Music

Daily Hampshire Gazette/Carol Lollis
Three days of events celebrating Signature Sound’s 20th anniversary will kick off Nov. 28 with a concert featuring Chris Smither and a number of supporting artists.

Chris Smither: 'What the hell was this kid doing?'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob Dylan, didn’t have an exact plan in … 0

Signature Sounds marking 20th year with 3 days of music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was back in 1994 that Signature Sounds incorporated as a record label aimed at highlighting Pioneer Valley musicians specializing in Americana, folk and roots music. Now, with about 150 albums under its belt and a roster that’s grown to include many artists living outside the region, the label — which started in … 0

Sounds Local: Pat and Tex LaMountain

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s a cool November day but warm and cozy inside Pat and Tex LaMountain’s kitchen. The fire is burning, the tea kettle is on and the conversation flows easily. The members of this husband and wife singer-songwriting team have such a sense of genuineness about them that one can’t help but feel warm … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'If it sounds good, it is good'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” — Harry Emerson Phosdick As the more perceptive and discerning of my readers have by now perhaps discovered, I am not particularly chauvinistic about … 0

Sounds Local: Dave Hayes... the musician

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“Dave Hayes the weather guy is scanning the sky to see if it’s going to bring us snow today Dave Hayes the weather guy is just a little shy posting to folks that he don’t know” — Nerissa … 0

Sounds Local: Matt Kims Academy of Rock hosts student concert Saturday

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If anyone had told Matt Kim, back when he was a teenager, that there would some day be a business with his name on the door and that he would teach music to kids, he never would have … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Music, stories, fellowship

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” — John Lennon There’s a lot to be said for the way music made its way through the world before its professional handlers got a … 0

Sounds Local: 'Party Up in Heaven'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The question Wildcat O’Halloran of Sunderland poses on “Party Up in Heaven,” the blues rockin’ title track of his new CD, is this: “If there’s a party up in heaven, where the hell they gonna find a band?” … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘The Black Man in Song’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

“When I studied in conservatories as a young man, I absorbed the traditions of music. Then, when I became a pupil of Edgar Varese, my horizons broadened and I wrote in a very dissonant style. Then I began … 0

Sounds Local: All types of love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that we typically associate with romantic dinners and roses, but this year the day falls on a weekend and as a result there are a variety of musical events happening that … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Songs of Divine Chemistry'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings … 0

Sounds Local: 'All Things Loved and Lost'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As we enter February, we are faced with the onslaught of Valentine’s Day and all that comes with it. Easily the most divisive holiday on the calendar, people either love the notion of cupid striking with his arrows … 0