Just as was the case in Toronto, the cell phone-wielding amateur videographers were out at Riot Fest to document the Replacements' second reunion show. During what proved to be a lovely evening in Humboldt Park following a day of rain, the 'Mats packed a few more songs into their setlist, and threw ... More >>
Thirty years ago today, something big happened in country music. On March 7, 1983, just two years after MTV and the Buggles ushered onto our television sets a consistent -- well, for a time -- rotation of pop music programming, The Nashville Network premiered. It revolutionized the country music vid ... More >>
Sixty years ago today, Hank Williams hit Number One with the slightly posthumous, very prophetic song "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," a tune he'd written with Fred Rose just prior to his death, and the last single to be released during his lifetime. Bonus on the freaky scale? Fred Rose wou ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
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.
Justin Townes EarleVarsity Theater, MinneapolisMonday, May 7, 2012There were a few times last night when all fell silent inside the Varsity Theater, save for Justin Townes Earle. He paced around the stage, wearing a pair of round eyeglasses and a gray suit with a kerchief tucked in the breast pocket ... More >>
The country music scene is often overlooked in place of more organic genres, but St. Paul-based musician Dave Olson really isn't classified as country. On his new album, Dave takes the Americana-folk genre and puts a different, yet simple spin on songwriting. Collaborating with Pieta Brown, Benson R ... More >>
Blues music is the balm for the broken-hearted, and Janiva Magness sure has the magic touch for healing a broken heart. On her new album, Stronger for It, the accomplished singer reveals and album that is milky, nourishing and intimately comforting -- all whilst acknowledging the transienc ... 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 >>
You load 16 tons, whaddya get? Well, you'd be lucky to get a coal mining job these days. Okay, so lucky's perhaps not the most apt word, but plenty of folks would be happy to get one, anyway. Today, in recognition of the horse muck the folks in power have gotten us stuck in, and in honor of the fo ... More >>
If Roy Acuff hadn't been born on this day 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, third of Ida Carr and Simon E. Neill Acuff's five children, Tennessee might not be the hillbilly capital of the world today. Least, if you ask former Tennessee Governor Prentice Cooper, that might be so. Not that you ... More >>
Dubbing Minneapolis native Jake Manders as a songwriter is partially accurate; he is also a raconteur who has carefully crafted a collection of songs that narrate his life. Manders' self-titled project is rooted in 1994, when he first picked up the guitar and harmonica. A prolific writer, ... More >>
Another tie, another jar of cologne, another set of cuff links, another Father's Day. Do you call your dad, send him a card, buy him some tools? Or how about you dedicate a collection of Father's Day songs to him by reposting this Top 10 list to his Facebook page? First, you'll have to frie ... More >>
Blessed album due March 1
On this day in country music history, in an evening session in a studio on Nashville's storied Music Row, Johnny Horton recorded "The Battle of New Orleans." While his version became the best known over the years, peaking at Number One on both Billboard's Hot Country Singles and its Hot 100 lists ... More >>
Isobel Campbell and Mark LaneganOctober 23, 2010The Cedar Cultural CenterOn one of the busiest nights for music in the Twin Cities in recent memory, the choice of which of the numerous high-profile shows I was going to attend on Saturday night was always going to be a difficult one. In the end, t ... More >>
Today, one of country's best relationship-phobes turns 68. Ten songs to get hooked on... but not too hooked. I don't want no clingin' vine! You're smothering me!
Not that it's ever a good time, but now's an especially bad time to pull back one too many at your local saloon then crawl on to your riding lawn mower to mosey on home.
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, Hank III is whiskey bent and hellbound.
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Mark Thomas Stockert to country fans: "Shut up your cryin', cowboys are always alone"
Natalie Merchant does an about-face; Joe Strummer's countenance appears on the wall; Stephen Tyler loses his head
Nineteen ways to keep the faith in these desolate times
A melancholic Beck waxes fatalistic on 'Sea Change'
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With their croaking vocals and enormous belt buckles, Nashville's neglected veterans seek shelter at the Midwest Country Music Theater-- a little bit of Branson back home