Stories by Alan Sculley

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Yonder Mountain String Band adds players, holds onto roots

Yonder Mountain String Band is set to perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Sky City.
By Alan Sculley

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

Perfect practice makes perfect for saxophonist Boney James

Boney James has been playing saxophone since he was 10. And as he reaches his 55th birthday on Sept. 1 and his 32nd year as a touring musician, he still spends anywhere from three to six hours a ...
By Alan Sculley

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

Persistence paid off for founder of Boston

Forty years ago, Tom Scholz saw his life and career path get turned upside down - in the best way - when he got a record deal, released his first album as the musical genius behind the band Boston ...
By Alan Sculley

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

Maxwell again front, center with 'blackSUMMER'Snight'

blackSUMMER'Snight, the second album in a trilogy by soul artist Maxwell has arrived a mere seven years after the first album in the series, BLACKsummer'snight. The artist himself will arrive at ...
By Alan Sculley

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Blitzen Trapper will bring its variety of sounds to Banjo-B-Que crowd

Eric Earley, the main songwriter in Blitzen Trapper, feels he's always written the kind of album he's wanted at whatever time it was during the band's 12-year, eight-album history. The band is ...
By Alan Sculley

Old Crow Medicine Show stays true to roots as it touts new work

A decade and a half ago, Old Crow Medicine Show got its first big break from one of the band's biggest musical heroes, Doc Watson. The group will perform during the seventh annual Papa Joe's ...
By Alan Sculley

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rascal Flatts to bring latest music from 'Rewind' to Augusta stage

Rascal Flatts will make a tour stop at James Brown Arena on Saturday, April 23.
By Alan Sculley

Friday, April 15, 2016

Widespread Panic has new tunes to share in concert

Widespread Panic singer/guitarist John Bell is expecting a busy year of touring for the band. One reason is there is a new album, Street Dogs, to promote, but a bigger factor might be that the ...
By Alan Sculley

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tauk likes to improvise, at times

Like many bands working in the jam band realm, the guys in Tauk see distinct differences in what they do in concert and what they try to achieve on their studio albums.
By Alan Sculley

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Boyz II Men sees success for the second time

Boyz II Men may no longer dominate radio, sell albums by the millions or command attention as one of R&B's most popular groups. But band member Nathan Morris has no complaints about the ...
By Alan Sculley

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Lecrae's message blends hip-hop, Christian music

With his past two albums, hip-hop star Lecrae has gone where no other artist in the Christian hip-hop genre has gone. His Higher Learning tour stops at Bell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4.
By Alan Sculley

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

R5 reveals true self on 'Sometime Last Night' tour

R5's second full-length album, Sometime Last Night, arrived last July. A new album is notable, but the bigger news is that the group came close to releasing an entirely different album as its ...
By Alan Sculley

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

For this Winter Jam, For King & Country is a co-headline act

This year's Winter Jam tour could be considered a symbol of just how quickly For King & Country has risen through the ranks of the Christian music scene.
By Alan Sculley

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

Brantley Gilbert steps up as headliner with Blackout Tour

With a string of chart-topping country hits and a pair of hit albums under his belt, Brantley Gilbert has become a bona fide headliner in the genre. He brings The Blackout Tour to James Brown ...
By Alan Sculley

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Success of Avett Brothers keeps growing, honestly

The Avett Brothers' bassist Bob Crawford says the harmony between his bandmates is no illusion. The band performs at Augusta's Bell Auditorium on Oct. 16.
By Alan Sculley

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Success sweeter as couple for Shovels & Rope

Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst had pursued separate careers that earned each of them good reviews, but not much in the way of commercial success. But as the duo Shovels & Rope success is ...
By Alan Sculley

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fogerty recreates music phenomenon of 1969

These days, John Fogerty is so at ease with his Creedence past that he is even celebrating what many consider the pinnacle of his Creedence years with a tour titled 1969. The tour stops at Bell ...
By Alan Sculley

Greensky Bluegrass to play many genres at Aiken fest

Paul Hoffman is one of the two main songwriters in the bluegrass group, Greensky Bluegrass. That's a sign that Greensky Bluegrass isn't exactly a pure bred, died-in-the-wool type of bluegrass group.
By Alan Sculley

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Singer finds own voice through role in Celtic Woman

Susan McFadden was no stranger to the stage when she joined Celtic Woman three years ago. But her role forced her to do something she had rarely done in front of an audience - be herself.
By Alan Sculley

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paramore is savoring the moment

Life in Paramore couldn't be much better than it is now. The group is following a major tour last summer with Fall Out Boy with a headlining tour this spring. It includes a stop at Bell Auditorium ...
By Alan Sculley
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