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.
Dark Dark Dark with Mountain Man and Emily Wells Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis October 3, 2012 A series of strong, original female voices kept the packed Cedar Cultural Center entranced and thoroughly entertained on Wednesday night, as Dark Dark Dark celebrated the release of their glorious n ... More >>
Oooooh-wee, what's that smell? Smells like pigs, corn on the cob, and carny sweat. But then, a gentle waft of pheromones floats through the air -- the aroma of a 4-H gal from Faribault locking eyes with her Future Farmer of America. And the soundtrack to it all? The Minnesota State Fair's country mu ... More >>
With Jeff the Brotherhood and Those Darlins at the Cedar Saturday
By all appearances, she was the sweetest thing in the world, with her affable and rarely rowdy singing voice, her hoedown-ready ginghams, and her marriage to a cabinet-maker when she was just 18, a union that would last nearly 74 years and which would see Nashville undergo multiple musical transitio ... 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 >>
It's an annual tradition to look back at year's end to those who've passed on in the previous twelve months. Whether it's just filler for the year's final broadcast of Entertainment Tonight, or Americans really do feel a need to reflect with sadness on the deaths of celebrities, I do not know. What ... More >>
For the second year in a row, Minneapolis will come together to celebrate local designers, musicians, comedians, and dancers at I AM MPLS. Event founder Sarah Edwards, who is a local fashion and image consultant, says that she originally wanted to produce a fashion show, but decided that a vari ... More >>
Brandi Carlile with the Secret SistersNovember 27, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul"If you're in a good mood, don't get used to it," joked Secret Sisters big sis Laura Rogers at the beginning of their set. "We sing sad, depressing country music."That give-and-take between somber, soulful singing ... 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 >>
A fresh take on a traditional sound
Just over six months ago, we gave you the rundown on Patsy Cline's strange death - and the deaths of manager Randy Hughes, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jack Anglin, and Dottie West to go along with it. That's just all too depressing. But the good news - today would have been Patsy's 79th b ... 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 >>
Today, we remember the gone-but-not-forgotten star of the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw David "Stringbean" Akeman, whose murderer came up for parole this week.
On this day in country music history - July 14, 1973 - Phil Everly threw a dang old fit, smashing his guitar after performing the song, "('Till) I Kissed You" and walking off the stage, effectively breaking up the Everly Brothers while performing at Buena Park, California's Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>
So it wasn't a rumor or a delusion, after all: Mariah Carey was really pregnant with real fetuses, experiencing the real ups, downs, and all-around of being with child. And Saturday, she really did become a mom for the first time, which means Nick Cannon is a dad, and maybe The-Dream is like a cr ... More >>
On this day in history 1963, Patsy Cline performed her last show ever before dying at the age of 30. But it was the events that happened in the ensuing weeks (and years) that were truly notable... and, well, weird.
Act One, Too LtdThat's some jail: Chad (Rico Heisler) prepares to break out The all-Elvis musical All Shook Up opened at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres on Friday night, and we were there. Persnickety journalistic ethics precluded putting on the feed bag (hence no review of the food), but we caught ev ... 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 >>
Nepotism and lady beer guts: three acts to see if you've got nothin' better goin', and two not to miss.
Ten ways I'd put the hurt on Kanye West.
Well I'll be damned. Here's to you, Barbara Mandrell.
We recommend a handful of the many Fringe shows going on throughout the next week.
Nothin' but a G Thing
The Rural Pop and Android Fuzz of They the Down Low
The Gleam reminisce about their creepy rural childhood
A patio debate over country savior/faker Neko Case
What are those little white boxes with wires telling us to do?
Is Neko Case the queen of country music or just a faux Shania?
Japanese megastar Cornelius doesn't translate easily into American
The Fab Four--in one--of children's music
A Pilgrimage to Pleasant: Sean O'Hagen (center) channels Brian Wilson's California dream on the High Llamas'