Waylon Jennings

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    September 22, 2014

    Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park, 9/20/14

    Festival Palomino with Trampled by Turtles, The Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Spirit Family Reunion, The Apache Relay, Hooray For the Riff Raff, Field Report, Erik KoskinenCanterbury Park, ShakopeeSaturday, September 20, 2014Like an animal hoarding away food for t ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    The Jayhawks at First Avenue, 9/5/14

    The Jayhawks with Two Harbors First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, September 5, 2014 "I just like to surround myself with beautiful people, and good things tend to happen," Gary Louris proclaimed affectionately toward the end of the Jayhawks' spirited 130-minute, 26-song performance at First Avenue on ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    10 country artists worth listening to in 2014

    This blog recently ran down the "10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music." That's all well and good, but it only tells half the story -- country is far from a moribund, cheesed-out genre.  In fact, there are countless up-and-coming country craftsmen and women who are worthy of your attention. ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    At 30, Prince's Purple Rain is so good that "Purple Rain" isn't even its best ballad

    Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still sti ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Buy Waylon Jennings' 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on Craigslist

    In 2001 someone bought Waylon Jennings' white, swank af 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible for $6,900 from a seller in Pennsylvania. Now, 13 years later, this gem is being sold on Springfield, Missouri's Craigslist. The seller is asking considerably more for it. Four times as much, in fact: $28,000. ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    The 12 Best Country Albums of 2013

    The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Son Volt at First Avenue, 6/4/13

    Son Volt With Colonel Ford First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 Jay Farrar hasn't always stuck to his guns since the breakup of his seminal, genre-creating work with Uncle Tupleo, but one consistent thread through his winding career has been a stubborn and abiding love for coun ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Willie Nelson is 80

    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 >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Meet Eleganza!, one of First Avenue's best new bands: "We want people to either fuck or fight"

    Eleganza! is one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in Minneapolis, if not the best. It was born by necessity mere months ago from the ashes of bands past and an urgency from extraordinary frontman Brian Vanderwerf, who you may know as guitarist/vocalist for the Midnight Evils, the celebrated Choog ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    The Ten Best Country Albums of 2012

    By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Rich Mattson honors Paul Wellstone, Uptown Bar on Ol' Yeller's Levels

    By Craig Planting From 2001 until 2007, Americana roots-rockers Ol' Yeller put out five studio albums (including 2004's Sounder which won a Minnesota Music Award) and toured the country, especially Texas, over a dozen times. They became a favorite of Twin Cites musicians and local music scenesters, ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Ten George Jones career milestones ahead of his final "Grand Tour"

    In his younger years, country legend George Jones was assigned the moniker "No Show Jones." Tales of his hard drinkin' and drug abuse were epic enough to make Keith Richards seem tame, and as such, he had a habit of not showing up to a lot of his own shows. But all this is behind him -- it's said he ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Top ten country songs about farming -- ahead of Farm Aid this weekend

    David Allan Coe famously said that the perfect country and western song requires the following five components: Mama, trains, trucks, prison, and gettin' drunk. With all due respect to Mr. Coe, one subject seems absent: farmin'. Farming has been a part of country music since -- well, we guess the ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Buildings on strip clubs, throwing beers, and touring

    Buildings are a Minneapolis noise-rock three-piece gaining a lot of traction in the U.S. and beyond, since February's release of their outstanding second record, Melt Cry Sleep (doubleplusgood). Singer/guitarist Brian Lake, drummer Travis Kuhlman, and bassist Ryan Harding look like mild-mannered guy ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Kid Rock and 22 examples of hick-hop's evolution

    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 >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Red Daughters interview pt. 2: "We definitely listened to Cream in a graveyard"

    Related:Red Daughters interview pt. 1, Varsity show ThursdayThis is the second half of a conversation with four members of the undeniably groovy Red Daughters. Their songs are satisfyingly dynamic, epic and earthy, and should be a delight alongside Bloodnstuff, Speed's the Name, and Buildings this ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Ten songs on "Cowboy" Jack Clement's birthday

    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.

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    February 3, 2012

    Ten of the World's Toughest Rodeo songs before Saturday's main event

    ​This ain't my first rodeo, but perhaps it could be yours. This weekend, the "World's Toughest Rodeo" tour makes its annual stop at the Xcel Energy Center (Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 7:30, $9.50-80 with special pricing for Girl and Boy Scouts, no foolin'). In addition to bull, bareback, an ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Dylan Hicks unveils "West Texas Winds," talks upcoming novel

    ​What a pleasant surprise it was to see this brand new song and video from Minneapolis singer/songwriter Dylan Hicks last week. For one thing it's been far too long to have heard anything new from the "Governor of Fun." He only recently showed up with new material in one of Terry Eason "Song-A-Day ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Notable 2011 deaths in country music

    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 >>

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    October 20, 2011

    10 Songs About the Slammer: This Day in Country Music History

    ​"I was drunk, the day my mama, got outta prison." You know the rest. But what you may not know is that this weekend, 48 years ago, country singer David Allan Coe began serving a four-year prison sentence at the Ohio State Penitentiary for car theft, possession of obscene materials, and poss ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Top 10 country songs for Father's Day

    ​Another tie, another jar of cologne, another set of cuff links, another Father's Day. Do you call your dad, send him a card, buy him some tools? Or how about you dedicate a collection of Father's Day songs to him by reposting this Top 10 list to his Facebook page? First, you'll have to frie ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Dale Watson with Whitey Morgan & the 78s: Save the date

    ​If you're reading this, there's a good chance you like country music. There's an even better chance you never had a chance to see two of the most important figures in country music perform live during their heyday.

