Archives

Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires

Jason Isbell – Plugged in Tradition

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
by on Playing Around

In its support of expanding the definition of American Songbook, this year’s estimable Lincoln Center series includes a roster of artists from areas previously considered

CONTINUE READING »

Rick Hall and Clarence Carter

Muscle Shoals – A Little Town With A Sound All Its Own

Friday, October 18th, 2013
by on Playing Around

So explains Tom Hendrix, descendant of the Yuchi Indians that once inhabited the area of Muscle Shoals, Alabama giving one possible explanation for why this

CONTINUE READING »

Sinatra Hat

Jazz Appreciation Month Recalls Sinatra the Activist

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
by on Playing Around

The act of a single person—even through music—can influence history. The Smithsonian We remember Frank Sinatra as perhaps the greatest singer who ever lived. Overlooked

CONTINUE READING »

Black-and-White-Loving

The Loving Story: A Film About Love’s Journey

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
by on Playing Around

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) hosted a screening of The Loving Story, directed by Nancy Buirski, in the United States Capital Visitor’s Center on

CONTINUE READING »

neil young 1

Neil Young—Music Straight from the Heart

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
by on Playing Around

Some artists are easy to peg down: Bob Dylan is a folk singer, Bruce Springsteen is a rock and roller, James Brown is the godfather

CONTINUE READING »

Jackie

Reading Jackie

Saturday, January 1st, 2011
by on Reading Around

Santa Claus brought me a special gift this year, special because it came from someone near and dear, and because it was thoughtfully selected with

CONTINUE READING »

books

Books to Buy for the Holidays: Non-Fiction

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
by on Reading Around

Whether you shop online or at the bookstore, there’s no better present for the holidays than the gift of a good book. Here are a

CONTINUE READING »

The-Company-49

The Scottsboro Boys Is Brilliant, But Not Easy

Friday, November 5th, 2010
by on Playing Around

The year is 1931. A group of nine exuberant young African American men come up the aisles and bound onto the stage. Chairs and a

CONTINUE READING »