About a week after last November’s presidential election, I started getting emails from writers who were working on stories for this issue, asking for extensions. Though a couple of them had to do with the typical things — tracking down […]
Merle Haggard’s Live In San Francisco 1965 opens with a series of endings, which work pretty well: the last 48 seconds of “Devil Woman” is about all I can take, especially since he clones the hair-oil sanctimony of Marty Robbins’ […]
I’ve known Long John for a number of years, radio people being somewhat clannish, and we share a fascination with radio and old school ’70s “progressive country” songs. He’s a bit of a outlaw who now has his own low-power station! […]
December 3rd and 4th are two of the most important days in music history. For on these days in 1973, the landmark album “Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys – For the Last Time” was recorded at Summit-Burnett Studios in […]
Chris Stapleton is a killer! He’s the one instance whereby I can think murder is gorgeous. He gets into the guts of an electric guitar like few I’ve ever seen. He grabs at the resonant heart of the powered box […]
For this week’s entry, I thought it’s about time we get a radio DJ from Canada, don’t you think? We might as well get hardcore with Fred Smith. Bill Frater: Where and when did you start in radio? Fred Smith: I’ve […]
I’ve known Brad Hunt for many years and he always seems happy and usually has an amusing story to share. I always remember and love that he accepted an Americana Music Award for Sonny Landreth, walking to the podium in […]
If there’s one song in the booze-soaked history of country music that tells it how it is, it’s Merle Haggard’s 1966 hit, “Bottle Let Me Down.” The song describes the tragic moment when the alcoholic bottoms out and admits the booze […]
2016 seems to be God’s idea of a clearinghouse for musicians. David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Paul Kanter, Maurice White, and Phife Dawg have all exited the stage, and we’re not even half way through the year. And who was […]
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