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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #10 July-Aug 1997

Various Artists – Traveller (soundtrack)

At first, a collaboration between Bill Paxton (of Twister fame) and Seymour Stein (founder of Sire Records and outgoing president of Elektra Entertainment) seems a bit far-fetched. What claim do a Hollywood darling and a record label mogul have to a collection of old country, pop and R&B remakes? As it turns out, plenty. The [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Various Artists – Live at Emo’s Vol. 2, “This Place Sucks”

Both revered and vilified, the Austin-based live music club chain (who have now spread to Dallas I hear) Emo’s is one of maybe three venues a touring band absolutely must play when coming through town. Because of that, they put out some records and with some pretty good live talent to boot. Seemingly broken up [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Various Artists – Crossroads: Southern Routes Music Of The American South

Any survey of Southern music which opens with Brownie McGhee with Sonny Terry and segues into the Allman Brothers is bent on taking a broad view. And bent will do for a characterization of this enhanced CD (because I’ve not hooked up the CD-rom drive yet, only the musical charms are apparent), swerving wildly as [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Various Artists – Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness

Maybe it was my age. Maybe it was my way of life. Of course, maybe it was just wishful thinking. I always looked to the writings of Jack Kerouac, not necessarily for answers, but for inspiration, for verve. If you were susceptible to such things, it was hard not to read On The Road or [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Various Artists – Sourmash: A Louisville Compilation

A compilation from Louisville, Kentucky? Before you city slickers start laughing up your sleeves, consider this. Sourmash kicks things off with a previously unreleased tune by Will Oldham’s Palace Brothers, and the whole project is held together by Mark Gordon and Wink O’Bannon. Gordon has been an mainstay of the Louisville scene since the late [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Black Country Showcase – Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN)

The night before what was simply called the first black country showcase, the performers assembled for rehearsal at a place called the Woodshed, on Nashville’s East Side. You stand in one of the barren lots in that part of town and look back across the Cumberland River to the sparkle and glow of downtown and [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Various Artists – Travis County Pickin’: Country-jazz Guitar, Austin, Texas Style

Country guitar instrumentals may not be as much in vogue as they used to be, but hopefully this magnificent all-instrumental album will bring attention to a neglected part of country history. Produced by guitarist Jim Stringer and featuring some of Austin’s finest twang guitarists, Travis County Pickin’ features all original compositions that often pay homage [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Various – Classic Railroad Songs

I guess if you were born before the Industrial Revolution, the train actually had somewhat of an impact on you. If you were born anywhere in the latter half of the 20th century, the train was probably something granddad spoke about over a corncob pipe and a nip of rye: good folklore, but not much [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #8 March-April 1997

Various Artists – Peace In The Valley: A Country Music Journey Through Gospel / Various Artists – All-time Southern Gospel Hits

From A.P. Carter to Iris DeMent, the history of country music is filled with artists who first raised their voices in song within the walls of some tiny church. In fact, it was through the Southern white gospel traditions of shape-note singing, singing schools, and hymn books such as Sacred Harp that the use of [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #8 March-April 1997

Buddy Holly Tribute – Surf Ballroom (Clear Lake, IA)

I bought my first drum set at a pawn shop in Lubbock, Texas. Answering an ad looking for a drummer, I soon met Paul Waters, a young man who bore a striking and deliberate resemblance to Buddy Holly. He came to my door lugging a Stratocaster and a scrapbook filled with pictures of him onstage [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Drinking Nectar with Wendy Colonna (Album Review)
    In ancient Greek and Roman stories, nectar—that sweet, golden, unadulterated liquid—provides sustenance to gods and goddesses. Nectar’s purity offers energy to those who imbibe its sweet liquor, but nectar’s sweet essence offers an elixir that heals and, for the inhabitants of the heavenly realms at least, drinking nectar also confers immorality upon them. I […]
  • Red Heart Alarm - Hammer Anvil Stirrup (Album Review)
    Seattle is increasingly becoming a bastion of alt country Americana bands vying to be the next big thing toting the Ballard Avenue sound. Red Heart Alarm have coined one of the best terms for their sound calling what they do “Gruntry,” explaining that it marries their native city’s Grunge legacy with the melodic twang of classic Americana/Roots music. The ba […]
  • Matt Woods – With Love From Brushy Mountain (Album Review)
    Ever-bearded Tennessean troubadour Matt Woods’ second full length studio record, With Love From Brushy Mountain, is slated for a May 13, 2014 release.  This comes as a follow up to his first full length, The Matt Woods Manifesto, a trying task in and of itself.  Woods is hands down one of the hardest working singer/songwriters I’ve ever come across.  He eats […]
  • Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance
    Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P. The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity […]
  • The Redlands Palomino Company - Broken Carelessly (Album Review)
    It’s looking to be a good year for what one might loosely term “alt country” albums with Scots acts the New Madrids and Red Pine Timber Company handing in excellent efforts so far. Time now to look to London to see what’s cooking down there and keeping their end up are The Redlands Palomino Company whose fourth album, Broken Carelessly is released this week. […]
  • Simone Felice - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow - 4/11/2014)
    With his second solo album safely under his belt Simone Felice is rapidly conforming his status as one of the finest purveyors of Americana around these days. Fortunately (for us) he remains somewhat under the mass radar allowing audiences to see him in intimate settings such as the hallowed King Tuts, a perfect space to see and hear his shamanistic offering […]

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