It’s that time of year again. Can you feel the rhythm of the bass and drums beating in your chest yet? Inhale deeply. Do you smell that deliciously smoked barbecue wafting through the Uptown air? It won’t be long now.

I have a new hobby. Over the past few weeks, I have been discovering all kinds of treasures with a new (entry level) metal detector. I know, I know — isn’t metal detecting reserved for old men in black socks wearing sandals? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be – although I might still be class…

I recently ran across an old red scrapbook that I put together in my late teens. In a world before digital phones and invisible storage clouds, scrapbooks were a way to keep those important memories protected (somewhat) through the years and various moves from place to place.

Before the dawn of the internet, I used to enjoy the “Book of Lists” series authored by siblings David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace and their father Irving Wallace. For those unfamiliar, this series of books which first came on the market in 1977 featured hundreds of lists on a wide variety …

If you’ve read this column at all over the past couple of years, you know how much I relish the art of intentional playlist procurement. Every few months, I like to give you a sampling of tracks I believe are worth a listen and it’s always nice to hear that some of these suggestions get adde…

Every Wednesday night on my radio show (The Night Shift on Sunny 103.5 FM), I give away a pair of tickets to the 25 Drive-In movie theater. The game is simple: I give you the beginning of a song lyric and you simply have to finish the line or phrase in order to get the tickets. Sometimes one…

We love them. We hate them. They stick in our heads, we sing them in the shower, they bother us at work and they crush our focus when we should be thinking about other much more important things.

In his book,“Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting,” multi-Grammy award winning songwriter Jimmy Webb (“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” “Up, Up and Away”) emphasizes how important the opening lines of a song are for those who craft lyrics and melody. He says, “We must accomplish our aims an…

What is your earliest musical memory? I’ve touched on that topic once or twice in previous columns and I always associate hearing Billy Joel playing on a small transistor radio in 1978 during a stay at my Grandma’s house as the moment that made me want to go buy a record for my own.

Greenwood resident Terry Devore is the inspiration for my column this week. Terry is a colleague of mine at Lander University and is the kind of guy who can cheer you up with a smile or a funny story.

Throughout most of my life, I have been familiar with the Canadian progressive power trio known simply as “Rush.” This band, which recently hung up their instruments after 40 years on the road, is made up of bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and a drummer who many argue is the best …

It’s been a big week for me as I celebrated my 50th birthday on Monday. Ouch. Well, it does beat the alternative and I think this decade could be my best one. My beautiful daughter asked if it was OK to have a gathering of friends. This meant, of course, that a party playlist needed to be procured.

It is my pleasure to announce a cool new side gig I am embarking on. I am taking my love of music to a new set of airwaves with a brand new show called “The Night Shift with Paul Crutcher” weeknights from 7 to 10 on Sunny 103.5 FM.

Welcome to the final – officially, with the brunch – day of the 18th annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery celebrating small town living, delicious food, and excellent music. I don’t know if you could ask for a better combination than barbecue and the blues.

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