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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

  • Willie Sugarcapps and The Mulligan Brothers Together for the First Time at Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm
    April 20, 2014 was the last Sunday Social in the third season at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Alabama. If the season had to end, Cathe Steele closed it out the right way with The Mulligan Brothers and Willie Sugarcapps playing together for the first time.  It was a… […]
  • Neil Young Surprises Fans and Sends A Letter Home
    "It's better to burn out than to fade away," Neil Young so memorably sang in his "Hey Hey, My, My (Into the Black)," the song that famously provides the counterpart to his "My, My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" on his Rust Never Sleeps album (1979). Well, Young himself will neither burn out nor fade away nor rust nor sleep. Th […]
  • John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Album Review)
    You could have just as well called John Nemeth's latest release Soul from Spudsville. No matter what the location, everything the Boise, Idaho native touches turns to soul. This one he calls Memphis Grease because it was recorded there in his new adopted homebase, slathered with boilin' Memphis guitar and punched up with Stax style fatback horns, b […]
  • Dan Amor - Rainhill Trials (Album Review)
    Subtle and Sweet folk music from Wales              Most people reading this review will probably be of an age where they have pretty defined music tastes and don’t have the time or inclination to readily discover anything too radically new. I too am a bit like that; but as a music reviewer I can still discover new genres that can spin my preconceptions 359 […]
  • Jimbo Mathus on Americana Music Show #188
    On episode 188 of the Americana Music Show, Jimbo Mathus plays tracks from Dark Night Of The Soul, talks about going from "sepia tones to ultrachrome" and the "crazy Mississippi white boy chain."  Also in this episode, indie rock from Bobby Bare Jr., heartland rock from Jonny Two Bags, country rock from Rodney Crowell, road tripo music fr […]
  • The War on Drugs: From Dylan to Dire Straits, By Way of Attrition
    Whether on the basketball court or onstage, when two supreme talents join forces, it tends to make things better. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen, LeBron James needs Dwyane Wade, McCartney clearly needed Lennon, and Salt would be a run-of-the mill condiment without Pepa. But there are exceptions to such… […]

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