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Future Tense: 2012 Music Predictions, Pt. 2

And now, the conclusion of my annual music predictions columns, where I gaze into the glossy black finish of a Fender Squier and see visions of what will occur in the coming days / months / years. Hang onto your hats, because it’s time for the Lightning Round!

-- With all this new technology that (presumably) puts every bit of music ever released at our fingertips, a new appreciation for curated radio will...


Ellis Hall: A Tribute to Ray Charles

Though Ellis Hall began playing piano in third grade at the Perkins School for the Blind, he says he did not really make the decision to become a musician until age 14. He had snuck into a club, much to the chagrin of his mother, and said once he saw the looks on the faces of the gentlemen who were playing and saw the effect they had on the audience, he said to himself, “This is what I am supposed to do.”

His...


Sayers, Moreland & Arbuckle

The New Year starts off with great options for high-octane live music. Texas-born guitarist Hadden Sayers released Hard Dollar in 2011 to lots of rave reviews and solid airplay on Americana and blues radio. The disc is an excellent mix of blues-rock and roadhouse blues and Sayers’ song "Back to the Blues" has garnered a Song of the Year nomination in the Blues Music Awards. Sayers rich vocals and fine songwriting...


Future Tense: 2012 Music Predictions (Pt. 1)

And so, as we enter into the year 2012 (the last year of our existence, according to another great seer), it is once again time for me to gaze through the fabric of time to reveal how all of our lives will unfold, music-wise, anyway. Before we get to the little ol’ Omaha music scene, let’s look at The Big Picture. The following will happen, if not next year, then soon:

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