From June 14, 2007...
If one of America's great gifts to the world is Rhythm and Blues music then Marcia Ball is one of its premier ambassadors. For almost four decades, she's taken her high-energy performances down the road to festivals, roadhouses and wherever music lovers convene to enjoy some R&B served with a healthy dose of New Orleans seasoning. This is from her live CD called Down the Road.
You can see Marcia Ball swing that leg and enjoy the rest of her band Saturday night/Tonight on the Legacy Credit Union Stage.
There's another music genre that's uniquely American - Sacred Harp. It's a centuries-old tradition that will be on display Saturday afternoon at the Music Oasis Stage. WBHM's Tanya Ott reports.
Jati and Marla Allen, are also known by the band name The Natti Love Joys. The husband and wife duo hails from Jamaica and England respectively, and have won praise throughout the world for their Caribbean-inspired tunes. When they moved to Isabella a few years ago, the local residents no doubt didn't know what to think of them. There were hardly any other black families in the area - and the Allens sported dreadlocks and embraced the Rastafarian lifestyle. They talked with WBHM's Hunter Bell about trying to fit into their new community.
The Natti Love Joys play the Homegrown Stage Sunday afternoon at four o'clock.
City Stages has been around for nearly two decades, through good times and bad. Over the years the festival has changed it's dates and size and endured rainy weather and dry, summertime heat and even a rare late-Spring cold snap. To this day, City Stages is part carnival part street party and part concert, with a dash of Southern hospitality thrown in. WBHM's Steve Chiotakis sounds off on some of the things that got the event where it is today.
Several years ago in Dayton, Ohio, there was a do-it-yourself band that put in a lot of hours -- from booking their own gigs to burning their own CD's. Despite their hard work, things weren't going anywhere. So they reinvented themselves, changed their style of music, wrote new material, and changed their name to Hawthorne Heights. They eventually got signed to Victory Records, but that's only part of the story. Drummer Eron Bucciarelli tells WBHM's Michael Krall how Hawthorne Heights used the social networking site MySpace - to reach an even wider audience.
Drummer Eron Bucciarelli of Hawthorne Heights speaking with WBHM's Michael Krall.
It's the classic story of small, or maybe not so small, town boy makes good. As a child, Birmingham native J Juliano dreamed of becoming a country music star like his hero Buck Owens. By his twenties he was well on his way, sharing the stage with artists like Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. But at 32, Juliano decided to give the road up and settle down -- so much for that idea. With the birth of his first child, Juliano found himself once again singing; but this time to an audience kids...and he was more popular than ever. Juliano spoke with WBHM's Rosemary Pennington about the creation of his act Little Nashville.
The Ackleys were themselves still kids when they released their self-titled debut album. They got lots of praise for their pop-style punk rock. That was back in 2005. The Ackleys have just finished high school and recently released a follow-up EP, "Forget Forget, Derive Derive". Lead singer Katie Crutchfield tells WBHM's Michael Krall the group's mature sound is still somewhat of a mystery...
Katie Crutchfield is lead singer of The Ackleys, which play the Homegrown Stage Sunday night at 8:10 p.m.
The members of band Dead Confederate say it's easy to read too much into their name - but really, they just chose it because they liked the internal rhyme AND because it sounded powerful. Their psychedelic rock packs a punch as well. WBHM's Hunter Bell talked with lead singer Hardy Morris and bassist Brantley Senn about their transition from jam music to what they call Southern psychedelic rock.
Dead Confederate plays the Miller Light Stage Saturday night at 6:20 p.m. .
Americana developed as a radio format in the 1990s as a backlash to the highly polished sound that defined mainstream music of that decade. But the history of Americana actually stretches back to Elvis Presley's marriage of hillbilly and R&B. It mixes those two elements with a little rock 'n roll, bluegrass, folk and the blues -- to create a blend that is helping fill the gap between Triple A radio and mainstream country. But it's not always easy for Americana music to find a place on the American radio dial. While Americana is quite the rage in Europe, many "American" musicians playing Americana grouse that they can't get local airplay. One place you can find these folks is at coffee houses and open-air festivals ...and in Birmingham, Ron Dometrovich is a fixture on the scene. Dometrovich has a half dozen CDs to his credit. He talked about his career with Reporter Frank Thompson.
Reporter Frank Thompson talking with Birmingham's Ron Dometrovich, who plays the Music Oasis Sunday afternoon afternoon.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Contributors this week include Steve Chiotakis, Rosemary Pennington, Frank Thompson and Robert Brooks. If you're heading to City Stages this weekend, be sure to stop by the WBHM booth and say hello -- we'll be at 20th Street near 6th Avenue North in front of the Cathedral Church of the Advent. I'm Greg Bass...enjoy your weekend!