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    January 6, 2011

    Earl Scruggs: 10 tidbits in honor of his birthday

    ​Happy 87th birthday to Foggy Mountain Boy Earl Scruggs! Scruggs, who along with Lester Flatt formed one of the most influential bluegrass outfits of all time, was born on this day 1924 in the small town of Flint Hill, North Carolina, and by the age of 21 was showcasing his syncopated, three-f ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Jamey Johnson to play benefit at Fine Line Friday

    Courtesy of​So 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 >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Rockford Mules team with Mark Har for "Ma, They Broke Me"

    ​So. This is my weekly country music blog. Question one: Are local band Rockford Mules country? Well, s'pose just as much as any other Southern Rock outfit - think Marshall Tucker, Skynyrd, Ozark Mountain Devils - might be considered such (hell, I heard someone cover Georgia Satellites at Gill ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Patriotic country songs: The good, the bad, the ugly

    ​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 >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Travis Tritt at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 10/13/10

    Photo by Nikki Miller​Travis Tritt October 13, 2010 Burnsville Performing Arts Center Prologue: How does one write sincerely yet un-self-consciously about the solo and acoustic performance of one of her favorite performers from her adolescence? She gets very drunk, that is how. Brutal, unabas ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Jerry Jeff Walker ('Mr. Bojangles') to play Zoo Saturday

    ​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 >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Shooter Jennings and Hierophant play Cabooze Saturday

    ​ I'm gonna tell you somethin', and then you're gonna judge me. I really, really like Tool. Now that that's out of the way, I'm gonna tell you that Shooter Jennings, progeny of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, just put out a concept album under the band name Hierophant. I'v ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    First Ave's Nate Kranz talks favorite shows, restaurants, and growing up with rock 'n' roll

    Photo by Sarah Sandusky​There's always been one consistent thing about First Avenue, throughout the years: the staff comes with a deep love of music. From the door person who frisks you at the door to the booking agent in the office, the staff has always been made up of people who liked the music ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Mac Davis's birthday and 10 ramblin' songs

    Today, one of country's best relationship-phobes turns 68. Ten songs to get hooked on... but not too hooked. I don't want no clingin' vine! You're smothering me!

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    January 12, 2010

    Crazy Heart director talks country music, Jeff Bridges

    First time writer/director/producer Scott Cooper talks to Gimme Noise about his Oscar-buzzworthy film.

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    January 7, 2010

    Songs for "I'm Not Going to Take It Anymore Day"

    Situated between Cuddle Day and Man Watcher's Day, a badass country playlist celebrating the day to tell everyone to shove it.

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    September 17, 2009

    Are You Ready for the Country: How to tune a turd

    Ten ways I'd put the hurt on Kanye West.

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    September 3, 2009

    Heidi Newfield and Hot Roxx to cover the best and worst of country

    Cabooze, Club Jäger and Cracker Barrel. Three ways to catch your country music this week.

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    July 29, 2009
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    July 29, 2009
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    August 6, 2008

    Matt Jennings: The other brother

    Folk artist Matt Jennings is singing a different tune from his big-time sibling Mason

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    June 13, 2008

    Unlikely icon: Fish DeSmith reviews David Allan Coe

    In cargo pants, Chuck Taylors, and a floppy black cap, Coe doesn't look the part of Country Icon--more like a pacing, angry, outlaw Santa Claus with a thin braid of whit ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    Minnesota Pride: White Iron Band celebrates 10th birthday

    Five years ago this week I accompanied the White Iron Band on a trip to Duluth. The resulting article, Audio Rorschach

    Chooglin' leader Brian Vanderwerf opens ears, mouths off

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    October 26, 2005
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    October 21, 2005
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    May 17, 2005

    The CTG Mix Tape, #1: Fun with Bipolarity

    Side One (Manic Side):   Skip James, "I?m So Glad" Sly and the Family Stone, "Fun" R. Kelly, "Happy People" The Young Rascals, "Groovin'" Sam Cooke, "Good Times?" The Beach Boys, "Good Timin'" Al Green, "I Want to Hold Your Hand"  Sun Ra Arkestra, "Nothin? from Nothin'" Blur, "Song 2" Big Jay McN ... More >>

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    June 2, 2004

    To The Moon, Anton

    33 fainting spells spaces out Chekhov's 'Ivanov'

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    March 1, 2000

    Texas Three-Step

    Decades after their only recording, the Flatlanders ride their legend from the strange plains of Lubbock to a surprising reunion

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    October 11, 1995