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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #10 July-Aug 1997

Various Artists – Rural String Bands of Tennessee

From the summer in 1927 when the Victor Talking Machine Company’s Ralph Peer came down from New York and fired up his makeshift studio in Bristol to record a Mississippian named Jimmie Rodgers and Virginia’s Carter Family, Tennessee’s musical history has been shaped largely by outsiders and carpetbaggers. County Records’ Rural String Bands From Tennessee [...]

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

A Tribute To Townes Van Zandt – Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX)

“HOUSEBOAT IN HEAVEN” Townes Van Zandt played the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas, for the last time on Saturday, October 13, 1996. He died on January 1, 1997, the anniversary of the death of Hank Williams, one of his true heroes. During the radio tribute I did to Townes the next evening, the manager of [...]

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

Various Artists – Bubbahey Mudtruck (North Carolina Compilation)

This odd little compilation from Fireant Records, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, manages to be both disappointing and essential. Alas, the disappointments lie in fundamental areas. First, the sound quality is on par with that third-generation Neil Young bootleg cassette in your glove compartment. Second, the roster is uneven at best. Chapel Hill’s Zen Frisbee [...]

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