Country music queen Jessi Colter is both outspoken and well spoken. The esteemed chanteuse and Arizona native, widely considered to be one of the grand dames of the genre, speaks quite eloquently and loquaciously of both of her storied 43-year career in country music and her many experiences along t ... More >>
The country music world truly lost one of its biggest badasses today when the legendary George Jones passed away this morning at a Nashville, Tennessee hospital. He was 81 years old. The Possum, as he was known to countless, leaves behind a towering legacy in country, a long and troubled life fill ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
In this week's print edition New Times writer Chris Hansen Orf -- himself a member of a veteran Tempe Americana act -- catches up with hard-nosed roots rockers Flathead. The band talks about how they've been able to fit on bills with everyone from Meat Puppets to Ralph Stanley, X and Th ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Glass Heroes are scheduled to perform at the George & Dragon on Saturday.We're kicking it old school with our latest edition of "10 Things Under $10" by pimping a few unique shows by a handful of the Valley's more legendary musicians. Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets is holding a special g ... More >>
Jessica TestaToby Keith on stage at Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix.It's a shame Toby Keith will always be The Angry American. In mainstream consciousness, the Oklahoma-born country singer is a Bush-loving neocon who's always ready to put his boot in Osama bin Laden's ass, thereby making his ... More >>
The last time I was at Celebrity Theatre, I saw country legend Loretta Lynn do most of her set by request, politely declining to sing the songs with lyrics she was fuzzy on. George "No Show" Jones, one of a handful of living musicians who can claim a place near Lynn in the pantheon of Nashville lege ... More >>
Lucero is coming to town in May. A lot of big indie shows -- but not big, big shows -- in last week's concert announcements. Lucero, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are coming to Rythm Room in May, as are Margot & the Nuclear So and So's. St. Vincent plays Modified on Sunday, May 31, which is ... More >>
Conner CecilConner(Old Dominion Records)There was a time when hearing a boyish and manicured voice like Conner Cecil's alongside a willowy pedal steel wasn't uncommon in country music. That time is long gone, though, and hearing Conner -- a Globe native whose voice matches his cherubic face -- on h ... More >>
"Holdin' Our Own" and Other Country Gold Duets
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.
Redemption's Son (Real World/Universal)
Darryl Worley arrives at country stardom near midlife, but his brand of traditionalism may have fresh legs
The Soul and the Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck (Columbia/Legacy)
Taking a look at some of the best music literature from the past few months
Walk Alone (Ultimatum)
The Gift (Will), You can Count on Me (Artemis/E-Squared), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Mercury)
Liquored Up and Lacquered Down (EMusic/TVT) and Tav Falco's Panther Burns Panther Phobia (In The Red)
1514 North Seventh Avenue
Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records (Bloodshot)
Speedbuggy USA: guns, booze, hicks and chicks
Local blues crusader Bob Corritore turns his boyhood dreams into reality
Lori Romaneck sorts through the ashes of a decades-old murder mystery and bungled investigations that forever changed her life
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
THE YEAR IN MUSIC: IT JUST DIDN'T GET MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) THAN THIS
SLEEPY LABEEF IS NO HAS-BEEN OR NEVER-WAS. HE JUST IS.
IF YOU'VE GOT CASH IN YOUR WALLET AND TIME ON YOUR HANDS, BOXED SETS ARE FOR YOU
HE'S TRASHED BILLY RAY CYRUS. AND HE WON'T WEAR A BLACK HAT. TRAVIS TRITT'S PUT THE "OUT THERE" BACK INTO "OUTLAW."