Category: Spotlight

Lori McKenna

If it were up to singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, nothing about the blustery coastal town of Stoughton, Mass., would ever change. It’s 7:15 on a Friday morning, and as she drives through the town center to drop off two of her five kids at school, she passes by the now-defunct bowling alley, the fire department, the …

Kopecky Family Band

This year, the Nashville-based, indie rock collective Kopecky Family Band made their way to Manchester for not one, not two, but three debut performances. The “family” members of this six-piece ensemble include Gabe Simon, Steven Holmes, Corey Oxendine, Markus Midkiff, David Krohn and last, but certainly not least, Queen of “The War Wagon,” Kelsey Kopecky. Friday afternoon, …

Joss Stone

“I’m not sure that I ever felt old,” confesses old school R&B wailer and steeped-in-the-patchouli soul child Joss Stone on the phone from England. “But I don’t know if I ever really felt young, either.” Having just turned 24, the woman who’s won one and been nominated for five Grammy Awards holds her own in …

James Vincent McMorrow

Certain artists have the ability to both set and inhabit their own vivid landscapes: Joni Mitchell in her Blue album, Bob Dylan in Blonde on Blonde, Tom Waits in Closing Time. Riveting Irish folk artist James Vincent McMorrow possesses this coveted gift, wielding lyrics and sound like paint and brush, enticing his listeners into an undiscovered and freshly created …

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile has an unbelievably devoted following. Her admirers love her for her voice—a waterfall gliding easily over peaks and dips; they love how she’s not too proud to sign autographs at her packed out merch table after shows. They love her humanitarian work and her obsession with Elton John and Johnny Cash. But more …