Grand Center bustled with activity Friday night. Within a two-block radius, Wynton Marsalis christened the newly remodeled Jazz at the Bistro, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band brought back memories at the Fabulous Fox, and nestled just around the corner, tucked away on Washington Avenue, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives held court at the Sheldon Concert Hall. As Marsalis is to jazz, Stuart is to classic country music: the music of myth and legends, too numerous to be listed.
Driven by tough slide guitar and Ben Miller's tougher voice, the call-and-response gospel blues of "Get Right Church" just might make a believer out of the most hardened skeptic.
With a sweet and rowdy and heartfelt approach to gospel and rock 'n' roll, Charleston, South Carolina band Shovels & Rope return this summer with a new album and a strong first single, "The Devil Is All Around."
"The Coming Tide" by Luke Winslow-King offers a warning of a threatening storm, both spiritual and natural, but also a promise of shelter, in the swinging sound of pre-war jazz, blues and gospel music.
The past several years of medical set backs kept her from the public eye, then came the word: Fontella Bass, St. Louis' leading woman of song for the past half-century, died the day after Christmas. She was 72 years of age.
The Lee Boys is a family band on a mission to bring sacred steel to the masses.
The mystery of Iris DeMent's "Sing the Delta" isn't why it took some 16 years to appear. No, the mystery is that songs so purely honest and purely beautiful could still be made at all.
Gospel music has always been central to the fiercely-original blues of Kelly Joe Phelps. "Brother Sinner & the Whale," however, is his most spiritual album yet.
Last night, fans found refuge from the rain and had their spirits lifted by the Blind Boys of Alabama's moving performance.