For as long as the folk songs of hillbillies and Appalachian wailers have been called "country songs," the genre has been the province of those tip-toeing between grace and damnation -- Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, the Louvin Brothers, and others for whom the pursuit of holiness ofte ... More >>
By Jaime Lees Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their ... More >>
Last night Willie Nelson & Family played to a sold-out crowd at Celebrity Theatre--and it was quite the family affair. Not just because Nelson had about half of his own immediate family members on stage, but because the intimate setting embraced a crowd that was as comfortable with other Willie Nels ... More >>
We're fairly certain that by now you're fully up to speed on That Damn Show's headliner Bad Religion, as well when they're playing, how they've been around longer than you think, and their best albums ever. So what about the rest of the rock, punk, and indie heavy-hitters filling out the bill at M ... More >>
Psychobilly mavens Tiger Army have managed to amass a legion of loyal followers over the course of 17 years. A massive discography on the other hand, is something the Southern California trio is yet to possess. Ever since their 1999 self-titled debut, the group has added only three more titles to ... More >>
Willie Nelson and Family Comerica Theatre Monday, March 12 See the full Willie Nelson slideshow here. It was a quarter after eight when the Red-Headed Stranger took the stage at Comerica Theatre last night. He hadn't even played a note, but he crowd of retirees stood in applause beside younger adm ... More >>
Maria VassettGlen Campbell Comerica Theatre Saturday, February 18 Going in, there was a fear that Glen Campbell's Goodbye Tour concert would devolve into little more than a nostalgia act. That Campbell, struggling with the early onset of Alzheimer's disease, would duly try his best to work t ... More >>
Strumming towards ecstasy
The annual Country Thunder festival at the dusty Canyon Moon Ranch just outside of Florence is country music's version of a cattle drive, where over four days some of the bigger names in country music are herded on stage to bleat their biggest hits, then lassoed off to make way for the next artist. ... More >>
If I didn't know better, I'd suspect country music legends entered in to an informal tontine some time in the mid-60s, pledging to play each other's best songs after the others had passed, all the way down to the last man standing. Depending on who all you're willing to call a legend, Willie Nelson ... More >>
White trash Christmas
Getting all their Johnsons in a row
Strumming towards ecstasy
The Reflection finds the odd ring in near-perfect harmony
Album Leaf's down-to-earth Jimmy LaValle recorded his latest ambient work in Sigur Ròs' frosty Iceland and lived to tell about it
Yes, she can, actually. The enigmatic Diamanda Galás returns with four sweeping discs of new material.
Elliott Smith, 1969-2003
By Nick Tosches (Little, Brown, & Co.; 352 pages; $24.95)
Stardom might be cool for Adam Carroll. But mainly he just wants to be your friend.
By Steve Earle (Houghton Mifflin, $22)
Back with what may be his best album, Texas treasure Delbert McClinton looks back on five decades of music making
Whiskeytown's last album is a rock 'n' roll masterpiece. So how come you haven't heard it?
Merle Haggard makes a triumphant return. Wait -- he never went away.
Never mind the FCC, here's Ghetto Cowgirl
The The's Matt Johnson is back with a new record, a new label and something close to optimism
CPR offers a breath of life to the Valley Latin scene
A Buck Owens tribute turns into a celebration of the local music scene
Texas troubadour Dale Watson is waging a war for the heart and soul of country music
Peter Guralnick's Careless Love sheds new light on the opaque unraveling of Elvis Presley
The Cartwheels and the Zen Lunatics share everything but musical genres
Celebrated busker Mary Lou Lord reluctantly steps into the spotlight with major-label debut
The Revenants emerge from the studio with a new album
After a lost decade of legal wrangling, John Fogerty pulls himself out of the swamp
Ike & Tina's sizzling Carnegie Hall date, plus previews of Big Jack Johnson and James Harman
JODY "QUEEN OF THE HOUSE" MILLER IS BACK JTO RECLAIM HER CROWN
BY TURNING OFF THE MACHINES AND TURNING ON A BAND, KURT RALSKE REMAKES HIS ULTRA VIVID SCENE. AGAIN.