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  • Kevn Kinney with Webb Wilder

    published May 10, 2000

    Back when Napster meant kindergarten quiet time, people downloaded songs from something known as "radio" onto something called "cassette tape."... More >>

  • Loco Gringo's Crusade

    published May 10, 2000

    A small part of time we share, till we hear the sound of wings I am lost in the dust of the chase my life brings -- Ray Wylie... More >>

  • New Standards

    published May 3, 2000

    Sitting outside on Grand Avenue, three doors down from the apartment he shares with drummer Jim Orso, Syd Rodway looks off into something -- ... More >>

  • Mary Gauthier

    published April 26, 2000

    What's most disarming about Mary Gauthier is that she isn't playing rock & roll. Her obsession with the harrowing existence of the American... More >>

  • Amy Rigby

    published April 19, 2000

    The line on Amy Rigby is that she's really Liz Phair, two or three kids later. The line -- surprise -- is stupid. Sure, she likes to do it,... More >>

  • Kate Campbell

    published April 12, 2000

    Coronas are hand-rolled in Havana, Cuba, flavored with bittersweet life, death and impeccable craftsmanship. "Como estas? My name is Rosa,"... More >>

  • Pot of Gold

    published April 5, 2000

    Long before Amazon.com and Rolling Stone began to turn the popular sense of folk music into a 24-year-old... More >>

  • Souvenirs

    published March 29, 2000

    All things being equal, this Seattle five-piece -- and their recent debut, King of Heartache (Will Records) -- might have faded into... More >>

  • Eric Dolphy

    published March 15, 2000

    From the first notes, there's no mistaking it: This is Dolphy. A deep-toned, angular progression, like a crow laughing, unfurls from the lowest... More >>

  • Mike Ireland and Holler

    published March 8, 2000

    Mike Ireland has made only one record, Learning How to Live (Sub Pop), but it's one of the most emotionally demanding and giving country... More >>

  • Johnny Dilks and His Visitacion Valley Boys

    published March 1, 2000

    Johnny Dilks' conversion to country music is familiar as an archetype: Punk in California in the '80s, then rockabilly, then -- recalling all... More >>

  • Gateway City Bluegrass Festival

    published February 23, 2000

    Winter means downtime for bluegrass, a genre that would have gone to sterile seed decades ago were it not for the network of warm weather and... More >>

  • Blue Diamond

    published February 16, 2000

    Once upon a time, say, the afternoon of Sept. 16, 1946, a genre was born. In Columbia's Chicago studios, Bill Monroe led Lester Flatt, Earl... More >>

  • Jim Roll

    published February 2, 2000

    It's customary in rock criticism to begin any discussion of a singer/songwriter, even a good one, with withering complaints against "confessions,"... More >>

  • Bill Morrissey

    published January 26, 2000

    The figures passing through Bill Morrissey's songs have been cursed, spent, haunted, pursued and resigned to it all. They drink, a lot, not for... More >>

  • COUNTRY HOME

    published January 26, 2000

    In a strip mall near the intersection of Highway 94 and Harvester Road in St. Peters, there's a bar called Horstmeier's, where, on the second... More >>

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