By Mike Seely Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub ... More >>
As Taylor Swift's tour mates, finding Billboard success and as the winners of multiple Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, NEEDTOBREATHE make for quite the musical intersection. With a driving blend of faith-infused rock, the South Carolinian trio of bassist Seth Bolt, vocalist Bear Rinehart and g ... More >>
Talking to 3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson you get the sense that he lives by the Keep It Simple, Stupid code of music life. When you are in a rock and roll band, you need to just enjoy the ride and not overthink things or worry about how long you're going to last. Figuring out why your band ... More >>
Tony Martinez took naps in his father's guitar case when he was a baby. He would cry and cry at his father's shows, and would only stop when he was put in the guitar case, and fall asleep to the sound of the music playing. The first time he recalls getting fired up about wanting to play music was ... More >>
On Nashville-via-New York string trio the Howlin' Brothers' debut record, Howl, the band doesn't "re-create" a specific moment in Americana music so much as run wild and wooly through great big landscapes of it. Recorded by Brendan Benson (the Raconteurs, The Maine) for his Readymade Records imprint ... More >>
It's a pretty good time to be The Gaslight Anthem. The band, which at times sounds like a nostalgic punk rock version of Bruce Springsteen, recently signed to a major label to release its forth full length album, Handwritten. After the band's frontman, Brian Fallon dedicated some time to bluesy side ... More >>
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There's seriously nothing I enjoy more than an hour or two killed in a good record store, but you know, this new-fangled interwebs-thing is pretty good for finding music, too. A couple weeks ago I read something interesting about a power pop artist named Carl Rusk (of The Nashville Ramblers, fe ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons The owners of the Grand Ole Opry want to build a resort in Mesa with taxpayers' help.Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Company has proposed building a mega-resort in Mesa that would include a convention space, retail shops, and an 18-hole golf course. But the company's d ... More >>
Think you're better than some of the colorful people on American Idol or think you're Arizona's next Jordin Sparks? Well, you have a shot to prove it next month at Chandler's Lone Butte Casino. The casino will host "Lone Butte Lucky Break," the first in a series of televised talent shows, at 8 p.m. ... More >>
We heart Memphis. We hate the Griz.
Porta-loo cleaners of the world unite
What the hell am I doing here? It’s 11 a.m., I drank an entire bottle of red wine by myself last night, I have a bad hangover, and this brunch dealio at the Four Seasons looks way more swanky than I feel. Actually, I don’t feel swanky at all, and aside from my friend and independent musician J ... More >>
An anti-Nashville anti-star is born
Black rappin' cowpoke seeks duchess of Hazzard
From farmer's daughter to hitmaker
Outlaw caught on tape
Tall girl tales
Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere
A decade of picking -- and choosing
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.
(Yep Roc Records)
Los Lonely Boys survive the family biz in Nashville to become Texas roots-rock heroes
Heartworn Highways (Navarre)
Hank Williams III does his own thing. Nashville, beware.
Country boys stick to twangy tradition
Midnight and Lonesome (HighTone)
Home (Open Wide/Columbia)
Unsung country crooner Allison Moorer changes course on a new album and she doesn't care what you call it
By Steve Earle (Houghton Mifflin, $22)
Marty Robbins is gone, but Ronny Robbins fiercely defends his father's hard-won integrity
10-gallon hats and 10-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays
Johnny Dilks plays scholar to country music's past and suggests its future, if Charlie Louvin has anything to say about it
Nashville's Los Straitjackets wrestle with the limitations of instrumental rock
NEWCOMER BOB WODDRUFF PLAYS BY NASHVILLE'S RULES; HE JUST PREFERS THE OLD ONES
NASHVILLE STANDARDS? STRIPPER TURNED COUNTRY SINGE GLADLY BUXOM.
FINALLY READY FOR THE COUNTRY, PAM TILLIS EMBRACES HER FATHER'S MUSIC WITHOUT HESITATION
K.D. LANG WAS ALMOST BURIED ON THE LONE PRAIRIE. NOW SHE'S CAUGHT FIRE WITH A HOT NEW ALBUM.