forever grateful Sandi Patty
classical crossover Annie Moses Band
music Melinda Doolittle
soul Mike Farris
Cowboy Michael Martin Murphey
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Rolling Stone: 12 Best Things We Saw at MerleFest 2016


by Michael Streissguth

Politics looked to fill every quiet moment at this weekend's Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. With heavy names such as Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam pulling out of concerts in nearby cities over the state's HB2 legislation, fans whispered about who might skip the nation's largest roots and Americana festival. But everybody from John Prine to Jason Isbell checked in on time. As for the quiet moments, they don't do lulls at Merlefest. Over four days, nonstop music poured from eight stages, including 12 performances that we loved more than politics.

Best Soul Man: Mike Farris
Many artists, without comment, aimed selections from their catalog at the HB2 legislation, until the Grammy-winning Mike Farris and his Roseland Rhythm Revue appeared in a frenzy on the second night. Amid their mix of Billy Preston's gospel funk and Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired blues, Farris preached, "The power of love isn't just for church people. It's for everyone." Earlier, his sober interpretation of Prince's "Purple Rain" — delivered on a perfect back-porch night — was one of the festival's passionate elegies to the gender-bending, pop-rock king.

Read the full article here.


Sandi Patty: With Grace and Gratitude


With grace and gratitude: Oklahoma City-based gospel singer Sandi Patty launches 'Forever Grateful' tour to say farewell and thanks to fans

It was in 1986, when many Americans got their first glimpse of a young woman with curly blond hair as she prepared to sing at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty.

Sandi Patty's image was beamed across the country via television airwaves — but it was her voice that rocked the nation.

Her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that night served as her introduction to the world and propelled her to superstardom.

Read the full story and interview here.


Melinda Doolittle Returns to the American Idol Stage


Season 6 American Idol finalist, Melinda Doolitte, made her return to the historic stage last week for one final performance. The jam-packed two hour finale featured finalists from all of the past 15 seasons. Doolittle took the stage during the Soul Medley. Watch Melinda's Performance here.