August 21, 2015 |
With its tattered gilt and vintage beer-'n'-booze signage, Bob & Barbara's Lounge on South Street looks fabulously tacky. Every second and fourth Wednesday, Philadelphia's Wallace Brothers band - twin singing multi-instrumentalists Zach and Colby - hosts Country Night. All participants are asked to wear cowboy hats and any Western ephemera they can muster. "It gets pretty colorful in there," says Zach Wallace. This Saturday, everyone will don a Dakota, a Tommy Bahama, or a Bonanza Felt for the first Philadelphia Country Music Festival at B&B's.
August 11, 2015 |
At 16, Quatrel has a clear vision of his future. When he graduates from high school, he plans to join the Marines. "I want to protect my country and the people I love back home," he says. An athletic teen with a winning smile, Quatrel is a member of his high school's lacrosse and football teams. Music is a big part of his life, and he often can be found wearing headphones, absorbed in hip-hop and electronic dance music. He loves to cook and is quite good at it. He especially enjoys baking cakes and pies, roasting a turkey, and frying chicken.
August 9, 2015 |
Another celeb marriage falls It's been a harsh summer for celeb couples. Jake Owen on Friday said he and model Lacey Buchanan will seek romantic consolations elsewhere after three years of marriage. "Sadly, Lacey and I have decided to end our marriage," the country star tweeted. "We want to focus on our daughter Pearl and make sure she has a beautiful life. " Jon Stewart's final show: Good ratings We turned out in droves Thursday to watch Jon Stewart break our hearts in his final apperance on The Daily Show . The extended episode drew 3.6 mil viewers according to Nielsen.
June 29, 2015 |
HOUSTON - Ana Ulloa Romero and her two younger children reached their arms over the car tire supporting them as they propelled themselves through the murky Rio Grande toward the hope of something better. Debris and water started filling the tire, pulling them downward and scaring the younger ones, whom Romero comforted with quick prayers . Please God, protect my family. Somewhere in the desert expanse ahead of them, Romero's husband, Oscar, was crossing with "coyotes," human smugglers.
June 29, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - The battle for country music's soul is being waged on side-by-side stages this weekend at the inaugural Big Barrel festival at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. On Friday night on the main stage - the same stage where Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg played last weekend at the Firefly fest - Blake Shelton, star judge of the music reality show The Voice , headlined. His set took turns pleasing genders in the multigenerational crowd. Shelton took the stage to a recording of "Something Bad," a duet between wife Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, who are scheduled to top the Big Barrel bill Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
June 14, 2015 |
Don Rossi wanted country living with easy access to major roads. His wife, Marian Rossi, wanted a historic house. It was 1991, and the couple, recently married, were relocating to the Philadelphia area from upstate Pennsylvania for Don's job. So, the two spread out a map, pinned the most desirable areas, and happily settled on what they've christened Terra Sanctum, a circa 19th-century house nestled on a wooded wonderland in Exton. The one-acre property was once part of a larger tract owned by William Penn.
May 28, 2015 |
SURPRISE! The Roots are performing again at the Wawa Welcome America! Festival's Philly Fourth of July Jam. The Roots, performing at the festival for the seventh straight year, will be joined by co-headliners Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. With past performers who include high-profile names like Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and John Mayer, some observers have questioned the uniqueness of this year's acts. "In an incredibly diverse city like Philadelphia with a wide range of tastes in music, on the one hand it's probably virtually impossible to make everyone happy," Mayor Nutter said at a news conference yesterday at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
April 18, 2015 |
'I was always an independent artist stuck on a major label," Lee Ann Womack says over the phone from her home in Nashville. The singer is discussing the circumstances behind her latest album, The Way I'm Livin' , which is the East Texas native's first for an independent label after a distinguished career in the mainstream with MCA Nashville. Over those years with MCA, Womack, 48, managed to enjoy some great commercial success with hits such as "I Hope You Dance" while maintaining artistic integrity, hewing close to the classic country she loves.
March 30, 2015 |
"SLAVERY is not an obsolete relic of the past, it is a global industry that generates $32 billion in profits through forced labor and the bodies of tens of millions of human beings each year. " This is what Ivan Cole, who sits on the board of the Life After Trauma Organization, told an audience yesterday during a conference hosted by the nonprofit at Temple University to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of human trafficking. LATO helps women recover from the trauma of human trafficking.
March 17, 2015 |
Are they rooting for Duke at the Southwest Philadelphia Police Athletic League center at 59th and Elmwood? They have no choice, said Officer Cedric Jones, who runs the PAL center. Jones first got to know Duke's Amile Jefferson when he came into a PAL center at 46th and Woodland when Jefferson was 9 years old. Since then, wherever Jones has worked, Jefferson has dropped in, including 11th and Huntington and 32d and Tasker. Jones' current office, he admits, is sort of a shrine to Jefferson.