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.
Glen Hansard, with The Lost Brothers
September 25, 2012
Glen Hansard is a master manipulator. Oh, he doesn't toy with you intentionally, but with lyrics so tightly crafted and rhythms so expertly layered, Hansard can make you feel just about anything. He rips out your heart, uses it for ... More >>
Will Hoge may be the hardest-working musician you've never heard of. A Nashville guitarist who traded his teaching dreams for songwriting, Hoge tried his hand in minor bands before getting noticed as a solo artist at the turn of the century. Despite not having his own hit song (and, oddly, watching ... 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 >>
Jason & the Scorchers
January 13, 2012
As band after band from the 1980s and 1990s reforms and revisits past glories, one could be forgiven for questioning their respective motives. However, early in their set, Jason & The Scorchers wanted us to know that this night would be different ... More >>
One of these people might have moved past the first round. Maybe. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.Ed: The American Idol Season 11 auditions attracted more than 10,000 hopefuls to the Scottrade Center yesterday. Recent Mizzou grad Mallory Gnaegy was one them, and she has agreed to let us publish her ac ... More >>
How do you sum up the influence of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson? During her 50-year-plus(!) career -- which started when she was a high school student in Oklahoma City -- the singer has moved effortlessly between country, rockabilly and early rock & roll. She opened for (and cove ... More >>
Bernard Ente/jimmyvivino.comThe man himself playing with Felix Cabrera in 2007.Watchers of late-night television knew Jimmy Vivino as the guitarist for the Tonight Show band during Conan O'Brien's short-lived stint as host. Before that, Vivino was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with ... More >>