Music News from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s Scene Now Blog with Sheena Barnett

Sam Riggs & the Night People ready to rock Blue Canoe

  BY SHEENA BARNETT Sam Riggs loves to tell a good story. His stories come with a side of twang, as he and his band, the Night People, plan to take over Nashville by storm. The band’s latest album, “Outrun the Sun,” was released in October and has won heaps of praise from country fans […]

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Nichols ready for Elvis Festival

TUPELO – Life is, for Joe Nichols, like his hit song, “Sunny and 75.” His latest album, “Crickets,” is a hit with fans and critics alike, and he’s been on the road both solo and with country superstars Lady Antebellum. To top it all off, he and his wife just welcomed a newborn, and he’s […]

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Ingram Hill added to Elvis fest line-up

Fairpark Concert Lineup is completed with Addition of Ingram Hill TUPELO, Miss- The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association continues to make additions to the celebration of the 16th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be held June 5-8, 2014.  The Fairpark entertainment lineup has developed into a high energy and exciting festival. Earlier […]

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Pop culture round-up: Any ‘Orphan Black’ fans out there?

I’ve written about my love for the BBC America thriller “Orphan Black” before, but that was months ago. The show was pretty heavily hyped up ahead of the season two premiere on Saturday night, so I’m curious: has anyone in North Mississippi checked it out? Are there any “Orphan Black” fans out there besides me? […]

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RIP, Album Alley

News broke yesterday that Tupelo’s oldest record store, Album Alley, is closing. I can’t tell you how many albums I bought there… 15 years ago. I download all of my music purchases these days. In fact, I try to keep my music purchases to a budget: I’m an emusic.com subscriber, and I can usually buy […]

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Pop culture round-up: ‘Pacific Rim,’ Jay-Z, more

My pop culture landscape was a little barren there for a minute, but then awesome movies and albums and songs were released, and – hallelujah. Here’s what I’m into right now: “Pacific Rim” – if you read my column today, you know I love this movie. There’s not much more to it besides giant robots […]

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Superman’s score

THOSE DRUMS. I’ve spent a few days with the “Man of Steel” score, and every time I listen to it, that’s my biggest impression: THOSE DRUMS. So many tracks on score to the new Superman movie, which opens Friday, feature those powerful drums – so loud, so dramatic, you can imagine the action accompany the […]

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McCartney wows at FedEx Forum

I thought I was ready, but I wasn’t. I came into tickets to Sir Paul McCartney’s show at the FedEx Forum in Memphis just a few days before the show, so I was an anxious ball of surprised and excited. I’m a huge Beatles fan, and I couldn’t imagine hearing some of my favorite songs […]

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Pistol Annies show off with ‘Annie Up’

There’s Pistol Annies, and then there’s everybody else. No one else in mainstream country is making music as honest, smart and fun as this band. The Annies, made up of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, created a wonderful debut, “Hell on Heels,” but the band’s newest, “Annie Up,” is even better. The sassy […]

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‘American Idol’ – are you still watching?

In my pop culture round-up, I can’t believe I forgot to mention the crowning of a new “American Idol” champ, Candice Glover. Glover was my pick to win from the start. I love her powerful voice and her sure stage presence. But the question is, did anybody watch, really? The show’s ratings are declining, and […]

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