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The web home of writer/producer Craig Havighurst.
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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 4 days ago 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
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