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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

  • SummerTyne Americana Festival #9 - Jumping Hot Club Stage (Gateshead, U.K. - July 18-20, 2014)
    photos from this Festival are available here - http://www.harrisonaphotos.co.uk/Music/SummerTyne-2014/ Wow, it’s taken nearly two weeks for me to get my breath back after another frantic and wonderful SummerTyne Americana Festival. As I say every year, the crowds turn up not knowing anyone on the Jumping Hot Club… […]
  • The Song's the Thing: An Interview with Robby Hecht
    Robby Hecht sings like a whisper, like a hesitant truth that simply can’t go unsung anymore. His songs can invoke starry nights and fog rolling in on the beach. Lights turning off. Front porch silences and morning walks alone. Holding hands for the first time, letting go for the last. Across his three indie releases, Hecht has distinguished himself as the se […]
  • What Happens When a Band on the Rise Finds Out Its Name Is an Obscure Racial Stereotype? Meet Parsonsfield (Formerly Poor Old Shine).
    For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the song in one of the great scenes in the movie “Festival Express,” as a completely blotto Rick Da […]
  • The Infamous Stringdusters on Country Fried Rock
    The Infamous Stringdusters tour so much that they even have their own festival, the Festy, with a fabulous lineup including our alumni, New Country Rehab. Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall are so in sync that they alternate answering questions and finish each others' sentences. For their fifth album, Let It Go, the… […]
  • Jillpoke Bohemia: An Interview with the Author, Conducted by Himself - Part 2
    Let’s talk about the music behind Jillpoke Bohemia. Webcomics don’t typically have soundtracks, but one can imagine that a Jillpoke Bohemia soundtrack might sound pretty cool. Sure.  Maybe the comic could be represented by a virtual band, in the tradition of the Archies and the Gorillaz.  If we could find a couple of unknown musicians who sound the way I ima […]
  • Getting to Know Wendy Cahill -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling.  She’s got soul.  And like I said above, man-oh-man, she has got a Voice.  It’s raw and powerful and is definitely meant to be heard! Wendy Cahill is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the h […]

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