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Chris Corkery's New Album A Deep Dive Into Honky-Tonk

10/17/2019
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Alcohol and anger fuel many of the original songs on the just released "The Gill Street Sessions" live album from Saybrook singer-songwriter Chris Corkery . Sometimes I drink and I smoke a little more than I should Sometimes I stay up too late when I’m up to no good You can judge me all that you want And I don’t give a damn Well take me or leave me, I am what I am “I Am What I Am” by Chris Corkery “Some of these (original) songs come from when I did the honky-tonk tour circuit, which is like...

Duration:00:05:21

Folk? Pop? Bluegrass? Good Morning Bedlam Says Yes

10/9/2019
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Good Morning Bedlam is another young string band more inspired by — than tethered to — traditional bluegrass.

Duration:00:04:09

Old Salt Union: The Music Is About The Story

10/3/2019
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In the bluegrass world where technical prowess is highly valued, stand-up bassist and vocalist Jesse Farrar of Old Salt Union believes songwriting actually trumps instrumental virtuosity.

Duration:00:05:56

Danielle Nicole Finds Musical Magic With A Scene Change

10/2/2019
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It's not easy to recapture the magic of a family music group after touring exhaustion kills the joy and the chemistry. Kansas City native Danielle Nicole has done that by changing her scene.

Duration:00:05:12

Classical Guitarist Naeim Rahmani Looks For Commonalities Between Iranians And Americans

9/25/2019
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Naeim Rahmani is unusual in the world of classical guitar. He began formal lessons at age 22, an age most serious players had already been practicing for up to 4-5 hours per day since their mid-teens.

Duration:00:06:08

Jason Hawk Harris Turns Deep Pain Into Lauded Debut Album

9/19/2019
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Jason Hawk Harris’ debut on Bloodshot Records is an Americana gem many are calling one of the best albums of the year.

Duration:00:05:59

Majestic New Synth Album Anything But Drab

9/19/2019
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If you had walked into Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal in the last few weeks, you might have thought owner Jared Alcorn was in a nostalgic 1980s mood. An album with a nod to that synth sounding decade was getting heavy play on the store's turntable.

Duration:00:08:31

Wiplot Says Collaboration Is The Point

9/13/2019
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The Bloomington-Normal alt-pop/rock quartet Wiplot makes a rare performance Saturday night at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington.

Duration:00:05:07

Desert Blues Back In Bloomington With Rural, Female Perspective

9/12/2019
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This week wasn’t the first, tenth, or maybe the hundredth time Reverberation Vinyl owner John Anderson was spinning what’s become known as Desert Blues on the turntable in his Bloomington store.

Duration:00:08:22

Ida Mae Reveling In American History

8/29/2019
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Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean seemingly had it made by 2014. The English natives were half of the grunge/blues band Kill It Kid that was signed to Sire Records and had just released its third album.

Duration:00:05:40

Life-Changing Travel Prepares Grant Milliren For The Road Ahead

8/23/2019
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Grant Milliren, now 21, was getting serious about music by his mid-teens. But the Illinois State University arts technology student was also a varsity athlete at Neuqua Valley High School in suburban Naperville.

Duration:00:04:52

Josh Ritter Documents America's Darker Days

8/21/2019
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Josh Ritter is known worldwide as a talented songwriter. Matter of fact, Paste Magazine named him one of the 100 greatest living songwriters in 2006 .

Duration:00:04:46

Lil' Ed's Career An Homage To Blues Legend Uncle

8/14/2019
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Lil' Ed Williams and his band The Blues Imperials emulate the Chicago houserockin’ style of fellow Alligator Records great Hound Dog Taylor and Lil' Ed's uncle, Delmark Records artist J.B. Hutto.

Duration:00:04:44

An Even Keel Has Kept Country Star John Conlee Grounded

8/7/2019
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John Conlee is one of those small-town boys that made good. Coming of age in the 1950s on a farm outside Versailles, Kentucky, Conlee’s family sold eggs door to door and raised sheep and even feeder pigs. Their cash crop at that time was tobacco.

Duration:00:07:31

Menzingers Getting Comfortable As 30-Somethings

7/31/2019
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The Philadelphia-based pop/punk band The Menzingers has received critical acclaim for their last two albums, much of which fleshes out the angst of moving from 20-somethings into their 30s.

Duration:00:10:05

The Darts: An Accidental Garage Punk Party

7/23/2019
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A judge and prosecutor ... a sports medicine teacher ... an orthodontist office administrator. That doesn't scream "all-female horror-punk/garage-rock band that tours the world."

Duration:00:08:30

Baaad Boyz Bring Their 'Special Sauce' To Jazz UpFront

7/19/2019
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The leader of Springfield's soul/R&B/funk mostly cover band Baaad Boyz said a special ingredient separates them from other area bands.

Duration:00:08:00

Family History And Today's Headlines Inspire Songs Of Denise LaGrassa

7/18/2019
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Denise LaGrassa is known best in the Central Illinois area and in Chicago for her jazz-blues sound.

Duration:00:03:23

Illinois Rail: Bluegrass Friends Spreading Joy

7/12/2019
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A steamboat cruise on the Illinois River seems an unlikely first gig for a gospel-tinged bluegrass band.

Duration:00:05:48

Shuga Beatz Showcase Original Music

7/10/2019
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Songwriting is an important component for members of the Shuga Beatz, the Bloomington-Normal rock/blues/R&B sextet. Important enough to mention such on the group's website .

Duration:00:04:58