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Bryant Liggett

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: Liggett_b@fortlewis.edu

New records you should give a listen to

That deafening silence you are hearing is coming from every venue in every town. Stages are dark and venues are as empty as some of the bank accounts of your favorite independent musicians,...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Gummersall submerging himself in Texas scene

Musician Tyller Gummersall had great people in his corner when he was a kid. The Allison-raised Gummersall had musical aspirations since he was a child, which began with singing in local choirs...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Why is Bluegrass polarizing?

There are opinions rolling around that the jam band scene has hurt bluegrass. Others believe musicians like Allison Krauss have turned the genre from the gutsy murder ballad-spewing, breakneck...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Stillhouse Junkies go abroad – but first, a local show

This month, local roots trio Stillhouse Junkies will be hitting the opposite side of the road. Since forming in 2017 and playing regular Friday afternoon gigs at the distillery in downtown...

DATE: March 5, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Six Dollar String Band goes vinyl

The Six Dollar String Band continues to display a punk-band aesthetic in their old-time world. It’s an aesthetic that if most bands practiced, would result in a more honest music business arguably...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Che Apalache: Argentina’s only bluegrass band?

Argentina is about 5,200 miles away from North Carolina. A considerable distance that could prohibit any kind of cultural influence from making its way from North to South America, but this is...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Sticks -N- Thorns a musical friendship

It’s a friendship and musical partnership that goes 20 years. Guitar player Jon Stickley and banjo player Andy Thorn’s friendship and subsequent musical relationship began in a North Carolina...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Sue Coulter: State bluegrass royalty

A major appeal of the bluegrass scene is the picking. Go to a metal concert, and when the show’s over, it’s likely the live music will stop – drums are packed up, stringed instruments loaded into...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Two nights of bluegrass with Lil Smokies

The latest record from Montana’s The Lil Smokies was made with a summer camp mindset. The bluegrass band, whose latest release, “Tornillo,” dropped last week, have recorded their two previous...

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

Nordstrom spearheads music series

Erik Nordstrom is looking to showcase the best of the region’s musical community. The local musician, who plays guitar and sings in rock bands Lawn Chair Kings and Farmington Hill, has always been...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Black Violin breaking musical stereotypes

Kevin Sylvester, aka “Kev Marcus,” and Wilner Baptiste, aka “Wil B,” are out to dismantle musical stereotypes. The classically trained, Florida-based musicians behind the band Black Violin, who...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

The New Deal ‘very positive, very upbeat’

People bag on DJ and electronic music culture. Some harsher music fans and armchair critics can’t accept the fact that it does take some talent to make music from pre-existing melodies using...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

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