On Thursday, May 8, Dan Bern - resplendent in a circa-1979 Pittsburgh Pirates cap, with 75 of his best friends - turned up the heat at Club Cafe on the hottest night that Pittsburgh has enjoyed since last fall. There's a set list, scrawled in purple ink on the back of discarded credit card receipts. But rather than tell you about the songs, I'm going to describe how it felt to watch the peripatetic troubajoyeur spin his silky tales and elicit lusty sing-a-longs.
Much bootlegged, these landmark early studio recordings by Lone Justice are finally given an official release.
By December 1983, performing their swashbuckling fusion of punk and country, Lone Justice were consistently playing ‘sold out’ sets in L.A.’s numerous rock clubs. That month Maria McKee (lead vocal, guitar), Ryan Hedgecock (guitar, backing vocal), Marvin Etzioni (bass, backing vocal) and Don Heffington (drums) hunkered down in Suite 16 Studios in…Continue
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Central Valley born and bred Gary Tackett's DREAM as a 10 year old was to "play guitar on a Merle Haggard record". "That was my only dream". "Not to be a policeman, fireman, or doctor, but to be a sideman for Merle Haggard (Be one of the Strangers featuring Norm Hamlett, Roy Nichols, Mark Yeary, Biff Adams, Jimmy Belkin, Tiny Moore). Gary's dream came true on October 16th 1989 when Merle's keyboardist Mark Yeary called…Continue
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“‘Cause I think what they’ve done is well worth doin’
And they’re doin’ it the best way that they can
You’re the only one that you are screwin’
When you put down what you don’t understand.”
— Kris Kristofferson, from “If you don’t like Hank Williams”
When I’m getting to know a new person, a question I sometimes like to ask is “What kind of music do you like?”
The most common response I get is something to the effect of “I like just about everything. ...” It…Continue
Jason and the Scorchers' guitarist talks with Otis about growing up on an Army base in Germany, his musical parents, seeing Merle Haggard as a kid, moving to Nashville in 1973, playing in his parent's band, seeing The Ramones and The Police at the Exit In, his first guitar, touring with Bob Dylan, meeting Jason Ringenberg,…Continue
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1.0 – What is it about rock & roll that makes people feel good?
For me its the feeling I got when I heard Lou Reed “Walk On The Wild Side” on the radio when i was a boy has never really gone away. It made me love rock so much. I was…Continue
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For those who believe real country music has fled Nashville, the recent CMA Awards would do little to ease your notion. Bombast, smoke, lasers and lots of the arena rock are the anti-thesis of steel-soaked, fiddle-laced songs built on melody, submerged in big emotions and turned with hooks that can’t be forgotten.
But for the true believers and in-the-knowers, a handful of insiders and old school players have conjured 45 RPM, a last Wednesday of every month celebration of classic…Continue
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“So here I am on my stool tonight
Yeah, I’m practicing for the afterlife,
Cause when I’m nothing but a pile of bones
I’m gonna come back as a country song.”
“I meet a lot of teenagers,” Alan Jackson says. “It’s surprising how many like real classic country music… They go out and find it, even if they can’t hear it on the radio. They know.”
He pauses for a moment, half- laughs. He’s been here before.
Marty Stuart's music is everything country should be.
The minute I put his just-released album "Tear the Woodpile Down" into my player, I felt as if I had come home. There's something about the instrumentation -- especially the lush steel guitar, banjo and of course Stuart's crisp, yet twangy emotion-laden vocals, that touched my heart.
I'm not a truck driver, don't regularly have lonely times, and am not searching for love, so why is it that I could easily imagine…Continue
Campbell, whose battle with Alzheimers sends him on a farewell tour, will be performing at Club Nokia on October 6.…
Guy Clark "LA Freeway" "If I could just get off of this LA freeway without gettin' killed or caught..."
The Byrds "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"…Continue
A review of the new Brooklyncountry.com CD sampler by Neville Elder
When I was kid stuck out in a small farming town in Somerset (that’s England y’all ). I discovered country music’s new wave watching ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ on the BBC. It was my own compilation record. I remember watching ‘Lone Justice’, ‘…Continue
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10 American songs to celebrate Independence day.
The Fightin' Side of Me by Merle Haggard "If you don't love it leave it."
"The Ballad of Ira Hayes" by Townes Van Zandt
I got to my seat a little later than I would have liked for last night’s Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson show. The two legends are on tour together, swapping stories and songs in an intimate stage setting in theaters.
I arrived in the middle of the first song of the night, Kristofferson’s “Shipwrecked in the 80’s”, which he dedicated mid-song to the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But what really tripped me up was the quality of Kristofferson’s voice.…
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I made this for you
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