“Before This World,” James Taylor’s first album of all new material in 13 years, is the veteran songwriter’s first-ever chart-topping record. Jeffrey Brown talks to Taylor, now 67, about wearing his heart on his sleeve in his songs and finding satisfaction in his life and career. Continue reading
When I planned the lesson out the day before, I didn’t intend it to end with everyone crying in the basement of a church. And yet there we were. Continue reading
When Cole Porter died of kidney failure at age 73 on Oct. 15, 1964, only his closest friends knew the extent of the physical and mental anguish he had endured for 27 years. Against all clinical odds, even if only within his fertile mind, Porter managed to trip the light fantastic, occupying his best nights and days composing perfect songs. Continue reading
What songs get you moving? For cognitive scientists, researchers and now music streaming apps, the answer is in your brain. Continue reading
Spotify announced a new platform that expands its music offering to include video, podcasts and interactive features at an event in New York today.
New video offerings will include clips from partners like Comedy Central, VICE News and The Nerdist. The company displayed playlists that include podcasts from American Public Media and BBC for the first time.
The King of the Blues, B.B. King, died Thursday, May 14, at his home in Las Vegas after suffering from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. He was 89 years old. King was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. The 13-time Grammy Award winner played hundreds of live performances a year, spreading the blues across the nation, and the world. Continue reading
An Austin-based singer-songwriter founded Songwritingwith:Soldiers, a free program that pairs professional songwriters with veterans to craft original songs based on their experiences. For many of the 120 military members who have participated, songwriting begins the healing process. Continue reading
“Pop music is dead.” You’ve heard the refrain dropped by nostalgic music lovers at backyard barbecues. And it’s no surprise. Everyone thinks the tunes of their generation marked a sort of cultural pinnacle and that music has since become bland. … Continue reading
Bill Arhos, founder of Austin City Limits, the longest-running music show in American television history, died on Saturday at the age of 80.