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November 30, 2016 - Shortly before performing Merle Haggard's downer Christmas song, "If We Make It Through December," Over The Rhine co-leader Linford Detweiler remarked how his wife (and other half of OTR)... »»»
November 13, 2016 - After Keith Urban scorched a version of "Days Go By," a man in his mid-50s in a Led Zeppelin T shirt said to his rhinestone clad lady friend, "This is not country music, that guy's a rock star.... »»»
November 10, 2016 - Once upon a time, Lydia Loveless was part of the country, maybe alt.-country movement, but over time the Ohio-based singer has strayed further from those roots. That was made ever more clear by her... »»»
November 10, 2016 - If you're looking for Cole Swindell tickets for his Down Home III tour, they are at best scarce. Walk ups to the box office were met with dual oversized, all caps, bold font "Sold Out"... »»»
October 30, 2016 - What a difference a year makes. Last year, Toronto-based band The Strumbellas played an area club before a grand total of a dozen people. Times certainly have changed for the sextet because they sold... »»»
October 26, 2016 - Pittsburgh can now count on two country shows at Heinz Field each year. Kenny Chesney, of course and the more intimate "Girls With Guitars." The latter is played indoors in a club lounge area... »»»
October 24, 2016 - The concert was a homecoming of sorts for Ronnie and Rob McCoury, two of the mainstays of The Travelin' McCourys. After all, their father was born in the general area as were they.... »»»
October 21, 2016 - Telling friends you just saw a Lori McKenna concert usually draws immediate blank stares. That is until you mention some of the more famous songs she's helped write for stars like Little Big Town and Tim McGraw.... »»»
October 11, 2016 - While introducing "Guns of Umpqua," off the new "American Band" album, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood wondered out loud - in a profanity-laced observation - why he can never... »»»
October 10, 2016 - Bob Weir sang "El Paso," much as he did many times with The Grateful Dead. Only this time, it wasn't an oddball cowboy song amidst that band's usual extended space jams.... »»»