After three years, scores of Duke Performances shows, and nearly 500 posts, it’s time for The Thread to say goodbye. We established the blog in 2010 to provide context for the diverse world-class performing artists whom dP books on Durham stages, and we’re proud of the work we have done on that score. Now, the…click to continue…
Tying Up The Thread
After three years, scores of Duke Performances shows, and nearly 500 posts, it’s time for The Thread to say goodbye.
Interview: M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger
2013 Music in the Gardens closer M.C. Taylor gained renown with the San Franciscan alt-country band The Court & Spark before reinventing himself in North Carolina as Hiss Golden Messenger, issuing the acclaimed “Haw” this year. Today he discusses self-reliance, place and creativity, and the origin of that David Bowie pull quote.
Interview: Matthew E. White on Fight the Big Bull & “Big Inner”
Reached by phone while on tour in Europe, upcoming Music in the Gardens performer Matthew E. White tells us about his ties to the Triangle and making the leap of faith from experimental jazz bandleader (with Fight the Big Bull) to nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter on his debut album under his own name, “Big Inner.”
Interview: Singer/Songwriter Kenny Roby Rediscovers the Music Business
Kenny Roby, who performs at Music in the Gardens on July 17, helped put Raleigh on the alt-country map with 6 String Drag in the 1990s. Today, he picks through some of the myths about those days and talks about finding himself in a transformed music industry after seven years off.
Interview: Riding High on New Success, American Aquarium’s BJ Barham Cues the Strings
American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham discusses how it feels to be a traditional rock band in an indie rock scene and shares intriguing details of the band’s July 10 Music in the Gardens performance, where they’ll be trying out something very unusual for the first time ever.
Interview: Pulling Back from the Brink, American Aquarium’s BJ Barham Gets Happy
The country and rock band American Aquarium is renowned for hard living as well as hard working, but we found bandleader BJ Barham at a thoughtful crossroads in our interview, where he explained how their most recent album went from swan-song to game-changer—and why their next one will catch fans off-guard.