• Desert Island Dozen

    Pack your bags, and let WUSM take you on a musical journey with some of the ’Burgs most unique personalities. 

    The Desert Island Dozen is back from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, through March 9. Each of the musical tour guides will journey with you through 12 songs they would take with them to the corners of the earth, making each hour a musical vacation for listeners the world over.

  • Take the journey

    As we begin this new year, we look (and listen) to everything with an undercurrent of optimism. A brief breather for the holidays and we dive back into the flood of music with passion restored. However, I would like to restore another facet of passion.

  • A look back

    I would like to begin with a word of caution. This column is not demonstrative of any loss of my faculties. Nor is it meant to shock or frustrate. It is a large, sincere part of a musical coming to terms. Finally, being December and months away from the first day of April – it is certainly not a joke. Having said all of that, you are free to laugh – in fact, it is encouraged, because I hope to shine the light on a time in music that we have too long ridiculed.

     

  • Burn Something Beautiful

    “I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.”

    ―–Jack Kerouac, On the Road

     

  • Heart like a levee

    What happens when you do not name? You look at an emotion, at a sensation, more directly and therefore have quite a different relationship to it, just as you have to a flower when you do not name it. You are forced to look at it anew.
    –Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

    Americana music is in a state of transition. Like any Darwinian creation, they have discovered they must evolve. Honestly, there are only a handful of artists who can use their voice and an acoustic guitar to mesmerize.

  • Local musicians kick off home games

    The sixth annual WUSM Tailgate Concert Series will return this fall to the University of Southern Mississippi home football games with a great line-up of local and regional favorites of WUSM-Southern Miss Radio and its listeners.

    The Lanna Wakeland Band will kick off the series Sept. 10 at the first home game, followed by Lloyd “Hurricane” Munn and B.C. Duett on Sept. 17, Scott Chism and the Better Half on Oct. 5, The Devil Music Company for Homecoming Oct. 29, Wes Lee Nov. 5, and Wes Johnson and the Shifters will cap off the series Nov. 25.

  • Singers/Songwriters

    Let us take a moment to sympathize with the singer/songwriter. This entity has the Atlaean task of having to create a work that not only must reveal some innermost circle of emotion within them, but also connect with you at a nexus where you both empathize and share this feeling whose commonality allows both parties to feel as if they are no longer alone with their problems in this world. 

  • Love, loss & what remains

    Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself." 
     –Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

  • Artists usher in a new age of guitar

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – 
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    -Robert Frost 
    "The Road Not Taken" (1920)

  • Album offers glimpse of unique style

    When singers (and singer/songwriters) commit to doing “standards” in the twilight of their career, it is often viewed as one of your longtime favorites – either heading (or being put) out to pasture. 
    Not naming names, only a few true artists find true interpretations of these wonderfully written songs. In fact,  most of those who are successful are the ones you would least expect. 

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