Let's enjoy the moment: Love it! So glad that Courtney Marie Andrews, Michelle Blades, and the whole River Jones Music crew are getting this attention.
So much hard work and great music has been happening! This scene is important, and Modified Arts or not, it needs to be supported! So excited for what is to come for these guys! But let's just enjoy this moment. Spectacular.
Eric Snyder, Queen Creek
New Times feedback
The world's last remaining Cracker fan: Great article. I had been wondering why this boring-ass trend was so popular nationally. In the immortal words of David Lowery: "What the world needs now is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head."
David Brookhouser, Phoenix
This guy likes to party: Folk music is groovy again. Now ain't that something! Come on, folk music wasn't cool back in the day. How can young kids doing it be cool?
Maybe these kids have talent and, when they grow up, you can damn sure bet they won't be into fucking folk music.
I've heard Courtney Marie Andrews and Michelle Blades, and I can tell you that I could barely stay awake. When I go to a show, I like to get drunk and high, and this kind of music is not what the party is about.
The only way to stomach this crap is to be jacked up on a few double-shot espressos.
Roy Gillman, Tucson
Courtney is my friend: I understand that not everyone is moved by the same thing. I understand the cliché that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. I also understand what it is to be courteous and respectful of other people sharing this planet with you.
Courtney is my friend; Michelle is my friend. Every single person in that scene is my friend. Meaning, I know them. I have never heard a conceited word out of any of their mouths. I have never seen them be anything but genuine and kind to everyone around them.
I didn't read anything in the article about Courtney "claiming" to be anything. I have, on the other hand, heard backhanded comments behind her and others' backs and seen them shunned. And for what? The last I checked, this article wasn't written by Courtney or River Jones. It was written by a local paper about someone who has a great talent and passion for what she does.
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If only we could all be so lucky to believe in something like that. Phoenix is blessed to have the art scene that it does. Really. And it pains me to see such unprovoked prejudice amidst something so great.
Thomas Thorpe, La Luz, New Mexico
Pigeon Religion!: It's obvious that there is tons of talent in Arizona. Let's support it.
There are: AJJ, Smokus Pokus, Courtney Andrews, What Laura Says, Pigeon Religion, Dakota Jeane, Marianne Dissard, Naim Amor, Fatigo, Haunted Cologne, Dry River Yacht Club, The Pods, Tobie Milford, The Other 49, Coats and Villa, Matthew Reveles, J.D. Stooks, Zachary James Dodds, Hooves, Superstereo, Baby Aviators, Soft Drink, Fathers Day, Black Carl, The Whisperlights, Chandails. All the awesome stuff that comes from Bob Hoag, Flying Blanket, 513 Analog, Modern Art, Gilgongo, Conspire, Firehouse, all of the local DJs, dance nights, pool parties, street fairs!
Let's talk about something positive for a change. Let's celebrate our favorite local artists and places. I understand that it's not controversial but, dammit, it's what's good for the community.
River Jones, Phoenix