Becca Martin-Brown

Features editor
Contact Becca
Latest tweet

Recent Stories

Tree Of Life

Roots Fest digs deep with legend Del McCoury

Subscriber onlyIf Del McCoury knows he's a legend, it doesn't show in an interview. He doesn't want to talk about how he's changed roots music, but rather how roots music changed him. And at 79 -- more than 50 years into his career -- there's very little point in trying to rein him in. Continue reading...

Rapper talks family, love, his brand of rap

Subscriber onlySo how do a 20-something Filipino rapper -- who goes by the name P-Lo -- and a middle-aged Mid-Southern arts writer have a conversation? Continue reading...

One Night Only -- Yellow Brick Road leads back to Alma

Subscriber onlyThe uninitiated might hear "at Alma High School" and think the Alma Performing Arts Center is just an auditorium for student productions. Continue reading...

Celebrating Success - SoNA sets traditional but varied season

Subscriber onlyThe Symphony of Northwest Arkansas is announcing what some might consider a very traditional season -- Verdi, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and the three B's -- Brahms, Bach and Beethoven. Music director Paul Haas is both astonished and delighted that's possible. Continue reading...

A Dazzling 'Dreamcoat'

APT brings new energy, new look to popular musical

Subscriber onlyIt's July 16, and on this Monday evening, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is almost two full weeks away from opening night. Continue reading...

Life with (and without) Mother

Sudden illness puts amazing woman into perspective

Subscriber onlyEditor's Note: This column was written in 2014. My mother passed away June 7 of this year. She would have been 99 on July 14. This is being rerun in her memory. Continue reading...

Still Fishin’

Duo reelin’ in plans for new record

Subscriber onlySaying that Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have played music together for 42 years might imply they’ve played the same music … in the same way … to the same audiences … with the same colleagues. And nothing could be further from the truth. The duo has found harmony in the continued evolution of new instruments, new influences and new side projects. What has remained the same for Trout Fishing in America are the joy, the sense of adventure, the desire to learn and grow as musicians and the fans — who are now adults bringing their kids and grandkids. Continue reading...

So Much To Say

Artist Kevin Arnold comments on current events

Subscriber onlyKevin Arnold worries. And he's convinced he's not alone. Americans, he says, have been "left in a perpetual state of mental and physical malnutrition" brought on by the "unrestrained flow of media that we allow into our personal space at every turn at every minute of the day." Continue reading...

Making Life Easier

Logan goes solo with upbeat new album

Subscriber onlyJoshua Logan's music is ... bouncy. He might have a grunge past -- later tinted with the psych-rock and punk of his Long Beach, Calif., home -- but when he tells you the first time music touched his life, it's immediately clear why his sound is fresh but familiar. Continue reading...

Walk the walk - Rotary honors lifelong public servant

Subscriber onlyIn his political career, Dick Barclay had a reputation for reaching across the aisle to build consensus -- almost a job requirement when he was an upstart young Republican elected to finish a respected Democrat's term. He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1976 through 1992, working with the diametrically opposed Bill Clinton and Frank White -- then Clinton again -- finally joining Mike Huckabee's team when he was governor. Continue reading...

More stories by Becca »

Latest photos

Wayne and June Martin, pictured in front of the old Mooney-Barker Drug Store in Pettigrew, were inst...

Wayne and June Martin, pictured in front of the old Mooney-Barker Drug Store in Pettigrew, were instrumental in the preservation o...

Published: April 7, 2017

More photos by Becca »