Tying Up The Thread

August 9, 2013

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…

Interview: M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger

July 24, 2013
Hiss Golden Messenger

M.C. Taylor, who closes out Music in the Gardens for 2013 on July 31, first gained renown in the late ‘90s with the unique alt-country band The Court & Spark. He reinvented himself as Hiss Golden Messenger after relocating from San Francisco to the Piedmont and, several limited edition releases later, issued the critically acclaimed…click to continue…

Interview: Matthew E. White on Fight the Big Bull & “Big Inner”

July 19, 2013
Matthew White

Richmond, Virginia’s Matthew E. White has long been familiar to Triangle residents for his experimental jazz band Fight the Big Bull’s work with local songwriter David Karsten Daniels, on the album I Mean to Live Here Still, and with local band Megafaun on the Duke Performances commission “Sounds of the South.” But White’s fame recently…click to continue…

Interview: Singer/Songwriter Kenny Roby Rediscovers the Music Business

July 9, 2013
Kenny Roby (DLA photo)

Kenny Roby, who performs his excellent new album Memories & Birds at Music in the Gardens on July 17, helped put Raleigh on the alt-country map—alongside the likes of Ryan Adams’ Whiskeytown—with 6 String Drag in the 1990s. In this interview, Roby picks through some of the myths about those days and talks about…click to continue…

Interview: Riding High on New Success, American Aquarium’s BJ Barham Cues the Strings

July 4, 2013
American Aquarium 2

On Tuesday, we talked with BJ Barham of American Aquarium about how the band’s most recent album, Burn.Flicker.Die., was meant to be its last, but wound up opening a new chapter instead—and how its follow-up is going to surprise fans with its cheerful vibes.
Today, Barham discusses how it feels to be a traditional rock band…click to continue…

Interview: Pulling Back from the Brink, American Aquarium’s BJ Barham Gets Happy

July 2, 2013
American Aquarium

American Aquarium, which performs at Music in the Gardens on July 10, is a country and rock band that writes classic-feeling songs about boozing, losing, and hard living on the road. It’s an experience they know well from building their national fan-base by playing upwards of 250 shows and releasing an album every year. In…click to continue…