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Casey Phillips

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After more than 50 years behind the mike and a dozen Blues Music Awards to his name, Bobby Rush has earned the right to brag a bit.

If you'd seen them six or seven years ago, eccentric North Carolinian band Bombadil would have knocked you for a loop with an infectiously raucous approach to folk-pop that saw them catapulting off the stage and brandishing so many exotic instruments you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd raided a World Market before sound check.

About a year ago, Paul Hadfield and The McCoys was basically unknown on the Chattanooga club scene.

After interviewing Annie Sellick before a gig in February at Barking Legs Theater, I was left with the impression that she is the rare musical gem who sings for all the right reasons, not money or fame but the sheer joy of performance.

Nikki Hill. Paul Hadfield & The McCoys. The Weeks. Earphunk. Rahsaan Barber & Everyday Magic.

Never mind that her voice punches like she's the secret love child of Little Richard and Aretha Franklin, Nikki Hall spent a lifetime loving music before she ever considered making any herself.

Despite a lifespan that's roughly equivalent to that of a toddler, Houndmouth produces songs that sound weathered and aged with an authenticity that belies the band's youth.

Summer is a tough time to be a video game fan, and not just because of all the social pressure to get off the couch and out of doors.

There are several options for following the USA Cycling Professional Championships both in person and off-site.

For decades, customers had a tough enough decision just choosing which TV they wanted, but in recent years, manufacturers have introduced a new class of device — the set-top streaming box — that further muddies the waters.

Of the 5,000 objects that comprise the Hunter Museum's collection, about half are prints.

For more than 25 years, Arney Guess has custom-made jewelry, but it's not just gold and gems that pass through his Hixson boutique.

Watch a fiddler's hands closely, and you'll notice that, with a few exceptions, most of the action happens within a few inches of the instrument's neck.

If you're reading this, then to very reluctantly quote The Eagles, "I'm already gone."

Two years ago, Meghan Hughes Petty suffered through an expectant mother's worst nightmare.

When I was a kid, the concept of 1 million anything was pretty much mind-boggling.

Finding a convenient niche that accurately reflects the music of the Packway Handle Band can feel like trying to make sense of a platypus.

For many of life's momentous occasions — weddings, births, buying a home — registries take the guesswork out of the gift-giving process.

Today is the first of May, which in recent years has come to mean that Chattanooga is about to be inundated with an almost absurd amount of fantastic music.

Say what you want about Junior Sisk; the man has his priorities straight.

Nightfall starts Friday

Forro in the Dark brings Brazilian flair to the Nightfall series opener

Over the phone, guitarist Guilherme Monteiro exudes an air of almost pedagogic patience.

When she turned 13, America Burnette and her parents finally had "The Talk."

Long before he took to wearing a massive homemade headdress and bringing a raw energy to bear on stages in and around Nashville, Graham Fitzpenn couldn't have cared less about performing.

In a little less than two months, I’ll celebrate my 29th birthday.

Emotional wounds can be some of the hardest to endure. Left alone, they can become septic and fester. In time, they can cripple.

For budding artists, being accepted into a juried art show is cause for celebration, a sign of acceptance, an opportunity to raise awareness of their work.

Judged solely by its opening monologue, locally produced radio serial "Horace Kentucky's Chronal Detective Agency" sounds like just another boilerplate noir drama stapled together by a series of cliches.

Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Television and Iron Maiden all owe guitarists Andy Powell and Ted Turner a debt of gratitude.

It's hard to stump John Frazier when it comes to discussing music.

In high school, there was a time when, like many word-loving students (read: nerds), I briefly fancied myself a poet. I filled journals with rondeaux and cinquains, with haiku and sonnets. I showed them to my parents and read them, perhaps overly proudly, in my creative-writing class.

The Bible says God created the world in six days.

Mystery solved.

In the early days when he was still playing cover shows at bars, Drew Holcomb saw music as a chance to stroke his ego a bit.

With the onset of spring break, most 16-year-olds might pile in the car to head to the nearest bit of sun and sand as far from their parents as possible. Chris Burkich is heading out on tour.

CALHOUN, GA. — To Mignon Ballard, a conversation without a story or two must seem as bland as a piece of boiled chicken.

Sam was 10 years old when he was orphaned.

Chattanooga Presents, the organizers of the Nightfall summer concert series, have announced the schedule for this year's season.

For bluegrass and country music artists, the stage of the Grand Ole Opry is hallowed ground. It’s like Mecca. The Western Wall.

Last week, hip-hop legends the Wu-Tang Clan, a group once described by a Rolling Stone reviewer as "the best rap crew ever," announced they will sell just one copy of their next album, "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin."

In Hixson, the koi are conspicuously absent from the ponds, and there's a decided lack of bamboo.

For years, Chattanooga has billed itself as a haven for the artistic set, offering grants and other incentives to encourage creative types to move here, but you don't need to be a card-carrying, brush-wielding professional to produce a masterpiece in the Scenic City.

Confronted by the news that their album had topped a Billboard chart, some bands might binge on Dom Perignon and polish up their finest pair of strutting shoes.

Imagine how distraught you would be if you were sitting down and attempted to stand, only to discover that someone had made off with one of your legs.

After decades of touring bands redirecting their schedules around the Scenic City, Chattanooga in recent years has made a name for itself as a city where artists say the crowds are among the most enthusiastic they play for.

The Chattanooga area has been home to a long and varied group of talented musicians for years. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Fred Cash and Sam Gooden of The Impressions were born and still live here. Grammy Award winners Norman and Nancy Blake make their home in Rising Fawn, Ga.

As she hikes along trails atop Signal Mountain, Maggie Pate isn't just engaged in a bit of recreational exercise. She's on a quest to fill her palette.

When entering Karah Nazor's biology lab on the fifth floor of McCallie's Upper School, it's hard to decide which of the many exotic sights to pay attention to.

Congratulations, everyone. Spring starts today. We made it.

In technology, as in relationships, there’s something to be said for settling down.

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