Augusta-area singer, songwriter and practiced raconteur Larry Jon Wilson died today in Roanoke, Va.
Wilson, best known for his loose association with the Outlaw country music movement in the 1970s, gave up what he often referred to as the 'company car life' to pursue music. His rumbling baritone and distinctive songwriting style, which combined elements of country, folk and Southern narrative, made him something of a musician's musician, garnering a coterie of friends and musical accomplices that included Townes Van Zandt, Mickey Newbury and Waylon Jennings.
Seven minutes. That's how long it took Lady Antebellum to sell out the James Brown Arena. Seven minutes.
That means that this morning, the James Brown Arena was assigning seats at a rate of about 15 per second. Set a metronome to fifteen beats per second and it sounds like a steady tone. That's fast.
Be prepared, because Lady Antebellum tickets, which go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., could go fast. Carrie Underwood, after all, sold out in less than 30 minutes. NOt only does this show have similar country appeal, but it has the added inticement of two local musicians, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, returning home to play for friends and family.
I'll keep track of how fast these seats sell and update Friday.
Eighteen hours in and I'm already hot, tired and certainly as sticky as I've been in recent memory.
For the second year running and third overall, I'm back at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, bringing you the sights, sounds and, fortunately for you, not the smells of one of music's premier events.
I've got a pair of tickets for tonight's Hot Southern Nights concert. They go to the first person that can answer the following trivia question. It's sort of a tough one.
Jake Owen, who performs on tonight's bill, has been known to sing a version of Dream Academy's Life In a Northern Town with members of Sugarland. The lead singer of Sugarland used to make occasional stops in Augusta with a band that had a country music-inspired name. What was the name of that band?
Rap star 50 Cent is evidently getting the dollar tour of Edgefield.
Reports have the actor/musician in town today filming a documentary for VH1 tracing his roots to the small southern town. So far, inquiries to both Interscope, 50 Cent's record label and VH1 have turned up little else, but here's hoping we can score some time with the erstwhile king of east coast hip-hop.
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is that Shizuo Z Kuwahara, the wildly talented and charismatic music director for Symphony Orchestra Augusta is one of five finalists for the conductor's gig in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The good news is that he's a finalist for the conductor's gig in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Allow me to explain.
I believe the only people who don't love Al Green are the people who have never heard Al Green.
For the rest of us, there's good news.
The fine folks at the Westobou Festival have confirmed that Al Green will close the festival with a concert Saturday, Sept. 25 at Bell Auditorium. Ticket prices have not been set yet, but they are scheduled to go on sale July 1.
Dense, druggy and often difficult, Exile on Main St. has always been the Rolling Stones that might not have given fans exactly what they want, but over the course of nearly 40 years, have proved exactly what we need.