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 >>
Country music has always mystified me. On the one hand, the songs always seem to focus on alcohol, failed relationships, and poverty - subjects that have spawned fantastic art for years. On the other hand, popular country music has been virtually unlistenable for at least the last twenty years.
9 p.m. Friday, June 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Another week of great music in St. Louis: Highlights of this week include a visit from multi-talented songstress Santigold at the Pageant, the eclectic-but-soft-spoken indie rock of Pinback and the hard-drivin' country-rock of Whitey Morgan & the 78's. In addition to the out-of-towners, plenty of ... More >>
The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is two weeks away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Throughout May, we've been making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year, introducing the nominees from one or more o ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
This week is another of those extra-packed ones, so this list is a bit longer than usual -- hooray for St. Louis music! If anything remains of your vehicles after Saturday's ridiculous hailstorm (mine only lost a window or two, no biggie) make sure hit the town or else you'll be missing some excelle ... More >>
Suzy RustAfter more than twenty years of darkness, the Luna Cafe sign is lit!Luna Cafe (201 East Chain of Rocks Road, Granite City, Illinois; 618-931-3152) opened in 1926, which makes it the oldest structure on Historic Route 66 still operating under its original name. More important, it just won ... More >>
Alan MesserThere are lots of reasons to hate Rodney Crowell. He's had scores of country hits and penned definitive progressive country anthems such as "'Til I Gain Control Again" and "Old Home Place Revisited." He records with Joe Henry and sings like a fallen angel. And he's had breakfast in ... More >>
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office this afternoon issued charges against George Jones, 36, of the 1100 block of Raritan for two-charges of of armed criminal action, resisting arrest, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action He is currently each being held on a $ ... More >>
Friday, November 20 *Elvis Perkins in Dearland/AA Bondy, The Gargoyle *Japandroids/Surfer Blood, The BIlliken Club *LFMAO/Shwayze/Far East Movement/Paradiso Girls/Space Cowboy, The Pageant *Dex Romweber Duo/Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost/Dirt Daubers, Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy *Steve Scorfina/Danny Liston ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, November 21. Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 University Boulevard.
The 24th annual Farm Aid started with the old-school gospel quartet harmonies of the Blackwood Brothers and enough warm sunshine to persuade all the family farms in Missouri -- the Show Me State has the second highest number of farms in the Union -- that their summer work is far from over. What Will ... More >>
bnd.comDennis CrettonYesterday we speculated that driving lawnmowers while intoxicated was a recreation sport unique to Missouri. We were wrong. Drunk lawnmowering (that a word?) seems to be a favorite pastime of inebriates everywhere -- particularly those who've lost their drivers license from a ... More >>
The Dive Bomber: Now on Thursdays!One night last year, my husband and I stopped by Rick's Place, our favorite bar, to find a new sign with a new name. We peered in the window long enough to notice a new jukebox and far too many people. Overcome with grief, we left without setting foot in the renam ... More >>
Roy KastenOtis GibbsSaturday afternoon at SXSW 2009 started early this year, with the second of the 10th annual Twangfest and KDHX parties at Jovita's (disclosure: I'm a KDHX programmer and Twangfest volunteer), and Nashville-based songwriter Otis Gibbs, whose protest sing-a-longs, earthy folk and b ... More >>
7 p.m. Sunday, September 30. The Rickman Auditorium, 745 Jeffco Boulevard, Arnold
7 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.
7 p.m and 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Ameristar Casino (1260 South Main Street, St. Charles).
Then we snag an interview with country legend and new friend of Lambchop Charlie Louvin.
8 p.m. Saturday, June 24. UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights)
Friday, May 26, at 9 p.m. Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue)
Friday, February 3; the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard)
We duel with Gretchen Wilson and Kelly Clarkson, get home-cooking tips from the stars and delve into Omarion's psyche
We get trippy with hippies, watch musicians melt and dig a heavy fatwa
The tale of a journalist obsessed
Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill Records)
Goodbye Cruel World
Kojak Variety (Rhino)
The strangest fact in the George Jones bio is that he's survived at all
Fontbonne's version of Godspell thrills utterly
Evangeline Made pays tribute to the songs and styles of Acadian culture
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife
Friday, Aug. 17; Galaxy
Saturday, June 9; St. Charles Family Arena.
Friday, May 11; Focal Point
Mother Jones Memorial
Steeling a moment with Overland country-music legend DeWitt Scott Sr.
Talented musicians bring new life to old standards at a St. Peters bar
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.