Musical Spotlight: A Q&A with Reese Burke

I had the opportunity to chat with Reese Burke, a local singer-songwriter who is charming the ears off of folks in Calhoun and Cleburne Counties with her silky, soulish voice and heartfelt lyrics. Whether it’s a cover song by Taylor Swift or Harry Styles, or an original tune such as her stirring “Searching,” Reese Burke […]

Music Spotlight: Highland Groove

Highland Grove music band playing

Local talent abounds in Calhoun County, but there’s a certain standout act that deserves a shout-out.  Highland Groove has been a prominent musical fixture around Anniston, Oxford, and surrounding cities of Calhoun County for the past two years, but their evolution dates back much further.  Two key members of the band, Nick Preston (bass, vocals) […]

In the Spotlight: Steve’s Rare and Vintage Guitars

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Article by Abby Parks Like the Eagles, who famously crooned, “There’s a new kid in town,” we at Calhoun County Insight would like to spread the word about a unique new business opening its doors Friday, July 1 on Noble Street in the heart of historic downtown Anniston.  Steve’s Rare and Vintage Guitars is much […]

Some of the Best Live Music Shows in Oxford, AL

Sometimes we want to go to a relaxing event where slow music is playing, wine is in plenty, and we can forget ourselves for a while. At other times, we want to go to a concert where we will dance our frustrations away as we gyrate to our favorite music and let our inhibitions go. […]

Inside Insight Ep. 1 – Brandon Butler

Inside Insight Interview with Brandon Butler

Episode 1: For our first episode we hung out with local artist Brandon Butler and talked about his new single Spread Our Wings, among other things. Enjoy! You can get Spread Our Wings on all music platforms just follow this link. https://youtu.be/oYMKlljPNp8

Artist Spotlight: Stadium Drive

Music Event

Remember the days when bands were formed in a  garage with your friends? Well, It’s 2021, and in the era of technology; the days of the garage band are far and few between. One group of musically talented  friends from Calhoun County have something to say about that.  Meet Stadium Drive: An “up and coming” […]

Artist Spotlight: Wilson Brothers Band

Wilson Bros Band

Meet Kyle and Chad Wilson; the brothers with the buttery voices and smooth country backwoods sound.  From the hometown of Alabama’s own Alexander City, these small town boys didn’t stay small town for long as their music and voices project a big personality.  https://youtu.be/Mh7MdzLAa3s The brothers come from a long lineage of southern musicians.  “I […]

The Highfalutin Hitchhikers

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Brad Burke and Mark Hanson make up the country music duo, The Highfalutin Hitchhikers. “What we’re all about is more of a classic country sound,” Hanson explains. “We’re kind of for that crowd that’s looking for what they call ‘real country’.” Burke and Hanson were introduced by a mutual friend and have been playing together […]

EX’S and OH’S

Ex's and Oh's

by Kelsey Butler Local cover band Ex’s and Oh’s is best described as a family that rocks. “These guys are like my brothers,” explains lead vocalist Christina Mangham. “We’re like family.”  Ric Turner, backup vocals and guitar; Christina Mangham, vocals; Maxx FX Vanover, lead guitar; Andy Decker, bass; and Jamin Hoover, drums make up the […]

Wes Walters Music – Husband, Father, Preacher, Musician

Wes Walters Music

by Kelsey Butler Wes Walters has performed in choirs, operas, and touring rock bands. He’s produced two albums in his career and traveled the country to find his home.  Walters and his wife live in Southside with their two children. He performs two or three times a month, calling music his “third job”.  Walters and […]