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The web home of writer/producer Craig Havighurst.
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REVIEW: Guitar Faces In between tunes, during his jaw-dropping set of masterful bluegrass guitar music, Bryan Sutton made a joke on stage this week about “Guitar Face,” the scrunchy, pouty, squinty guitar-gasm visage familiar across the guitar universe, from heavy metal shredders to acoustic bluegrass mashers. Guitar Face is mostly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Walk It For Yourself Dear Coen Brothers, I have this great idea for your next movie. A six-piece itinerant Italian bluegrass/folk band is driving the ribbons of highway and endless skyways of America, in search of their heroes, living and dead. The van gets a flat tire and they’re... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Nominee Jamboree When the bluegrass family gets together, the stories abound. Everything seems connected and relationships flow beneath the musical surface like the rivers they say are down there underground running through the Tennessee and Kentucky limestone. Jim Lauderdale’s first banjo teacher from North Carolina was on stage with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: LONESOME FIDDLE In a large room with an attentive audience, it takes a special kind of assurance and purpose to stand alone on stage and make music, even with six strings and a voice. But how about four strings and a bow? The violin/fiddle has been renowned for centuries... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
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REVIEW: Our Very Own Soul Train It’s impossible to imagine – even for the historians and curators who researched the Night Train To Nashville exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – the accumulated experience of the artists who graced our stage Wednesday night. Between them were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Characters What do y’all think at this point about Twitter? I used to fear it. I spent a few years squinting at it with perplexed befuddlement. Then I gradually got more interested and involved, and today I’m kind of in awe that it exists. Contrary to certain cynics, it’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: The Range When we music nerds talk about vocalists having range, we mean they can sing from way down low to way up high, with a lot of notes in between. But sometimes Music City Roots shows a different kind of vocal range, like this Wednesday night’s show, in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: The Room Sings Back to You I didn’t hear him say it first hand, but two trusted sources tell me that was Rodney Crowell’s verdict on our new home. It sings back to you. That’s a beautiful way to put it. And a little mysterious too, because it’s not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
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REVIEW: Moving The Loveless Jam chorale sang particularly loud and lustily on Wednesday night as the satisfying refrain of “I know you rider gonna miss me when I’m gone” came around and around. But we could have done any number of great leaving songs. “Movin’ On” “So Long, It’s Been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Not The Last Dance As most of you know, we at Music City Roots are about to say farewell to our beloved Loveless Cafe Barn. We have just two more shows before we take our seasonal break and transition over to a new venue at Liberty Hall in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
June 04, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Banjo Mingo Gumbo Gumbo is the most overworked metaphor in music commentary, but only because it’s so spot on. That mystical stew (the contemplation of which has made me furiously hungry) is European, African, Caribbean and Native American in its origins. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
May 28, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Hail! Hail! How cool it was to see pictures of Chuck Berry at Busch Stadium in St. Louis last weekend, where they honored the 87-year-old icon with a bobblehead doll. He looked great, in person and in plastic, and unlike some other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
May 21, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Bell Curve There’s beauty in symmetry and balance in a nice bell curve. Bear with my inner geek for a second. Scientists call it a “normal distribution” when they plot, for example, the numbers of people at each weight level and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
May 14, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Silver Wings As big a nerd as I am for instrumental music, I acknowledge that the human voice is the “instrument” that moves most of the people most of the time. A great singer gets inside the blood stream, the nervous system... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
May 7, 2104 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Gentle On My Mind The word kept popping up in my notes. Wednesday was a gentle Spring evening full of gentle grooves. Oh, there was plenty of energy and surprise, but Deer Tick and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ it was not. If your... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
April 30, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Big Band Barn Gig “This is definitely the best big band barn gig I’ve ever played,” said swaggering singer Jim Bianco, with little fear of being contradicted. Definitely the best we’ve ever seen too. At this point, Jim was most of the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
April 23, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Heading to the Mountains When I arrived at the barn on Wednesday afternoon, it was sunny and seventy-something degrees. As I left for home, the stars were out and it was growing cold. It reminded me of how the balmy days darken... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
April 16, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: The Soul of a State I was never more proud to be part of Music City Roots or more fulfilled in our mission of making fellowship and living culture around great music than I was late Wednesday night as our show wound... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
April 9, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Only Natural I make it a mental habit to be especially alert this time of year. Every passing Spring, with its ephemeral cycles – the daffodils, the tulip trees, the cherry blossoms and the magisterial opening of the dogwoods (where we are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
March 19, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: Traditions Collide (by guest blogger Larry Nager) It was a mashup of two Music City Roots favorites - The Celtic sounds of our annual St. Patrick’s show meeting the fretboard fireworks of Guitar Night. And luckily for me, the finale of MCR’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
February 26, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: They Called it Music My headline is lifted from a song that the Gibson Brothers made the title track of their current album, as well as the final tune of their stylish set at Roots this week. Brother Eric wrote it (helping... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
March 12, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW: The Right Kind of Shine Our East Nashville friends Doug and Telisha Williams showcased their relatively new Americana trio The Wild Ponies this week at Roots and in doing so offered some food for thought. I loved their song “Things That Used... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
March 05, 2014 by Music City Roots REVIEW:Gospel Truths A great storyteller can make you care about characters you’d overlook or dismiss or disdain in your daily rounds. A great songwriter conjures that empathy and sets it to a smoking groove and a tasty melody. We witnessed this play out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 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