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They say artists shouldn't date other artists, and actors shouldn't date other actors. This is also the case when it comes to music writers. For starters, music writers are a miserable lot who are mostly paid in concert tickets, ego-stroking and swag, rather than actual money. Plus, they're opiniona ... More >>
Son Volt With Colonel Ford First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 Jay Farrar hasn't always stuck to his guns since the breakup of his seminal, genre-creating work with Uncle Tupleo, but one consistent thread through his winding career has been a stubborn and abiding love for coun ... More >>
It seems odd we'd ever find occasion to offer the following advice: Don't do what Willie did. But as tax day approaches, it's the wisest advice we can offer. Don't leave the management of your finances to Price Waterhouse, if they turn around and advise you to utilize shady tax shelters. That's what ... 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 >>
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 >>
See also: 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 >>
See Also:The Honeydogs tour diary 1: Adam Levy's dreamMinneapolis rockers the Honeydogs recently embarked on a tour out to the East Coast. In this tour diary, the band provides a running commentary from the road. This entry is by bassist Trent Norton. I like to call it an 'I can touch you' t ... More >>
No, not that kind of date, though their chemistry when performing live is more than any pair of lovebirds could aspire to. Elder statesmen of country music Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson have announced they're pairing up once again for a performance at Minneapolis' downtown State Theatre on ... More >>
"I was drunk, the day my mama, got outta prison." You know the rest. But what you may not know is that this weekend, 48 years ago, country singer David Allan Coe began serving a four-year prison sentence at the Ohio State Penitentiary for car theft, possession of obscene materials, and poss ... 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 >>
Minneapolis stalwart songstress Dessa drops her new record Castor, The Twin today via Doomtree. The album features re-workings of 10 of her songs along with her newest single, "The Beekeeper." Dessa notes, in a post on the Doomtree site, that if fans are planning to buy the record online, th ... 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 >>
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.
Photos by Nikki MillerMerle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson February 27, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino What can I say. This was really, really cool.
After revealing just two weeks ago that - what luck! - Dwight Yoakam was to play the Mystic Showroom that weekend, but - goldangit - it was sold the hell out, I hate to again be the bearer of bad news. Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson will be playing the Mystic Showroom this Sunday (2/27 ... More >>
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 >>
So you haven't finished your holiday shopping. Perhaps, in fact, you haven't even started it. Don't you feel bad about yourself? Hey, there's still plenty of time to order gift cards, which you know your folks want anyway. Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Mills Fleet Farm. Easy! So click click, th ... More >>
Don't let this one slip through your fingers. We blinked, and almost missed that Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson will be making a stop at Mystic Lake Casino in February (Sunday 2/27 7:00, $49-69).
Happy Armistice slash Veterans Day! This is the day we're supposed to be patriotic, but without blowing anything up. And so on this day, I'm going to remember that services for veterans are woefully underfunded, that Don't Ask Don't Tell is bullshit policy, that women comprise over 14% of active- ... More >>
Hank Cochran, RIPI sometimes wonder if rock credibility has destroyed good music. Someone, somewhere down the line decided you weren't a credible act unless you wrote and performed your own music. Or, if you covered music by a band far better, but far less well-known and much more under appre ... More >>
Here's one guy who isn't complaining about piles of snow in the city's streets.
Anti-Pop Consortium Return Hip Hop to the Art of the Rhyme
With their first album of originals, Lee's house band heads for fresh country