Archive for the ‘country’ Category

Complicated Songs: James McMurtry’s “Complicated Games” Showcases a Master Storyteller.

Complicated Songs: James McMurtry’s “Complicated Games” Showcases a Master Storyteller.

By Jon Black (photo: Shane McCauley) The world James McMurtry paints through his songs is distinctive: a place of stark isolation, of desperate hope struggling against unbeatable odds and where tragedy and beauty make strange but eternal bedfellows. Little wonder his work has been praised by artists as diverse as John Mellencamp, Jason Isbell and […]

Billy Joe Shaver & Willie Nelson to Perform on Letterman

Billy Joe Shaver & Willie Nelson to Perform on Letterman

Save the date! Two of the most celebrated veterans of the outlaw country movement are coming to a small-screen near you. On December 17th, Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson will be musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman. We can’t guarantee it, but a performance of “It’s Hard to be an Outlaw,” […]

Ken Burns Addresses CMA Board: Filmmaker Working on Country Music Documentary

Ken Burns Addresses CMA Board: Filmmaker Working on Country Music Documentary

(Photos: Caitlin Harris/CMA) Filmmaker Ken Burns recently gave the keynote address at the Country Music Association’s board of directors meeting. Burns was joined in his address by longtime collaborator Dayton Duncan. Burns and Duncan’s presence currently looms large in the country music community, with the Emmy Award winners hard at work on a major series […]