Articles By: Calvin

Calvin

Opry Member Charlie Walker Passed Away Friday at 81

Excerpt from tennessean.com “Grand Ole Opry member and famed disc jockey Charlie Walker, whose shuffling, twinkling “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down” remains a country music standard a half-century after its recording, died Friday in Hendersonville. Mr. Walker was 81, and had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer…” Read the full article by Peter […]

Vetiver “Thing of the Past” Gnomonsong

Vetiver “Thing of the Past” Gnomonsong

by Jesse Hill This is a covers record. However, unless you have spent hours in an attic filled with jars of pickled fairies, a chest full of Jesse James’s handkerchiefs, a library of leather-bound books on spells and sorcery, a locked cabinet rumored to be filled with American-Indian jewelry made of human parts, and a […]

Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

Just a few quick facts about the mighty Earl Scruggs; 1) Earl Scruggs was born in Shelby, North Carolina in Cleveland County. 2) Earl began pickin’ on the banjo at age four and by the age of ten he had developed the infamous “Scruggs style” (amongst other names) banjo picking style. 3) Ol’ Earl can […]

Levon Helm "Dirt Farmer" Vanguard Records

Levon Helm "Dirt Farmer" Vanguard Records

Lindsey Oechsle “Ramble On: Levon Helm has yet to dance his Last Waltz” Sometimes even the strongest soldier falls, but folk rock legend Levon Helm is still peacefully battling on. His latest victory—overcoming throat cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 1996—inspires the 2007 release of Grammy Award-winning Dirt Farmer. Unlike several musical counterparts of […]

The Dedringers "Sweetheart of the Neighborhood" Dedcrow

The Dedringers "Sweetheart of the Neighborhood" Dedcrow

Jesse Hill Damn! Why can’t the rest of you boogers be more like the Ded-f-ing-ringers?! We’ve had piles upon piles of great music to influence us over the last couple hundred years, and most of you are putting out shit like you never heard any of it. With the Dedringers, they’ve definitely listened to the […]

Ryan Adams "Easy Tiger" Lost Highway

Ryan Adams "Easy Tiger" Lost Highway

Jesse Hill Imagine the prettiest damn banjo picking you ever heard. And an angelic, toughly vulnerable voice sings: Blue eyes for miles, pretty as a peach Glorious, kind and always on time, never far out of reach Tomorrow’s on its way, there’s always new songs to sing Glorious, kind and always on time, pearls on […]

Pedro the Lion

Pedro the Lion

by Jason Estopinal Country Music Goodness had the privilege of talking on the phone with Pedro The Lion’s front man David Bazan while him and his band was driving through Canada on tour. Discussing politics, the Christian faith and carbohydrates, this conversation lasted 3 hours in length and unfortunately had to be downsized to what […]

Silver Jews

Silver Jews

by Rebecca Zaragoza One could research the Silver Jews and their music and come to find some common themes throughout texts. I encourage you to do so and you will begin to resonate with this proposal. When you consider the criticisms written by music’s brightest elitists, you find patterns and a passion of a band… […]

Justin Townes Earle “The Good Life” Bloodshot Records

Justin Townes Earle “The Good Life” Bloodshot Records

by AP Justin Townes Earle’s name alone stirs a certain amount of expectation and curiosity before one hears a single note of his debut solo release, “The Good Life”. How could it not? Justin is the son of acclaimed troubadour Steve Earle and is named for his father’s hero, the troubled country/folk genius, Townes Van […]

Drive-By Truckers “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” New West Records

Drive-By Truckers “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” New West Records

by Jesse Hill A cliché: There are two best friends, and boy, could they get liquored up, raise alotta hell, ball chicks, and have a laugh reliving it all the next morning over a bloody mary and a big ol’ plate of migas. But when one of them is catapulted into adulthood by, I don’t […]

James McMurtry “Just Us Kids” Lightning Rod

James McMurtry “Just Us Kids” Lightning Rod

by Jesse Hill “Just us kids hangin’ round today, watching our long hair turning gray,” James McMurtry announces on the title track to “Just Us Kids,” his ninth full-length album. It is a statement that carries throughout the ferocious, self-produced album full of patriotic, poetically penned portraits of the Americans in our gutters and blistering […]

Dwight Yoakam “Dwight Sings Buck” New West

Dwight Yoakam “Dwight Sings Buck” New West

by Jesse Hill Like a deconstructed tumbleweed that’s danced across southern and western terrains for the span of five decades, Dwight Sings Buck is an explosive unraveling of the history of country music, rockabilly, and moreover, music in general. It is a masterpiece that rebuilds a well-trodden bridge between two legendary bodies of work, and […]

Built to Spill

Built to Spill

by Rebecca Zaragoza Making new music is a daunting task for Doug Martsch. This could come as a surprise to Built to Spill’s ever-appreciative fan base, according to the energy at their recent show at the Echoplex in L.A., and people cannot get enough of their artful sound. My favorite thing about Built to Spill’s […]

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

by Marissa Ross I found out on a Wednesday afternoon I would be interviewing my favorite band on Thursday at noon. I ran around my house, singing at the top of my lungs, “I’m going to looooove you! Till the day I was born! And I’m going to caaallll yooou! So keep your ear to […]