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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Sam Bush – Man with a mandolin

When Guy Clark wanted to record “Picasso’s Mandolin” in 1992, he knew just what to cast in the title role — the 1937 Gibson F-5 belonging to Sam Bush, the world’s foremost cubist mandolinist. Who else was he going to pick? David Grisman, after all, is a fauvist, Ricky Skaggs an impressionist, Bill Monroe an [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #50 March-April 2004

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Between Here & Gone

“What Would You Say To Me”, the leadoff track on Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new album, is her blatant bid to get back on country radio for the first time since 1999. The song opens with a fiddle solo, which introduces the perky, bouncy melody Carpenter applies to her simple, repetitive lyrics about meeting an old [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #49 Jan-Feb 2004

Mark O’Connor – String ties

In 1992, Mark O’Connor was the most successful fiddler in country music. But it wasn’t enough. The Seattle native, then 31 years old, had just won the Best Country Instrumental Grammy Award for The New Nashville Cats, an all-instrumental album with such friends as Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Russ [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Don Rigsby – Facing the music

The first song on Don Rigsby’s new solo album, The Midnight Call, describes a man who goes looking for his girlfriend only to find her lying dead on a hospital table. In the second song, a man gets a phone call from his dead mother. The third takes place in a divorce court; the fourth [...]

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

Lyle Lovett – Feel like going home

In the winter of 1987-88, Lyle Lovett faced some tricky decisions. His first two albums had yielded five top-25 country singles (and would yield two more in the year to come). True, none of those singles had risen above #10, but still it was an impressive start, especially for such an unconventional artist who was [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #44 March-April 2003

Be Good Tanyas – The speaking quietude

Some musicians play so loud, so fast, so hard that they test the boundaries between music and noise. The clumsy ones lose control and collapse into incoherence, but the agile ones — say, the Velvet Underground, Hüsker Dü, R.L. Burnside and late Coltrane — constantly threaten that collapse without ever allowing it, and with that [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #43 Jan-Feb 2003

Bill Frisell – A new intersection at the crossroads

When people talk about alternative-country, they usually mean country music that’s been influenced by rock ‘n’ roll. Similarly, when folks use the term jazz-fusion, they usually mean jazz that borrows from rock. But there’s another kind of alternative-country and another kind of jazz-fusion that bring together American rural music and improvisation — and this country-jazz [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #41 Sept-Oct 2002

Guy Clark – Built to last

Guy Clark lives on a quiet cul de sac in West Nashville. There’s a garden out front, woods out back, and the lot slopes so the basement looks out on the trees. Clark and his wife Susanna, a fine songwriter herself, live on the first floor, but Guy works in the basement. And it’s there [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #40 July-Aug 2002

Linda Thompson – The dawning of the day

A voice we thought we would never hear again has unexpectedly returned. In 1987, Linda Thompson was recording a country album for Columbia Nashville with Herb Pedersen producing and David Lindley and David Grisman playing the session. It was meant to be the follow-up to her 1985 solo debut, the critically praised though poor-selling One [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #39 May-June 2002

Robin & Linda Williams – Keeping the home fires burning

Garrison Keillor doesn’t often smile in public. He can’t afford to, for deadpan drollness is crucial to his Lake Wobegon monologues. But when he sings with Robin & Linda Williams, he can’t help it. He beams like a lantern. I’m thinking in particular of a February night in 1990 when Keillor, the Williamses and Kate [...]

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From the Blogs

  • The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour
    Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.  Sunday night […]
  • Chris Isaak's Life Beyond the Sun
    In 2011, Chris Isaak took the long overdue step of recording an album at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn. It wasn't just any album, it was faithful interpretations of classic songs by his musical mentors and heroes: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. It didn’t take much of a leap of imagination to predict that the album would be […]
  • Carolina Story – Chapter Two (Album Review)
    Strong country duets from Nashville husband and wife The empathy shared by great duet singers can take your breath away. The ways in which a duo's voices complement, compete and provoke one another, the weaving of a harmony line above, below and around a melody, and the connection of two voices as they race around banked curves make listeners eavesdropp […]
  • Waylon, John Prine, Kinky, Gram Parsons ... Come Together
    Preface: This began as a foreword for a small collection of pictures and articles I am assembling for a book I plan to self-publish. As the memories piled on, the words accumulated into a short memoir and loose chronology of what happened in my life and on paper between 1967 and 1979. All of my No Depression offerings are referenced throughout this brief bio […]
  • Dave & Phil Alvin & the Guilty Ones – Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, Minn. – July 26, 2014)
    “My brother Dave is a triple threat and I’m so proud of him – singer, songwriter, and guitar player.” That’s what Phil Alvin told a July 26 sellout crowd at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Minn. The show was winding down but fans were totally pumped as the Alvin brothers exchanged pleasantries and showed no sign of their famed sibling rivalry after Dave […]
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Schoolkids Records: An Interview with Owner Stephen Judge
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of Watergate. That's not really anything to celebrate, it's not an accomplishment, and what's that got to do with music? Nothing. It simply marks the inevitable passage of time. But, 2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of Raleigh, N.C.'s Schoolkids Records, which is an accomplishment and is definitely […]

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