This blog recently ran down the "10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music." That's all well and good, but it only tells half the story -- country is far from a moribund, cheesed-out genre. In fact, there are countless up-and-coming country craftsmen and women who are worthy of your attention. ... More >>
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul Monday, October 14, 2013 "I'm not crazy," Fiona Apple told us. Twice. The second time she added, sweetly, "Just a little daffy." The audience, its devotion edging toward reverence, didn't need the reassurance. And yet, given the scrutin ... More >>
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 country singer/songwriter Hayes Carll's sold-out appearance at the Cedar Saturday night proved he's ... More >>
In a press conference streamed live last week from his website, country legend George Strait announced his farewell tour, aptly coined "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour." Is he sick? Don't think so. Gettin' too old? Nah, some of the old fellers still touring have got at least two decades on him. Wants to ... More >>
Fiona Apple With Blake Mills Orpheum Theatre, MinneapolisMonday, July 16, 2012 From the moment she stepped on stage at the Orpheum, Fiona Apple seemed to be in her own special room in her head. Every song was a trance, a frenzied art piece that required her absolute conentration, and in between tho ... 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 >>
Photos by Steve CohenPointer Sisters and the TemptationsOctober 13, 2011Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MNSeeing just one legacy act in a night would have been enough, but Mystic Lake's double header on Thursday packed the amphitheater with a historic level of nostalgia crossing multiple ge ... More >>
No, he ain't.On this day in country music history 1933, a boy named Harold Jenkins was born in a town called Friars Point, Mississippi. His uncle named him after his favorite silent film actor, Harold Jenkins. But Harold Jenkins didn't stay Harold Jenkins for long.
Another tie, another jar of cologne, another set of cuff links, another Father's Day. Do you call your dad, send him a card, buy him some tools? Or how about you dedicate a collection of Father's Day songs to him by reposting this Top 10 list to his Facebook page? First, you'll have to frie ... More >>
Campbell sparkles Grand Casino as only a Rhinestone Cowboy can.
Memo to Jack White: You're the reason Loretta Lynn's songs are ugly