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  • FEATURED STORY

    The Cactus Blossoms to record live album at Turf Club

    published Jul 05, 2013

    After this month, they'll be gone, gone, gone, and cryin' won't bring 'em back. Okay, they won't be long gone, but after July 22, close-harmonizing brotherly country act the Cactus Blossoms will cal... More >>

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    Jennifer Markey: I was drawn to country because it's easy to play

    published Jun 27, 2013

    What do you do when you lose your dad to a devastating illness while also undergoing a divorce? You sing a country song, of course, which is how local singer Jennifer Markey coped with a rough year s... More >>

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    Hope Country: I love to be open about what I'm feeling

    published Jun 25, 2013

    The name of Wisconsin farm-bred musician Brent Johnson's band Hope Country says it all, as does that of his debut EP, I Hurt, I Heal; his music employs a number of personal themes related to Johnson... More >>

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    The Fattenin' Frogs on paying tribute to Howlin' Wolf's "evil" music

    published Jun 14, 2013

    From rock to gospel and folk to country, there are countless roots-appreciating musical souls influenced by Chester Arthur "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett and his mid-20th-century, Delta-to-Chicago take on t... More >>

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    BrassZilla: Toddlers and drunkards don't dance to look cool

    published Jun 07, 2013

    We think it's fair to say the sousaphone has outgrown its namesake, John Philip Sousa, our nation's very, very serious March King. Sousa may have made his tuba highly portable, but it's taken a whole ... More >>

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    Love Lake: We share a love for old, weird rock music

    published May 31, 2013

    Love Lake started as a one-man band, with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anders Carlson helming the process of producing its 2010 self-titled debut from start to near finish, having just a li... More >>

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    The Bitterroot Band: It's just plain fun to get people riled up with that noise

    published May 23, 2013

    Equally inspired by the lonesome sounds of folk, country, and the blues, and the frenetic sounds of rock and bluegrass (and psychobilly!), the Bitterroot Band will no doubt find a welcome home in tod... More >>

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    Trailer Trash's Nate Dungan: "Honky tonk music comes right up out of theĀ ground"

    published May 09, 2013

    When you walk into Lee's Liquor Lounge, located on downtown Minneapolis' fringes for over half a century, whether it's your first visit or 40th, the whiff of nostalgia and shiver of magic you feel is ... More >>

  • Country Music Festivals: The good, the bad and the smelly
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    Country Music Festivals: The good, the bad and the smelly

    published May 02, 2013

    Ohhh, the weather outside is... not as bad as they said it was gonna be? Okay, it still sucks. But soon -- yes, soon... too soon in fact! -- it will be summer, and it will be really stupidly hot, and ... More >>

  • Willie Nelson is 80
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    Willie Nelson is 80

    published Apr 30, 2013

    Willie Nelson neither looks nor seems 80 years old. This is an age reserved for, well, old people. The unhip, those not in-the-know, not totally with it. And yet, Willie turns 80 today. What's his s... More >>

  • RIP George Jones, country legend (1931-2013)
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    RIP George Jones, country legend (1931-2013)

    published Apr 26, 2013

    To begin a remembrance of George Jones, one need look no further than his song lyrics. "He stopped loving her today, they placed a wreath upon his door." "Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone, and so are... More >>

  • Ricky Skaggs at Dakota Jazz Club, 4/18/13
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    Ricky Skaggs at Dakota Jazz Club, 4/18/13

    published Apr 19, 2013

    Ricky Skaggs With Kentucky Thunder Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Thursday, April 18, 2013I've seen Ricky Skaggs perform now at three different venues, each as different as the next. He played alongsi... More >>

  • Ricky Skaggs: Music is a cleansing; it's life
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    Ricky Skaggs: Music is a cleansing; it's life

    published Apr 18, 2013

    Ricky Skaggs is not old -- he'll turn 59 in July -- but his actual chronological years belie the elder statesman status he's achieved in country, bluegrass, gospel and neo-traditional music. Rare tal... More >>

  • Ten country songs for tax day
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    Ten country songs for tax day

    published Apr 12, 2013

    It seems odd we'd ever find occasion to offer the following advice: Don't do what Willie did. But as tax day approaches, it's the wisest advice we can offer. Don't leave the management of your finance... More >>

  • Mother Banjo on the John Prine tribute show at 331 Club
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    Mother Banjo on the John Prine tribute show at 331 Club

    published Apr 04, 2013

    Many singer-songwriters count the likes of Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan among their favorites, but few writers can brag that Kristofferson and Dylan have said the feeling's mutual. Dylan has calle... More >>

  • Hayes Carll at Cedar Cultural Center, 3/30/13
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    Hayes Carll at Cedar Cultural Center, 3/30/13

    published Apr 01, 2013

    Hayes Carll With The Warren Hood Band Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Saturday, March 30, 2013He's been called a troubadour, a Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt for the younger generation. Austin-based... More >>

  • Ten country songs 'bout Jesus
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    Ten country songs 'bout Jesus

    published Mar 28, 2013

    I've been told a lot of things about Jesus. For one, he evidently looked a lot like Kenny Loggins. Or Kenny Loggins looks a lot like him? Apparently dinosaurs were created and then roamed the earth ar... More >>

  • Top 13 country songs about whiskey
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    Top 13 country songs about whiskey

    published Mar 21, 2013

    Today's a big day in whiskey history. As legend tells it, it was on this day in 1983 that Merle Haggard set a new world record for purchasing the largest round of whiskey, after buying 5,095 shots of ... More >>

  • Jack Greene, <em>Opry</em> stalwart, passes at 83
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    Jack Greene, Opry stalwart, passes at 83

    published Mar 18, 2013

    A prime example of country music's late-'60s era of mellow and polished crooners, Jack Greene's sound was old, no doubt, but epitomized a style still enjoyed today by countless Opry listeners, who con... More >>

  • 10 songs of unrequited love for Taylor Swift's discarded fan mail
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    10 songs of unrequited love for Taylor Swift's discarded fan mail

    published Mar 14, 2013

    It's all too easy to make Taylor Swift play the part of the bitch. From her latest row with America's Sweethearts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, to the string of heartbreak she's left in her wake, the bott... More >>

  • The Nashville Network premiered 30 years ago today... and now it's back
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    The Nashville Network premiered 30 years ago today... and now it's back

    published Mar 07, 2013

    Thirty years ago today, something big happened in country music. On March 7, 1983, just two years after MTV and the Buggles ushered onto our television sets a consistent -- well, for a time -- rotatio... More >>

  • Ten country songs to bring on the spring
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    Ten country songs to bring on the spring

    published Feb 28, 2013

    March is that time of year when we forget everything we've come to know about the month's wild mood swings. We ignore the weatherman's prognostications, and throw on shorts and short sleeves at the fi... More >>

  • The Cactus Blossoms: We see the Turf Club as our workshop
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    The Cactus Blossoms: We see the Turf Club as our workshop

    published Feb 22, 2013

    A year into their two-steppin' friendly Monday night residency at the Turf Club, the Cactus Blossoms have become a mainstay not only of that St. Paul stage, but of the country and folk scenes here in... More >>

  • Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter 45 years ago today
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    Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter 45 years ago today

    published Feb 22, 2013

    Though they have both passed, today we celebrate what would have been the 45th wedding anniversary of Johnny and June Carter Cash. Following a somewhat rocky and entirely unconventional courtship, it ... More >>

  • Country singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide
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    Country singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

    published Feb 18, 2013

    The troubled life of country singer Mindy McCready has come to a close with the Cleburne County, Arkansas, Sheriff's Office stating that officers were dispatched to her home Sunday after neighbors rep... More >>

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