Swift, Shelton, Lambert to Bayou Country Superfest and Beyond

Monday, Festival Productions announced that Taylor Swift would headline Bayou Country Superfest, which takes place March 22-24, 2015 in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Today, the rest of the talent lineup was announced, and Kenny Chesney and Brantley Gilbert will top the March 23 bill, while Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will close the festival on Sunday night.

Weaponized Music, Christmas Song Wars, and Hermaphrodite Carols

What are some of the things you have to think about when making Christmas music? During the year, I interviewed Kishi Bashi and hip-hop singer Suave for other purposes, but we got around to Christmas music and a little insight.

Kishi Bashi: “It’s Christmas but It’s Not White Here in Our Town”

“That was for one of my Kickstarter backers. He lives in Florida and it never snows at Christmas. It’s a weird, melancholy twist on a traditional view of Christmas. 

The Mavericks Get to Be Mavericks Again

"Raul feels we're at our apex," says The Mavericks' Robert Reynolds, reflecting singer Raul Malo's belief that the reunited country/Tex-Mex/swing/Latin band has never been better. Reynolds fondly remembers the band's early club dates in Miami when they played like a Latin-country Clash to 200 or so people, but he understands where Malo is coming from.

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