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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

  • Dylan, "Desire" and the (other) Story of Hurricane: A Lesson In Fatherhood
    Reading of the death of former pro boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter today awoke an old memory which reminded me how lucky I was to have, what in retrospect, was a pretty cool father.  I should add by "cool" I do not mean some kind of "over the hill hipster" who, in a desperate attempt at trying to stay relevant smokes pot or acts […]
  • Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – Black Coffee (Album Review)
    After a successful solo outing, Aussie country singer Lachlan Bryan got his old band back into the studio and came up with this cracker of an album. It was released in the autumn of last year in Australia and subsequently picked up a major award as “Alternative Country” album of the year. Such acclaim means any belated praise from me is superfluous, but I’m […]
  • Album Reviews: Gord Downie & The Sadies, Bruce Springsteen, Lost & Nameless, The Annie Ford Band
    Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun The lead singer of one of Canada’s most influential rock bands gets together with one of the best live bands ever for a collaborative effort and the expected results could range anywhere from confusion to straight ahead awesomeness. Thankfully (and not surprisingly, given the players involved) the semi-eponymou […]
  • Blackberry Smoke Is the Goddamn Truth
    Southern rock is a stylistic hodgepodge--a musical mutt.  Yet in this gumbo pot of a country, its impurities and cross-breeding make it the most American genre of all. And with the Allman Brothers drawing down, southern rock's current standard bearer is Blackberry Smoke, a lofty perch they hardly jeopardized during a lively set last night at Seattle […]
  • Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band
    It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Ameri […]
  • Wayne Kramer - Lexington (Album Review)
    Wayne Kramer is someone who's life story I'd very much like to read. From lead guitar in the Mighty MC5 to prison inmate to social activist (he recently interviewed Pussy Riot, and is constantly active in speaking out against such injustices) to new father, Kramer's life has an interesting story in every chapter. His latest record release (and […]

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