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Country songwriters take the spotlight with new albums

August 12, 2014

A couple of country songwriter stalwarts in Jim Lauderdale and Billy Joe Shaver are in the Ear Bliss spotlight this week. Each has a new album just out and both records, if you dig a good country song, are worth your listening dollar. Let’s take a look.

Jim Lauderdale
“I’m a Song”
Sky Crunch Records

Catching up with rock legend Gregg Allman

August 12, 2014

Southern rock legend Gregg Allman will be bringing his solo band to The Newport Yachting Center on Sunday, Aug. 10 for a performance along with Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Allman, whose well documented, 45-year career with the Allman Brothers Band is coming to a close this fall, will be mixing in ABB classics along with songs from his various recordings with The Gregg Allman Band.
Timeout caught up with him via email last week.

Rhode Island Watercolor Society to host fundraiser

August 12, 2014

PAWTUCKET- The Rhode Island Watercolor Society will host a fundraiser exhibition, featuring up to 1,000 works on paper that will be on display all month.

Catching up with Gregg Allman

August 8, 2014

NEWPORT–Southern rock legend Gregg Allman will be bringing his solo band to The Newport Yachting Center on Sunday, Aug. 10 for a performance along with Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Allman, whose well documented, 45-year career with the Allman Brothers Band is coming to a close this fall, will be mixing in ABB classics along with songs from his various recordings with The Gregg Allman Band.
Timeout caught up with him via email last week.

Newport Jazz Festival welcomes students

August 5, 2014

NEWPORT- New Englanders have grown up surrounded by a great music scene and appreciation for musical talent. However, students today have been faced with a lack of musical education because of the declined funding for the subject. Despite budget cuts, this year, 200 students will have the chance to experience and appreciate the genre of Jazz during the first day of The Newport Jazz Festival Aug. 1.

Norton Records continues to impress listeners

August 5, 2014

Here at Ear Bliss Central we receive lots of music in the mail. Few incoming packages excite the innards as much as those with the Norton Records return address. The year 2014 marks 28 years in business for the Brooklyn-based operation whose motto is “Where the loud sound abounds!”. A label where the big beat continues to thrive, Norton Records is home to the music of yesterday year cats ranging from the late Hasil Adkins and Link Wray, to the Flamin’ Groovies and The Sonics, to Andre Williams and soul shouter Esquerita.

Former Navy SEAL paints his life experiences

July 28, 2014

NEWPORT-A lifetime of being surrounded by art coincides with a career as a Navy Seal and private investigator in the paintings of a Newport artist, David Bruce.

Granite Theatre presents British Comedy ‘Run For Your Wife’

July 28, 2014

WESTERLY-Renaissance City Theatre Inc. will put on a production of the British comedy “Run For Your Wife” this summer at the Granite Theatre of Westerly.
The fun loving summer show features the life of John Smith, a man with two wives who finds himself in an unfavorable situation after an accident, and the plot unravels from there.  What happens next as he scrambles to keep his two wives from meeting and his two lives separate, is described as the makings of “a quintessential feel-good farce” by show Director Lee Rush Schwartz.

Pay no attention to that cold snap summer is still with us

July 28, 2014

For all of this journal’s long history—a stretch that, amazing to me, now spans five decades in publication (thanks for putting up with me)—I’ve tried, whenever possible, to focus on looking ahead. But, as both the venerable Weather Oracle and more than a few readers have pointed out, my record as a seer is not that good. So, more often than not, I’ve used my words as a way to review the natural history events of the past week. I’m a decent historian, and the approach, coupled with a nod to what might be in the offing, seems to work.

Block Island, the place to fish

July 28, 2014

It’s good to be in a good groove and it’s good to know there are lots of fish around, even if they are not really around you. The big bass we pined for all spring and early summer apparently passed on hanging around our beaches and for the most part, went directly to Block Island. Did you know it’s free to park at all the beaches on the island and that there are no gates to keep you out or to lock you in if you want to surf cast past midnight? And there are no parking companies checking your license plate before taking your money back to their state.

Block Island, the place to fish

July 28, 2014

It’s good to be in a good groove and it’s good to know there are lots of fish around, even if they are not really around you. The big bass we pined for all spring and early summer apparently passed on hanging around our beaches and for the most part, went directly to Block Island. Did you know it’s free to park at all the beaches on the island and that there are no gates to keep you out or to lock you in if you want to surf cast past midnight? And there are no parking companies checking your license plate before taking your money back to their state.

An insider’s guide to Sunday’s Folk Festival performers

July 28, 2014

Ear Bliss closes out its three-part Newport Folk Festival preview this week. This week we offer an insider’s guide to the Sunday performers which from the Ear Bliss perspective, blows away the previous two days.

Question your beliefs with ‘What do I know of Calvary Love?’

July 28, 2014

I recently witnessed a very interesting conversation between two people that had nearly polar opposite views on a subject that is generally considered off limits at the dinner table, and is avoided more often than not in general conversation. The conversation was about whether or not there is a God, a Universal Spirit of some sort or not. The conversation was not heated, but it was clear that both parties had their own personal point of view based on their own life experiences.

Newport Folk Festival offers an impressive lineup this year

July 28, 2014

The hottest music ticket once again this summer in Rhode Island? The fact that the entire event was sold out by April before the lineup was even completely announced is once again a litmus test to the hotness of the Newport Folk Festival. By popular demand, gone are the days when the festival would begin with a small Friday night show at the Newport Casino. Last year, the promoters bumped it way up with a full day of Friday music at Fort Adams State Park, also home to the Saturday and Sunday festivities.

Enjoy pure American music this holiday weekend

July 28, 2014

 

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