Bryant Liggett

Position: Special to the Herald


Swanson’s quest for preservation

Call local musician Adam Swanson a musical anthropologist. The ragtime pianist is a summertime staple in the Diamond Belle Saloon, with summer 2021 being his 15th year of playing the venue, which...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Becky Buller next up on online concert series

Many musicians may be students of the genre of the music they play, but few have the paperwork to back it up. Genre-specific musicians learn on the fly, learning rockabilly, jazz, cosmic-country...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Avant Horizon moves at a fast pace

Local band Avant Horizon formed out of a Bob Marley tune. Members of the local quintet, who are Ellie Ferguson on vocals, Andy Gent on keyboards, Tyler Kelley on guitar, and a rhythm section of...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2021 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Mark Lavengood joins Sidecar Concert Series this weekend

The national bluegrass and roots music community is large enough to encompass hundreds, if not thousands, of bands coast to coast, yet small enough to make lifelong colleagues and friends after...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Lawn Chair Kings drop new record

The Lawn Chair Kings have been a band for 20 years. That’s twice as long as The Beatles were together, 17½ years longer than the Sex Pistols and they’re catching up to The Ramones, who called it...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Records of 2020 Part II, Nos. 5 to 1

This list is a continuation of what began last week, the top five of my favorite 10 records of 2020. This collection comes from a year’s worth of listening. This list is not based on consumer...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Records of the Year Part 1: Nos. 10 to six

The bulk of 2020’s forced isolation left many with nothing to do but bake bread, do push-ups and listen to music. Or perhaps that is what your 2019 and every year before was like. What else was...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

(DJ)-Calvin lays down funky beats

Local musician Jesse Ogle’s new project, (DJ)-Calvin, finds the musician stepping into new roles. Known locally and regionally as the bass player in J Calvin and Hello Dollface, Ogle’s new band...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Dale ‘X’ Allen works in nitro-twang

2021 should be flooded with music. A deluge, surge, torrent, downpour or whatever word you want to use for the inundation that will hopefully come soon after a coronavirus vaccine has made its way...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Bowregard and the Sidecar Virtual Concert Series

Local bluegrass and roots trio Stillhouse Junkies are lifting the virtual concert to a new level. Taking on the role as concert promoters and producers in addition to performers, the trio is...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Thom Chacon takes music international

Italy digs on the music of local singer-songwriter Thom Chacon. He’s one of many roots/folk/Americana musicians who sells just as many, if not more, records outside America. Chatham County Line,...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Reggae musician Nick Hagglof blazing his own trail

Local musician Nick Hagglof is creating a new style of reggae music. And while he’s at it, he’s starting a new record label that is releasing numerous singles along with his forthcoming EP, while...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

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