Articles by David Hopper

Xavier Joseph’s Unique Path To Country Music

September 21, 2020 by

360°Sound has recently featured a number of talented up-and-coming Texas country artists, including The Powell Brothers, Savanna Chestnut and Lindsey Lane. All have their own unique sound and story. However, it’s hard to imagine a more unlikely background than that of Xavier Joseph. For years, Joseph was a professional dancer. And not a Texas two-step […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1970

September 19, 2020 by

(Editor’s Note: Please scroll to the end of the list to view the tournament bracket) What a difference 10 years makes. The music of 1970 bears little resemblance to 1960, our last Greatest One-Hit Wonders entry. In 1960, the Beatles were a few years from forever changing popular music, and by April 1970, the Fab […]

Q&A: Texas country singer Lindsey Lane

September 13, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with Amarillo, Texas-based country singer Lindsey Lane. Born and raised in Lubbock, the 29-year-old was voted Amarillo’s Best Female Vocalist last year. This year she’s been nominated for Best Female Vocalist, Best Local Band, and Best Live Band. Lane left a career as a third-grade math teacher to pursue her dream of […]

Q&A: Country singer-songwriter Savanna Chestnut

September 10, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with up-and-coming country singer-songwriter Savanna Chestnut. The 25-year-old Kansas native released her second full-length album, Prairie Fire, in October of last year. Chestnut, who writes all of her own songs, was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards in 2017 and 2018. She began writing and […]

Author Ayanna Dozier on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope

September 6, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with writer, artist, lecturer and curator Ayanna Dozier about her new 33 1/3 book on Janet Jackson’s classic 1997 album The Velvet Rope, which spawned the hits “Together Again,” “I Get Lonely” and “Got ’til It’s Gone.” Dozier is a PhD candidate at McGill University in Montreal. Her dissertation, Mnemonic Aberrations, traces the […]

Q&A: Texas country singer Cory Morrow

August 29, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Texas country singer-songwriter Cory Morrow. A legend in the Lone Star State, Morrow has sold more than 200,000 records independently and placed nearly a dozen songs on the country charts. His biggest hit came in 2001, “Songs We Wish We’d Written,” recorded with friend and fellow Texas country star Pat Green. Since […]

Stockman of Boyz II Men Pt II: Chasing Hits

August 26, 2020 by

This is Part 2 of 360°Sound’s exclusive two-part interview with Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman. In the first part, Stockman talked about his new debut solo album, Foreword. In this part, Stockman reflects on BIIM’s biggest album, II, on its 26th anniversary. He talks about the music industry and how much it has changed since […]

Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman talks new solo album – Part 1

August 25, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with singer/songwriter/producer Shawn Stockman, best known as one third of the massively successful R&B vocal group Boyz II Men. BIIM topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart five times in the ‘90s with classic slow jams like “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You.” The group’s second album, II, released 26 years […]

Cover song expert Ray Padgett on new book ‘I’m Your Fan’

August 24, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Ray Padgett, an expert on cover songs and founder of the widely read blog Cover Me. Padgett has written about music for many publications, including The New Yorker, SPIN and Vice. He is the author of the book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs Of All Time. This exclusive interview focuses […]

The Powell Brothers show how it’s done

August 20, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with Taylor and Blake Powell of the Texas country trio The Powell Brothers. In pre-pandemic times, The Powell Brothers were playing an average of 160 shows a year across 25 states. Some of their notable gigs of the recent past include performances at a World Series game at Minute Maid Park in […]