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  • Will Kimbrough

    published September 19, 2007

    If there's an Americana A-Team, Will Kimbrough is an all-star outfielder with a cannon for an arm. Guitarist of choice for Rodney Crowell,... More >>

  • Glossary

    published September 12, 2007

    In one incarnation or another, Glossary has been rocking the twang or twanging the rock for ten years — which means they finally have... More >>

  • La Mascara Mexicana

    published September 12, 2007

    Los Straitjackets, the lucha libre-masked surf instrumentalists from another planet (Nashville, actually, which is far-out enough) have... More >>

  • Kim Richey

    published September 5, 2007

    In the mid '90s, Kim Richey was at the head of the Nashville-based country-folk class that included Mary Chapin Carpenter and Kathy Mattea.... More >>

  • Casiotone for the Painfuly Alone/ David Bazan

    published September 5, 2007

    When the brothers Kashio started tinkering with the musical possibilities of calculator chips, they couldn't have predicted that Devo, the Cars... More >>

  • Lost Bayou Ramblers

    published August 29, 2007

    Boogie-woogie isn't a French term, but try telling the Lost Bayou Ramblers that. The five young Cajun ass-kickers from Lafayette,... More >>

  • Ben Kweller

    published August 22, 2007

    About this time last year, Ben Kweller — Brooklyn's greatest fake classic rocker not counting the Hold Steady — was shoving... More >>

  • Hope Springs Eternal

    published August 22, 2007

    Betrayal of self and others, homelessness, regret and existential dread were once subjects not associated with Mark Olson. But the founder of the... More >>

  • Under Spells

    published August 15, 2007

    On Spells, its first album for the punky label Vagrant Records, the Comas wake up from a way overstated stoner-rock reputation, look in the... More >>

  • The Rentals

    published August 8, 2007

    When Matt Sharp split from Weezer to concentrate on the Rentals, he made a gamble that hasn't fully paid off. After two sketchy,... More >>

  • The Holmes Brothers

    published August 8, 2007

    The next time you hear someone mention "the NPR set" and the Holmes Brothers in the same breath, reach for your piece — or just reach... More >>

  • Funny Ha Ha

    published August 1, 2007

    Neil Hamburger is technically a comedian, but one whose best joke is his very existence. (OK, his best joke actually goes: "Why did God create... More >>

  • Steel Pulse

    published July 25, 2007

    Over the course of thirty-plus years, Steel Pulse has released just one great album: its 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution. But it... More >>

  • Alina Simone

    published July 18, 2007

    Ukrainian-born, NYC-based singer and songwriter Alina Simone has been lighting up the blogosphere (mainly because said 'sphere thinks she... More >>

  • Alison Krauss and Union Station

    published July 18, 2007

    As the only bluegrass artist in the known universe to tour arenas, Alison Krauss has cajones — and a track record. The same puerile... More >>

  • Richmond Fontaine

    published July 4, 2007

    If you believe the European press, the Portland alt-country posse Richmond Fontaine is the second coming of the Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the... More >>

  • Emmylou Harris

    published July 4, 2007

    An NPR host recently flattered Emmylou Harris by comparing her appearance at a songwriting workshop to having Arnold Schwarzenegger as a... More >>

  • Miranda Lambert

    published June 27, 2007

    The enemy lines of alt and mainstream country have been confounded at least since the Dixie Chicks cut Patty Griffin, and Bruce Robison and Brooks... More >>

  • Stephen Stills

    published June 20, 2007

    For a guy who started out as an unreconstructed folkophile in a band called the Au Go-Go Singers, Stephen Stills has made a considerable... More >>

  • Hank Williams Jr.

    published June 13, 2007

    The recent parade of impressionists on Letterman has nothing on Hank Williams Jr. When he was just a cub, he sounded more like his father... More >>

  • Blue Mountain

    published June 6, 2007

    If you had to pick only one album to sum up the very best of alt-country's best decade — that's the '90s — you'd probably pick the... More >>

  • Squeezing Out Larks

    published June 6, 2007

    Graham Parker isn't an angry young man anymore. He's an angry 56-year-old. One of the most independent and prolific voices in rock & roll,... More >>

  • William Elliott Whitmore

    published May 30, 2007

    William Elliott Whitmore has the name of a poetaster, the voice of an old street singer, and a banjo in serious need of new strings and a... More >>

  • 2007 RFT Music Showcase

    published May 30, 2007

    My second day in St. Louis after moving here to become the RFT's music editor happened to coincide with the 2005 Music Awards presentation... More >>

  • Magic Slim

    published May 23, 2007

    Morris Holt, now known as Magic Slim, grew up in what should have been post-depression Mississippi, although economic change comes slowly... More >>

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