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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:03 am
 Well, to say this was a tough week is an understatement of large proportions. I’m sure I speak for the friends and family of John Brillhart in thanking everyone for condolences, music, stories...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:03 am
 Here we go into a nearly mid-November run with sad news, good gigs and contest results. For me personally, early-to-mid November is filled with memories of loved ones lost, including a grandmoth...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:03 am
Here we are rolling into November; getting ready to fall back an hour and plunge into near wintertime. What better excuse do you need (if you need one) to get out and see some live music?Last Saturday...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:02 am
 A trippy trio from Columbia, Missouri, the Hooten Hallers are all about being different from your average Americana group. Using interesting instrumentation that includes John Randall (vocals, g...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:03 am
 This week we have sad news, happy times, good benefits, and, apparently, lovely weather to top off an odd and peculiar few weeks of early autumn.Our hearts go out to the family of guitarist Alex...
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:03 am
 Feel the crisp breeze, the touch of fall, the fall of leaves, the sounds of leaves falling, and, oh, what else is that I hear? Yes, it’s the sound of live music all over town.First, let’s co...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:03 am
 As I started writing my column, the news went from bad to worse with mass shootings and Tom Petty’s untimely passing. No telling what else will happen before I finish this and we go to press,...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:03 am
 Here we are, heading right into October with September barely left behind. I see lots of good local bands out as we wind down the outdoor festivals and begin to think about the seasonal end to o...
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 12:03 am
 With all the hurricanes in the news lately, we humbly send our love and care to those affected by the sea storms, but today we talk a bit about a hurricane known to central Illinois folks as Rut...
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:03 am
 First, let’s think some good thoughts for friends, family and everyone touched by Hurricane Irma. Fellow musicians Ken Carlyle, Joshua Reilly and Patrick Hagerman, all formerly from central Il...

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