Bill Meredith

Utah 2007


John Ralston story - Dec. issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
Singer and multi-instrumentalist John Ralston will turn 40 this month, and the second half of his young life has included releasing a hugely-successful independent solo debut album ('Needle Bed,' 2005), subsequent releases and international touring while signed to California-based Vagrant Records, marriage, fatherhood, a return to independent musical status, including a new album called 'IV,' and moving his family to North Carolina two weeks before his Dec. 29 birthday.

Pop season previews 2017-2018 story - Oct. issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
The 2017-2018 South Florida pop music season features young but established stars in hip-hop (Jay-Z), indie rock (Weezer), and video pop (Katy Perry) as well as the usual parade of 70-somethings in Ringo Starr, Art Garfunkel, and The Zombies -- who will impressively celebrate an amazing 60th anniversary as they visit the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 9.

Jazz season previews 2017-2018 story - Oct. issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
Jazz is always a strong genre in South Florida, and the 2017-2018 season is no exception, with rising vocal stars like Gregory Porter, Jon Batiste and Cyrille Aimee; 14-year-old piano sensation Joey Alexander, and the bizarre blend of jazz, classical and world music that is 15-piece orchestra Pink Martini.

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One of the more creative and successful South Florida singer/songwriters of this young century, and likely the most successful ever from Lake Worth, John Ralston gives the area a last double hurrah before moving to North Carolina -- a brand-new album, 'IV,' and a going-away album release show on Dec. 7 at Voltaire in downtown West Palm Beach, FL.
Without as many classic rock stars as usual, and with newer, younger acts like Kings of Leon, Bruno Mars, and The Killers, the 2017-2018 season in South Florida pop music feels like a long-expected changing of the guard.
From the expected suspects (the Marsalis brothers, trumpeter Chris Botti) to rising stars (Gregory Porter, Jon Batiste) and female instrumentalists (Jane Bunnett, Anat Cohen), the 2017-2018 season in South Florida jazz is as a strong as usual and higher in unpredictability.