The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>
One of the longest-standing public radio traditions in the U.S. is undoubtedly our home state's A Prairie Home Companion. The past 40 years went quick, didn't they? Garrison Keillor's variety show with a heaping serving of folksy wisdom and humor is celebrating four decades with a weekend concert co ... More >>
Ricky Skaggs is not old -- he'll turn 59 in July -- but his actual chronological years belie the elder statesman status he's achieved in country, bluegrass, gospel and neo-traditional music. Rare talent, a bevy of stories, an enthusiastic attitude and a passion for performing have a lot to do with i ... More >>
John Prine With Willie Watson Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Friday, June 29, 2012 With fans as passionate (read: intoxicated, borderline rabid) as his, it was perhaps a sin for John Prine to show up 40 minutes late to his own party as he did for his Minnesota Zoo appearance Friday night. Any regular ... More >>
Jack Klatt's new album Mississippi Roll is easily gonna be one of the best local albums of the year, mark my words. Recorded in two free-rollin' ten-hour sessions with production assistance from classic guitar virtuoso and composer Dakota Dave Hull, Klatt is backed as usual by the Cat Swingers -- fi ... More >>
A band that has over the years collaborated with folks who'd later appear in Old Crow Medicine Show and Modest Mouse, and has also backed the late Charlie Louvin on a nationwide tour, tonight the excellent Hackensaw Boys will be appearing at the Cabooze in Minneapolis.
The California festival runs April 16-18.
Tickets go on sale today.
American musical taste gets bland; Robert McNamara gets angry; the President gets naked