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SxSW 2010 DAY FOUR

SxSW 2010 DAY FOUR

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR In a decade of SxSW adventures, I have never encountered a night as cold as Saturday.  To call it “unseasonable” does not begin to do it justice. The mercury dropped to 37 degrees, accented by a biting wind howling through the streets […]

SxSW 2010 DAY THREE

SxSW 2010 DAY THREE

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR As I blog about last night’s SxSW shows, it is 43 degrees, windy, gray and rainy outside.  Forty-three degrees? I thought this was supposed to be Texas!  I’m thinking I’m going to cover lots of indoor shows tonight. I spent much of […]

SxSW 2010 DAY TWO:

SxSW 2010 DAY TWO:

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR Thursday was a more unpredictable and chaotic day that Wednesday for me at South by Southwest.  Some of my plans didn’t pan out, some that did pan out weren’t as memorable as I had hoped, and some of my favorite moments weren’t […]

SxSW 2010 DAY ONE:

SxSW 2010 DAY ONE:

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR In a decade of attending this festival, I have not missed a night of SxSW. And, yet, Wednesday night, SxSW 2010, stands out as one of the most extraordinary and enjoyable nights of music I have ever experienced here.  I heard a […]

South by Southwest 2010: Country Music Rising

South by Southwest 2010: Country Music Rising

Prologue For one week each year, Austin, Texas becomes the coolest place on earth. Sure, the locals (myself included) well tell you that regardless of the time of year you visit. But, for five days each March, it is gospel truth. Austin’s annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or just “South by” to cognoscenti), […]

Laura Cantrell Sings “Kitty Wells’ Dresses” at Radio Free Song Club

Laura Cantrell Sings “Kitty Wells’ Dresses” at Radio Free Song Club

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” — Groucho Marx. Despite what Groucho said, this is one club you want to be a part of. The Radio Free Song Club is a group of ten veteran songwriters with a monthly deadline: ready or not, write a new song every […]

Amy Farris Tribute-McCabe’s, 11/8/09 (Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Stan Ridgeway, I See Hawks)

Amy Farris Tribute-McCabe’s, 11/8/09 (Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Stan Ridgeway, I See Hawks)

On October 20 a memorial/tribute for Amy Farris was held in her home town of Austin, featuring Dave Alvin and numerous associates of Amy’s over the years. Last night Dave put together a tribute in Amy’s adopted home town of LA, and what a tribute it was. Though I’ve never been enamored of Amy’s songwriting […]

Drive-by Truckers w/ James McMurtry – Rev Room, Little Rock, AR – 10/24/09

Drive-by Truckers w/ James McMurtry – Rev Room, Little Rock, AR – 10/24/09

This was the first time in five years that Drive-by Truckers have rolled into town, and fans responded with a sold out crowd.  While they might have sold out anyway, having James McMurtry as an opening act couldn’t have hurt.  Not having too much time to dawdle, McMurtry ripped through his songs like a machine.  […]

Ponderosa Stomp

Ponderosa Stomp

According to Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos, rock and roll is an American export that paved the way for many different types of music, laying a base for performers to experiment with rockabilly, R&B, jazz, blues, garage, soul, funk, and swamp pop. Even some renowned country guitar greats such as Keith Urban and Brad Paisley can […]

Justin Townes Earle and Wagons at The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW Australia October 7

Justin Townes Earle and Wagons at The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW Australia October 7

As we pulled up outside The Clarendon, the sleet was falling and all I could think was thank God I brought my big black jacket! Let’s face it, Katoomba = COLD! There’s no denying that fact! Justin Townes Earle is no show pony, he’s a work horse… having played over 250 shows in the last […]

Merle Haggard, Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, 10/1/09

Merle Haggard, Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, 10/1/09

Seeing Merle Haggard live is in many ways (at least for me) similar to what it used to be like seeing the Grateful Dead. Now that some of you are quite possibly cursing me, let me elaborate before the hate mail begins.. First, you never know what songs will be played, as Merle never makes […]

Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Melissa Ethridge, and that one Judge from American Idol – Country Music Hall of Fame "All for the Hall" Fundraiser and Guitar Pull

Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Melissa Ethridge, and that one Judge from American Idol – Country Music Hall of Fame "All for the Hall" Fundraiser and Guitar Pull

Last night I think I overheard Emmylou Harris talking about a guitar pull in New York that she sat in on with Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. There’s always such good country lovin’ on the East, but alas, for us West Coasters we don’t get quite as many sessions like the one […]

Those Darlins at The Loft – Atlanta, GA – 9/29/09

Those Darlins at The Loft – Atlanta, GA – 9/29/09

ATLANTA, GA – On a chilly Tuesday night at The Loft in Atlanta, Those Darlins roared into town and proceeded to heat up the place before a crowd that was either extremely stoned or completely taken by surprise. These sweet little darlins are cussin’ big time! They’re screamin’ and shreddin’ guitars up there! After opening […]

Scene Spotlight: Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival –– Columbia, Mo.

Scene Spotlight: Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival –– Columbia, Mo.

Being in the middle of a state in Middle America is actually a pretty ideal situation for a music lover. Being at the convergence point for artists from all over the country is quite the advantage, and a festival like Columbia, Missouri’s Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival proves it, combining local and national performers. […]