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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Rusty Truck – Who’s zoomin’ who

We all have skilled friends willing to lend a hand — to fix a computer glitch or check under the hood, that sort of thing. But what if you write songs, and you happen to know some of the biggest names in rock and country music? That’s the case with Mark Seliger, renowned entertainment photographer [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Carla Bozulich – Red Headed Stranger

Red Headed Stranger marks the solo debut of Carla Bozulich, the art-rock iconoclast best known as the husky-voiced leader of art-twang group the Geraldine Fibbers. And yes, it’s THAT Red Headed Stranger — a remake of Willie Nelson’s concept-album classic from 1975. Bozulich has long been a fan of the epic album (her former band [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site

Born from the politically charged hardcore group Propagandhi, the Weakerthans are an indie-rock band with punk roots, their songs sometimes caustic, often framed with itchy rhythms and scratchy guitars. But that’s where the typical ends. Throughout their third album, Reconstruction Site, the Winnipeg quartet often defies conventional structure (think latter-day Wilco) and frequently forgets a [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Patrick Park – Something Up His Sleeve

Shake Patrick Park’s hand and you’ll likely notice his most peculiar feature — claws. You might not feel them, per se — two years of wearing them has perhaps taught the Los Angeles musician a thing or two about finesse — but you’ll likely see them coming. They’re somewhat menacing — five white, pointy things [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Beat Farmers – Live At The Spring Valley Inn, 1983

San Diego in 1983 was a miserable place for a new-music fan. Long before the city’s brief flirtation as the new Seattle in the mid-’90s, the live music coming from its bars was dominated by pandering cover bands, as if there were one for every sailor and beach bum in this coastal military town. You [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Various Artists – A Country West Of Nashville

The latest from Dwight Yoakam producer/guitarist Pete Anderson’s Little Dog label is posited as a sort of cousin to A Town South Of Bakersfield, the acclaimed late-’80 series on Enigma/Restless that documented Los Angeles’ country-music underground of that era. Only this time out, as the title suggests, the scope has been widened drastically to showcase [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Steve Wynn – Out of Syndication

Steve Wynn could have disappeared from the face of the Earth upon the release of The Days Of Wine And Roses, the 1982 debut album by his former band the Dream Syndicate, and his small piece of rock lore would have been etched in the stones and soil left behind. The album, a mix of [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Damien Rice – O

Damien Rice’s debut album, O, arrived to considerable acclaim and sales in Ireland early last year and seduced U.K. ears soon after. The buzz in the U.S. has been slower in building, spurred initially by the support of Santa Monica, California, powerhouse public radio station KCRW, and just now resulting in the album’s domestic release [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #45 May-June 2003

Thorns – Self Titled

Featuring one rock artist of sporadic greatness — Matthew Sweet — and two mildly successful where-ya-been-lately rock singer-songwriters — Pete Droge, best-known for 1994′s “If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)”, and Shawn Mullins, best-known for 1998′s “Lullaby”– the Thorns are hardly a supergroup. But neither is it a coming together of old pals; [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #45 May-June 2003

Jimmy Ryan: A man and a mandolin

Jimmy Ryan is one of those names woven into the fabric of Americana music. He’s not atop the marquee, mind you, a la Lucinda Williams or Buddy Miller, but his contributions are considerable. He’s perhaps best-known as one of the principals in alt-country precursors the Blood Oranges, but his cheat sheet also includes the more [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Exclusive Premiere of Cowboy Jack Clement's "Let the Chips Fall"
    Cowboy Jack was one of the most beloved country and Americana artists of his generation. For proof, just look at the list of artists who showed up to lend a hand on his final album: John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlin […]
  • Easy Ed's Sideshow of Solos, Duets and Ensembles: Session #42
    Welcome to the 42nd installment of random thoughts, trivial facts. occasional fiction, poetry, haikus, photos, artwork, stories of fleeting fame and dastardly deeds, and videos or tunes that may have caught my attention or fancy of late. As you can see by the picture at the side, I've got dessert on my mind, and in particular...pies. The Oxford Companio […]
  • St. Vincent in Concert: As Performance Artist, Annie Clark Shows Her True Colors
    One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next? That’s what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer and her target audience as March wound down while that inevitable da […]
  • Lone Justice - This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 (Album Review)
    Much bootlegged, these landmark early studio recordings by Lone Justice are finally given an official release. By December 1983, performing their swashbuckling fusion of punk and country, Lone Justice were consistently playing ‘sold out’ sets in L.A.’s numerous rock clubs. That month Maria McKee (lead vocal, guitar), Ryan Hedgecock (guitar, backing vocal), M […]
  • Stace England & The Salt Kings – America, Illinois (Album Review)
    Let me tell you a little about Stace England.  Back in 2005 or so, Stace and the boys put out an album titled Greetings From Cairo, Illinois which music critic Greil Marcus put in his Top Ten albums of that year.  They followed it up in 2007 with Salt Sex Slaves, another historically apt musical look behind the facade of reality-as-told.  (Here is part of th […]
  • Young Brits Climbing the Ladder: Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas
    Ah, sweet  youth. Time for an update on Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas, two young British music talents that  I have mentioned before on these pages and who are worth keeping an eye on. Dunlop turned 22 in February. He is a folk-country singer with an impressive musical pedigree (his dad is British folk icon Ashley Hutchings) and who, I have just learned playe […]

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