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 >>
I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my he ... More >>
Jimmy BuffettXcel Energy Center, St. PaulTuesday, December 3, 2013Jimmy Buffett began his career as a memorable and talented country singer in the 1960s before he was catapulted into the status of the most-respected and revered master of beach-themed rest and relaxation. To this date, he has 29 stud ... More >>
This week not only marks Thanksgiving but also the beginning of December. Wednesday, Retribution Gospel Choir play the Amsterdam while the Ike Reilly Assassination take over the First Avenue Mainroom. If you're looking for plans on Thanksgiving, Davina and the Vagabonds will be playing the Dakota an ... More >>
They Might be Giants have definitely fallen out of the mainstream of alternative music. You're not likely to hear a lot of the new songs on heavy rotation on the Current or your alt station of choice. You don't hear a lot of covers of their songs, and especially not a shrill wannabe-Etta James teen ... More >>
The critics' picks from best film to best performers
It goes without saying that country fans and foes alike love Zac Brown Band in all their genre-bending glory, and many will no doubt turn out in droves to see them when they play the Target Center on Saturday.Fronted by a robust, bearded man by the name of, yes, Zac Brown, the band was established ... More >>
This week in Eighties Superstars You Forgot All About News: Lionel Richie has gone country, and is actually quite good at it. Yes, that Lionel Richie. The Lionel Richie of the Commodores. The Lionel Richie who once Danced on Ceilings. This week, his country duets album Tuskegee -- named after the pl ... More >>
Team owner ready to move on from Midway
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 >>
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.
Photos by Rick MasonNew Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 6-8, 2011New Orleans Fair GroundsBY RICK MASONAs the searing Louisiana sun sagged through the gathering Delta dusk west of New Orleans' Fair Grounds last Sunday, the electric atmosphere in front of the towering Gentilly Stage arced a ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerThis week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>
Flugtag proved that most folks aren't meant to flyHats off again to the pilot and crew of Team Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies at Flugtag last weekend. They won the day and broke the world distance record with a contraption that looked like it should have crashed and sunk in the Mississipp ... More >>
The top ten most ridiculous songs in country. Songs that take literal lyricism to its most extreme. Songs about tractor and tractors and tractors.
Quit comparing it to vinyl albums. You're just being contrary.
Four years after becoming one of the first YouTube phenomenons, ukulele prodigy Jake Shimabukuro is still flying high
Playing roulette after receiving bailout money would have been a bad PR move.