James McMurtry spends hundreds of hours in a van each year, traveling American’s highways on the way to 100 plus shows with his band. The travel, McMurtry explains, provides the inspiration for his geographic detail-filled songs. The song “South Dakota,” the story of a young military veteran returning to the small town and family farm
A true jazz legend, Kahil El’Zabar has been making music for a half century. For most of that time, he has been the leader and percussionist of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, which he co-founded in 1973. This year, the group— now with members who were born after El’Zabar began his music career— is touring the
Ryan Dunlap, a Perrysburg-based musician, delights audiences around the country with his unique, heartfelt take on country and jazz-infused alternative rock.
It’s a bittersweet feeling when there are too many shows happening in one night to attend all of them. But ultimately it’s a good problem for a music scene to have. That’s been the case here in Toledo recently, and as the year comes to a close, it’s worth taking a look at some of