Sometime after seven in the morning I woke up, made a pot of coffee, poured cereal into a bowl, and perched onto the couch. Switching on the morning cable news and expecting to hear the latest despicable social media rants […]
When word broke Monday that Tom Petty was gravely ill, I poured myself a tequila sunset (a tequila sunrise, minus everything but the tequila) and played one of my favorite albums. It wasn’t a Hearbreakers album; it was Lucinda Williams’ […]
Bluegrass, like any musical genre, has its roots deep in the culture that nurtured and grew it. As it grows, it seeks to maintain those roots while remaining alert to its commercial opportunities. But like the rest of the world, emerging […]
Clad in a black hat onstage at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on Thursday night, Sunny Sweeney remarked that she’d move to the Pacific Northwest in a heartbeat, just so she could wear a hat every day. But that wouldn’t feel quite […]
Jeremy Nail wasn’t aiming for a complex album when he recorded My Mountain last year. “When I started working on this group of songs, I wanted to make something simple and poignant,” says the Austin-based singer-songwriter. “There was an intimacy […]
Herb Pedersen just finished an exciting tour playing with Tom Petty and Mudcrutch. Yet, I wonder how many Mudcrutch fans at those incredible full-blown rock shows now remember the name of the talented backup singer, acoustic guitarist and banjoist who […]
Everyone one has that coming of age sorta story to tell and I would have to say this is mine. Charlotte, N.C., Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on April 14, 1995 was the date that Tom Petty would be playing live and […]
These days the University of Florida may be best known for its powerhouse football teams, with quarterbacks like Tim Tebow taking the spotlight both on the field and off. The town of Gainesville, once smack on the tourist trail of […]
On the opening track of his new album, Wrong Side of the River, Rob Baird forcefully declares “Ain’t Nobody Got a Hold on Me.” With a down-to-the-bone, funky blues lick, the tune echoes the swampiness of Memphis blues before it […]
It’s hard to say how music gets inside us. It often happens in a sudden childhood experience of discovery, like a flash of enlightenment. For Irish immigrant and veteran singer-songwriter John Byrne, it came in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, […]
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