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 talent, a bevy of stories, an enthusiastic attitude and a passion for performing have a lot to do with i ... More >>
Andrew Bird with Fat Kid WednesdaysState Theatre, MinneapolisMonday, December 17, 2012Andrew Bird said in an interview about his shows, "There's a lot going on. You can either close your eyes and let it wash over you, or you can pay attention to all the tricky things we're doing." Depending on which ... More >>
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cold. Settle down with some local music this weekend.
Photos by Nick WosikaAlison Krauss and Union StationSeptember 13, 2011Orpheum Theatre, MinneapolisTo spend the evening watching Alison Krauss and Union Station perform is a humbling experience. There are some shows where the artist may seem accessible and would love to hang out afterwards, ... More >>
I'm a sucker for some twangy, slightly out-of-tune vocals--thus is country, no?
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Will Smith, "Switch" I'd be totally cool with Will Smith if he weren't so bland and smug and humorless and if I were 11. True, I sure enjoyed "Parents Just Don't Understand," which made some super points about generational conflict, and Six Degrees of Separation, which made some instructive points ... More >>
Mr. Airplane man call out from Memphis, Sacred Harp Singers reclaim the bible belt, and Hootie's reputation heads south
With their croaking vocals and enormous belt buckles, Nashville's neglected veterans seek shelter at the Midwest Country Music Theater-- a little bit of Branson back home