Posts Tagged ‘country music’

Charlie Louvin: July 7, 1927 – Jan. 26, 2011

Charlie Louvin: July 7, 1927 – Jan. 26, 2011

We were saddened today to hear the news of Charlie Louvin’s passing. He was 83. We feel privileged, however, to have spoken with him briefly from his home in Wartrace, Tennessee, just days before his cancer surgery last July. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful. In his honor, we’re re-running the short interview and review of […]

Album Review: The Essential Highwaymen – (Columbia)

Album Review: The Essential Highwaymen – (Columbia)

Four Big Guns If one were to parse the entire pantheon of country music heroes for a quartet that embodies all that is great and good in country music, it would be hard to imagine a line-up more epic than Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. It was with this notion in […]

Win Two Tickets to See Miranda Lambert in Sin City

Win Two Tickets to See Miranda Lambert in Sin City

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert — who took home trophies at last week’s Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Video of the Year — will be playing The Palms Las Vegas on Dec. 10, and we scored two pairs of tickets! We’re giving away one pair […]

Sweeeeet! Sugarland’s “The Incredible Machine” Roaring up the Charts

Sweeeeet! Sugarland’s “The Incredible Machine” Roaring up the Charts

Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 & Country Album Charts NASHVILLE, TN – Mercury Nashville duo Sugarland and their fourth album The Incredible Machine debuts at #1 this week on both Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre chart and the current country chart with sales of more than 202K, besting releases by Kings […]

Sneak Peek: Gwyneth Paltrow in Upcomng Film ‘Country Strong’

Sneak Peek: Gwyneth Paltrow in Upcomng Film ‘Country Strong’

The latest passenger on the Americana/country/roots bandwagon is Gwyneth Paltrow. Honestly, she’s the last actor we thought we’d see in a country-music-themed film, but then again John Wayne once played Genghis Khan in The Conqueror, so stranger things have happened. In the upcoming Country Strong with Tim McGraw, she plays country singer Kelly Canter who’s […]

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad. — Marcel Proust Dedicated to […]

Q&A with The Secret Sisters – (Way More Than 12 Questions)

Q&A with The Secret Sisters – (Way More Than 12 Questions)

Honest and meaningful music is what caught T. Bone Burnett’s ear. The Secret Sisters certainly caught our collective ear with their clean and close harmonies — they really are sisters, after all. Natives of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Lydia and Laura Rogers learned to harmonize in church and at family picnics performing classic gems by the […]

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

The former frontman for Mercury Pickup, Alguire has a vocal style that’s relaxed yet dominant, akin to Greg Keelor and Declan McGarry. Now Before Us, his third solo album, is a stripped-down, squeaky clean production with some very enjoyable moments; unfortunately, those moments are too few and far between. Algure has beginnings down pat (many […]

Loretta Lynn Celebrates Legendary Career with 50th Anniversary Event Sept. 25

Loretta Lynn Celebrates Legendary Career with 50th Anniversary Event Sept. 25

Country music legend Loretta Lynn is celebrating her 50th year making music with a “A Tribute to an American Icon” 50th anniversary celebration with her final performance of the year at her Hurricane Mills ranch and home, to be held Saturday, Sept. 25. The concert is open to the public and is one of the […]

Album Review: Bloody War: Songs 1924-1936 – (Tompkins Square)

Album Review: Bloody War: Songs 1924-1936 – (Tompkins Square)

“War! What’s it good for? Absolutely nothin’! Good God, y’all!” The Temptations asked and answered that question, but it was Edwin Starr who made the song a hit. Springsteen covered it in 1985 on his “Born in the USA” tour, the title track of his hugely popular album, and another anti-war song. War is hell, […]

Contest Giveaway: Signed Copies of Marty Stuart’s Ghost Train

Contest Giveaway: Signed Copies of Marty Stuart’s Ghost Train

Sorry folks, but the winners were announced a while ago. Come back, though, because we always seems to have some wonderful stuff to give away to our loyal readers! – Editors That’s right, we’re giving away TWO copies of Marty Stuart’s critically acclaimed Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions which hit the streets today. (Three […]

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

Merle Haggard: Country Music Traditionalist, Internet Prophet

In April 2010, Merle Haggard’s latest album, I Am What I Am hit stores and radio stations around the nation. Amid the smooth, polished, heavily produced (some would say overly-produced) opus of much of the modern Nashville sound, I Am What I Am was like a revelation — a voice and sound that seemed to […]

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Lissy Rosemont of Junior League Band

The Junior League Band, fronted by Georgia native and current D.C. resident Lissy Rosemont, releases Jelly Roll, their third full-length album, this Friday. The title conjures thoughts of New Orleans, old-time Delta blues, Jelly Roll Morton, sex, and rolling on the kitchen floor with your lover. Sounds like a party! Jelly Roll is a raucous […]