Growing up in the Dakotas didn't offer many outlets for entertainment. But for East Side Slim the summer was when he could get his musical fix. AM radio stations would provide the music that would later propel him into a career of DJing.
Cowboy Roy Brown was the quintessential St. Louis street singer, playing a guitar he called "baby" and a kazoo he called "Leon."
Kenny DeShields doesn’t fit into any single genre of music, and that’s OK with him. He has made his own.
Becky Buller has, until now, been known principally in the bluegrass world as a songwriter, and her list of credits bears that out. Her songs have been recorded by a who's who of the bluegrass world, and they in turn have had great success with her songs.
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.