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Sounds Local: ‘The Giantness of Little Things’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

“I’m coming from this place where my three core values are beauty, healing and community, and basically I want everything I do to be a manifestation of those values” said singer-songwriter Katie Sachs in a recent phone conversation about her sophomore album “The Giantness of Little Things.” She also spoke more specifically about her life as a working musician, and … 0

Sounds Local: Festival with a cause — The Upper Valley Music Festival returns with acts known and new to help fight cancer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you’re planning a birthday celebration and you have a lot of musician friends who want to play at your party, maybe it would make sense to turn the party into a music festival. Such was the thinking of musician Tommy Byrnes and his wife Jessica when plans for Tommy’s 50th birthday party … 0

Sounds Local: Sheryl picks the standouts from this year’s Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Green River Festival 2015 was yet another epic event, perhaps one of the best in the festival’s 29 years of bringing great music to our area. This year’s lineup was a diverse one that ranged from the Americana music of Eilen Jewell to the rockin’ sounds of legend Booker T. Jones to the … 0

Sounds Local: Don't miss these lesser-known acts at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

If you are heading to the Green River Festival this weekend ,chances are you purchased your tickets because you wanted to hear well-known acts such as alt-country artist Steve Earle or the funky dance band Rubblebucket. But don’t … 0

Sounds Local: Franklin County Night at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The wait is almost over! A week from tomorrow the Green River Festival will kick off on Friday, July 10, and run through Sunday, July 12, on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. Last year the local music … 0

Sounds Local: Wendell Wildcat Blues Festival Saturday, June 27

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

“In a world where only three percent of Americans actively listen to blues music, the Wildcat O’Halloran Band will always answer the call.” You will find these words printed on the back of The Wildcat O’Halloran Band’s new … 0

Sounds Local: Barnstar! Two shows coming up in Whately

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What happens when a group of accomplished solo artists and sidemen decide to form a band? You only have to listen to Barnstar!, a quintet from the Boston area who play a raucous brand of bluegrass, to find … 0

Sounds Local: Happy anniversary Mocha Maya’s!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Everybody’s favorite coffee shop/music venue in Shelburne Falls officially marked its 10th year in business Wednesday. Mocha Maya’s, which is operated by brothers Chris and Bruce King, holds a very special and important place in our local music … 0

Sounds Local: Seth Glier helps serve up some dignity

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

“Should anyone ever go hungry? Should anyone sleep on the street?” sings Seth Glier on the song “Standing Still” a track off his new album “If I Could Change One Thing.” Since launching his career while in his … 0

Sounds Local: Dan Kennedy’s CD release concert comes to Arts Block Saturday

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When you listen to Dan Kennedy’s latest release, “Bloom Road,” you will hear evidence that he is a classically trained musician. But you will also hear elements of rock, pop, jazz and new age in his music. With … 0

Sounds Local: Memorial Day weekend music

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer festival season, and here in Franklin County it all kicks off with the StrangeCreek Campout, a camping and music festival held at Camp Kee-wanee in Greenfield May 22 to … 0

Sounds Local: Jim Armenti: unplugged & solo

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jim Armenti is as solid a fixture on the local music scene as you’ll ever find. He’s an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, for the past 30 years, has been the guitarist/vocalist in the popular alt-country band … 0

Sounds Local: Colorway: ‘Why doesn’t anyone make records like this anymore?’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Then it began. Rockets, Stars, Flowers blooming The Black Sky Sequined. Reds, yellows, blues, greens. Silver and gold. Fireworks and the cheers of spectators.” The above poem was written by Judith Johnson, the mother of F. Alex Johnson, … 0

Sounds Local: Alive as you or me: Pete Seeger visits the Nields' dreams, inspiring a new CD

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Earlier this year, The Nields — sisters Katryna of Conway and Nerissa of Northampton — released a 17th album the aptly titled “XVII.” Inspiration for this project came from the life and music of the late Pete Seeger. … 0

Sounds Local: Heather Maloney's new CD; uplifting songs of faith, hope & joy; Signature Sounds' new music festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We are not even half way through the year and already 2015 is turning out to be an amazing one for local music. Not since the early ’90s when Billboard magazine predicted that Northampton would be the next … 0