So Many Men & So Little Time!

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…That’s what goes through my head each year as June approaches and I’m confronted with the decision about who to feature for the Y Chromosome Issue. In the past my strategy has been to either dedicate the month to just …

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Eliza Hill: From Flower Pots and Plastic Pans

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I can’t tell you how wonderful it’s been getting to know our featured artist, drummer Eliza Hill. She’s young and vibrant and positive, and simply a joy in conversation. Just as compelling is to watch her in action on stage! …

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Spotlight on Ellen Trnka: Doing Unto Others

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I went to Dictionary.com and looked up the word affable. That definition describes Ellen to a “T”rnka: “Friendly, Good-natured; Easy to talk to.” Because I know her personally, and the idea is to introduce readers who might not yet know, …

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Women Making Music: A Trueborn Storyteller – Laura Blackley

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“I’m floored and in an altered state of consciousness over this,” says Laura Blackley of The Wildflowers band who recently won a regional Blues Challenge in Greensboro. “This is the first time I’ve won any kind of competition before!” Winning …

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Women Making Music – December Shows

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Two other (among so many!) notable shows in December include a benefit concert for cancer survivor, Tami-Lu Barry on Sunday Dec 18th at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues with a suggested donation of $15.

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Jane Kramer – Three Chords and the Truth

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I met Jane Kramer at a house party in Montford in 2003. She was pickin’ and singin’ on the front porch with a group of musicians. Impressed by her musical point of view, I started going to hear her in …

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Women Making Music: Regina Duke – A Singer of Substance

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A few days before this interview, I was perusing the Internet as usual and because I am blessed with Attention Deficit Disorder, I switched gears during a specified search for something when I glanced at a popup with a link …

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With “Whiskey Drunk on Puppy Love,” Sweet Claudette Steps It Up

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Listening to Sweet Claudette’s new LP is like a night out at a really, really good bar. Hear me out, now: imagine you’re in a comfortable dive. The drinks are good but cheap, the bartender knows you, and a bunch …

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Women Making Music: The Raging Soul and Tender Heart of Ashley Heath

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I struggled a bit pinning down an interview with Ashley Heath. Catching the same virus, we spit, sputtered and coughed our way through our fourth attempt to get together so that I could submit this feather. But a prolonged chest …

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Sidney Barnes and Aaron Price Talk Music

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It’s the Y Chromosome Issue! Yeah! Obviously, I’m an advocate for women artists, and everyone who knows me well knows that the opportunity to spotlight local female artists in this feature each month is one I treasure. Everyone who knows …

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Women Making Music: Karen Lovely’s Lucky Star

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| By Peggy Ratusz | In a 2014 interview from Duvel Blues Festival in Puurs Belgium, Karen Lovely explained that she feels she was born under a lucky star. The musical trajectory she’s been on, since coming in second place …

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Women Making Music: Playing by Ear – Amy White

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Renowned award winning multi-instrumentalist, progressive folk singer-songwriter, Amy White came over to my house a few weeks ago and we spent over two hours getting to know one another. We packed everything into those two hours. We laughed, we contemplated, …

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Women Making Music: The Moon And You – Newlyweds Making Music Together The Old Fashioned Way

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Theirs is music you can prance around the house to, lay in someone’s loving arms to, drive down the country road with or take on a road trip and listen to. Their harmonies soar or zoom; natural and instinctive. Melodies …

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The Sisters of Rising Appalachia

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| By Martha David | These women are amazing, personally and musically! Leah Song and Chloe Smith – Rising Appalachia’s dynamic traveling troubadours and sisters performed at the fall LEAF Festival this October, leaving behind the purposeful messages of songs …

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