Willie Nelson neither looks nor seems 80 years old. This is an age reserved for, well, old people. The unhip, those not in-the-know, not totally with it.
And yet, Willie turns 80 today. What's his secret? We doubt it's the weed -- sorry -- but think that it likely has more to do with his totally Z ... More >>
With Andrew Combs and Martin Devaney
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
April 8, 2013
Caitlin Rose has the type of easygoing, affable Southern charm that can win over any audience. But more importantly, she's got the songs that can silence and stun any crowd as well. Both of those en ... More >>
Caitlin Rose is funny. She's sharp and blithe with a speaking voice that's as honey-rich and grainy as her singing. When she talks, she's got a solid here's-how-it-is honesty to her tone that comes off more like a weapon than a virtue. Rose's sophomore album, The Stand-In, is a lot like that -- a fl ... More >>
Child marriage in coal mining country. Infidelity, alcoholism and gospel music. Loretta Lynn's success as a recording artist seems improbable unless one considers the rich vein of songwriting material that was her birthright. And it was on this day in 1948 that Lynn married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr., ... 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 >>
Photos by Tony NelsonNicole Atkins and the Black Sea
March 1, 2011
The Turf Club, St. Paul
Nicole Atkins appeared onstage unceremoniously, said "Welcome" to the small crowd that had assembled before her at the Turf Club, and gave a short, self-conscious laugh before she tapped her tambourine ... More >>