The Features have deflected enough false starts and dead-ends to kill most groups. Absorbed in full, it’s quite the litany of misfortune: at least two unreleased full-length albums to close out the ’90s; a pair of fruitless label dalliances; the departure of three band members. It’s oddly fitting, then, that the Features’ new LP is a self-titled affair. And apparently they’re also late-bloomers, given the measurable bump in song quality and musicianship that propels The Features (Serpents & Snakes/BMG). With its four members now well into their 30s, the band sounds like it’s just now coming into its own. Singer/guitarist Matthew Pelham, keyboardist Mark Bond, bassist Roger Dabbs and drummer Rollum Haas will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Features feature.
Dabbs: Too Tall Alice is a children’s book written by Susie Sims Irvin and illustrated by my wife Melinda Dabbs. It’s a beautiful book about learning to be comfortable with who you are. The concept of the illustrations throughout out the book allow the children to put themselves into the book and become part of the story. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated book that children and adults of any age will enjoy. It was published through O’More Publishing, which is part of the college where Melinda works as the Director of Admissions at O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tenn. When Mrs Irvin was looking for an illustrator, she contacted O’More Publishing and history was made. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did! Available at O’More College Of Design/O’More Publishing.