I’ve been at this blogging thing for a little over a year now, and recently, I started asking around for a little bit of help. I’m only one lady, after all, and I want to be able to provide more news, more opinions, more facts and reviews and general overall awesomeness. I’m bringing three new writers on board in order to accomplish that, writers from both near and far, all of whom have my stamp of approval for having awesome taste in music (and for being pretty fantastic people in general).
I’ll introduce you to all of them in due time, but first up is Mel, who wrote an absolutely gorgeous review back in May, for Andrew Bird’s show at Largo. Here’s Mel, in her own words:
Currently located in Denver, Mel is a twentysomething Southern transplant raised on piano lessons, bluegrass festivals, Louisville’s oldies station, and her parents’ record collection. She has unfortunately forgotten more about music theory than she will ever get back. Her first concert was the Rolling Stones at age four, the concert she remembers least is Bill Monroe at the Kentucky Horse Park, and her favorite concert is a tie between Wilco at Red Rocks and Dave Rawlings Machine at the Melting Point in Athens, Georgia.
She likes traveling to see shows — current winner for distance is Denver to Portland, Maine — and is concerned less with the music itself and more with the cultures and history surrounding and supporting American popular music. This isn’t to say you won’t catch her writing reviews of the new stuff that crosses her path, just that the reviews of new stuff will usually come with context.
Mel has minor obsessions with Wilco (and side projects), Andrew Bird, Leo Kottke, the Oxford American’s annual music issue, and whatever Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are plotting these days, but she will try to keep her exuberance to acceptable levels.