Although summertime doesn’t officially
begin until June 21, the popular free music series at downtown’s
Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park are officially in
full swing starting this week.
A little over a year ago, 88-year-old
Bluegrass Hall of Famer Ralph Stanley called me as he was mourning the
loss of his long-time guitarist George Shuffler. Ralph and his brother
Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as
The Stanley Brothers.
It’s oddly wonderful how sometimes two
songwriters will interpret the same concept in diametrically opposed
fashions. For example, consider Pharrell Williams and Marina Diamandis,
both of whom have very powerful songs called “Happy.”
Band Over the Rhine announce fundraising concerts this weekend at its new barn-turned-performing-arts-center, Nowhere Else. Plus, Americana/Blues/Bluegrass foursome The Goodle Boys celebrate their debut album and singer/songwriter Billy Catfish throws a musical shindig.
While Jess Lamb's journey on American Idol was short, she has been spending her post-Idol
time productively and is poised to take the next step on May 30 with the release of her first official single,
If Robert Earl Keen and Kathleen Edwards
formed a Bluegrass/Americana duo and managed to retain their individual
identities while combining their collective talents into a distinct
third direction, they would sound a lot like Mandolin Orange.
Identifying Charles Walker’s influences
doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee
native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as
evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder,
and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately
tagged the Charles Walker Band.
Successful Australian singer/songwriter
Xavier Rudd was compelled to push his art in new and interesting directions. Long desiring to assemble an Impossible Missions Force of
global musical talent with the express purpose of refracting his ideas
through fresh contextual prisms, for his new album, Nanna, Rudd achieved his goal with a new band that he's appropriately dubbed the United Nations.