Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds: Soaring From The Start

Led by an explosive redhead with a voice to be reckoned with, a soul-filled rock band is flying high. By Steve Houk OK, let’s get all the bird references out of the way right at the beginning. I mean, with a band called Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, you...

Suzanne Vega – The Square Root of Wonderful

A luminous folk/rock mainstay brings a lifelong project to its final stage. By Steve Houk She really wanted to be a dancer. Lucky for all those who think Suzanne Vega is one of the most brilliant musical voices of our time that she realized hoofing it just...

The Krickets: Swamp Folk With Heart

Sheer talent, a love of home and some Muscle Shoals magic make beautiful music for The Krickets. By Steve Houk During just about any evening down on the Florida panhandle, if you listen closely, along with the sounds of lapping waves or a distant boat horn…you...

The Heart of Rock and Roll

Three recent Rock & Roll HOF inductees bring their rockin’ A-game to a sizzling summer triple bill. By Steve Houk If there was anything to come away with from last weekend’s Heart/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/Cheap Trick triple bill out at Jiffy...

Mary Gauthier: Songwriting Sage

A gifted songwriter sees her unexpected career take yet another positive and surprising turn. By Steve Houk   Who knew? I mean, who knew that Mary Gauthier, whose early life reads like a bad luck hardship tale — left in an orphanage shortly after birth,...

Streisand: A Powerful Sentimental Journey

One of music’s most legendary artists brings along power and poise and a room full of memories. By Steve Houk If you flip through the record album synapses of your life, a rare few of them spark and then spring out at you as unforgettable early moments in your...