Excellent Weekend for Live Music in Alexandria
You may have not heard of him, but you’ve heard his songs. Rah Rah ClearChannel (Cenla Broadcasting)! Seriously, this guy has a reputation throughout the nation for solid, steady adult contemporary music. Click on “Pledge”–this is the song everyone knows. They even play it on the radio, guys.
Saturday Night: Alexandria Music Project. At the Ampitheater. Featuring Multiple Music Acts. Beginning at 5:30PM. $12.50 at the door.
AMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music into Alexandria. If you’re not already a member, I highly encourage you to join tomorrow.
The quality (and quantity) of bands that come out of the little “holler” of Murfreesboro, TN shouldn’t surprise anyone. With one of the nations’ top recording programs in town at Middle Tennessee State University, the place is bound to be a hotbed for bands, musicians-to-be, and probably quite a few has-beens as well. Notable successful and somewhat-successful regionals include The Katies, The Features, and Fluid Ounces/Seth Timbs. Not to be lost in the local shuffle are the land’s purveyors of thinking-man’s southern rock, kicked-up and dirtied-down Americana, and just about every term that rock critics are tossing about for “alt-country” these days. Listen up, Glossary is your new band.
Mr. White is a singer-songwriter with a passionate voice and a wide-ranging, unique songwriting sensibility. His roots trace back to Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens, and his influences include Bright Eyes, Blind Melon, and Tool. Mark is an all-around musician who plays multiple instruments. He was born and raised right here in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Download Mark’s first single “No Reason” on Tipitina’s website.
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth
Mr. Miller is this year’s Ryan Adams, a talented singer-songwriter emerging from a cult band (the V-Roys) with an astonishingly good solo album (Sugar Hill). The only difference is that Mr. Adams weeps better, while Mr. Miller rocks better. (The Year in Pop and Jazz: The Critics’ Choices, New York Times, Dec. 23, 2001).
Uncut Magazine Review
Review of Thus Always to Tyrants, Uncut Magazine, October 2001
If Scott Miller sounds like a surrogate Steve Earle, it’s hardly surprising, Miller was part of the late lamented V-Roys, whose albums were produced by Earle, and his first solo album strongly bears the great man’s influence. The blend of rock guitars, muscular melodies, roots sensibility and brutally honest lyrics make it an outstanding debut, and “Absolution” ranks as one of the great drinking songs of our time. Spirited, sassy and visceral, Billboard reckons it’s the best roots-rock album of the year. They may not be far wrong.