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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 […]

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 […]

Todd Snider "Peace Queer" Mega Force

Todd Snider "Peace Queer" Mega Force

by Brad Tucker Listening to Todd Snider’s back-catalogue gives one the impression that he has extremely varied tastes in music, and that he is greatly affected by whatever he is listening to. At different times he is contemporary pop country, straight folk, John Prine, or Tom Petty. There are moments on his 1994 debut, Songs […]

BEN KWELLER – San Francisco, CA

by Jody Mason Ben Kweller Takes on San Francisco Ben Kweller returned to his place of birth Sunday, October 5, to play the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. The 27-year old drew a huge audience of all ages with fiery, Dylan-esque songs like “Fight” and “This is War”, stomping with the beat […]

Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music)

Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music)

by Tim Rynders Country Music Pride: How have the first few shows gone? Does it feel like you never stopped playing as HWM or does it feel like a distant dream? Chuck Ragan: They’ve gone and felt absolutely incredible.  The friends, fans and general turnout has been overwhelming and it’s just been everything and more […]

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!

The Wood Brothers "Loaded" Blue Note

The Wood Brothers "Loaded" Blue Note

by Kyle McCraw Every so often, you stumble upon an album that is immediately indispensable. Such was my experience first hearing The Wood Brothers’ debut, “Ways Not to Lose,” and I was worried that their follow-up, “Loaded” would not live up to my high expectations. In a sense, it didn’t because this feels less like […]