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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #52 July-Aug 2004

Graham Parker / Anne McCue – Duck Room (St. Louis, MO)

It’s been a hoot reading some of the reviews of Graham Parker’s latest album, Your Country, especially those that accuse the British-born, New York-based singer of jumping on the alt-country bandwagon. With all due respect to the venerable and puissant magazine you hold in your hands, one has to wonder how big a bandwagon there [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Asylum Street Spankers – Mercurial

How does the idea of string-band versions of the B-52′s “Dance This Mess Around”, the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” and Black Flag’s “TV Party” (complete with a series of kitschy TV theme-song excerpts) strike you? Your answer will likely determine how you feel about the Asylum Street Spankers in general, and their new album in [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Eliza Gilkyson – Land of Milk and Honey

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Alejandro Escovedo Tribute – Las Manitas (Austin, TX)

“You look good, Alejandro,” singer Nicholas Tremulis said to Alejandro Escovedo, who for a change was attending a South By Southwest concert in the back room of the Mexican cafe Las Manitas instead of hosting one. “Maybe a little too good,” Tremulis continued, joking. “I don’t know about all this illness business. I think you’ve [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #50 March-April 2004

Garrison Starr – Woman Who Still Rocks

The most pointed and personal song on Garrison Starr’s new album Airstreams & Satellites is one that’s not even mentioned in the track listing. It’s a hidden cut, a bare-bones demo called “Inside Out”, that kicks in near the end of the disc, just after the title song fades. “I didn’t even think about recording [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #49 Jan-Feb 2004

John Sieger With The Skeletons – Her Country: The Songs Of Michael Feldman

Michael Feldman, host of Public Radio International’s popular quiz-and-interview show “Whaddya Know?”, isn’t someone you’d think of as a musical artist. Apparently he feels that way, too. While the other left-of-the-dial funnyman, Garrison Keillor, croons away week in and week out, Feldman contents himself by parodying the national news, quizzing audience members on minutiae of [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert – Side Of The Road

Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert both came up as singer-songwriters on the Boston folk music scene of the late 1980s and early ’90s, and they’ve shared many a stage over the years, so it’s only natural that they’d eventually record together. Though their styles differ somewhat — Paul’s songs are intimate and introspective, Gilbert’s a [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Nadine – Strange Seasons

The story of Nadine’s fourth album, Strange Seasons, has a lot to do with process. The album was recorded a year and a half ago by the band’s core members — guitarist/vocalist Adam Reichmann, guitarist/keyboardist Steve Rauner, and bassist Anne Tkach — plus a number of sidemen (including Centro-matic’s Matt Pence, who produced the disc). [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Robert Randolph – Heart of steel

Robert Randolph is perched on the edge of the stage at St. Louis nightclub Mississippi Nights, so close to the crowd down front that at any minute the unruly throng might reach up and pull him in, along with his custom-made 13-string steel guitar. Should Randolph topple, however, there are plenty of outstretched arms to [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Charlie Robison – Live

You’d think being Nashville’s most outspoken critic would be a full-time job. But as it turns out, Charlie Robison actually has time to make albums and do live shows, two pursuits that come together nicely on Live, recorded during a two-night stand at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas. Robison’s natural charisma is most evident [...]

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From the Blogs

  • 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 […]
  • MerleFest - Wilkesboro, North Carolina - April 24-27 2014
    While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 […]
  • Americana Boogie new releases for the week of April 15th... Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare Jr, Moot Davis, Secret Sisters, Ray Bonneville and more
    BOBBY BARE JR. Undefeated (Bloodshot) Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he s the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, instead, he blazed a path of unique songwriting… […]
  • Five Questions: Kris Orlowski
    With his new album, Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic […]
  • Catie Curtis - Flying Dream (Album Review)
    Curtis’ Flying Dream is carpeted wall-to-wall by songs that explore the many shades of ‘love.’ This year Maine bred Catie Curtis celebrates quarter-of-a-century as a recording artist. Commencing with the self-released, cassette-only album Dandelion (1989), Curtis’… […]
  • Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Album Review)
    I’ve heard a lot of really unique descriptions of Lydia Loveless's new album, "Somewhere Else".  It’s always X + Y that supposedly equals a new sound.  None of them seem to capture the essence of the record for me.  On Loveless’s Facebook page, her sound is described as “Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar whil […]

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