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 >>
Today's a big day in whiskey history. As legend tells it, it was on this day in 1983 that Merle Haggard set a new world record for purchasing the largest round of whiskey, after buying 5,095 shots of Canadian Club at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth at an appearance to promote his "C.C. Waterback" du ... 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 >>
David Allan Coe famously said that the perfect country and western song requires the following five components: Mama, trains, trucks, prison, and gettin' drunk. With all due respect to Mr. Coe, one subject seems absent: farmin'. Farming has been a part of country music since -- well, we guess the ... More >>
When it comes to political touchstones, country music is all about po' folks and old time religion, issues that largely resonate with folks no matter where they sit on the political spectrum. As we gear up for the November election, it's important to think about what you support -- not just politi ... More >>
See Also:Rage Against The Machine: The Battle of Minneapolis, part deuxBrother Ali to join Tom Morello at rally to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerDeep within a recent New York Times profile we discover that Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan is a Rage Against the Machine fan. While the Wisconsi ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty: So obscure, it's not even funny.Hey everybody, check it out: Tim Pawlenty came in first place at something. Our former governor took the number-one spot in GQ's list of the top 25 least influential people on planet earth, right up there with Hank Williams Jr., MSNBC's Ed Schul ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerSo, are you ready for the country? Er, are you ready for some football? Uh, I mean, some country? Say what you will about his politics. I will say that they make my skin crawl, and that, in my experience, he's not shy about sharing them in his live performances. But... ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenDan Penn August 15, 2011 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Rock and soul singer/songwriter Dan Penn may not exactly be a household name, but his songs and talents from the past 50 years now are most certainly worth recognition, making his two-night appearance at the Dakota t ... More >>
Hank III has sung his praises, saying that he "has more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr," and describing him further as "the real deal." Tonight, you can judge this assessment for yourself by heading on down to Lee's Liquor Lounge to catch a performance by Wayne "The Train" ... More >>
The Blacksheep Cafe in Springfield, Illinois is one of the shpookiest places I've played. It's all boarded up on the outside and is all graffitti'ed up on the inside. It's like shredder's lair If it weren't for Kirk and Dustin's tunes being so nice I would have been shakin' in m ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerHeart December 18, 2010 Mystic Lake Casino The power balladeers of my childhood, hard rock queens of my mother's adolescence, Heart weren't just role models for generations of young American women - they helped define for me and likely for many others the role of sexual ... More >>
Montana brand Bluebird boots, in the style of Gene Autry, to be worn at fancy, sit-down recitalsI'm a little torn on how best to spend a Saturday night - put on my immaculate, fancy inlay boots from Schatzlein's and sit prim and proper at Orchestra Hall... or hoof it on down to Toby Keith's I Lov ... More >>
A collective of whatever the hell they want. Check out Saturday's Grand Casino show and see if you can make some sense of it.
Regina Spektor, Pet Shop Boys and Todd Rungdren all play the State, Ani DiFrano speaks & next week's best new releases.
Private Dancer announces national tour, Rob Zombie adds TC date & No Age performs Hüsker Dü songs with Bob Mould at ATP.
Hank Williams, Jr. hit the campaign trail with a stop in Minnesota on Sunday night. Naw, I'm just pullin' your leg.
Cabooze, Club Jäger and Cracker Barrel. Three ways to catch your country music this week.
The beautiful drama of broadcast football