Mumford, Yoakam, Petty play Bonnaroo
Monday, February 18, 2013
– Mumford & Sons, Dwight Yoakam and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will play Bonnaroo in June, it was announced today.
Paul McCartney is among the key acts playing the four-day festival, being held from June 13-16.
Other country, bluegrass and Americana acts playing the festival include The Lumineers, Ed Helms' Bluegrass Situation superjam with special guests, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Sam Bush and Del McCoury, Noam Pikleny & Friends, Frank Turner, Calexico, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Aiofe O'Donovan and John Fullbright.
Helms is better known for his acting abilities. He also is a banjo player of bluegrass and Old Time music. He has been behind a Los Angeles-based bluegrass festival for three years. Helms has been a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Andy Bernard on The Office and Dr. Stu Price in The Hangover films.
Pikelny is a member of Punch Brothers and also has released his own albums. O'Donovan is embarking on a solo career after being on The Goat Rodeo Sessions playing with Crooked Still and Sometymes Why.
It's comforting to know that in an unpredictable, fast-paced world, there are certain things that will always remain the same. Dwight Yoakam will never come up short when it comes to sharing a cool groove. Indeed, here he is, some 35 years after making his debut, still looking sharp with that cowboy hat perched low over his eyes, giving the impression he hasn't aged a single day, and back at home on Warner Bros., the label that launched him originally.
It's also assuring to know »»»
Dwight Sings Buck
There are two approaches to tributes, whether an individual song or an entire album. One is to make as faithful a recreation of the original music as possible. The second is to try to make the song your own while still paying homage to the original. Dwight Yoakam dives headlong into the second option in this tribute to Buck Owens, both a personal mentor and friend to Yoakam, who passed away early in 2006.
These 15 songs include mostly those that reached the top 5 and would be anticipated on such »»»
Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc.
The typical reissue is often a couple of unreleased rarities alongside the original album. Some are double-disc releases. Rarely though will you see essentially a three-disc reissue of one album. But it's rare you'll come across an artist like Dwight Yoakam.
The album that basically started it all is a gem on its own. Yet here we have disc 1 featuring demos from 1981 beginning with the rambling "This Drinkin' Will Kill Me" that instantly brings to mind the late Buck Owens. »»»
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: Church grows with time
It's heartening to see the continual rise of Eric Church's career, as he is one of the best songwriters in contemporary mainstream country music. Church mentioned from the stage how he performed for - in his estimation - only six loyal fans at The Whiskey for his first tour trip through Las Angeles a decade ago. His headlining stop last time... »»»
Concert Review: Brooks fires it up
Garth Brooks may have stood outside of country music by and large for 17 years, but he is jumping back in with both feet and more.
Brooks released "Man Against Machine" in November, his first disc of original music in 13 years. Last fall, he launched a world tour, which is rolling out with multiple dates in multiple cities, sometimes... »»»
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