Contributor and Contributing Editor to <i>No Depression Magazine</i>, 1996 - 2008, and author of the second longest article ever published there, Peter's Alejandro Escovedo "Artist of the Year" story having edged out my Dolly Parton cover by a hair. (Imagine smiley face, here.) A likely contentious discussion over beers might be whether I'm ahead, now, with the Gelb piece clocking in at more than 9,000 words. That discussion would not be had with me. Congratulations all on the anniversaries and revivals! And good luck with all your future endeavors. Note that despite what this system says, I am in Tucson, AZ, and not Phoenix, which I fled right after high school.
Pow! Biff! With a pounding rush of fear-fueled adrenaline, we “run with out sabers and our guns” in a futile attempt to escape the apocalypse. We feed the war machine to save our wives and babies from the vampires and […]
The Whipsaws may be the most popular bar band in Alaska. Certainly they have logged the most miles across the tundra, with the deepest repertoire of original music, routinely playing four-hour gigs in the live-music-starved watering holes of the hinterlands. […]
Mando Saenz is that guy: that seductively, entirely incidentally, totally wrong guy. He’s the dreamer, the brooder and, ultimately, the heartbreaker, but at least, for all the good it’ll do you, he’s right up front about it. “Wrong Guy” spells […]
A tireless troubadour, Namoli Brennet has criss-crossed the country’s coffeehouse circuit through five albums of original material. No doubt she’s surprised a few of the regulars on that route; she’s not your average, self-absorbed folkie. In fact, she’s as apt […]
This tenth-year memorial for renowned blues musician Rainer Ptacek had many wonderful moments — warm, funny, rowdy, transcendent. But the show-stopper, the hands-down heart-warmer, was a cover of a lost Rainer song, “Blackwater Blues”. It’s one of ten just-released tracks […]
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, which rests near the center of the Ozark Mountains, is a sprawling testament to how awe-inspiring highland natural phenomena can be. Culturally, the Ozarks’ scattered population shares many traditions with the Appalachian region: rugged individualism, […]
Ian Moore has not let up on the pop complexity of his arrangements; deft touches by skilled players highlight every track of To Be Loved, his sixth studio album. The depth of his songs’ rock foundation is as strong as […]
With Between Daylight And Dark, Mary Gauthier continues to move away from biographical material drawn from her reckless youth, while retaining her empathy for down-and-outers. This time she also illuminates more of the exigencies of a committed heart, with and […]
The insanely talented 19-year-old Andrew Collberg composed, arranged and played all the instruments on his home-recorded debut disc, including drums, organ, harmonica, banjo and guitars, plus lots of special effects. The all-original set is a wonderfully integrated but varied, grit-pop […]
“If you go back and look, pretty much every one of my songs is kinda the same thing. I’m telling a moralistic, philosophical, little tiny story.” –Mark Olson If you’re bent on finding a breakup song on Mark Olson’s new […]
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