Category Archives: Free Times

How Athens’ Dan Nettles turned intense grief into Kenosha Kid’s sharpest album


“I was writing to stay alive, more or less.”

Free Times | January 22, 2020

Chicago improvisers Tim Daisy and Dave Rempis reflect on two decades of performing in Columbia


“I’ve been doing this music for so many years that I sometimes feel like, ‘Why am I still trying to do this?’ And then you go to a city like Columbia and there’s a huge audience and they really respond and it reinforces like your decision to try to do this, to make creative music. It’s like, wow, this actually does matter.”

Free Times | October 16, 2019

Percussionist Booker Stardrum Relies on Intuition to Manipulate Time and Perception


“I don’t find myself thinking about how I’m going to manipulate the rhythm to coax out some sort of emotional endpoint. It’s all pretty intuitive. I’m just sort of improvising, in my way. It’s kind of hard to intellectualize because it’s not really about that. It all feels very natural.” 

Free Times | August 28, 2019

Despite Distance and Other Commitments, Free Music Trio Boneshaker Thrives on Rapport


“We could laugh while we’re playing. Somebody does something or whatever, and we could laugh. We could look at each other and be smiling, instead of being so serious.”

Free Times | March 27, 2019

Signal to Noise: Amplify Columbia Wants to Create a Cultural Plan for the City. What Does That Mean?



“They were focused on that little box where if you get in the box you can become part of the arts scene. This is about all the people who aren’t in the box. Equity, diversity, inclusion, all those buzzwords that people pay lip service to but never really seem to figure out — we’re going to figure it out.”

Free Times | July 4, 2018

In Digging Deep Within Himself and His City, Questing Guitarist Ryley Walker Finally Found His Voice


“I’m an artist, for God’s sakes. I’ve always been super sensitive and insecure about everything, so that causes a lot of self-examination.”

Free Times | May 2, 2018

Hip-Hop Hooray: Six Years In, Hip-Hop Family Day Remains Invaluable to Columbia by Staying True to Its Roots


“From day one, we wanted to put the power of what hip-hop is and what it does and what it feels and looks like on display and let it shine. At its center it is the most unifying, the most amazingly ambidextrous culture. It kind of defies logic. So why change that?”

Free Times | April 11, 2018

Columbia’s first independent boutique hotel is open. What does that mean for Columbia’s tourism industry?


“We’re trying to do something special here. We’re trying to offer a genuine Columbia experience — food, art, everything.”

Free Times | April 10, 2018

Can Stormwater Studios Keep Art at the Heart of the Vista?


“The point is to keep this as a permanent thing and build, for lack of a better term, an art village next to the river that is permanent, that will always keep quality high and that will always be open to the community to come in and look.”

Free Times | March 14, 2018

Jake Xerxes Fussell Finds Contemporary Truths in the Hidden Gems of Folk Music


“I didn’t grow up in rural America learning folk songs from my great-grandmother. I have to be transparent about the fact that I am part of this through an intellectual tradition, I guess, if I’m part of any tradition.”

Free Times | February 28, 2018