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Interview: Anderson East

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Anderson East

With a Grammy nomination and the strength of his second album, "Encore," in his back pocket, East brings his brand of southern soul to Newport Music Hall on Saturday night.

Anderson East was the first musician I interviewed after I started my tenure with CU in 2015. He had just released his outstanding debut album for Elektra, Delilah, and was on his way to Columbus on his first major national tour with The Lone Bellow. He was kind, humble, and wonderstruck by his escalating success. […]

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Artist Spotlight: Savannah Conley

Grant Walters Grant Walters Artist Spotlight: Savannah Conley

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter talked about her latest EP "Twenty-Twenty" and growing up in the heart of country music territory during her visit to Columbus earlier this month

By the time I met Savannah Conley’s tour manager at the door to interview her backstage at Newport Music Hall a few weeks ago, the line for the sold-out show, which was headlined by beloved local indie-folk duo, Caamp, stretched well down the block along High Street. It’s not often I get to interview artists […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Little Big Town

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Little Big Town

The three-time Grammy Award winners, who picked up their latest trophy last month, make a stop on 'The Breakers Tour' tonight at the Schottenstein Center

If you haven’t heard Little Big Town’s The Breaker, you’re missing out on one of the best country albums of the past year. Actually, it’s unfair of me to narrow it down to a single genre, because while there are enough moments on the record to satiate its purists, there are just as many places where […]

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Will Hoge at Skully’s Music-Diner

Grant Walters Grant Walters Will Hoge at Skully’s Music-Diner

Re-energizing his career with acclaimed album "Anchors", the Nashville-based singer-songwriter will be on stage at Skully's Music-Diner tonight with guests Augustana and Dan Layus

The making of Will Hoge’s latest album, Anchors, was an exercise in partially deconstructing a career that had given him almost two decades of progressive success. Before inking a songwriting deal with BMG Nashville and taking his talents to Music Row in 2012 to write for other artists, he and his band had released seven […]

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Concert Preview: Tony Lucca

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Tony Lucca

Celebrating twenty years as an independent singer-songwriter, the Detroiter-turned-Nashvillian plays Rumba Café on Saturday night.

I didn’t share this with Tony Lucca when I interviewed him a few weeks ago, but I tried to replicate his hairstyle after seeing him on The Mickey Mouse Club when I was in high school. After exhausting a full tub of Dep firm-hold gel to no avail, I instead settled on a Luke Perry-inspired […]

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Concert Preview: Lilly Hiatt

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Lilly Hiatt

With her excellent fourth studio album "Trinity Lane" having been released for mere hours, the Nashville-raised singer-songwriter will showcase her new work this Sunday at Rumba Cafe

“Oh, man,” singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt exclaims dolefully as we start off our phone interview discussing her latest single, “The Night David Bowie Died,” and its obvious inspiration. “Well, I think for me…first of all, I think David Bowie’s got this sort of celestial kind of aura about him. So having a guy like that leave…you […]

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For The Record: Andrew Combs’ “Canyons of My Mind”

Grant Walters Grant Walters For The Record: Andrew Combs’ “Canyons of My Mind”

On his third studio album, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter proves that art and substance are synonymous

New West Records Produced by Skylar Wilson & Jordan Lehning “Kristina, my believer…you pinned me down and I carved out your name.” The infectious chorus of “Better Way” from Andrew Combs’ third studio album, Canyons in my Mind, has been firmly planted in my brain since I first listened to it about two weeks ago. But […]

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