Music legend B.J. Thomas at the Franklin Theater

B.J. Thomas described himself as “crabby” during his appearance Friday night at the Franklin theater just down the road from Nashville. It was an evening of awkward silences and some irritation with the lighting. But it really didn’t matter. B.J. Thomas has always had a great pop voice and he ably performed songs from throughout his career, including his first hit…

Prince conference planned for May

Salford University, Manchester, England  – An original member of The Revolution will talk about his time playing with Prince as part of the first ever conference devoted to the music legend.
Buildings across the city will be turned purple to mark the University of Salford’s Purple Reign:An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince held at The Lowry arts centre and the University’s Media City UK campus on May 24-26.

The event, hosted by the University and their US partners Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), will pay tribute to the star who died last April, and is thought to be the first ever conference dedicated solely to the Minneapolis-born funk legend.

25th Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

By Ken Paulson Tin Pan South, an extraordinary songwriters festival set in Nashville, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a full slate events scheduled from March 28 through April 1. The Tin Pan South festival features small groups of successful songwriters, typically playing in the the round (or in a row.) Some songwriters are more polished performers than others,…

New: Mavericks, Rodney Crowell, Drew Holcomb

“Brand New Day,” first Mavericks @MavericksMusic studio CD on own label, stands with their best, particularly title track. — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) February 27, 2017 “Close Ties” from @RodneyJCrowell due March 31. Fine album, esp. nod to @GuyClarkKCA and “Nashville 1972”. — Americana Music News (@KenPaulson7) February 27, 2017 New @drewholcomb “Souvenir” due March 24. Our favorite…

Cayamo 2017: A music cruise preview

Much of the Cayamo 2017 lineup reads like a Who’s Who of previous Cayamos – Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Rodney Crowell, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, Paul Thorn, Glen Phillips and Jim Lauderdale, among others.