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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

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Q and A with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
    Miss Tess and the Talkbacks are an edgy band.  Edgy in a good way.  From song to song you never know what kind of potion the band will cook up for the listener.  They are masters at so many different styles and when all is said and done, they’re just plain awesome.  Grooving modern vintage music is what they sometimes call their genre and that’s perfect.  It […]
  • Bridie Jackson and the Arbour - New Skin (Album Review)
    Who knew that Choral flavoured Folk music could be this cool? When I first encountered Bridie Jackson and the Arbour three years ago they were like a breath of fresh air blowing across a very stale and dusty Folk music scene; and nothing has changed in the intervening years; apart from them getting better. For once it is genuinely difficult to point you to i […]
  • Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (Album Review)
    Young folksinger finds a voice to match his impressive words Even at the tender age of 22, Blair Dunlop already has all the hallmarks of a seasoned pro: fronting the reformed and regenerated Albion Band, touring solo virtually non-stop, winning plaudits and awards for his debut album in 2012; all of which all brings us to what they call ‘the difficult second […]
  • Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls (Album Review)
    Once upon a time, Katie Herzig wore her heart on her sleeve and wielded an acoustic guitar, both apropos of being a singer/songwriter. These days, though, she keeps company with synthesizers and drum loops. Yeah, the heart is still right there on the sleeve, but now you can groove to its beat. Herzig's new collection, Walk Through Walls, is a song cycle […]

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