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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

  • 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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