country superstar, but traditional country crooning was what really earned Pride his spot in hit-making history.

Fans Get Generous, Records Get Made

Fans Get Generous, Records Get Made

February 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Lots of Nashville artists want that “studio sound” but are on their own to get it. So, they’re turning to fan-funding web sites.

Megan McCormick

Megan McCormick

October 18, 2010 at 1:30 am

Nashville’s Megan McCormick has made it from daydreaming amongst her family’s instruments to a debut album with an impressive signature sound.