Musician Willie Phoenix seems to have an infinite supply of creative energy that, over the decades, has been poured into bands, recordings, riveting performances and a brush with big-time fame that ended with disappointment. These days, he’s playing dive bars for audiences that measure by the dozen, though he’s ever the entertainer, ever the rock star. Could a new album and fresh energy send him soaring skyward again?
From the Editor
Columbus has long been—to a degree of notoriety—a haven for test marketing products. But all the derision about us being the perfect demographic snapshot of middle America isn’t what’s still driving companies to try their new burgers and coffee drinks on us first. Test marketing has become a lot more sophisticated over the decades—and so has Columbus’ population.
Even as a youngster, Columbus native Rahsaan Roland Kirk didn’t do things the predictable way.
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