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Joe Satriani 30th anniversary tour

Joe Satriani 30th anniversary tour

I was lucky enough to end up with a pair of tickets to see Joe Satriani at the Fox Performing Arts Center here in Riverside California a few weeks back. The Silver Surfer has long been an inspiration to me, a person who simply existed in my mind as legend. Meaning I sometimes forget he’s […]

Dearly Departed: Shakey Graves’ New Video is On Solid Ground

Dearly Departed: Shakey Graves’ New Video is On Solid Ground

Watch Shakey Graves’ New Video “Dearly Departed” Shakey Graves has had a good year. His album, And The War Came, was named one of iTune’s best singer/songwriter albums of the year and one of the top albums of 2014 by NPR music critic Ann Powers. It also put Graves on Amazon’s list of “Artists to […]

Gayle Force: A Crystal Gayle Exhibit Takes The Country Music Hall of Fame by Storm

Gayle Force: A Crystal Gayle Exhibit Takes The Country Music Hall of Fame by Storm

Crystal Gayle has enjoyed a career of superlatives, including 22 #1 singles, becoming the first woman in country music to have a platinum record (1977’s We Must Believe in Magic) and, of course, her trademark hair which could leave Rapunzel suffering from an inferiority complex. So, it is little surprise that the Country Music Hall […]

Still Angry After 35 Years: Veteran Punk Rockers, The Adolescents, to Release New Album, “La Vendetta”

Still Angry After 35 Years: Veteran Punk Rockers, The Adolescents, to Release New Album, “La Vendetta”

Let’s get it out of the way up front, yes, there is inherent irony in writing about a band named The Adolescents celebrating their 35th anniversary. But both their longevity and an upcoming album, La Vendetta, should be cause for celebration among fans of punk and hardcore. While, perhaps, not the first punk band to […]

Steve Earle at The Crossroads: Veteran Musician to Release Blues Album

Steve Earle at The Crossroads: Veteran Musician to Release Blues Album

(photo: Ted Barron) Like a musical Colossus of Rhodes, Steve Earle bestrides American roots with one foot in country and another in folk. Roots music fans instantly recognize the sound of his work, from the hard-charging country-rock hit “Copperhead Road” to the politically-themed Americana of the Jerusalem album to his folk love letter to the […]

Good for the Soul: Stax Records Reissues Two Classic Soul Collections

Good for the Soul: Stax Records Reissues Two Classic Soul Collections

One of the greatest record labels in the history of American music is reissuing two monumental collections of their vaunted output. From 1959 until 1975, Memphis-based

Bob Dylan: From The Village to the Basement

Bob Dylan: From The Village to the Basement

In the summer of 1967, Dylan ensconced himself, along with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed “Big Pink” by the group, in West Saugerties, New York, out of the public eye for the first time in years. This is familiar history […]

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,” […]

Iconic Club Owner Eddie Wilson Puts Memorabilia Collection Up for Auction

Iconic Club Owner Eddie Wilson Puts Memorabilia Collection Up for Auction

(photo: Steve Hopson) [Note from the Editor: this was supposed to be a short little news blurb. Apparently, I am incapable of that.] Legendary Austin venue owner and music promoter Eddie Wilson will be auctioning-off part of his unique collection of musical memorabilia, station KVUE-TV has reported. If you’ve ever heard that Austin is a […]

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 […]

Punk Strikes Again: Headliners Announced for 2015 Punk Rock & Bowling Music Festival in Las Vegas

Punk Strikes Again: Headliners Announced for 2015 Punk Rock & Bowling Music Festival in Las Vegas

You might not have thought that combining punk music and bowling would be a successful formula for an annual international music festival. The organizers of the Punk Rock & Bowling Music Festival would say—that shows what you know. Now in its 17th year, organizers have recently announced the headliners for the 2015 festival: Rancid, the […]

The Good Stuff: “Willie’s Stash” Unveils Unique Archival Recordings

The Good Stuff:  “Willie’s Stash” Unveils Unique Archival Recordings

Today marks the release of Willie’s Stash, Volume I, December Day, the first in a series of archival recordings by Willie Nelson. The album’s eighteen tracks feature Nelson as well as his sister, Bobbie, a frequent member of Nelson’s band and a formidable country musician in her own right. Other members of Nelson’s road band […]

“Wicked Twisted Road” was the best song of 2005

“Wicked Twisted Road” was the best song of 2005

Reckless Kelly released “Wicked Twisted Road” and the title track of the same name was the best song of 2005. It was the kind of song you put on and show your friends and they dig it as much as you from the first listen. Its like a countryish version of that Green Day song […]

Hurray For The Riff Raff Might Be The Best Band

Hurray For The Riff Raff Might Be The Best Band

New Orleans, Louisiana’s Hurray for the Riff Raff has signed to ATO Records and will release their anticipated new studio album early 2014. Alynda lee Segarra signed the ATO contract in the basement of the The Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville, TN where she and producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) first worked together on Hurray […]