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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #22 July-Aug 1999

Evie Sands – Woman unchained

Genghis Cantina tends to be a bit of a singer-songwriter ghetto. Wander into this small West Hollywood performance space any night of the week and chances are you’ll happen across a solo acoustic guy or gal emoting in all the proper, folkish ways. Sometimes it’s interesting; just as often it’s flat-out dull. But on one [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #21 May-June 1999

Farmer Tan – Real old teenagers

“When I was in junior high, one of my teachers said to my parents, ‘I think your kid’s got the calling,’” says Johny Huber. “And I think they thought I was going to be a preacher or something. A couple years ago I looked back on that and I said, ‘You know, I do have [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #20 March-April 1999

Lambchop – Troubadour (Los Angeles, CA)

Watching Lambchop enter the room is kinda like watching that old circus gag where dozens of clowns pile out of a Volkswagen Beetle. As if the head count were infinite, band members just kept emerging from the staircase that drops down to the stage at the Troubadour. In fact there were so many ‘Choppers — [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #20 March-April 1999

Waco Brothers – WacoWorld

Nothing quite compares to the six drunkard Waco Brothers squeezing onto that plank-of-a-stage at the annual Yard Dog party at SXSW and whipping up a bloody-good, supercharged country fury. Undoubtedly, it is an annual highlight, but is poses a Waco-specific problem: Without the live electricity, the boozy antics, the booze, and even Beatle Bob undulating [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Cisco – Nevermind San Fran, here’s Cisco

Cisco is one fair motherfucker. No, that’s not a critical assessment, that’s straight from the horse’s mouth. “I’m a fair motherfucker. That’s what I am,” he says, with no hint of sarcasm. “I’m as polite as I can be in most situations. But you get in my way, I’m bound to kick you in the [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #17 Sept-Oct 1998

The Long Ryders – The Long Ryders Anthology

If you ever get the chance, check out the cover to the Long Ryders’ debut EP, the cryptically titled 10-5-60. Looming large in country-rock duds and moppy Buffalo Springfield hairdos under a spindly tree, them L.A. transplants had a serious retro-fetish happening. The five tunes suggested the same — a supercharged mix of ’60s psychedelia, [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #17 Sept-Oct 1998

Silos – Back in the New York groove

A couple years ago MTV announced it was going to give more exposure to the electronica scene. In step, the major labels acted accordingly; suddenly the pop music landscape was awash with artists like the Chemical Brothers, the bitch-smackin’ Prodigy and a whole vat of guys named DJ Somethingoranother. While the initial impact was not [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #16 July-Aug 1998

Cowboy Nation – McCabe’s (Santa Monica, CA)

Chip and Tony Kinman sure have wandering musical spirits. Initially punk rockers singing “I Hate The Rich” in the Dils, the band helped usher in cowpunk in the early ’80s as Rank & File, who, really, were more pop than punk. With that scene fizzling, R&F moved more toward hard rock; soon the band fizzled [...]

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A Place to be - About a Place from Issue #15 May-June 1998

Owens’ own home: The Crystal Palace has put the Buck back in Buckersfield

A fog machine cranks out billowy clouds, the image of lightning slices across three huge video screens and the sound of thunder rocks the PA system. Then a big, throaty voice bursts in: “And now…the Crystal Palace presents…” A World Wrestling Federation main event? A monster truck rally? Try a Buck Owens concert. It’s 7 [...]

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Bound - Book Review from Issue #15 May-June 1998

Steve Earle In Quotes

Drug addictions, jail time, failed marriages, controversial political stances, quick-witted good ol’ boy viewpoints…sounds like a good mini-series, doesn’t it? One day it just might be, but until then, much of it can be found in Steve Earle In Quotes. Compiled by Joanna Serraris, this 72-page labor of love breezily strings together comments the acclaimed [...]

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From the Blogs

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Reagan Boggs on Americana Music Show #187
    On episode 187 of the Americana Music Show, Reagan Boggs plays 3 tracks from Quicksand and talks about writing songs about tough ladies and the value of simple songs. Also on this episode, heartland rock & roll from Chuck Ragan, indie rock from Jonny Two Bags, southern rock from Jimbo Mathus, honky… […]
  • 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 […]
  • Jeff Black – Folklore (Album Review)
    The latest tunes from Missouri bred Black - thirteen of them – are delivered solo and acoustic. Jeff Black’s tenth album, another self-release was recorded at his rustic Arcana Studios as were recent predecessors PLOW THROUGH THE MYSTIC (2011) and B-SIDES AND CONFESSIONS, VOL. 2 (2013). Produced by Black, the sessions took just two days and the sounds captur […]

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