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Bryant Liggett

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: Liggett_b@fortlewis.edu

Las Cafeteras’ ‘Real History of the Americas’

Songwriting is storytelling. Since man began making melody and music, songs have come together to weave tales of history and heritage that have carried on into the rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop age. ...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Blue Hornets bring the ska back to Ska

The history of ska in Europe and America is littered with aging punk rockers. With its roots in Jamaica, fusing calypso and American rhythm and blues, its second wave influenced the angsty...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Joe Buck Yourself brings country punk

In a world of polished pop music, watered down punk and country music ripe for an elevator, it’s great to have musicians come along and hit you like a punch in the jaw. Someone that hollers songs...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

You can call Stroud a six-string stuntman

Frank Zappa called them stunt-guitar players. They were the few that Zappa hired to pull off some guitar work he couldn’t himself. Steve Vai was one, a player with plenty of chops that made solos...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Behind the scenes at the Four Corners Folk Festival

This is a festival-heavy region. They come most weekends all summer long, impeding your sleep schedule and depleting your bank account while giving you a dose of acoustic-based music. One of the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Brooklyn band in town for San Juan Brewfest

Now in its 17th year, the San Juan Brewfest remains Durango’s premier beer-tasting and the second-largest fundraiser for United Way of Southwest Colorado. On Saturday, Buckley Park will host more...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Blues and rock from the North African desert

My third-grade geography class contained a section on studying deserts. I was fascinated by what I then thought was a lifeless Sahara, a massive stretch of land with nomadic inhabitants that was...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Local scene hot with upcoming albums

The recording efforts of local musicians continue to chug along, and you may be surprised by the number of bands and artists recording in and around La Plata County. Musicians certainly aren’t...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Don’t overlook the Billy Goat for great music

Everyone needs a watering hole, the kind of place where the beer is cold, the clientele local and the entertainment free. For Durango residents who like to support live music, the gem of a bar in...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Austin bluegrass musician credits his cool parents

Kids sometimes have to admit that their parents have good taste in music. It doesn’t happen everywhere. I’ve seen some of the record collections of people my age, the 40-somethings that still dig...

DATE: July 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Drag the River brings country rock to Durango

In 1985, the Los Angeles punk band X startled fans when they released an LP of country music under the name The Knitters. While they may not have been the first punk band to dabble in roots and...

DATE: July 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Worldly Todo Mundo links humanity through music

Santiago Orozco had an organic vision for what became Todo Mundo. When he arrived in San Diego from his native Columbia, he had ambitions of building a music career, but he had no desire to...

DATE: July 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

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