This record can be summed up with five words: “Def Leppard with a banjo.” Replace the leather pants and motorcycle boots with scuffed up Romeos and roughed up jeans and you’ve transformed England’s most successful arena rockers into America’s new […]
Well, after cleaning the house, mowing the lawn and dropping the kids at their various Saturday night functions, I dropped in on the used record shop downtown. Got to spend a whole hour there, believe it or not. Listened to […]
The difference between good and bad country music usually comes down to how the story’s told. Bad country songwriters deal with all the standard themes – lost dogs, cheatin’ wives, worrisome fluctuations in the GDP – like a condescending sixth […]
For his third solo album, “Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance,” singer, songwriter and Drive By Trucker Patterson Hood continues to create his own brand of American mythology, writing four minute elegies to a generation that’s lost its way, one […]
Fifteen years and nine albums into their post-Giant Sand careers, Joey Burns, John Convertino and the crew they call Calexico continue to offer an ever-evolving definition of the “desert noir” sound they’re credited with inventing. On “Algiers,” an economically constructed […]
10. I See Hawks In L.A. – “The Spirit of Death” (New Kind of Lonely, American Beat) Arguably the most uplifting death song ever written. Rob Waller’s voice is gutsy, the harmonies perfect, the lyrics spirited. 9. Chris Knight – […]
There are two kinds of people in this world: true believers who know Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb to be the country/pop equivalent of Lennon & McCartney and non-believers who’ve yet to see the light. For the latter, the brilliance […]
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