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November 17, 2015 - Joe Ely is the prototypical rambler. It comes through in his music and in his life. There are lots of elements in the music about travels, riding the rails, small town scenery and getting away from it.... »»»
November 16, 2015 - Chris Stapleton arrived in Los Angeles still celebrating the high from recently winning three major awards at this year's CMA award ceremony. You'd never guess this by his stage presentation, however.... »»»
November 11, 2015 - If you didn't know any better, John Moreland would seem to have one exceedingly depressing life. Song after song from the Oklahoma native has negativity squarely within the story lines.... »»»
November 3, 2015 - Bands are less and less interested in being labeled and pigeon-holed into a particular genre. Understandable because doing so limits your audience in particularly difficult times when it comes to music as a business.... »»»
November 1, 2015 - The Infamous Stringdusters In Concert Port City Music Hall Portland, Maine November 1, 2015 By Fred Smith The Infamous Stringdusters faced a mixed bag going into their show.... »»»
October 17, 2015 - After an extraordinary concert, it's often tempting to call it the greatest performance one's ever witnessed. There's that feeling of afterglow that lingers awhile, maybe for even a week... »»»
October 16, 2015 - Bands on the far side of an album cycle's tour can sometimes get stagnant, phoning in the same set or the same rote performances they've worked out over as much as a two-year stretch of shows.... »»»
October 13, 2015 - Blitzen Trapper is a band that wears its references well. When it came to the vocals of Eric Earley, thoughts of Bob Dylan weren't too far away, and that's not the recent Dylan either.... »»»
October 13, 2015 - Robbie Fulks always played the outsider in the country music world. He never had a particularly high profile, despite a bit of a brush with a major label, and certainly no commercial radio hits to his credit.... »»»
October 11, 2015 - Steep Canyon Rangers may have long forged a career on their own, but they're probably inextricably linked with banjo man (and comedian and all around renaissance man in his spare time) Steve Martin.... »»»