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The web home of writer/producer Craig Havighurst.
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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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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
PLUS ARCHIVED SETS FROM SHAWN CAMP AND MATRACA BERG Review: Catharsis Sometimes a good show is just a good show, and sometimes it’s therapy. It’s been tense in America lately, and on the way to the Factory this Wednesday, hearing reports of a Baltimore Orioles game in an empty, noiseless... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Family Style Our venue in The Factory has evolved quite a lot since the winter, especially since Monell’s joined us as our catering guys in late January. It took a while to find the best place for everything in the large and flexible Liberty Hall. And with no budget... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: How Sweet The Sound Was it a weird coincidence or a sign? I left the Factory Wednesday night on proverbial cloud nine, with “Amazing Grace” (our Nashville Jam chosen by Billy Joe Shaver) echoing in my head. Then on the car stereo was RadioLab, with a story about a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: From Valley To MountainTop One rough but plausible take on the story of American roots music might be that old time fiddle and banjo dance music evolved into bluegrass while a bunch of other interesting and important stuff related to blues and songwriting happened at the same time. That’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: No Rules, Just Roots On any given Wednesday, Music City Roots is the Americana version of a classic radio barn dance – a variety of artists, some old, some new, some famous, some less well known. Like that show at the Ryman that you may have heard of, there’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Belfast to Bluegrass The Music City Roots St. Patrick’s Day Afterparty managed to celebrate that most Irish of holidays with nary a tear-soaked “Danny Boy,” or drop of green beer. Instead, the cliche-free show lived up to its name, filling the Factory in Franklin and Hippie Radio’s airwaves with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
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Review Excerpt: Guiding Light It was a long day of setup that included the laborious transformation (reality show worthy) of a junky, gnarly store room into a talent green room. In the front of the house, our guys lined up cameras and refocused lights to make the room sparkle on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Farther Along Yeah, I know. To everything there is a season, but thisseason better pass the hell on. Not only has it been endlessly cold and icy, it’s turning dreadful and cruel. Just hours before show time, Nashville’s beloved roots music impresario Billy Block finally succumbed to cancer. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Favorite Colors Our house photographer Tony Scarlati is admired for his black and white images, and we’ll be posting them for this week’s show as soon as they’re ready. But to invoke Jamey Johnson’s amazing hit song, I hope you were with us to see it in color. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Maybe It Was Memphis Memphis is woven more deeply into our show’s DNA than you might imagine. Our co-founder Todd grew up there. We’re always listening West to the River City for inspiration, bands and the muses of rock and soul. You couldn’t do a roots Americana show in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
Review: Family, Friends and Phenoms The after-show snack, a cherished and necessary ritual, can be random and sometimes a little desperate, depending on what’s in the kitchen when I get home. But this week’s was undoubtedly the best ever. First, our new friends from Monell’sleft a big plate of fried... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
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Review: Name That Band Let us now praise good band names. From our Roots faves and friends, I’d give prizes to Humming House (sounds like a place you want to be), The Westbound Rangers (having their own theme song makes it even better), The Vespers (though it sounds quieter than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW : Our Favorite "Things" My Dad got me interested in baseball when I was growing up (one month ‘til Spring Training by the way), and one of the things he pointed out that I appreciated was that as many ball games as there are every day and every season,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Keyed Up When I get to heaven (I’ve made arrangements) there will a funky drummer, vintage guitars (of course), organs and melodicas. Lots of melodicas. Why I lovethis obscure little instrument (the mini-keyboard that you blow into) is a mystery to me. It just has a reedy timbre I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Overall Impressions I bought a pair of overalls once and wore them out on just a couple of occasions. And look, I grew up near a golf course with a law professor dad, so I fully acknowledge this was a lark and a pose. But when in Rome, you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Tick Tock Time It’s easy to marvel at the precision of a really well made watch or a Formula One engine. At least I’m into that kind of thing. Exquisite synchronization makes me feel good inside, a bit like music. And we had music that made me feel Swiss... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
REVIEW: Forest and Trees The wide hallway outside Liberty Hall in the Factory became a thicket of Christmas trees this week – a tunnel of twinkle. It was a beautiful sight after a cold dark day, as the team and the crowd gathered for the first of three December Roots... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio
PREVIEW: Gathered Together It’s a challenge, sitting here in a red and green, sparkle/twinkle themed Starbucks – to turn down the noise of Christmas and focus on the sweeter, subtler holiday at hand: Thanksgiving. Somewhere on the journey, I outgrew Christmas, and it outgrew me. Thanksgiving has been more my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Music City Roots Radio