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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

  • 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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