Walking through the back rooms of the Tempe History Museum, it's easy to get distracted by the various artifacts of the city's lore. Boxes are stacked like in the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark; one clumsy turn could result in someone accidentally getting his face melted. Navigating confident ... More >>
Authenticity is a loaded word when it comes to country music. Nearly every modern country act likes to shout out "real country fans" in arenas, even the ones pumping out bombastic party anthems about red Solo cups, shaking asses, and jacked-up pickup trucks. Then there's the historical struggle of ... More >>
If nothing else, this week's slate of concerts in and around Metro Phoenix is what you'd call diverse, or, at the very least, eclectic. How else would you describe a five-day span that feature everything from the indie power-pop of The New Pornographers and the Latin-infused trip-hop of French-Chlie ... More >>
"It's just me and my guitar," said Kris Kristofferson when I asked him about his upcoming show at Phoenix's Celebrity Theatre on Tuesday, October 14. Songwriter, actor, Army captain, Golden Gloves boxer, helicopter pilot, football player, Rhodes Scholar, and husband, Kristofferson has done multiple ... More >>
Waylon Jennings sure collected a lot of strange items during his life. Now, several hundred of them are going on auction at the Musical Instrument Museum, including a motorcycle once owned by Buddy Holly, a pair of Hank Williams' boots, Willie Nelson's braids, and a whole lot of clothing, jewelery, ... More >>
Valley Fever has become a Phoenix Country Music institution, thanks to DJs Dana Armstrong and Johnny Volume. I heard of the Yucca Tap Room ritual by way of Tony Martinez after interviewing him before his farewell show at Valley Fever, when he talked excitedly about how important those Sunday nights ... More >>
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 >>
Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail email@example.com. Miss a question? Go here.It's no secret there's a connection between food ... More >>
Curious 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. Sunday, June 17: The Kirkwoods @ Musical Instrument Museum It's not every father that gets to share a sta ... More >>
It's safe to say there has been some fairly disheartening news about our state in the last few years. For all of the racial and political tension we've seen, there are still certain kinds of people that remain optimistic our future. The artistic community, for one, thinks there's room to recover. ... More >>
Original outlaw country woman Jessi ColterJessi Colter is a woman full of surprises. She's most famous for her work on albums like Wanted! The Outlaws featuring her late husband Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Tompall Glaser. But she's also maintained a highly successful solo career, and at t ... More >>
Grab a Stetson and your autograph pad: The AZ Music & Entertainment Hall Of Fame is holding a benefit concert on September 6 at Handlebar J in Scottsdale, a great little honky-tonky type bar just north Shea and Scottsdale Roads. Heard of the institution we lovingly know by it's overly-compl ... More >>
Ikonoklast is scheduled to perform on Saturday at Chasers Bar & Nightclub in Scottsdale. From BBW bathing beauties and bizarre behavior to outdoor punk shows and indoor disco dancefests, our weekly roundup of inexpensive events happening from tonight until Sunday has it all. Read on for a rund ... More >>
Though she sometimes strives for demure in promo shots, Michelle Branch ain't no Tori Amos -- at least I've never seen Tori look like this -- making her an interesting choice for an all-woman music festival. But it's Branch who's slated to headline the Chicks with Picks Music Festival in Tempe later ... 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 >>
A Vagabond Dreamer, A Ryhmer and Singer of Songs. A Revolutionary in Country Music Beloved By The World By Martin Cizmar I do not generally drink in cemeteries. Yesterday, I made an exception.
Outlaw caught on tape
A Hall of Fame is born
Let's Put the O Back Into Country
Blood of the Ram
The Rhythm Room
Handlebar-J Restaurant and Saloon
The record industry thinks I'm a criminal. Here's the evidence.
Waylon Jennings' widow and youngest son say goodbye to a sad year -- with rock stars. In Phoenix!
Waylon Jennings bucked the Nashville system, and became a legend in the process
Billy Joe Shaver has a stunning new album in stores. But he can't enjoy it.
The Gift (Will), You can Count on Me (Artemis/E-Squared), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Mercury)
An archival concert collection finds Waylon Jennings very much at home in the Valley
A new millennium in Phoenix, where the motorist in the next lane is your auld acquaintance
Where were you when the lights didn't go out? All the dangers of Celebration 2000 that Phoenix shut-ins sat out.
At least nobody's demanding Geritol or Depends
Flathead turns upside-down technique into a winning hybrid of raw country and roadhouse