Equally inspired by the lonesome sounds of folk, country and the blues, and the frenetic sounds of rock, bluegrass (and psychobilly!), The Bitterroot Band will no doubt find a welcome home in today's current roots/Americana-friendly landscape. But their presentation is so genuine, it doesn't seem as ... More >>
With The Warren Hood Band
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
Saturday, March 30, 2013He's been called a troubadour, a Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt for the younger generation. Austin-based country singer/songwriter Hayes Carll's sold-out appearance at the Cedar Saturday night proved he's ... More >>
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.
Justin Townes EarleVarsity Theater, MinneapolisMonday, May 7, 2012There were a few times last night when all fell silent inside the Varsity Theater, save for Justin Townes Earle. He paced around the stage, wearing a pair of round eyeglasses and a gray suit with a kerchief tucked in the breast pocket ... More >>
Born in Whitehaven, Tennessee on this day in 1931, "Cowboy" Jack Clement's accolades as a prolific singer and songwriter, record and film producer, and television and radio host have been well-earned, with a career that spans over half a century and touches every nook and cranny of country music.
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth installments.
Atalesca: 72 degrees. Pismo Beach: 62 degrees. Ventura: 65 degrees.
It was as perfect a day as one could expect ... More >>
David HannersDavid Hanners sings for the doomed and the thoughtful"It's kind of a joke amongst my songwriter friends that I kill off a lot of characters in my songs," says David Hanners, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and folk singer.
He produces his latest CD, "The Traveler's Burden," to ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonJolie Holland
July 14, 2011
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
Jolie Holland's fifth record, the recently released Pint of Blood, stands out in many ways, especially for its diverse range of subject matter (from bittersweet loss and despair to covering Townes Van Zandt's ... More >>
Photo by Shawn Brackbill BY IAN POWERIn the print edition of this week's City Pages, we have an interview with Matador signee and Philadelphia indie rocker Kurt Vile, who is coming to the Varsity Theater next Monday with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. What follows is the extended transcript of Ia ... More >>
Four day weekend? Totally! Just call into work on Monday and Tuesday!
Why? Because Justin Townes Earle is playing First Avenue on Monday! And you know you wanna get ass-drunk for that show. After all, he'll probably be, right?
Isobel Campbell and Mark LaneganOctober 23, 2010The Cedar Cultural CenterOn one of the busiest nights for music in the Twin Cities in recent
memory, the choice of which of the numerous high-profile shows I was
going to attend on Saturday night was always going to be a difficult
one. In the end, t ... More >>
In 1965, an Upstate New Yorker turned National Guardsman gone AWOL turned traveling busker turned Greenwich Village folk scenester was thrown in a New Orleans jail for public intoxication, where it came that he... knewaman - Bojangles - and - he'ddance - for... oh, it's only one of the most-playe ... More >>