Touring for any musician can be a difficult challenge. That challenge is multiplied for singer-songwriter Poeina Suddarth. Currently on her Trains, Planes and Automobiles tour supporting Poeina, she relies on the ridesharing kindness of fans, strangers and truckers to get her from gig to gig since h ... More >>
Country guys are hot. The crowd at the Miranda Lambert show provided plenty of people-watching opportunities, complete with lots of overdressed people and gigantic trucks that dwarved my poor little Toyota. I'm about as far from the "country girl" image as one can get, but that doesn't change the ... More >>
Hank Williams the Third, Hank 3 to those in the know, says Dale Watson is one of his favorite artists-- a tried and true country artist--and goes so far to shout him out to audiences at virtually every concert. This appeal is easy to understand: Watson is a throwback to the early country days of H ... More >>
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys @ Rhythm Room| 8/29/12Sometimes, different is good. After a long, steady musical diet of mostly rock, jazz, blues and Cuban music, I let my country side out for an evening with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Though, in all honesty, it was pretty rocking country--a two ... More >>
Scott Lucas has been the guitar-wielding and singing half of Chicago duo Local H since 1987, and while the band's blend of grunge tone, classic songwriting smarts, and longevity has earned it plenty of recognition, it makes sense that a few steps to the side would be tempting to Lucas. A two-piece u ... More >>
This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. What did the community have to say about the Clubhouse at an open forum in Tempe? How does Phoenix rockabilly band ... More >>
Country songs don't come much more iconic than Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" . It's been covered countless times by musicians of all genres. Some, like Elvis Presley and Ray Charles do the song justice, while others butcher it -- I'm looking at you, LeAnn Rimes. It's always a challenge for a ... More >>
Country tunes and booze out of jars
Hank done it this way.Undoubtedly, one of the coolest things about the Yucca Tap Room is the community of people that congregates there. Starting last summer, a core group of musicians from that community began putting together special concerts as a tribute to some of their favorite musicians. ... More >>
Props to the spirit of country legend Hank Williams and YouTuber "politicatty." The latter has borrowed the tune from the former's Cajun-styled hit "Jambalaya" for an anti-Joe Arpaio ditty entitled, "Goodbye, Joe!" The lyrics are pretty amusing. Here's a sample:Goodbye Joe. You gotta go. Take three ... More >>
You may know Shane Kennedy as that guy we write about all the time (read Steve Jansen's excellent feature on him here) for various reasons.Did you also know that he, himself, is a journalist, and long has been? He's not much of a name-dropper, which may be part of the reason so many New Times staff ... More >>
Get ready to break out the bathtub moonshine and dance with your cousins (metaphorically speaking, of course) because "The Master of Hillbilly Swing" is hoping to knock your socks off at the Rhythm Room this Sunday.
The Train plays his country right or wrong
Mavericks leader returns with kitchen-sink affair
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
The Good Life
Well, Elliott Smith's not with us in the physical world any longer, but, especially for those of us who got to know him at least briefly, he's still living in his beautiful songs, a double-CD of which is being released in a few weeks on May 8 (which I dig, because that makes a great birthday gift fo ... More >>
Ten great discs that were, shall we say, underserved by the media but are more than worthy of your money and close attention
P-town's hip-hop Dukes of Hazzard hang with Hank III and get their mosh on at the Marquee.
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys keep rockabilly a-hoppin' in a 30-year-old school bus
Hank Williams III does his own thing. Nashville, beware.
Distance Between (Ultimatum Music)
The Train is coming to town
Buddy & Julie Miller (HighTone)
The Gift (Will), You can Count on Me (Artemis/E-Squared), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Mercury)
Music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets in New Times' annual poll
Alan Freed's Radio (Headhunter/Cargo)
(Fat Wreck Chords)
Hank Williams III hopes that country gold comes in threes
Wayne "The Train" Hancock
NEWCOMER BOB WODDRUFF PLAYS BY NASHVILLE'S RULES; HE JUST PREFERS THE OLD ONES
HIP-HOP IS GOING TO POT. LITERALLY.