If Del McCoury knows he's a legend, it doesn't show in an interview. He doesn't want to talk about how he's changed roots music, but rather how roots music changed him. And at 79 -- more than 50 years into his career -- there's very little point in trying to rein him in.
So how do a 20-something Filipino rapper -- who goes by the name P-Lo -- and a middle-aged Mid-Southern arts writer have a conversation?
The uninitiated might hear "at Alma High School" and think the Alma Performing Arts Center is just an auditorium for student productions.
The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas is announcing what some might consider a very traditional season -- Verdi, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and the three B's -- Brahms, Bach and Beethoven. Music director Paul Haas is both astonished and delighted that's possible.
APT brings new energy, new look to popular musical
It's July 16, and on this Monday evening, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is almost two full weeks away from opening night.
Sudden illness puts amazing woman into perspective
Editor's Note: This column was written in 2014. My mother passed away June 7 of this year. She would have been 99 on July 14. This is being rerun in her memory.
Duo reelin’ in plans for new record
Saying that Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have played music together for 42 years might imply they’ve played the same music … in the same way … to the same audiences … with the same colleagues. And nothing could be further from the truth. The duo has found harmony in the continued evolution of new instruments, new influences and new side projects. What has remained the same for Trout Fishing in America are the joy, the sense of adventure, the desire to learn and grow as musicians and the fans — who are now adults bringing their kids and grandkids.
Artist Kevin Arnold comments on current events
Kevin Arnold worries. And he's convinced he's not alone. Americans, he says, have been "left in a perpetual state of mental and physical malnutrition" brought on by the "unrestrained flow of media that we allow into our personal space at every turn at every minute of the day."
Logan goes solo with upbeat new album
Joshua Logan's music is ... bouncy. He might have a grunge past -- later tinted with the psych-rock and punk of his Long Beach, Calif., home -- but when he tells you the first time music touched his life, it's immediately clear why his sound is fresh but familiar.
In his political career, Dick Barclay had a reputation for reaching across the aisle to build consensus -- almost a job requirement when he was an upstart young Republican elected to finish a respected Democrat's term. He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1976 through 1992, working with the diametrically opposed Bill Clinton and Frank White -- then Clinton again -- finally joining Mike Huckabee's team when he was governor.