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  • Notable 2011 deaths in country music

    published Dec 29, 2011

    It's an annual tradition to look back at year's end to those who've passed on in the previous twelve months. Whether it's just filler for the year's final broadcast of Entertainment Tonight, or Americ... More >>

  • 10 country Christmas songs that are mostly not terrible

    10 country Christmas songs that are mostly not terrible

    published Dec 22, 2011

    Country music singers sure do love their Christmas songs. Now why is that? I reckon it has a little bit to do with the holiday's celebration of all things traditional, and down home-y, and old-time re... More >>

  • Mark Chesnutt at Povlitzki's on 65, 12/16/11

    published Dec 19, 2011

    Mark Chesnutt December 16, 2011 Povlitzki's on 65 Several songs into a hits-heavy and lengthy set at Spring Lake Park's Povlitzki's on 65 Friday night, Mark Chesnutt played a tune that pretty much su... More >>

  • Mark Chesnutt, '90s country hitmaker, to play Povlitzki's Friday

    published Dec 15, 2011

    Dudes. (Specifically, dudes who came of age listening to country music in the 1990s.) Listen up: Mark Chesnutt is playing the Twin Cities' coolest suburban dive bar tomorrow night. This message w... More >>

  • Avey Tare at Triple Rock, 12/7/11

    published Dec 08, 2011

    Avey Tare December 7, 2011 Triple Rock Social Club Avey Tare, pseudonymed "frontman" of the very popular "collective" Animal Collective, released an album last year called Down There, a piece suppos... More >>

  • Marty Robbins' death: On this day in country music history

    published Dec 08, 2011

    We've written about Marty Robbins here before, most notably on the anniversary of his recording of the Western revival, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs -- click on over to learn about the history o... More >>

  • Lydia Loveless to play Lee's, Hymie's tomorrow night

    published Dec 01, 2011

    Hearing 21-year-old Ohioan Lydia Loveless' Bloodshot release Indestructible Machine, your immediate association upon taking in her rich, steady and intense voice is "Neko Case. She sounds like Neko Ca... More >>

  • Country spotlight: Roy Clark and Trailer Trash's Trashy Little Christmas this weekend

    published Nov 25, 2011

    As the glut and gratitude of Thanksgiving gives way to the glut and gaiety of the holiday season, plan to kick off this transitionary phase with some holiday honky tonk and a banjo-pickin' veteran of ... More >>

  • Rosie Flores at Lee's Liquor Lounge, 11/17/11

    published Nov 18, 2011

    Rosie Flores November 17, 2011 Lee's Liquor Lounge Ever since Wanda Jackson swung through town last summer and made mention of her once home away from honky tonk home, the old Flame Supper Club on Ni... More >>

  • Rosie Flores to play Lee's tonight

    published Nov 17, 2011

    With a quarter-century performing true rockabilly-style country under her belt, Rosie Flores is about as legit as they come, and tonight she'll be appearing at Lee's Liquor Lounge (9:00, $8). Born in ... More >>

  • Puscifer at the State Theatre, 11/14/11

    published Nov 15, 2011

    Puscifer November 14, 2011 The State Theatre Puscifer, as far as I could tell prior to their Monday night show at the State Theatre, was a clothing line. I'd heard tell of two friends, who while trav... More >>

  • Meat Puppets at the Turf Club, 11/12/11

    published Nov 14, 2011

    Meat Puppets November 12, 2011 Turf Club There's something magical about seeing old SST bands. I doubt it's that the L.A.-based punk/hardcore/jazz label necessarily had a strong influence on the band... More >>

  • 10 Country Songs in Memory of the Edmund Fitzgerald

    published Nov 10, 2011

    A dozen autumns ago I moved to Minneapolis from South Dakota, and it was then that I learned how all'a ya can't shut up about one thing: The Halloween Blizzard of '91. I grew up in a place where we di... More >>

  • Lucinda Williams to play First Ave next Wednesday

    published Nov 03, 2011

    Emmylou Harris has said of the alt-country songwriter, "She is an example of the best of what country at least says it is, but, for some reason, she's completely out of the loop and I feel strongly th... More >>

  • Celebrate Halloween country style with 10 spooky songs

    published Oct 27, 2011

    Want to celebrate this Halloween country style? Head on down to the Hexagon Bar come Monday night for the Hot Roxx Halloween Hoedown Hextravaganza. Along with Hot Roxx compadres Jen Hughes and Macku$,... More >>

  • 10 Songs About the Slammer: This Day in Country Music History

    published Oct 20, 2011

    "I was drunk, the day my mama, got outta prison." You know the rest. But what you may not know is that this weekend, 48 years ago, country singer David Allan Coe began serving a four-year prison sen... More >>

  • The Funereal Remembrance of Luke the Drifter

    published October 12, 2011

    In 1950, country legend Hank Williams began recording religious songs and recitations under the name "Luke the Drifter," a pseudonym used to... More >>

  • Hank Williams' alter-ego eulogized by House of Mercy this weekend

    published Oct 13, 2011

    Funerals are a sad affair, attended perhaps more often out of social obligation than chance for celebration and commemoration. This weekend, the folks at St. Paul's House of Mercy want to give music f... More >>

  • 11 country songs for "Occupy MN"

    published Oct 06, 2011

    You load 16 tons, whaddya get? Well, you'd be lucky to get a coal mining job these days. Okay, so lucky's perhaps not the most apt word, but plenty of folks would be happy to get one, anyway. Today,... More >>

  • Toby Keith tops Forbes' "Highest-Paid" list

    published Sep 29, 2011

    No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in p... More >>

  • Hymie's kicks off six weeks of 'Schlitz Kickin' Country'

    published Sep 22, 2011

    "Hymie's kicks off six weeks of Schlitz Kickin' Country" - try sayin' that headline three times fast. Better yet, try sayin' it after you've drunk your complimentary beer at one of the six country-the... More >>

  • Lindsey Buckingham at Pantages, 9/16/11

    published Sep 19, 2011

    Lindsey Buckingham September 16, 2011 Pantages Theater A man as obviously aware of his significance in musical history as he is of his relative obscurity as a solo artist - in comparison to his forme... More >>

  • Roy Acuff, born on this day in country music history

    published Sep 15, 2011

    If Roy Acuff hadn't been born on this day 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, third of Ida Carr and Simon E. Neill Acuff's five children, Tennessee might not be the hillbilly capital of the world today. ... More >>

  • Patsy Cline Birthday Show tonight at Lee's

    published Sep 08, 2011

    Just over six months ago, we gave you the rundown on Patsy Cline's strange death - and the deaths of manager Randy Hughes, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jack Anglin, and Dottie West to go along with... More >>

  • Blondie at Mystic Lake Casino, 9/4/11

    published Sep 06, 2011

    Blondie September 4, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino I was 16 when Blondie reunited in the late 1990s. I have a memory of reading about their plan to do a few shows and record an album in Spin or maybe Rolli... More >>

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