I have exactly two commercially manufactured CDs in my car, and both are by Garth Brooks. I have his 1989 eponymous debut and the seminal No Fences. When nothing else sounds right, Garth always does. Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001. After touring relentlessly for years, he want ... More >>
Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damag ... More >>
Seasonal thaws and spring training starting up in Florida are plenty to get Minnesota Twins fans giddy for the sights and sounds at Target Field. Music plays a huge role in baseball, so events like Rock N Jock Expo can feed urges for all sorts of fans this weekend. The now-annual event brings togeth ... More >>
Secret Stash Records has emerged as a leading crate-digging boutique label during the past few years, and now the Minneapolis-based group of music lovers is expanding. While many of their releases have grasped a funky side of underrepresented sounds, the team's musical interests go far beyond just t ... More >>
To begin a remembrance of George Jones, one need look no further than his song lyrics. "He stopped loving her today, they placed a wreath upon his door." "Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone, and so are you." Jones died this morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after being hospitalized the ... More >>
Guests arrived at the rural Afton farm location and parked their cars beneath apple trees. Spotted pigs grunted their greetings as they ambled around the fields, which smelled of fresh grass. The setting rolled out in dazzling shades of green, dotted by hay bales and lolling oak trees. A table was s ... More >>
It looks like America's Got Talent favorite Tim Poe is a bit of a con artist. According to a statement issued by the Minnesota National Guard yesterday, Poe was not injured by a grenade while serving in Afghanistan in 2009 as the singer claimed on the popular TV show Monday night. Poe indeed served ... More >>
Born in Whitehaven, Tennessee on this day in 1931, "Cowboy" Jack Clement's accolades as a prolific singer and songwriter, record and film producer, and television and radio host have been well-earned, with a career that spans over half a century and touches every nook and cranny of country music.
Facebook.comWith Saint Patrick's Day just around the corner, people begin to beget the loyal sentiment of historical nostalgia. One band over the course of the past 14 years, the hard-core essence of the Irish lifestyle has lived within Boston's Dropkick Murphys. Mixing authentic Irish folk and a ... More >>
This ain't my first rodeo, but perhaps it could be yours. This weekend, the "World's Toughest Rodeo" tour makes its annual stop at the Xcel Energy Center (Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 7:30, $9.50-80 with special pricing for Girl and Boy Scouts, no foolin'). In addition to bull, bareback, an ... More >>
Hank Williams III November 29, 2011 First Avenue, MinneapolisIt's not every Tuesday night you get to see three (or four, or five) genres of music performed in one place, particularly genres with names like "cowpunk" and "hellbilly." If you were at First Avenue last night you were in luck - a fine ... More >>
A dozen autumns ago I moved to Minneapolis from South Dakota, and it was then that I learned how all'a ya can't shut up about one thing: The Halloween Blizzard of '91.
A fresh take on a traditional sound
This Friday, country duo Big & Rich's "Xtreme Muzik Tour" hits the Mystic Amphitheater (8PM, $25-49), with openers Cowboy Troy and Two Foot Fred. Say what?
Mystic Lake Casino kicks off a summer of outdoor shows at its new 8,000 seat amphitheater Sunday night with a performance by Jason Mraz, followed on July 4th with a free performance by Diamond Rio (with fireworks!). So. Who's Diamond Rio?
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.
Bone is returning, semi-triumphantly (they've had a tough decade, after all) to the Mainroom tonight with the "original lineup" in tow -- not including Bizzy, the high-pitched attack dog of the Lord, who has been a solo artist since 1998...sort of. Gimme Noise and three other journalists from aro ... 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 >>
Photo by Nikki Miller Text sent to a friend, 10:28 PM: Jesus. They have either literal graphic interpretations or actual lyrics to their songs on the jumbotron. Gross. When are you going to First Ave? Not the sentiment I'd hoped to be expressing halfway through Brooks & Dunn's farewell perfo ... More >>
Head injuries, monkeys, country music and sexism: What to expect at the rodeo.
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, Hank III is whiskey bent and hellbound.
Hoobstank? Tape player hatin'? Who is this guy, and is he married? (I checked; yes, he is, and with a child. Dang.)
Blame it on your lying cheating cold deadbeating two-timing double-dealing mean mistreating loving heart.
Emily Kaiser heads to D.C. to experience firsthand one of the most historic events in recent memory
A small-town mayor with big-city ambitions sets off a major brouhaha in Harris
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Making a Good Impression with Celebrity Impersonator Dale Preston
CITY PAGES BLOGS Diablo Cody delivers her Five Least Favorite Songs at the Pussy Ranch. Steve Monaco has your movie quiz question of the week at Couch Pundit. THESE DAYS Two months after ending his 16-year relationship with Capitol Records, country singer Garth Brooks has used his newfound freed ... More >>
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 >>
Scissor Sisters' disco pop delivers a queer ear for the straight guy
Live from NYC: Hundreds of thousands of protesters, 20,000 cops, and one coronation
Is Neko Case the queen of country music or just a faux Shania?
Joshua Alexander looked at all the lonely women in internet chat rooms-- and saw nothing but opportunit
Working an hour behind the scenes for every minute on the mic, Lil Buddy strives to make it big
Local cloggers the Girl Germs spread the traditional dancing of Appalachia to the prairies
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.
Now that Music Row has gone mainstream, an industry insider describes the nation's newest company town.
Nashville's newest cover girl Shania Twain hits the showroom floor.