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Old 97s, The Waco Brothers and Chuck Prophet headline Twangfest

Thursday, March 27, 2008 – The Old 97s, The Waco Brothers and Chuck Prophet are among the acts appearing at this year's 12th annual Twangfest this June in St. Louis.

Continuing its partnership with KDHX 88.1 FM, the festival, which began in 1997, stretches its boundaries with veteran artists and up-and-coming bands.

The Old 97s makes its first appearance at the festival, headlining Friday night, June 6, at the Pageant. Celebrating 15 years together, Old 97s has released seven albums and will release their first disc in 4 years later this year.

Prophet headlines Wednesday night, June 4, at the Schlafly Tap Room. Prophet, who released "Soap and Water" on Yep Roc records last year, will make his first appearance in St. Louis in more than 3 years and his first ever appearance at Twangfest. Joining Prophet are Missouri natives and twangy rockers Ha Ha Tonka, who released "Buckle In the Bible Belt" on Bloodshot Records in 2007, and local band Miles of Wire.

On Thursday night, June 5, and also making their Twangfest debut, The Gourds of Austin headline with their quirky, rowdy rock and folk grooves. Rhythm and blues singer Charles Walker and his band The Dynamites also play the Duck Room on Thursday night.

Country punks The Waco Bros., who headlined the very first festival, will close out Saturday night, June 7, back at Off Broadway, the original home of Twangfest.

More performers and special events will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Hitchhike to Rhome: 20th Anniversary Reissue CD review - Hitchhike to Rhome: 20th Anniversary Reissue
Are the Old 97's country? Zydeco? Irish pub rock? Blues? The bad news is that the 20th anniversary rerelease of the band's 1994 debut album "Hitchhike to Rhome" doesn't do anything to answer that question. The good news is that the rerelease is a fun listen nonetheless. The reissue comes with bonus demo recordings and cassette versions of the original release, just in case fans of the group didn't feel old enough realizing that its debut is two decades old (the »»»
The Grand Theatre Volume One CD review - The Grand Theatre Volume One
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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