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Leah Williams

Writer, Photojournalist and Researcher

Carbondale, IL

Leah Williams

I like to write about politics and rock n' roll.
I find there is not much difference.

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Wanda Jackson: The Feisty Female in Fringe Headlines Carbondale’s Saturday in the Park Festival

Flowers of Evil, the Heat Tape, and Kentucky Knife Fight: Reverent Roots, Progressive Pedals, Malevolent Melodies. Flowers of Evil’s Rubber Seoul and The Life and Death of William Feigns. Secondary Modern: The Haunting Melodies of Vaudeville Ghosts. Swamp Tigers: Celebrating a New Record at the CarbondaleRocks Revival.
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Heart: Rock ‘n’ Roll Palpitations

It’s hard not to be in awe of Heart: To date, the band has sold thirty-million records. Few bands ha. It’s hard not to be in awe of Heart: To date, the band has sold thirty-million records. Few bands have achieved that level of commercial appeal, and even fewer are led by women. With albums charting in the seventies, eighties, nineties, and again in 2010 with Red Velvet Car, Heart has the longest span of top-ten albums by any female-fronted band in history.
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Thelma and the Sleaze: Hard-rocking Women with Hearts Like a Fist

Once in awhile a band comes along that you can’t help but notice. Maybe because it’s because the mus. Once in awhile a band comes along that you can’t help but notice. Maybe because it’s because the music is so piston-pounding, soul-screeching, in-your-face that looking away might incite a riot or a chemical implosion.
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Nikki Hill and the Pirate Crew: The Southern Fireball Comes to Southern Illinois

If first impressions mean anything, and musically most of the time they do, then get ready to meet a. If first impressions mean anything, and musically most of the time they do, then get ready to meet a musician who has adequately earned the reputation that precedes her. “I absolutely and positively enjoy it,” said singer and songwriter Nikki Hill.
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Drew Baldridge: Hometown Country Boy Makes Good

Drew Baldridge is ready to embark on the next phase of his career. Drew Baldridge is ready to embark on the next phase of his career. “It’s different,” Baldridge said, “but something I am really excited to have everyone hear.”. Baldridge is back in the area Friday, April 11 for his first-ever headlining showcase at the Copper Dragon.
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Guess Who: Real Rock at HerrinFesta 2013

Getting teased by musicians is not anything new; in fact, most of the time, it’s expected. Getting teased by musicians is not anything new; in fact, most of the time, it’s expected. Itkindacomes with the territory. But when asked what made Guess Who cofounder and drummer Garry Peterson continue on with the group even after other members had decided to part ways, well, his response was enough to make just about anyone speechless.
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Tawl Paul: Carbondale's Towering Music Legend Gets His Own Day

Few Southern Illinois musicians are more worthy of having their own day dedicated to them than Tawl. Few Southern Illinois musicians are more worthy of having their own day dedicated to them than Tawl Paul Frederick. “There was a rumor going around,” Tawl Paul told Nightlife. “I just tried to stay out of it.”.
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Creedence Clearwater Revisited: A New Band with the Same Rockin’ Tunes

“When we fire up the band, it is like it is happening all over again,” said Stu Cook, bassi. Some things come naturally. Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. “When we fire up the band, it is like it is happening all over again,” said Stu Cook, bassist for the legendary rock ‘n’ roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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R.E.O. Speedwagon: The Return of Rock 'n’ Roll Giants

Before his exclusive interview with Nightlife really began, Bruce Hall of R.E.O. Speedwagon immediat. Before his exclusive interview with Nightlife really began, Bruce Hall of R.E.O. Speedwagon immediately started in with a trip down memory lane. “That’s near Carbondale, right?”. he asked when bringing up the band’s concert Thursday, December 5 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau with fellow Midwestern rockers Styx.
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Karaoke king makes a name for himself

CARBONDALE — When the bass-heavy Tone Loc song hit the speakers at Key West, it was just supposed to be bumper music — a song between songs before the next round of brave souls grabbed a mic and tried their hands at songs once made famous by others. “Don’t worry, George,” the deejay said. “That’s not your song.
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Robbie Stokes Day: Local Music Legend Gets Resounding Recognition

Robbie Stokes remembers a lot of local-music folklore. Among many other stories, he mentions the nig. Robbie Stokes remembers a lot of local-music folklore. Among many other stories, he mentions the night Woody Harrelson sat in on a Jungle Dogs gig. “You see a lot of things when you have been around as long as I have and you been at a sound board for as long as I have,” he said.
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It's Revis Day Again: A Hard-rocking Resurrection and New CD

It was on that day in 2003 that then mayor Brad Cole issued a formal proclamation that the city of Carbondale was to celebrate Revis Day. The Southern Illinois band had left the small pond to make it big, and big they almost became. With their first album about to be released by Epic Records, better things seemed on the horizon.

About

Leah Williams

I am a full-time graduate student at Southern Illinois University and part-time writer and photojournalist. I enjoy sniffing out the kind of stories that are not only newsworthy but are also compelling tales of the human spirit.

I am presently working on my master's degree in professional media management. I am also attempting to earn a graduate certificate in women and gender studies. I have published a major research paper published by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

I have met and interviewed several people. Some of the best things I've learned never even made it in print but I carry those stories that I've learned wherever I go. I am truly passionate about small town community journalism and the impact newspapers can make.

See my photo portfolio at leahwilliamswright.carbonmade.com. Feel free to also click on my online resume posted just under my face.

Find me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter. Or e-mail me if you need to know anything further.

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