Tagged: From the Editors

EDITOR’S TAKE: Why I Dig 607 & Why You Should Not Miss His Album Release Show in NWA Saturday [Sept. 30]

Little Rock-based rapper 607 probably seems like a conundrum, especially if you’ve never had the pleasure of getting to know him as a person and not just the hardest-working rapper in the history of Arkansas. His interviews in the mainstream media are limited mostly to quotes that don’t reveal much about the man, and most reviewers don’t know or care enough about his music or history to bother writing too much about either. His quotes in many of these write-ups – typically delivered with no assistance or insight from the authors – kind of make him sound either conceited or weird. They are, I suppose, part of the character; perhaps they help drive curiosity for readers unfamiliar but interested in local rap. But for me, they’re frustrating. That’s because I know this man. I have for a long time. And, for this website’s purposes at least, more importantly I know his music, or at least much of it. Based on that, I must tell you that if you appreciate rap as a form of modern poetry and blatantly honest commentary...

BLOG: Why The Wood Brothers Are Right About Singing [Plus: Oliver Wood on Fayetteville!]

If you get too worried, what you ought to do is sing… Let’s talk about music. Let’s talk about why we’re here. Why we, at ShindigMusic.net, are doing what we do on this website. Why you are here reading. I mean, MUSIC. But… why? For me, it’s personal. Very personal. Those of you who have known me for a long time know that live music – especially bluegrass and old gospel tunes – transports me to a place of comfort, peace, and safety that no longer exists for me on this planet. Not since my mom died – slowly, over two years of great pain and suffering from brain cancer, all of which I witnessed – when I was 13. If you get worried, what you ought to do is sing… Before the cancer came, I had the best childhood ever. My mom was a rock star of moms. THE rock star among all the moms. And my dad, a gifted musician, was constantly taking us to his gigs, mostly bluegrass, with any number of bands, playing at festivals and...