Six albums in, the career of singer/songwriter David G Smith has the Iowan belaboring reality to the core. 'First Love' (Hey Dave Music) is 10 deeply felt originals on the cusp of bluesy Americana and righteous roots fervor. It's different. Captivating. Adult. In Smith's worldview, "First Love," the title track, isn't about a childhood crush but the crush of divorce upon one's soul...then the reawakening. "She was the road/She was the guide/She was the passenger/Risking the ride/I wanted her to save me/Lord, she tried/First love/After the last one died."
Mark O'Connor has allotted himself the time and patience to craft an entire new perspective on American string education. A Grammy-winning composer and violin virtuoso, his ability to revolutionize an entire genre of performance teaching is unfettered. And he brings his methods to New York City for a summer camp program devoted specifically devoted to his teachings this summer.
Fourth graders at Tunica Elementary in Mississippi are being taught the blues to learn about rhyme and rhythm, essentials for exploring young creative minds.