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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #2 Winter 1995

Ronnie Mack – Broadsides from the Barndance brigade

It’s almost too easy to get Ronnie Mack’s hackle standing on end. This usually mild-mannered promoter of the Barndance, L.A.’s long-standing roots-rock showcase, gets all riled up by the mere mention of Nashville and its local arm, radio station KZLA. “Legends and pioneers [of country music] have disappeared because country radio has turned its back [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #6 Nov-Dec 1996

MacAnanys – A SoCal sojourn

Onstage at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the MacAnanys are locked in like a tap atop a keg of Miller. Fronted by Ryan MacAnany, a deep-voiced, soulful singer and a stunningly fluid, tasteful Telecaster slinger, the three-piece drives home rootsy rocker after rootsy rocker. Regular-Joe sentiments ring out. There’s break-ups and breakdowns, and plenty of [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #5 Sept-Oct 1996

Jeff Finlin – Crossing Music Row’s fine line

Molly Malone’s can be a brutal place to have a gig. Veterans of the tiny stage in this otherwise comfy neighborhood pub in L.A.’s Fairfax district are quick to recommend playing electric, and loud, because unless you’re playing Irish traditionals, the patrons often seem more interested in finding the bottom of the pint glass than [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #4 Summer 1996

King Size – Bigger than a sand box

On any day of the week, you can find the sand box and slides of Studio City’s Beeman Park mobbed with clamorous kids, who will keep the pedal to the metal until they are told otherwise by the moms and nannies watching from the sidelines. There’s one dad who’s a regular as well: King Size [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #4 Summer 1996

Derailers – The Derby (Los Angeles, CA)

With its gorgeous high-arched ceiling, velvet trim and art-deco elaborations, the Derby is pure cosmo glamour, and one of L.A.’s least-divey music joints. The Derailers are, well, they’re none of those things. They’re blue-collar Joes with slicked-back hair and Western suits. Nothing refined here, except maybe the oil in the fields surrounding the San Joaquin [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #4 Summer 1996

The Dave and Deke Combo – Hollywood Barn Dance

What Los Angeles may be lacking in alternative-country-rock-whatever, it makes up for in its abundance of roots traditionalists. Maybe it has something to do with Tinseltown, where the need to have a full-scale shtik might be considered the only way to nab someone’s attention. As a result, bands such as Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #3 Spring 1996

Wanda Jackson – Keep on rockabillyin’ in the free world

You almost have to remind yourself that Wanda Jackson is in her late 50s as she works the crowd with co-star Rosie Flores at L.A.’s House of Blues. The “Queen of Rockabilly” breathes new life into four-decade-old scorchers such as “Let’s Have A Party” and “Mean Mean Man”, no mean feat for songs that could [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #1 Fall 1995

Geraldine Fibbers – Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home

The Geraldine Fibbers’ debut makes ears bleed. It also makes synapses explode and brains fry. And that’s a good thing. Not since Grant Lee Buffalo’s first outing in 1993 has an L.A. band been able to take on the roots and tweak it into something so completely, utterly original. Imagine a less-cerebral (if only slightly) [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #1 Fall 1995

Chris Gaffney – Loser’s Paradise

Loser’s Paradise ain’t groundbreaking, ain’t gonna be heard on country radio and might not even be heard outside of one’s own CD player, but I’ll be damned if I don’t go back to it time and time again. There’s something so pure, small and intimate about Chris Gaffney’s latest that makes it irresistible to anyone [...]

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From the Blogs

  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]
  • Five Questions: Bry Webb
    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but y […]
  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]
  • Dan Blakeslee - Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind (Album Review)
    Dan Blakeslee’s new record Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind was recorded in the eaves of an old, beautiful theatre in Providence, R.I. I don’t think any record could genuinely illustrate that fact quite as well as this one. The songs on this record bring you to that place. The environment that these songs were birthed from seeps through the sounds and textures, and […]
  • Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood”
    I feel late to the game with Bill Frisell, discovering him around the time of East/West and just after The Intercontinentals.  We all have those moments of discovering something that is so beautiful and so complete (and even  quite popular), but… […]

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