A Decade In, Big Ears is Part of Knoxville

The Big Ears Festival made its latest lineup announcement yesterday and, as always, the list includes luminaries in numerous musical genres all assembling for the festival next March. You can find the full list here, but even better, you can find samples of the work of each of the artists by clicking their photographs. I […]

Big Ears 2018, Part One

I’ll hit you up with a couple of parts to this sprawling, multi-day musical journey. It’s impossible to cover it all or to take it all in. By the end of the four days, it’s almost hard to keep it straight. Images and impressions remain, new sounds, combinations and explorations, altered connections and, most probably, […]

Big Ears 2018 Announces Daily Lineups and More

There’s really no way to predict who will agree to play the Big Ears Festival one year to the next. From an unlimited pool of international musicians, the possibilities are simply too big. We’ve come to appreciate that even after lineups are announced, the magic often lies in how they are paired, sometimes intentionally, sometimes […]

Big Ears 2018 Lineup Announced: An Interview With Ashley Capps

It may seem strange to start thinking about a spring music festival in November, but the Big Ears for 2018 lineup was announced today. Tickets for the March 22 through March 25 festival will go on sale this Friday, November 3 at 10:00 AM. I spoke with festival organizer, Ashley Capps, to get an idea […]

Big Ears 2017, Part Two

We wait for this festival for so long, it’s kind of hard to believe when it passes the halfway mark and we know it’s fading. Fatigue assures us that it has, indeed, been a solid two first days. Looking at the artists, taking stock of my deteriorating energy and considering that sitting comfortably would be […]