This week’s new releases have plenty of big names among them, at least in our little corner of the music world: John Hiatt, The Bottle Rockets, Sarah Borges, and The Watson Twins. Elvis Costello, Kurt Vile, and Lucy Wainwright Roche. […]
The old verse about serving two masters readily applies to Elvis Costello’s latest, Look Now, which struggles to reconcile competing tones that prove as compatible as thorn and thistle. Costello has long established himself as a fine collaborative foil on […]
“Quite frankly it sounds f’n corny as hell …I was about eight years old, my mother brought home Abbey Road – she was a huge Beatles fan…she loved Little Richard too. And when I first heard ‘She’s So Heavy’ – […]
Roots artists made a bit of a splash when Grammy nominations were announced late last year — prompting Sturgill Simpson to print up some “Who the F*** is Sturgill Simpson?” T-shirts — and they didn’t disappoint at the big show last […]
As my wife and I have traveled over the last 15 years, during what some would call our retirement, we’ve experienced bluegrass music as what I thought to be a national music phenomenon. Recently, I read a book called Bluegrass […]
Fish were jumpin’ when T Bone Burnett conducted his first conference call with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant to discuss making an album together. The famed producer was up in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, perhaps thinking […]
I’ve been to a few gigs recently by artists who started plying their trade in that 70’s tide of punk/new wave/alternative. There was Kid Congo Powers a couple of months ago, then Tom Robinson the other week, and Elvis Costello […]
When Jim Lauderdale takes the stage on September 21 at the Americana Music Association’s 15th Annual Honors and Awards Show at the Ryman, I have no doubt he will receive not only thunderous applause, but likely the longest standing ovation anyone has ever […]
The da-da–-da-da-da of “Pump It Up” opened for Elvis Costello at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Mr Costello came on stage after the seemingly sudden appearance of his three Imposters on bass, drums and piano. It was straight into the […]
I don’t cry easily, but I came close when Prince died. I received the news as it broke, immediately blasted “Purple Rain” and allowed my mind to go blank for several minutes. The minutes turned into hours; as I came to […]
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