Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.
Father John Misty
With La Sera and Jeffertitti's Nile
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
October 31, 2012
"Do you like my costume?" joked Joshua Tillman, the frontman and main creative force behind Father John Misty, as he and his five backing musicians took to the Fine Line stage on Wednesday night ... More >>
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 >>
Grab a hanky. No seriously, you're gonna need it. Glen Campbell has just released a bittersweet video to lend sound and images to the final days of his farewell tour, and it's a doozy. In it, the country singer, guitarist and sometimes television host and actor reflects upon his life, family, and fi ... More >>
The Dakota, Minneapolis
Thursday, April 26, 2012
"It's been too long," said pianist Anthony Crow midway through Lambchop's first performance in Minneapolis in a decade. He and enigmatic frontman Kurt Wagner traded recollections of their March 2002 performance at the 400 Bar, a show whic ... More >>
Mystic Lake Casino, Prior LakeFriday, April 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.
In the song "True Grit," recorded for the 1969 John Wayne film of the same name, Glen Campbell sings that a man with true grit is someone who's kind, someone who is fearless. But perhaps a more ... More >>
If you were in the mood to take in a good country show this weekend, you... may not be in luck. Glen Campbell's appearance at Mystic on Friday, a stop on his farewell tour after announcing he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, is sold out. And if you were looking forward to Canadian alt-country sing ... More >>
Replacements fans will recognize a few familiar qualities in Glen Campbell's new video for "Ghost on the Canvas," the title track from his farewell album. Not only was the song written by Paul Westerberg, but the video begins with a shot quite similar to that used in the 'Mats' video "Bastards of ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGimme fifty mill and I'll sell you a Ford pickup truck!No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in part to his chain ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenLindsey Buckingham
September 16, 2011
A man as obviously aware of his significance in musical history as he is of his relative obscurity as a solo artist - in comparison to his former band, and his former bandmate/partner Stevie Nicks - Lindsey Buckingha ... More >>
It's not often that Paul Westerberg talks to the press these days -- a fact that Village Voice contributor Peter Gerstenzang brags about in the intro to his new Q&A -- so it's interesting that the former Replacements frontman has shown up not once, but two separate times in New York blogs thi ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerThe Beach Boys
July 31, 2011
The year is 1993, 30 years after the birth of John Stamos. My best friend Amy and I are sitting in her family's basement rec room, arguing again.
Amy is pro-Beach Boys. I'm pro-Beatles. And we're each anti- the other. I ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerIn this week's issue of People magazine, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell and his wife Kim reveal that Campbell's battles with short-term memory loss have been diagnosed as symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Given our proximity to an abundance of casino venues, the popularity of state and county fairs, big summer festivals in every neck of the woods (and on lakes and in fields), and the recent influx of urban and suburban Western-themed bars, it's no surprise we've seen plenty of great country ac ... More >>