Son Volt With Colonel Ford First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 Jay Farrar hasn't always stuck to his guns since the breakup of his seminal, genre-creating work with Uncle Tupleo, but one consistent thread through his winding career has been a stubborn and abiding love for coun ... More >>
Caitlin Rose With Andrew Combs and Martin Devaney Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis April 8, 2013 Caitlin Rose has the type of easygoing, affable Southern charm that can win over any audience. But more importantly, she's got the songs that can silence and stun any crowd as well. Both of those en ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
See also: Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at Mystic Lake Casino, 2/27/11 Merle Haggard and the Strangers With Kris Kristofferson State Theatre, Minneapolis Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Talk about bang for your country music buck; seeing legends Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson share a singl ... More >>
John Prine With Willie Watson Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Friday, June 29, 2012 With fans as passionate (read: intoxicated, borderline rabid) as his, it was perhaps a sin for John Prine to show up 40 minutes late to his own party as he did for his Minnesota Zoo appearance Friday night. Any regular ... More >>
Blues music is the balm for the broken-hearted, and Janiva Magness sure has the magic touch for healing a broken heart. On her new album, Stronger for It, the accomplished singer reveals and album that is milky, nourishing and intimately comforting -- all whilst acknowledging the transienc ... More >>
On this day in 1923, legendary producer, record executive, DJ and Sun Records/Sun Studios founder Sam Phillips was born to a pair of poor tenant farmers near Florence, Alabama. You likely know the name for his work founding this seminal recording studio/label, as well as for helping discover and fos ... More >>
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 religion-y and whatnot. But I'll bet it has a lot more to do with, well, Google with me won't y ... More >>
Want to celebrate this Halloween country style? Head on down to the Hexagon Bar come Monday night for the Hot Roxx Halloween Hoedown Hextravaganza.
I just watched seven minutes and 52 seconds of American Idol. By my count, that's 472 seconds I'll never get back. Your turn.
He's recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold, and has produced more than 30 Top Ten singles, 20 of which have climbed to the top of the Hot Country Songs charts. He's got awards from the ACM, the CMA, the AMA, CMT, the BMA, the PCA and the FCMA (those are a lot of awards show ... More >>
On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.
On this day in country music history, in an evening session in a studio on Nashville's storied Music Row, Johnny Horton recorded "The Battle of New Orleans." While his version became the best known over the years, peaking at Number One on both Billboard's Hot Country Singles and its Hot 100 lists ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerDwight Yoakam at Grand Casino, September 2009Time to get in line (virtually). It seems Dwight Yoakam is one of the few country dudes every country-hating indie rock dude would pay good money to see gyrate his hips in tight, tight jeans, and so, country-hating indie rock d ... More >>
So you haven't finished your holiday shopping. Perhaps, in fact, you haven't even started it. Don't you feel bad about yourself? Hey, there's still plenty of time to order gift cards, which you know your folks want anyway. Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Mills Fleet Farm. Easy! So click click, th ... More >>
83 years ago today, Buck Owens, originally Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., was born in Sherman, TX, just months before the onset of the Great Depression. As the story goes, he assigned himself the name "Buck" at the age of four - his family owned a mule by the name of Buck, and he decided he wanted t ... More >>
Had my father truly loved me, he would have forced Davy Jones to marry me at gunpoint. Today, I've got love on my mind. Is it because I've been invited to a wedding every goddamned weekend the month of July, and so love has been striking in the form of RSVP cards, Target gift registries, swea ... More >>
Let's talk about the Yankees, shall we? Naw, just kiddin' - I really just wanna talk about Charley Pride.
Jon Langford's American discoveries
We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.
Reports from South by Southwest, where a Texas town becomes a mecca of indie music and film