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The web home of writer/producer Craig Havighurst.
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Review: Wonder-full I love it when my evening at Roots begins with a comfortable sit-down interview with somebody who’s been around the musical block and who has wisdom to share. That happened Wednesday afternoon when I did a half hour on Roots Radio with musical guest Ronnie Reno. He’s a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Beyond the Fringe Sarah Potenza quoted her always quotable musical pal and fashion consultant Elizabeth Cook on stage at Roots this week. “Let the fringe do the work,” she said as she talked about one aspect of her transition from coffee house singer to stage rocker and the interesting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
PREVIEW: New Old Masters Every time we land a genuine American roots music master to play our show it’s a victory and a coup for us. Excitement ripples through our team. We see tickets sell in advance at a faster clip. I find it even easier than usual to research... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: From Near And Far We’ve always maintained a global outlook at MCR, and sometimes interesting and unexpected media or music folks from faraway places drop in on us to ask questions. Yesterday it was a four-person delegation from Korean Broadcasting System’s Radio 2, including producer Mi-Gyung Seo and her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Our Roots Show A country song in 5/4 time. A quote from a founding father. And a ten-person band of teenagers fronted by a young lady who looks and sings like Esperanza Spalding. Every show has its surprises and first-time-evers but this was a particularly wild Wednesday at Liberty... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: The Chet Set MCR’s Guitar Night began five years ago as an homage to an instrument that can do just about anything, and our Guitar Night shows have been built around wildly different picking pathways. This year, our (roughly) annual ex-string-vaganza had a more thematic focus, thanks to an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
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Review: Woodsy & Woody A POST CARD FROM MONTEAGLE A few months ago, we got word that MCR was going to collaborate with the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, and while the Monteagle folks were very communicative and there were plenty of pictures online, it was just very hard to imagine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review : Games of Stones It’s one thing to put on our live radio barn dance up against the Country Music Industrial Complex Flaming Truck Awards, which seems to happen several times a year. It’s quite another to be Nashville’s Wednesday night alternative to The Rolling Freaking Stones. Not only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Fountain of Youth “I signed up for life,” said Warner Hodges in the chat room at this week’s Roots. And the fire in his eyes was the same light kindled decades ago at his first AC/DC concert. It’s one thing to attend 105 AC/DC shows (his count, unverifiable) and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Fountain of Youth “I signed up for life,” said Warner Hodges in the chat room at this week’s Roots. And the fire in his eyes was the same light kindled decades ago at his first AC/DC concert. It’s one thing to attend 105 AC/DC shows (his count, unverifiable) and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Ladies and Gentlemen Are you following #Tomatogate? The latest face palm from “country” radio came last week when powerful consultant Keith Hill told a trade paper that his data proved that if country stations play two songs by women in a row or more than 20% songs by women... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Above and Beyond Roots music has deep virtues, but surprise is probably not the first one that comes to mind. When I crave musical double takes and jaw-drops I head for jazz, modern classical and avant-garde rock, where the fun comes from not knowing where the ground is or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: With and Without Words Booking Music City Roots is a huge challenge, and I salute the wisdom of the twelve shrouded monks who set our lineups each week from their secret chamber, rumored to be deep in the Earth not too far from where they hold Bluegrass Underground. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Oh Brothers! If you’d asked me five years ago about the Doobie Brothers I’d have had very positive things to say about their varied catalog, their vocals and their place in my personal memory bank of formative FM radio years. I would not, however, have known enough to put... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Hip to Be Square I’m a wallflower in recovery. When I was growing up you could have put me on the shy spectrum at about a 8 out of 10, or a couple clicks short of catatonic and nauseous around girls, or human beings near my age in general.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
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After six years (!?) of blogging and posting new work here at www.stringtheorymedia.com I've decided to move my web world and blog over to my new domain www.CraigHavighurst.com. It'a a very flexible Squarespace account that I'm loving for ease of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at String Theory Media
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On January 26, 1788, a cadre of British sailors and naval officers rowed ashore in a bay they’d named Sydney and claimed the Eastern seaboard of Australia in the name of the King of England. Ah, imperialism. Life was so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at String Theory Media
See this. Be amazed. Commentary follows. A recurring theme of this blog is me worrying about my culture’s long-term estrangement from serious composed music. Never mind the reasons behind or scope of the problem. My constructive side (he’s smaller than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2013 at String Theory Media
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(catch up on the series HERE) The Fall rushed toward me and rushed past me like a wind. I’ve not posted here in two months. Egad. But to share the short list, I’ve been editing and co-producing a Music City... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at String Theory Media
My upcoming String Theory live shows at Bongo Java After Hours Theater in Music City (details one post below) are dedicated in equal parts to explaining some of music's amazing inner workings and about urging music back where it belongs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at String Theory Media
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I’ve been writing about my take on music and our musical culture here for about six years, and some themes and ideas have emerged that I think offer something new to the national conversation. At the same time, I’ve found... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at String Theory Media
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Today is release day for the label debut of Nashville's amazing Time Jumpers, and I was honored to write the liner notes for the project. I hope Rounder Records will not object to my posting them here, as long as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at String Theory Media
Almost too obvious to mention I guess. And yes, we're all around broadcast music, but there's something pretty critical about having access to record collections or stashes of music that you can rifle through. One is never quite so attuned to a recording as when one puts one on out of curiosity. I.E. "I've heard ABOUT this but I've never HEARD it."
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This summer, an NPR intern blogged candidly about her life acquiring free music, and a few pious musicians and commentators protested her life of crime. (The exchange and surrounding kerfuffle was summarized nicely in American Songwriter.) It was only the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at String Theory Media
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(Catch up on the series HERE.) We took the summer off from piano lessons. FC seemed to need a break. Her teacher was taking time away. So it just seemed natural. She had come so far on piano and music... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at String Theory Media