Wherever I go in the country, or the world for that matter, if there is a music-related site I take the trouble to visit it. When I was in Rio de Janeiro, I made a beeline for Garota de Ipanema Café and Bar, where the great bossa nova song “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. Last year, while in Nashville, I visited the new Johnny Cash Museum and in New York strolled by the Brill Buildings, where folks like Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and Ellie Greenwich (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) wrote the songs we remember from the 1960s.
Grammy-nominated country singer Jo Dee Messina has always maintained a close relationship with her fans. Most recently, they funded her upcoming album, “My Time, Our Music,” through a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $100,000.
Their talent has taken them to Nashville and beyond, onto stages where they’ve opened for some of the biggest names in country music, including Wynonna Judd, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town and Steve Wariner.
(Editor’s note: Sarah Barnes, the mother of Mountain Pointe wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Brown, was asked by the AFN to reflect on the parent’s perspective of having a big-time Division I recruit in the family and the process that led to him choosing Oregon.)
This Sept. 5, 2013 photo shows members of Kings of Leon, from left, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Matthew Followill posing in Nashville, Tenn. The band's latest album, "Mechanical Bull," will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 24. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP)
In the latest entry of his ongoing vault-diving releases, Bob Dylan revisits one of his least-heralded albums. “Self Portrait,” released in 1970, is remembered less today for its music than the classic first line of a Rolling Stone magazine review by Greil Marcus that greeted it: “What is this (expletive)?”
Someday, the world will look back on this era and shake its collective head about decades of insanity. The world will wonder how we ever managed to live in these conditions. The world will congratulate itself that it finally saw the light and wonder why it took so long to do so.
Critics have dubbed Dwight Yoakam a music sponge for transcending the country genre and absorbing different musical styles, making his brand of hip, honky-tonk music accepted among rock audiences. His latest album -- his first original recording in seven years -- is a testament to that.
Ross Lucas has been appointed southwest regional manager and leader of the Phoenix office of Littlejohn Engineering Associates. Lucas relocated from the Nashville office of Littlejohn to Phoenix two years ago as part of the merger with Evans Kuhn & Associates.
It’s no surprise that Chelsea Bain has been attending NASCAR races since she was 5 years old. Her dad, Emmett “Buddy” Jobe, brought NASCAR to Phoenix International Raceway in 1987. Now, Bain is more involved in NASCAR than she ever has been, but not as a spectator — as a rockin’ country musician.