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Hank III "Damn Right, Rebel Proud" Sidewalk Records

Hank III "Damn Right, Rebel Proud" Sidewalk Records

by Miles Price Shelton Hank Williams, III, the rambunctious grandson of country royalty, released his fourth self-produced record late last month. Damn Right, Rebel Proud is a hellbilly bender of smoking train beats and testimonials of losing control…and loving it. Just as tight and energetic as Shelton’s last album, Straight to Hell, I think Damn […]

The Watson Twins – Duke University, Durham, NC

by Daniel Bayer November 1, 2008 – Duke University, Durham, NC One of the things I like most about going to see a musician I’ve heard of is the possibility of being impressed by the previously-unknown-to-me opening act (Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought that Living Color blew the Rolling Stones off the stage […]

Billy Bragg – Duke University, Durham, NC

by Daniel Bayer November 1, 2008 – Duke University, Durham, NC “I love this folk music shit, don’t you?” asked British left-wing singer/songwriter Billy Bragg before launching into another one of his Curtis Mayfield-meets-Joe Strummer guitar riffs. Unaccompanied by anything other than humorous monologues about U.S. foreign policy, the Clash, American football and the election, […]

Revival Tour (Frontman of Against Me!, Avail, Hot Water Music, and Lucero) – The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA

by Jason Estopinal November 1, 2008 – The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA Lined up like a row of raw unshucked corn, punk/folk/Americana pillars Tim Barry (Avail), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music, Rumbleseat), Ben Nichols (Lucero), and Tom Gabel (Against Me!) crowded the stage to a sold out audience of foot stompin’ fist pumpers. More […]

Calexico's Joey Burns – interview

interview by Nikki Roddy With the US in economic crisis and only days away from deciding one of the most critical elections in its history, the prevailing attitude of general America can safely be described as one of fear. Fear so thick and palpable that it feels like everyone is engaging in a collective nail-biting […]

Grand Ole Opry – Kerry Collins Presents Jimmy Dickens autographed football in recognition of 60th anniversary as Opry member

On the stage of the Grand Ole Opry this past Saturday night, Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins presented Little Jimmy Dickens with a football autographed by the team in recognition of Dickens’ 60th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. Collins’ Opry visit was a good luck charm for the Titans, as after the team’s […]

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals "Cardinology" Lost Highway Records

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals "Cardinology" Lost Highway Records

by Johnny Napoli Ryan Adams & The Cardinals’ “Cardinology” is Adams’ first full-length album billed with The Cardinals since 2005’s “Jacksonville City Nights,” but it shows here that both he and his band have gotten their shtick down by now. That’s not to say that this is Adams at his best, but he certainly seems […]

Dress Like Dolly – Halloween Contest 2008

Dress Like Dolly – Halloween Contest 2008

Whether you are a fan of Dolly, or just a fan of Halloween, here is your chance to have some fantastic fun! Just dress like Dolly this Halloween and upload your photo to www.dresslikedolly.com. The winner will have their photo placed on the “News” page of www.dollypartonmusic.net and will receive an autographed copy of Dolly’s […]

Win a Dolly autographed CD!

Win a Dolly autographed CD!

Country Music Goodness and Dolly Parton are giving away a signed CD from Dolly! The contest runs from October 10, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. PDT and ends on November 15, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Click here to enter! Winners will be selected by a random drawing from among eligible entries received. Winners will be […]

Cold War Kids "Loyalty to Loyalty" Downtown Records

Cold War Kids "Loyalty to Loyalty" Downtown Records

by J. Raines Atop the Mulberry Street Ristorante in Fullerton, CA, there lies a very cozy apartment. Up above in that apartment years ago there was often heard the sound of stomping, of clinging tambourines and cymbals, of piano ballads and jangely guitars. This was the birth place of Cold War Kids, and they kept […]

Dolly Parton "Shinola" – video

Check out Dolly Parton’s new video for the country legend’s new song, ‘Shinola,’ from her ‘Backwoods Barbie’ CD. And also, be on the look out for a special Dolly Parton contest in the near future. Check back frequently so you don’t miss it!

Crossroads – the Life and Music of Hasil Adkins

by Elizabeth Bissette Hunchin’ at the Crossroads Once upon a time, in a holler far, far away, a music revolution was born when the cries of Hasil “The Haze” Adkins, the last of ten Adkins children, first echoed across Appalachia. No one knows the exact date of the event. Though it was recorded in a […]

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show

by Jesse Hill On September 23rd, Old Crow Medicine Show will release their third album Tennessee Pusher, a beautifully cinematic and empathetic album about a people and from a people, the American people, the people from which this musical tradition is sprung. After going into the lost alleys and forgotten trailer parks to find the […]

Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Lie Down in the Light” Drag City

Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Lie Down in the Light” Drag City

by Jesse Hill Will Oldham. The haunting, Appalachian shapeshifter: father, mother, son, daughter, minstrel, lumberjack, monster, goat, snake, earth, water, wind, and fire. His prolific body of work weaves in and out of the eastern side of the mountain’s morning sunlight and the darkness of the deep, briar filled forest it borders. His innocence as […]