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Come to Muscle Shoals for the Music Feb. 09, 2019

Travel and Adventure

By Steve Bergsman "Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers. And they've been known to pick a song or ... Read More

Brats Distributed Equally by Age, Gender Feb. 08, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I live with my parents, my grandmother and two younger brothers. Whenever I do somethin... Read More

Love Country Music? Visit Bristol, Tennessee Jan. 20, 2019

Travel and Adventure

By Steve Bergsman A while back I was in a Nashville recording studio chatting with Carl Jackson, a G... Read More

Baby, It's Crazy Outside Dec. 18, 2018

William Murchison

As Cole Porter slyly reminds us: "In olden days a glimpse of stocking / Was looked on as something s... Read More

Athletes Must Maintain Good Grades Nov. 09, 2018

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm in the 10th grade, and I get super grades in my classes. I'm not quite sure what I ... Read More

'Bohemian Rhapsody': Rami Malek Gives a Championship Performance as the Great Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury Nov. 02, 2018


"Bohemian Rhapsody" — which recounts the life of the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, played... Read More

They Could Have Made Sweet Music Sep. 23, 2018

Tales From the Front

Martha is what you might call a "culture vulture." When she saw "Fantasia" for the first time as an ... Read More

Shutting the Door on the Open Office Aug. 23, 2018

Work Daze

Be honest — are you overstimulated? I know you're excited to read this week's column, but that... Read More

Old Dirt Jun. 16, 2018

Katiedid Langrock

Mortifyingly satisfying. Those were the words that came to mind as I drove through my old stamping g... Read More

Math, Music and Cosmic Squares May. 07, 2018

Horoscopes by Holiday

Mathematician Joseph Fourier claimed that math, the universal, clear and errorless language, is a "s... Read More

'May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers': The Greatest Little Band That's Never Gone Platinum Feb. 02, 2018


I have failed several times to pigeonhole the Avett Brothers for people I think might like them. It'... Read More

Ban It All Oct. 20, 2017

Adriana Cohen

No nation can govern by catering to everyone's feelings. But thanks to political correctness promulg... Read More

Trump Should Take the Rap Oct. 16, 2017

Marc Dion

Despite my age, which is 60, and my wardrobe, which is tweed, plaid and khaki, and my color, which i... Read More

Leaving the Nest Oct. 11, 2017

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I need your advice. My very musically gifted high school senior appears to want to go to... Read More

Festival Sighting Jul. 01, 2017

Katiedid Langrock

You have heard of Bigfoot sightings. You know the search continues for the Loch Ness monster. Thousa... Read More

Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do Mar. 02, 2017

Positive Aging

Did you have music lessons when you were a youngster? For most of the last century, it is reported, ... Read More

Differing Tastes Dec. 27, 2016

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I've been seeing this woman, "Becky," for six months or so. We met through a mentorship ... Read More

Bob Dylan Cops a Nobel Dec. 08, 2016

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

WASHINGTON — When I heard that Bob Dylan had received the Nobel Prize for literature, I was mi... Read More

The Immortal Voice of Elephants Gerald Nov. 16, 2016

The Word Guy

Mistakes of the ear can bring us cheer! A few days after a music teacher told her students that her ... Read More

Reckoning With Music Jul. 28, 2016

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I can't stand R.E.M. (the band, not the sleep cycle). I just never understood their appe... Read More