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 secret? We doubt it's the weed -- sorry -- but think that it likely has more to do with his totally Z ... More >>
Country music is a genre of dysfunction -- between the drinkin' and the cheatin', the relentless (and borderline creepy) adoration of one's "mama" and the occasional stint in the can. And yet, for as much as country artists love singing about the holidays, these themes rarely creep into country Chri ... More >>
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you like country music. There's an even better chance you never had a chance to see two of the most important figures in country music perform live during their heyday.
Photo by Nikki MillerGram Parsons Memorial, located outside Room 8 of the Joshua Tree InnThis morning, I'm drinking coffee outside a motel 28 hours southwest of Minneapolis, and two hours east of the L.A. freeways. The coffee's thin and weak, but I slept well in spite of an evening spent gett ... More >>
My favorite illegal fireworksThe Fourth of July, or Independence Day as I began calling it once I hit adolescence and wanted to say things not in rural colloquialisms but with an air of sophistication - think "Febrooary" not "Febyaray," "Attacks on the World Trade Center," not "NineEleven," a ... More >>
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The audience was small, but fierce.
Historic juke jointed slated to become city garage.