Album Review: Akshara — In Time

When it first came into the lexicon, the term world music made a kind of sense: though it’s laden with some unfortunate Eurocentric biases, the term was a way of highlighting the music – often of an ethnocentric and indigenous bent – emanating from places other than North America and the European continent. But over

Album Review: Jan Sturiale — Roadmaps

A classically-trained guitarist, Jan Sturiale expertly treads the fine line between tasty guitar instrumentals and ensemble jazz. On Roadmaps, the fourth album by the Italian guitarist/composer, there’s a wide-angle focus to the music. In practical terms, that means Sturiale is quite content to cede lead spots to his fellow musicians. As such, Roadmaps avoids being

Jack Devereux: Strings of Life (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… The Cult of Old Wood A violin maker can’t simply drive to the nearest lumber yard for wood. Devereux explains that the raw material – maple for the sides and back, spruce for the top – is milled specifically for violins, and is sourced from Eastern Europe, the foot of the

Jack Devereux: Strings of Life (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… The Right Way There’s a great deal of history wrapped up in the art of fiddle-making, but Devereux’s perspective on the subject is of a decidedly practical sort. While emphasizing that developing the required skills calls for a lot of what he calls “ass-in-seat time,” he says that there’s a lot

Jack Devereux: Strings of Life (Part One)

I was at a party,” Jack Devereux recalls. “This drunk girl sat on my violin and busted the head off.” What could have been an unmitigated disaster instead served as the catalyst for Devereux’s own entry into the world of fiddle making. Nine years ago, Jack Devereux was studying jazz violin at Berklee College of

The Wiard World of Cary Grace (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Grace describes Wiard products as “boutique, made-to-order units. Somebody will get in touch with me and let me know what modules they want, and put down a deposit,” she says. “And then—or at the point where I clear whatever I’m working on—I’ll start building. Every single single solder connection is made

The Wiard World of Cary Grace (Part One)

Cary Grace has followed a winding and unlikely path to arrive at her current situation. Born and raised in the American south, she’s currently living the the United Kingdom. And though her musical career started out in the Nashville singer-songwriter scene, today she makes progressive rock albums. Grace also owns and operates Wiard, a boutique

Lorrie Morgan: Living the Songs

Singer-songwriter Lorrie Morgan likes to say that her whole life is a country song. Her accumulated life experiences have enhanced her finely-tuned ability to get inside of the songs she sings. “To reach people, you have to be true to the song,” she says. “You’ve got to be able to live it.” The four-times married

Now Available: ‘Reinventing Pink Floyd’

Today is the official publishing date of my first book. I’m incredibly pleased. This day has been a long time coming. I’ve known since I was a pre-teen that I wanted to be a music journalist when I “grew up.” I’ve been writing professionally for quite a long time now, and I’ve been a full-time

Don Bryant: This is All I Know (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Around that time, the Bo-Keys’ regular singer Percy Wiggins started having health issues that precluded his involvement in some live dates. “Percy was out of performing live for about six months,” Bomar says. “We had shows booked, and all of a sudden our band needed a singer. I asked Don if