| Mar 17, 2011
| 7:26 AM
In 1989, Travis Tritt planted his boot heels firmly on Nashville soil and has been a country star ever since. Today, the Harley-riding, longhaired country boy from Marietta, Ga., is planning the follow-up to his most-recent album, 2007’s The Storm,...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 2:37 PM
I’d like to tell you that I made the confession at the start of the second quarter, with the ball on the 30-yard line and the score 14-6. I’d like to tell you that I didn’t know the first names of only two players on the field and wasn&...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 6:48 AM
It's been called swamp rock, folk punk, streetgrass, steampunk rock and a dozen other names as writers and sundry other music enthusiasts have sought to describe the sound emanating from Lake Worth. In an article a couple of weeks ago, I called it “...
| Aug 11, 2009
| 1:58 PM
Music games have the power to turn people on to new music. And what genre needs more rehabilitation than country music? More people hate on Nashville's music than live in the entire state of Tennessee. I've been playing "Rock Band: Country Track Pack"...
| Dec 23, 2009
There's a powerful symmetry at work in "Crazy Heart" that's impossible to resist. It's a parallel between protagonist Bad Blake, a country singer whose entire life has led him to a nadir of disintegration, and star Jeff Bridges, whose exceptional film...
| Feb 27, 2010
The world that Shooter Jennings has created in his ambitious new album, "Black Ribbons," is more ominous than brave and more nerve-rackingly familiar than new in presenting a scenario of the dark days ahead for humankind in the tradition of Aldous Huxley'...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 2:28 PM
It's Thursday afternoon, and downtown is awash in live music. Guitar solos shriek through the air, and the crisp snap of snare drums echoes from inside live music clubs. Hundreds of bands are crammed into every nook and cranny, vying to impress the tens...
| Mar 22, 2011
Ralph Mooney, the influential steel guitarist whose crisp, melodically rich and rhythmically buoyant sound bolstered dozens of country music hits by artists including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart and Wanda Jackson before he joined Waylon...
| Apr 29, 2011
Not so long ago it would have been a dream come true for sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers of Muscle Shoals, Ala., to find themselves sitting in the balcony of Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium and looking down upon their country music heroes onstage...
| Aug 25, 2009
by Fred Bob, special to the Swamp The home video surely will make you seasick. But once you wade into the thick of the crowd, the magnitude of the purported world record set Sunday in Luckenbach, Texas -- 1,857 guitar-pickers......
| Oct 2, 2009
While three of members of country music royalty -- Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Dwight Yoakam -- gathered Thursday night at the shiny new 2,000-seat Club Nokia for a tony dinner and concert fundraiser benefiting the Country Music Hall of......