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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:00 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
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:00 am
 Part of the burgeoning, modern, underground, outlaw, country music field, Craig Gerdes is makin’ tracks and on the move. His latest release, Smokin’, Drinkin’ & Gamblin’ (Sol records
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:00 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
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:00 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
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:00 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
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:00 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
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:00 am
 Known as the “Ambassador of the Blues” and also as a resident of Springfield, Mr. Armstrong gets all the credit for being an excellent and constantly touring guitar player with sharp songwri
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:00 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 12:00 am

Trying to rejuvenate a long-running jazz festival

 Once upon a time, before hip-hop, rap, hot country and even rock in all its formats, jazz ruled as the cool and popular music of the day. Considered a justifiably fitting style for an expanding


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