In this week's print edition, Senior Writer Roy Kasten interviews Jay Farrar, longtime leader of Son Volt and first-time author, about the band's new album Honky Tonk (due out March 5) and his new book Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs (due out March 19). "The impetus to write the book was born out of ... More >>
Here at RFT Music, so many shows come across our desks on a regular basis in the form of announcements, previews and reviews that things can get pretty darn redundant. So when we come across fun coincidences, like the photo of Man Man sporting some homemade D.R.I. swag above, we're a little too easi ... More >>
It's safe to say that of all the ambassadors for old-time music - from Bill Monroe to Pete Seeger to Ralph Stanley - Abigail Washburn has had, through her passion for and knowledge of China, the most remarkable of international impacts. At one time, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist had pla ... More >>
That high lonesome sound is resonating through the hollers today as Bluegrass music lovers and banjo enthusiasts alike are mourning the death of Earl Scruggs.
A musical innovator in the truest sense of the word, Scruggs died from natural causes at a Nashville area hospital. He was 88.
As a profe ... More >>
Robert Plant and Patty GriffinRobert Plant and Band of Joy with Luther Dickinson
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
June 15, 2011
The lobby of the Fabulous Fox doesn't look so fabulous as of late. A maze of poles and beams supporting scaffolding and platforms for the post-fire restoration gives the gra ... More >>
Sarah CarmodyDon Curtis, front, pictured in the RFT in 2000Some sad news to report from last week: Well-respected steel-guitar player Don E. Curtis passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 53. Curtis played in the Missouri Valley Boys, the RFT's 2008 Best Country Band (Traditional), ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
Jon GitchoffMary J. Blige, live at Lilith Fair"This is so much better than I could have ever imagined," exclaimed Mary J. Blige, as the Lilith Fair crowd cheered wildly for her. The same could be said about yesterday's all-day show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. While negative publicit ... More >>
Bill Monroe has a message for the murderers of Michael Goulbourne, the 14-year-old St. Louisan killed in May at the Mi Hungry barbecue stand: "We'll find you." And Monroe plans to start spreading the message via billboards. The founder of the now-defunct Thurgood Marshall Academy charter school and ... More >>