Lucy Kaplansky debuts stripped-down sound

Touring in support of her latest album, “Everyday Street,” her first in six years, singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky will return to the Fairfield Theatre Company on May 24, singing a mix of new and old original songs as well as fan favorite covers. Kaplansky spoke with Andrea Valluzzo about the album’s stripped-down sound and the stories behind some of her songs. … read more

Feinstein to tickle the ivories at the Playhouse

In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Michael Feinstein has recorded over 30 albums, covering such legendary songwriters as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Frank Sinatra. Feinstein’s been nominated for multiple Grammy and Emmy awards, he’s played both the White House and Buckingham Palace, and he’s considered an ambassador of the Great American Songbook. On April 17, … read more

Adam Ant: The ’80s icon is back

Back in the ’80s, Adam Ant was one of the first post-punk, new wave artists to hit mainstream, both with his band, Adam and the Ants, and as a solo artist. His songs were a regular fixture on MTV, with his coy, tongue-in-cheek videos for hits such as “Goody Two Shoes,” “Desperate But Not Serious,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Antmusic.” … read more

Phillip Phillips: Chatting with an idol

Phillip Phillips skyrocketed to fame by winning American Idol in 2012, and his hit song Home remains the biggest-selling song ever for an American Idol contestant. Phillips, 27, lives in southwestern Georgia with his wife, where they both spent their childhoods. He will perform on July 16 at Ridgefield Playhouse. Brad Durrell talked to Phillips about his career and upcoming … read more

Trace Adkins: A voice to remember

Even if you’re not a country music fan, odds are you’re familiar with Trace Adkins and his trademark baritone voice, which has churned out top hits such as You’re Gonna Miss This, Ladies Love Country Boys, Arlington and Songs About Me. In addition to selling more than 11 million albums during his two-decade-plus career, the Grand Ole Opry star is … read more

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How Sweet it is

Matthew Sweet first gained prominence in the budding Athens, Ga., music scene in the ’80s, and the singer/songwriter found even greater success with the release of his third album, Girlfriend, in 1991. That record was a staple on radio at the time and helped establish Sweet as the king of jangly guitar power pop. Over the past 12 months, Sweet … read more

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Rocking with David Crosby

David Crosby & Friends will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse June 12 as part of a 25-date North American tour in support of Crosby’s latest album, Sky Trails. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 76, who first came to fame in The Byrds and then Crosby, Stills and Nash, is now going strong in a solo career. Crosby’s … read more

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Joachim Cooder on crafting his sound

Joachim Cooder grew up in the music world. His father, renowned guitarist Ry Cooder, brought him on tours starting at a young age. He first watched and listened, then joined his dad on stage, first as a drummer. He grew up to forge his own path in the music business, playing with the Buena Vista Social Club and many notable … read more

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