Music Monthly

Eight Days in the Studio with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Posted by on November 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

Nashville engineer Steve Marcantonio is best known these days as an Academy of Country Music Engineer-of-the-Year Award winner who has worked with the likes of Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Alabama, Deanna Carter, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and Brooks and Dunn. But long before his Music City days, he got his start in 1978 […]

NPT Music Monthly November 2010: Lennon in NYC, Lennon Naked, Jeff Beck and More

Posted by on November 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

The great artists tend to inspire and confound. No musical artist, save for maybe Bob Dylan, exemplified this duality more than John Lennon. He was one half of arguably the greatest songwriting duo, and one quarter of the greatest band, in pop music history, yet in the last ten years of his career post-The Beatles, […]

Nashville Provides the Soundtrack to `Circus`

Posted by on October 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

When the new multi-part series CIRCUS premieres on November 3 on NPT and PBS stations nationwide, the first music viewers will hear will come from right here in Middle Tennessee. Nashville’s own The Features contributed four songs to the soundtrack, including three from its latest album, Some Kind of Salvation. The band was also contracted  […]

NPT Music Monthly October 2010: Rock Prophecies, Michael Feinstein and More

Posted by on October 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

“Some people collect stamps; some people collect butterflies,” says photographer Robert M. Knight in the documentary Rock Prophecies. “I think I kinda collect rock stars.” Knight’s been collecting rock stars since the 60s, when as an aspiring 18-year-old photographer he crept his way into the inner circles of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix before either […]

NPT Music Monthly September 2010: Tori Amos, Cachao López, The Carter Family and More

Posted by on August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Not since the great female songwriters and performers of the late 60s, had there been such an influx of influential women in rock as we saw in the early to mid-90s. To this day, if you check the influences of aspiring women singer-songwriters and artists, odds are one of these artists’ names will pop up. […]

Catching up with The Black Crowes` Drummer Steve Gorman

Posted by on August 23, 2010 at 8:21 am

Steve Gorman, Nashville resident and Hopkinsville, Kentucky native, has been the drummer for The Black Crowes since the band’s breakthrough success in 1990 with the multi-platinum selling Shake Your Money Maker. Celebrating its 20th-anniversary this year, the band released Croweology, a double-album, 20-song acoustic reworking of some of the finest songs in its catalog. It’s […]

NPT Music Monthly July 2010: Merle Haggard, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and More

Posted by on July 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

It’s one thing for country artists to sing about being a rebel, raising cain, ramblin’ and gamblin’ and lovin’ and leavin,’ but few actually live it (at least not anymore). Merle Haggard, on the other hand, actually did. He hopped his first freight train at the age of 10, became a chronic truant and drinker […]

NPT Music Monthly May 2010: The Doors, Drive-By Truckers, Memorial Day and More

Posted by on April 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Someone told me in high school that there was one sure way to get into a bar fight. You could curse someone’s family member, or even their favorite sports team, but criticize their favorite band and get ready to brawl. Now, of course, that’s not true, as anyone who’s a fan of the Yankees or […]

NPT CAMERA ONE: Irish Musician and Folklorist Mick Moloney

Posted by on March 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

In the first of what we hope will be a sometimes-series of music performances taped exclusively for Nashville Public Television, NPT CAMERA ONE, Irish musician folklorist Mick Moloney shared with us “There’s A Typical Tipperary Over Here,” from his new CD project If It Wasn’t For the Irish and the Jews. The song is from […]

NPT Music Monthly March 2010: Chet Atkins and more

Posted by on March 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Let’s be honest. The 80s don’t usually hold up musically as well as the decades that came before them. Is anyone really looking forward to the Here I Go Again: Drenched in Echo Explosion: My Music: the Best of the 80s special? Well, maybe, especially if you came of age during that time (and that […]