Articles by: Jewly Hight

Robert Ellis Boldly Goes From Texas Troubadour To Something Else Entirely

Robert Ellis Boldly Goes From Texas Troubadour To Something Else Entirely

by / on March 7, 2014

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.

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Good Girl Suzy Boggus Takes On Ex-Con Merle Haggard

Good Girl Suzy Boggus Takes On Ex-Con Merle Haggard

by / on February 12, 2014

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.

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For a Solo Act, Brendan Benson Sure Enjoys Company

For a Solo Act, Brendan Benson Sure Enjoys Company

by / on December 16, 2013

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.

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

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

by / on November 13, 2013

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.

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Darker Than Light: A Song Connoisseur Returns

Darker Than Light: A Song Connoisseur Returns

by / on December 19, 2012

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.

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Pitching the Big Tent of Bluegrass

Pitching the Big Tent of Bluegrass

by / on September 27, 2012

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.

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Sixpence None the Richer: Life After Youth

Sixpence None the Richer: Life After Youth

by / on September 4, 2012

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.

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Provocation to Punch Line: The Music of Todd Snider

Provocation to Punch Line: The Music of Todd Snider

by / on July 6, 2012

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

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The Hip-hop Echo of the Nashville Sound

The Hip-hop Echo of the Nashville Sound

by / on May 18, 2012

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

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One Songwriter, Generations of Hits

One Songwriter, Generations of Hits

by / on January 27, 2012

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.

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Caitlin Rose: A Sharp Twist to the Twang

Caitlin Rose: A Sharp Twist to the Twang

by / on December 16, 2011

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

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Jim Foglesong: The Great Record Man Who Came Up Singing

Jim Foglesong: The Great Record Man Who Came Up Singing

by / on November 10, 2011

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

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Charley Pride: An Authentic Country Voice, Forty Years Later

Charley Pride: An Authentic Country Voice, Forty Years Later

by / on July 28, 2011

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.

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Fans Get Generous, Records Get Made

Fans Get Generous, Records Get Made

by / on February 17, 2011

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.

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Megan McCormick

Megan McCormick

by / on October 18, 2010

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

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