Issue 4 Archive

September Ed Letter

September Ed Letter

WRITTEN BY Josh Matthews

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview someone whose music and career I have long admired. It was more than an interview- it was an exceptional conversation, and he invited me to hang out after their performance. Suffice it to say that this artist was not from Birmingham, just passing through. I had felt an undeniable connection with this guy throughout our discussion, so I was surprised by his somewhat cool greeting. To tell the truth, I was sort of expecting a hug, or at least a high-five. Instead, it was a brief slapping of hands, a pseudo hand-shake, and it struck me as a little off. Then he crossed his arms and said, “I have a question for you. Why were we not on the cover?” 

I was immediately flattered that it mattered to this musician that he would be on the cover of our little ‘ol Birmingham music paper. I told him that we are not a Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Seattle, or Austin, but our music scene is experiencing something of a renaissance, and it is becoming a force unto itself. I explained… [read more…]