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The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>
At Are You Ready for the Country, there are two things we love: close-harmonizing sibling acts, and tough old broads. And so, we're sad to report that Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters, died on Wednesday at the age of 94.Andrews was interviewed by City Pages' Lindsey Th ... More >>
For over fifty years she was an integral member of the Grand Ole Opry, and today, Minnie Pearl would have been 100 years old. In honor of the most beloved character in country music this side of Little Jimmy Dickens, here are ten essential facts you should know about the Gossip from Grinder's Switch ... More >>
Oooooh-wee, what's that smell? Smells like pigs, corn on the cob, and carny sweat. But then, a gentle waft of pheromones floats through the air -- the aroma of a 4-H gal from Faribault locking eyes with her Future Farmer of America. And the soundtrack to it all? The Minnesota State Fair's country mu ... More >>
He may share his famous great-uncle's last name, but where legend Ernest Tubb was all adorably hokey honky-tonk, Lucky Tubb's style is situated closer to the outlaw snarl of Hank III. The two not only share a similar family lineage -- both carry on their family traditions just as well as they stray ... 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 >>
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 fans a chance to change that sentiment. "So many of us don't think about death. It's a thing ... More >>
Longings and losses of a country boy
A discussion with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival headliner and iconic musician.
Toussaint, 71, to play Twin Cities Jazz Festival this summer
Peter Guralnick chronicles a Memphis tragedy in his passionate biography of Elvis Presley