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The multiple Grammy Award-winning troubadour recounts his near-fatal drug overdose quite matter-of-factly in his acclaimed book.
His homemade Vines and other bedroom releases catapulted the young troubadour to fame, and Mendes continues to prove himself worthy of the adulation.
Raised near Romeo, the 21-year-old troubadour who now calls Detroit home has an angelic voice that's augmented by a blend of guitars (and occasionally a banjo).
They've been influenced by the hard-rock energy of AC/DC and the bluesy troubadour sound of Ryan Adams.
Music will include surf classics, reggae and calypso steel drums, classic country, Latin pop, classics from the ’80s and ’90s, a ’70s troubadour guitarist and a romantic Latin duo.
A Texas troubadour, a Nashville soul singer who celebrates celebrating Memphis, and a country punk from North Carolina are visiting town this week.
Bruce Springsteen—turnpike troubadour, messiah of the Meadowlands—is headed to Broadway.
Considering how whisper-soft her music can be, a bar may not be the ideal setting for this young New Zealand troubadour and her quietly haunting songs.
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, troubadours were the shining knights of poetry (in fact, some were ranked as high as knights in the feudal class structure). Troubadours made chivalry a high art, writing poems and singing about chivalrous love, creating the mystique of refined damsels, and glorifying the gallant knight on his charger. Troubadour was a fitting name for such creative artists; it derives from an Old Occitan word meaning "to compose." In modern contexts, troubadour still refers to the song-meisters of the Middle Ages, but it has been extended to cover contemporary poet-musicians as well.
Origin and Etymology of troubadour
First Known Use: circa 1741See Words from the same year
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