By Kerry Dexter
Music: Everything is Everywhere by Carrie Newcomer.
Carrie Newcomer. Photo by Jim McGuire
Songwriter Carrie Newcomer was working on what would become her twelfth album, a gathering of songs on differing aspects of change called Before & After, when change came calling at her door. Newcomer has traveled widely with her music and was booking tour dates in support of the new album, but — India? That wasn’t in her plan. Continue reading
MUSIC TRAVEL MONDAY
By Kerry Dexter
Album: Resurrection Day, Appleseed Recordings. By Kim and Reggie Harris
Kim and Reggie Harris have been married for more than three decades, so they know a thing or two about love and sustaining a committed relationship.
From their home base in New York state, Kim and Reggie Harris have taken their words and thoughts and commitment to social justice across the country and across the world, from the Smithsonian in Washington D. C. to the Psalm Festival in Austria. When they traveled to Toronto, Canada to work with their longtime friend Keith Whiteley on producing their album Resurrection Day, their thoughts were on what centers those travels for them. Recent journeys through change, hardship, faith, and love resonate through their work as much as does the couple’s commitment to telling stories of life and history through the perspective of their African-American heritage. Continue reading
Music Travel Monday
by Kerry Dexter
Destination: Ireland and Appalachia
Music: Through Wind and Rain by Cathie Ryan
As she was working on her album Through Wind & Rain, Cathie Ryan turned to library research to spark ideas for a song. “I wanted to look at Appalachian songs, songs that came through Ireland, or songs that came from Appalachia to Ireland. I wanted that whole Appalachian Celtic connection,” Ryan says. Continue reading