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 >>
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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 >>
The Shops at the West End are cashing in on the beer boom in a big way. Joining Cooper Irish Pub, Figlio 2.0, and who could forget, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar (and Grill? Maybe Toby is just lukewarm on the grill part), is a new outpost of a California-based bar chain called Yard House.See Also:Lit ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.There is nothing cool about the Terminal Bar. It's dingy, it's dirty, it's where you can get a stiff drink at a reasonable price and up until about tw ... More >>
Ohhh, the weather outside is... not as bad as they said it was gonna be? Okay, it still sucks. But soon -- yes, soon... too soon in fact! -- it will be summer, and it will be really stupidly hot, and we'll be going to music festivals and become reacquainted with the sweet summer smell of a beer-and- ... More >>
February brings a number of fine options for catching country music at local venues, whether your taste runs singer-songwriter, country rock, Red Dirt or old-time Appalachian-influenced fiddle music. Oh, and you should totally take your parents to see the John Denver tribute at the State. They'll th ... More >>
The country music world's been abuzz all week with Idol chit-chat about - cue Ryan Seacrest voice - Who will be... the next American Idol judge. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have vacated their seats, with Mariah Carey joining tenured judge Randy Jackson for the program's twelfth season, and rumor ... More >>
Country rap, or "hick-hop" as it's sometimes called, may seem to capture either the height of musical irony, or the height of its stupidity. Probably both. But in the book The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, prolific music journalist Chuck Eddy traces the sub-genre's roots all the way back to ... More >>
Trailer parks have a bad rap, no doubt about it. But there's no use denying their pervasiveness in American culture. These semi-permanent structures are cheap and easy enough to transport.It was on this day in 1957 that country singer Don Gibson sat in his home in a Knoxville, Tennessee trailer par ... More >>
"Load up the RV, mama - we're goin' to WE Fest." You wish. Working stiffs like us don't get Fridays off, and we ain't got no RV. Maybe you ain't even got no mama. Poor you. But for those with mamas, vacation time, and an RV (or the dogged tenacity to sleep in a hot, muddy tent next to the portable ... More >>
SXSW is right around the corner. And though the yearly music trade festival in Texas is definitely not happening here, there are several events that serve as our local equivalent. The first is the Vita.mn Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... 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 >>
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 >>
Hard Rock Cafe's story is as quaint as it is homespun, or at least, that's what their website is shucking. Local hero and folksy humble-as-pie British megastar Eric Clapton donates his guitar to his favorite London restaurant, a quaint hangout called the Hard Rock Cafe...A week or two later ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessAs part of our ongoing coverage of music at the Minnesota State Fair, we sent photographer Erik Hess to catch salsa kingpin Marc Anthony in the Grandstand last night -- and he returned with some incredible images. Click here for Erik's full slideshow, and see below for links to ... More >>
Photo courtesy of wandajackson.comWanda JacksonAhem. Perty little lo-ove song. Perty little lo-ove so-oh-ong. Perty little lo-ove song... bang bing bong. Take a second to learn the real lyrics to this song* when the Marshall Tucker Band opens for Travis Tritt at the Otsego JamFest Friday ... 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 >>
Photo by Nikki MillerDavid Allan Coe January 13, 2011 Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, St. Louis Park David Allan Coe at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, on a Thursday. What can one expect of a night like this?
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, open since last year in St. Louis Park, has been described by one yelp.com reviewer as "Think LoneStar Steakhouse meets Hooters," and by another as "Sucky seriously Sucky food." David Allan Coe has been described as a tongue-in-cheek liberal redneck gay ... More >>
Photo courtesy of rocketclub.infoWanna ring in the New Year country style - and maybe with your first mechanical bull ride? Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill is hosting a New Year's Eve Celebration Friday night featuring local band Lost Highway and local band-gone-big Rocket Club (12/31, m ... More >>
As I culled through lists of new and upcoming releases from new and up-and-coming country artists, I couldn't help but notice a pattern: many were by women, and most of those by women who seemed to be taking country in a slightly new direction (occasionally, the "new" direction one that count ... More >>
Goodbye Ringo--or should we say, au revoir or adios?On the heels of Sauce's closure, another West End tenant will shut its doors: The Star Tribune reports that Ringo has announced it will close after service on Dec. 18. The news is disappointing, though not surprising--here's why:
Courtesy of jameyjohnson.comSo you're a hipster who hates country music but loves Waylon Jennings. Despises Keith Urban and Toby Keith but digs on Cash. Thinks Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift can burn in a pyre of blonde extensions and Auto-tune processors but thinks Loretta in her black wi ... More >>
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 >>
Coming soon to St. Louis Park: Le Crepe Nanou, Wine Loft, and Huey's 24/7 DinerSt. Louis Park's West End shopping complex is already a restaurant mecca, home to Cooper, Crave, Ringo, Rojo Mexican Grill, Sauce Pizza and Wine, and Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. If those aren't options ar ... More >>
Lady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... More >>
Many of us, our friends over at Hot Dish not excluded, have buzzed about Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, which opened earlier this summer in St. Louis Park. "I hear they have a mechanical bull!" "Mechanical bull?!?" "Down-home Southern comfort food? Say what?" "Will Toby really put a bo ... More >>
Montana brand Bluebird boots, in the style of Gene Autry, to be worn at fancy, sit-down recitalsI'm a little torn on how best to spend a Saturday night - put on my immaculate, fancy inlay boots from Schatzlein's and sit prim and proper at Orchestra Hall... or hoof it on down to Toby Keith's I Lov ... More >>
Last weekend, Toby Keith opened his eighth I Love This Bar & Grill at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. The measurements are impressive: the 14,700 square-foot restaurant has a capacity of 850, and 38 HDTV monitors for viewing sporting events. There's live music (Tues-Sun) and dancing- ... More >>
Photo by Nikki Miller Nashville has flooded, the incomparable Doc Watson is playing a sold-out show at the Cedar on Saturday night, and 7th-grade Nikki's favorite band ever, Brooks & Dunn, are bringing their farewell tour to the Xcel on Friday (with Jason Aldean, who'll likely treat us to his ... More >>
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