Grace Kelly The prestigious Berklee College of Music was near Grace Kelly‘s home, so she tried out. Still a teenager, she likely didn’t expect much.View Post
First Ornaments of Christmas Well, ready or not, it’s the (extended) Christmas weekend. With Christmas on Tuesday, many of your are planning a trip or already on your way. For those of you still around, how about some Christmas music? For a lack of a better description, the group First Ornaments of Christmas refer to themselves as a “Christmas-indie-classical-multimedia-rock-opera” project.View Post admission, arkansas, candy, christmas, concert, music, music industry news, world
Alan Jackson photo by Russ Harrington Sure, there are bound to be a lot of hits in the big football game this weekend. Perhaps about as many hits as offered by Alan Jackson, the songwriter behind such songs as “Chattahoochie,” “Summertime Blues” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” But that’s not nearly all of them — Jackson hit No. 1 on the country charts 35 times, and another 15 songs landed in the Top 10. The Georgia-born vocalist performs tonight (SeptView Post blues, concert, country, durham, highway, jackson, music, rapper, southern, west, world
Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t wear a suit to this show… It’s the Dayglow paint party, which recently announced a Fayetteville date. The tent at the Arkansas Music Pavilion always has been (or was, until it blew over a couple weeks ago) pretty plain.View Post announcements, arkansas, arkansas music pavilion, arkansas-music, concert, dayglow tour, oct-18-at-the-amp, until-it-blew, world
Click here to view the embedded video. Considering the hot temperatures recently, this song seemed appropriate. The tune is “Summertime Blues” as recorded by Alan Jackson, who comes to Fayetteville in September. The Arkansas Music Pavilion has made a renewed effort to bring in country performers, having already invited Hank Williams Jr.View Post concert, concert announcements, jackson, nwa music news, pavilion, sept-14-at-the-amp, williams, world
How does one overcome advancing age, a recent knee surgery and a self-diagnosed case of tonsillitis?
If you’re Loretta Lynn, you do so with laughter, honesty and a touch of Southern charm.
During a sometimes heartwarming, sometimes spotty show at the Walton Arts Center on Thursday (2/16) night, the 76-year-old vocalist and songwriter gave herself another role: that of storyteller and yarn spinner.
Here’s an illustration of how the night went: Lynn would offer one of her hits, such as “Fist City,” which includes lyrics about lifting a romantic rival off the ground by her hair. Then, after the song concluded, Lynn shared a story about actually removing a chunk of hair from another woman in a fight that served as inspiration for the track.
Because of the start-and-stop nature of the show, the evening offered simmered with energy, but it never quite boiled over.
Age and a recent knee surgery — one that postponed a previously scheduled Fayetteville appearance by the country icon — have slowed down Lynn in recent years, and she performed many of the night’s 26 songs while seated in a chair at the front of the stage.
Something else slowed her on this night — a case of tonsillitis, she told the sold-out crowd. It caused her to struggle with her voice from time to time, she acknowledged, but she said she had no desire to cancel a second time.
She compensated by allowing band members — such as Nashville songwriter and Arkansas native Shawn Camp — to sing at intervals throughout the evening. If Lynn’s voice failed her midway through a song, one of her daughters, Peggy, sang backup at each of those moments.
Lynn also combated against her ailments with a water bottle, by stopping along the way to tell stories and by tempering expectations with honesty. She credited the band for changing keys when she did. She told one fan who screamed out a request from Lynn’s 2004 album “Van Lear Rose” that she couldn’t remember the words.
“We write ’em, sing ’em, and forget ’em,” Lynn said.
The crowd was forgiving, in large part because Lynn asked them to be, at one point saying she was “ashamed” at her performance. She shouldn’t have been. Interspersed between the apologies and band showcases, Lynn charmed and, at times, reminded the crowd of that big voice and big attitude.
That was particularly evident during one of her early songs of the night, “You’re Looking at Country.”
And in many ways, we all were looking at country as it stood in front of us in a sequined blue dress. They don’t make them like Lynn anymore.
Loretta Lynn set list: 1) -did not catch the name of this track- [Bart Hansen on vocals]; 2) He Had A Long Chain On [Shawn Camp sings]; 3) -didn’t catch the name of this track- [Peggy Lynn on vocals]; 4) Tulsa Time [Don Williams cover with Peggy Lynn on vocals] 5) They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy [Loretta Lynn joins]; 6) You’re Looking at Country; 7) When the Tingle Becomes a Chill; 8) I Wanna Be Free; 9) Here I Am Again; 10) You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man); 11) I’m A Honky Tonk Girl; 12) Fist City; 13) She’s Got You; 14) Nobody But Me [Blake Shelton song, written and performed by Shawn Camp]; 15) Lead Me On [originally a duet with Conway Twitty, performed here with Shawn Camp]; 16) One’s on the Way; 17) Blue Kentucky Girl; 18) Your Squaw is on the Warpath; 19) Dear Uncle Sam; 20) Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’; 21) Hole in the World [The Eagles cover]; 22) Man of Constant Sorrow [traditional tune]; 23) God Bless America Again; 24) Everybody Wants to go to Heaven; 25) Where No One Stands Alone; 26) Coal Miner’s DaughterView Post again, america, arkansas, country, kentucky, loretta lynn fayetteville, loretta lynn setlist, loretta-lynn, media, nwa music news, Walton Arts Center, world
Punxsutawney Phil may have spotted his shadow yesterday, but if it means more 60-plus-degree days, we’ll take it.
And as the winter blazes on (with the threat of heavy storms today, even!), things will be hot inside Legacy Blues tonight, too.
Considered by many to be the best jazz organist in the world, Joey DeFrancesco and his Hammond B3 organ will roll into Fayetteville for a show tonight (Feb. 3) at the blues club. The longtime frontman and one-time member of Miles Davis’ band has released more than 25 studio recordings. The concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $30 or $25 for North Arkansas Jazz Society members. The show is sold out, but you can call 587-8981 to be placed on a waiting list.
The husband-and-wife songwriting team of Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart will return to GoodFolk Productions tonight. Admission to that show is $15 and it begins at 7:30. Reservations should be made by calling 521-1812.
Saturday (2/4) brings another installment of the Mudstomp Records festival, which includes artists such as Mountain Sprout, Ben Miller Band and more. That event takes place at George’s Majestic Lounge.
What’s on your agenda?View Post admission, arkansas, george, legacy, music, stacey, stacey-earle, stuart, terra-studios, world
The Cuban word for conga player is conguera. Start talking about the world’s best congueras and it won’t take long before Poncho Sanchez‘s name comes into the discussion.
The artist has decades of playing the drums and leading bands, and he leads his Latin Jazz Band to the Walton Arts Center for a performance tonight (Jan. 20).
Sanchez chatted with me several weeks ago and discussed his craft and the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, the two men he credits with inventing his favorite genre. Sanchez recently released a tribute album, “Chano y Dizzy,” featuring songs written by both artists.
A story resulting from my interview can be found via Nwaonline.com. You’ll have to be a subscriber to our print or digital products to see the full interview.
Tonight’s show at the Walton Arts Center begins at 8 p.m. As part of the venue’s 1010 concert series, tickets begin at $10. Call 443-5600 or visit the venue’s website for tickets or details.View Post artist, chano, chano-pozo, conguera, dizzy gillespie, interview, poncho sanchez, walton, walton-arts, world