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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

  • 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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