In 1997, I was invited to a small birthday party for David Bowie at the English restaurant Tea & Sympathy in downtown Manhattan. At the […]
Leaving Eden tells the story of countless small towns across the South since the days of slavery.
It’s been said that falling in love with John Lennon was the worst career move that Yoko Ono could have made.
“It was difficult to get them to believe in me … I mean, Southern rock is by nature a very white, very male-dominated genre.”
A decade ago this year, Michael Jackson died. Two days after his death on June 25, 2009, I wrote the following tribute for The Charlotte […]
I wrote the following tribute to my mother, Joan Carlton Kemp, for a Charlotte, North Carolina, publication on February 18, 2018, the morning after she […]
In the mid-1980s a ragtag groiup of folk musicians led by the one-named singer-songwriter Lach, along with Roger Manning, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Kirk Kelly, Michelle […]
WHEN I WAS laid off from my job as editor-in-chief of the North Carolina alt-weekly Creative Loafing Charlotte in 2013, my staff had just wrapped up an […]
Childhood memory: I’m ten years old and sitting on the living room floor of my family’s home in the early 1970s, vinyl albums and 45s […]
I was lying on a raft in the cool, crystal blue waters of Sugar Lake, a rock quarry near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, beer in […]