Music News

Cliff Dorsey: Small-Town Hero With A Southern Heart

Words by Carson Rich High Springs, Florida, known for its charming small-town atmosphere, is now becoming a hotbed for musical talent as an ambitious young country singer/songwriter aims to make it big in the heart of the country music scene. Meet Cliff Dorsey, a rising star with a voice that echoes the soul of the South and lyrics that tell tales of life, love and everything in between.   Born into a family with deep roots in the town, Dorsey discovered his love for country music at a young age, listening to the timeless classics that echoed throughout family gatherings. …

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New Music Releases This February

Feb. 2 Brittany Howard As lead singer for the Alabama Shakes, Howard needs no additional hype from me when it comes to the validity of her vocal abilities (just go listen to their song “Gimme All Your Love,” and I promise you will be hooked.) Holding place as one of my favorite bands, the Alabama Shakes delivers on the fading sound that is blues/rock. With the band taking a self-proclaimed hiatus in response to Howard focusing on her solo career, her latest project, “What Now,” is expected to highlight her epic song-writing talents along with her stellar voice and spunk. …

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Edge Control: The Project Everyone Needs to Hear

  Words by Amiyah Golden As a huge proponent of the arts in this city, I find myself frequenting many local showcases, bars and album releases — wherever art resides I follow — and it’s always a treat to experience some of the purest forms of talent … especially when it’s by accident.    Anyone can sing, anyone can write, and anyone can produce. But not everyone can perform and own the stage like local artist, Ebonique.    I remember visiting the monthly installment of the former talent showcase, The Potluck, that highlighted numerous local artists. With each performer bringing …

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New Music January

New Years Eve Kanye West & Ty Dolla Sign  Kanye West is back at it in collaboration with Ty Dolla Sign with their joint project, “Vultures.” The pair have been promoting their project with pop-up “rave” listening parties with appearances by Chris Brown, Kodak Black and Lil Durk, who are all featured on the album. West’s 10-year-old daughter, North, was also present and excitedly shared the song she is featured on that comes with the catchy hook, “It’s Your Bestie, Ms. Westie,” that’s been going viral all over social media.   The album spans beyond the traditional sounds that West …

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January Concert Listing

Jan. 3 The Steel Crows Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Jan. 4 Donna the Buffalo Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   3 Exits to Hattiesburg Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Jan. 5 Edwin McCain Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   Elvis Birthday Bash Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   Davis Loose Cafe Eleven originalcafe11.com   Jan. 5-6 “Rhapsody in Blue” & Rachmaninoff Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts jaxsymphony.org   Jack Fortune Blue Jay Listening Room bluejayjax.com   Jan. 6 38 Special Florida Theatre floridtheatre.com   Quit the Industry Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Jan. 7 Blake Christiana & Andrew Trongone Blue Jay Listening Room …

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Wish You Were Here with Floyd Nation

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    “We don’t hold ourselves out to be these rock stars we’re not. We’re just people. We’re just people that just happen to be able to play Pink Floyd really well.” – John Conrath, Floyd Nation   It’s unfortunate, really, that our generation did not have the luxury of living through the Pink Floyd era. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to them; we just weren’t physically there. From 1965 to 1994 Pink Floyd, ruled radio stations and arenas across the globe with their psychedelic space-rock and blues-based progressive rock. As we mentioned, …

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A Conversation With Tinsley Ellis

Words by Carson Rich  A singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Tinsely Ellis has been blessing fans’ ears with sounds of rock, folk and blues for over three decades now. His influence spreads wildly among today’s artists as his discography exemplifies nothing short of timeless symphonies. “Folio” had the opportunity to speak with him ahead of the release of his new album “Naked Truth” that is set to drop Feb. 9, 2024. FOLIO: When listening to your work, I can hear a lot of influences from the likes of the folk, blues, country, and rock. Was there an idea behind this, to make …

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New Music December

Dec. 1 Kenny G Holiday time calls for peace and jazz! (I’m sorry. I don’t make the rules. I just enforce them!) And Grammy-award winning saxophonist Kenny G has announced his 20th-studio album right in time for the joyous season. The 12-track project will “embrace the theme of lullabies, a cultural and familial tradition that is very special to Kenny,” according to his official website.   With his own unique flair on classic songs such as, “Rock-a-Bye Baby” and “Over the Rainbow,” we can expect melodies so crystal and pure from Kenny  and his saxophone. I can’t wait to turn …

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Sounds from the Jacksonville Fair

  Words by Carson Rich The 2023 Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair is right around the corner, taking place from Nov. 2-12. This year’s lineup for their annual concert series is stacked with great artists that will blow you away. Anticipation is high for all performers looking to take the stage, so to further your excitement, here are some thoughts shared by some of the performers taking the stage. Dalton Dover After blowing up in the way that you have throughout the past few years, how does it feel when you are able to go back to the community level, performing …

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New Music November

November 10 Pink Pantheress The “Boy’s a liar,” but not this British pop star. Pink Pantheress has announced the release of her debut album, “Heaven Knows.” With the 22-year-old rising to fame through the power of social media with her hit singles, “Boy’s a liar Pt. 2” featuring rapper Ice Spice and the song “Passion.” I think we can expect a refreshing sound with her breakthrough into the world of “hyper-pop.” With Pink Pantheress curating a sound that’s inspired by electronic beats, soul, pop and real-life experience, it is the perfect accompaniment soundtrack for those coming-of-age or who simply want …

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