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Kayla Lynn: A Life in Music, with Positivity

Kayla Lynn had an unusual upbringing. Her mother runs a music school in West Virginia, so from her earliest days Kayla has been fully immersed in music. That experience was so complete that it never occurred to her that musical multitasking was a challenging endeavor to undertake. She learned to sing and play bass at

Avery Roberson: Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Fan

The following feature appeared as the cover story in the August 2021 issue of Bold Life magazine. When a musical personality debuts on one of television’s popular competition programs — America’s Got Talent, American Idol, The Voice — there’s sometimes a sense that they were “nowhere” until the moment they first stepped into the spotlight.

Album Review: Mahogany Frog – In the Electric Universe

These days, much of what sees release through Leonardo Pavkovic’s venerable MoonJune label tends toward jazz/fusion. That’s great, as the label brings some of the best those styles have to offer to a wider audience. But it’s nice to find the occasional progressive rock entry, something that – while ambitious – appeals to a slightly

Nina Simone is #trending in 2021

Nina Simone is trending in 2021. Nearly two decades after her death, the Tryon, N.C.-born musician, vocalist songwriter and civil rights activist is as popular as ever. Just over a year ago, the Nina Simone Project launched a fundraising campaign to establish an official Nina Simone Archive in Tryon. In June of this year, a

More from My Chat with Joe Bonamassa

I recently spoke to blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa ahead of a summer 2021 mini-tour of the West Coast. The interview formed the core of a print feature I wrote. Below is additional content from the conversation, material that didn’t make it into that story. — bk What led to this mini-tour? We did this three-piece

How Joe Bonamassa Spent His (Pandemic) Vacation

When touring musicians were forced off the road in March 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, few thought the disruption would last more than a few months. More than 16 months later, life is only incrementally returning to something approximating normal. Ending an extended period during which its stage has gone dark, the San Jose Civic

Virtuosity on display: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

In the classic music idiom, concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is the equivalent of a rock star. Debuting onstage when she was only 7 years old, she has gone onto international acclaim, crossing into other genres while maintaining the rigor and finesse of her classical training. Meyers has been featured on more than 30 albums;

Thirty Years with the Mother Hips (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two … “We started in Wisconsin and ended near San Francisco at the Shoreline Amphitheater,” Tim Bluhm recalls. “And by that time, we were headlining the side stage. It was a big moment for us: a lot of people say that’s the first time they saw us.” In 2007, around the time

Thirty Years with the Mother Hips (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … Tim Bluhm concedes that the Mother Hips fan base isn’t as large as the following of some other groups, but he believes that their followers’ loyalty more than makes up for their numbers. “They’re very dedicated to what we do,” he says. But that doesn’t mean that they accept everything

Thirty Years with the Mother Hips (Part One)

Popular West Coast Band reissues its entire studio catalog, on vinyl for the first time Some artists have made a successful career out of establishing a signature sound and then sticking with it over the course of their entire catalog. Other artists take a potentially riskier approach, following their muse wherever it takes them. The