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Author: David Menconi

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

Buick MacKane – The Pawn Shop Years

The most memorable True Believers performance I ever witnessed was on a hot June night 12 years ago at the fabled Continental Club in Austin, Texas — a show that concluded with the Believers, Doctors’ Mob and Scratch Acid all onstage together in varying states of sobriety slogging through Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #7 Jan-Feb 1997

Backsliders – Fallen angels with grizzled faces

The music scene around Raleigh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is about as balkanized as…well, the former Yugoslavia. You’ve got your punk rock kids, technique fetishists, frat-party bands, heavy metal bands, pop bands. Most all of them keep to themselves in their respective, mutually exclusive corners, which goes for the bands as well as audiences. [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #2 Winter 1995

Jolene – Ardently pursuing their Hee-Haw memories

Talking about middle-class white kids and how they first got into music, producer Jim Dickinson once said, “Everybody learned it from the yardman.” Well, not quite everybody. “My first experience with country music was actually watching ‘Hee Haw’ when I was a kid,” admits Dave Burris, guitarist for the North Carolina country-rock band Jolene. “After [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #6 Nov-Dec 1996

Pinetops – Perfecting the art of perseverance

According to Billboard magazine, 29,429 albums were released in 1995. Alas, none of them were by Jeffrey Dean Foster’s band, the Pinetops. That also goes for this year, every other year, and every other band Foster has ever been in. While he’s been close, he still has yet to have an album out that he [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #5 Sept-Oct 1996

Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen – Bakersfield Bound

Bakersfield Bound breaks no new ground, forges no new connections, invents no new styles, makes no bold statements. It is of little sociological, political or even cultural importance. In fact, it has no reason to exist except for the best possible reason of all: It’s really, really good. Between the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #5 Sept-Oct 1996

Brian Paulson – Been there, done that

If you’re reading this magazine, you almost certainly own at least one album Brian Paulson has produced. He’s been pretty hard to avoid in ’90s alternative country circles, and the genre is unimaginable without such Paulson-produced landmarks as Uncle Tupelo’s Anodyne, Son Volt’s Trace or Wilco’s A.M., not to mention Joe Henry’s Short Man’s Room [...]

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Screen Door - Last Page Essay from Issue #4 Summer 1996

Beatle Bob – A Dancin’ Fool

If you don’t know Beatle Bob, you just don’t get out enough. Lord knows, HE does, and he’s probably even been to a show in your town in the not-too-distant past. According to his personal log, Beatle Bob went to 407 shows in 1995, the majority in his hometown of St. Louis. But he also [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #3 Spring 1996

Old 97′s / Freight Whaler / Two Dollar Pistols – The Brewery (Raleigh, N.C.)

Nowadays, it seems almost every musician in the incestuous Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle music scene moonlights in at least one country band. Two of the Triangle’s better side-project bands opened this show for Dallas’ Old 97′s, who were as charming as ever (imagine an alternate version of the movie “Revenge of the Nerds”, in which the [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #3 Spring 1996

George Huntley – Brain Junk

Don’t know why, but I always expect lead guitarists to want to crank the volume and rock loudly when they strike out on their own. Yet here we have the first solo album from George Huntley (the literal and figurative George H. figure in Raleigh, N.C., collegiate pop-rockers the Connells), and the surprise is that [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #1 Fall 1995

Whiskeytown – A short interview’s journey into Hell

I have to tell you about the bizarre thing that happened while I was talking to Ryan Adams for this story. It was at a monthly show called the Songwriters Alliance Series at the Berkeley Cafe. A guy here by the name of Jeff Hart puts it on and invites people from local bands to [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Vancouver International Folk Festival Day Two (Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC - July 19th, 2014)
    While Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Festival focuses on main stage performances, the rest of the weekend on the sprawling festival grounds of Jericho Beach is as notable for its smaller workshop performances. This was especially true this year. This particular Saturday started with the official public announcement of Joan Baez's cancellation. Perha […]
  • Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)
    The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revol […]
  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]
  • Five Questions: Bry Webb
    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but y […]
  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]

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