Monday, October 4, 2010 – Uncle Kracker recently announced plans to headline his first-ever country music club tour, beginning Nov. 3 in Athens, Ga. The tour follows the recent release of "Happy Hour - The South River Road Sessions," a six-song collection featuring reinterpretations of tracks originally found on his 2009 album, "Happy Hour," recorded in Nashville by producers Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, George Jones) and Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock). Among its highlights is the country version of the RIAA platinum certified single, Smile.
It seems like it was just the other day that Uncle Kracker, aka Matt Shafer, emerged from behind the DJ booth where he was spinning records for fellow Detroit pal Kid Rock and came into his own, seeing his solo career garner solid hits like Follow Me and Drift Away. And as his more recent albums have shown, Uncle Kracker is at a place where he's ready to step away from his hip-hop and rock days and simply settle back down to the place where he's most comfortable and that's exactly »»»
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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels –
Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on –
Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band.
Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»