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Ian Randall Thornton Produces Folk Music Gem

Ian Randall Thornton Produces Folk Music Gem

By Jim Morrison Ian Randall Thornton likes to let the songs flow naturally, following whatever is inspiring him at the moment. But he also doesn’t want his albums to just be a collection of unrelated songs. So when he started working on the tunes that would become his new album, “Lineage,” about three years ago,

CONCERT PREVIEW: The Black Lillies

By Ron Wray Cruz and Sam, it felt like we could go on for hours, and we almost did. I had a great talk with these guys who are in great part the centerpiece of the salty-sweet band, The Black Lillies. They’re coming to Jim Morrison’s North Shore Point House Concert Series, in conjunction with

Meet the Monbacks

Norfolk band makes national debut on Yep Roc Records on June 17 By Jim Morrison “It started as a half joke,” Neal Friedman says. Major and the Monbacks, the Norfolk-based band of high school buddies, were starting to think about recording their second album. They were listening to an album by Virginia Beach’s Natalie Prass

Todd Rundgren: The Studio Wizard Returns with White Knight

By Jeff Maisey Todd Rundgren continues to push the envelope with a sense of experimentation on his new album titled “White Knight,” featuring something unique for this wizard of the recording studio – collaborations. Rundgren (performing Tuesday, May 16 at Sandler Center) has had an interesting career as both recording artist and record producer/engineer. After

Lincoln Center Orchestra Puts Jazz in Virginia Arts Festival

By Jerome Langston It’s been just a few hours since severe weather brought a tornado or two to southeastern Virginia, when I finally catch up with the acclaimed trombonist, Vincent Gardner, who grew up in a noted musical family in Hampton, and is now teaching at Northwestern University in Chicago where he was born. He’s

Britain’s Vinny Peculiar to Play Colley Cantina This Saturday

By Jeff Maisey Britain’s Vinny Peculiar will perform an intimate gig Saturday, March 18 at Colley Cantina. He’ll be joined by a backing group of Norfolk musicians tasked with learning a variety of his works, including tracks from his critically acclaimed concept album, “Silver Meadows (Fables from the Institution).” In 2014, Uncut Magazine called Peculiar

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