| 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'...
| Dec 2, 2008
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| Feb 6, 2009
Tom Brumley, a legendary steel guitarist who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s before spending 10 years performing with Rick Nelson, has died. He was 73.
Brumley died Tuesday at Northeast Baptist Hospital...
| May 11, 2009
Stephen Bruton, a Texas musician long admired and much in demand as much for his astute guitar work as for his insights as a songwriter, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 60.
Bruton, who had played with Kris Kristofferson...
| May 13, 2010
Dave Fisher, founding member and lead singer of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen, whose recording of the Civil War anti-slavery song "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" became a surprise pop hit in 1962, has died. He was 69.
Fisher died Friday at his...
| Jul 16, 2010
Hank Cochran, the esteemed country music songwriter revered for the poetic economy and power of such enduring hits as Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" and Eddy Arnold's "Make the World Go Away," died Thursday at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., after...
| Dec 12, 2008
And the beat goes on for London-born Michael Blakey, who was once described by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the world's best. Blakey, a veteran music producer, has slashed the price of his Beverly Hills home by a tidy $1.7 million -- bringing it down...
| May 2, 2008
NASHVILLE -- Hayes Carll, 32, arranges his long limbs around a high-top table in the bar of a trendy Nashville restaurant. He's clearly out of place, but frequenting these locales comes with the new visibility he's earned as one of the most talked about...
| Jun 29, 2008
THE STAR-MAKING machine in Nashville does a lot of things well, but nurturing musicians who work outside the box isn't one of them. In the 1950s, Buddy Holly was rebuffed when he first recorded there, and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings spent most of...
| Jun 28, 2008
illie Nelson's first name really is Willie. Not William. Just Willie. That's about the simplest fact about this complex American musical icon, which means it's a herculean task to put the singer/songwriter into context. Noted Texas author Joe Nick Patoski...
| Jul 15, 2008
The Hold Steady "Stay Positive" (Vagrant)
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The Hold Steady is back with its fourth album, and that means another visit to America's psychic outskirts. Like a Northern counterpart to the Drive-By Truckers (whose Patterson Hood guests on the...