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Chuck's Wagon Makes Australia Safe for Alt-Countrynew

Chuck Stokes learned to love American country-rock the old fashioned way, through a Wyoming construction worker who earned extra money skinning and gutting animals.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  09-10-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Avett Brothers Step Forward With 'I and Love and You'new

Despite seven years on the road, slowing down may be a difficult proposal for the Avett Brothers. And the buzz around their upcoming album, I and Love and You -- slated to hit shelves Tuesday, Sept. 29 -- isn't going to make that any easier.
Boise Weekly  |  Amy Atkins  |  08-26-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Son Volt's Brand-New Album Gets Back to the Basicsnew

With American Central Dust, Jay Farrar returns to familiar musical territory -- pedal-steel moans and shimmers, fiddle flights and trills, percussion passing time or skipping a beat, all surrounding Farrar's guitar in his signature melange of folk, country, blues and ballad pop.
Tucson Weekly  |  Linda Ray  |  07-08-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Futurebirds Reinvent Choral Alt-Country With Contradictions Aplentynew

At first listen, the music of the Futurebirds might sound like some forgotten gem from the 1970s, but halfway through the group's eponymous debut EP, it becomes clear why this Athens-based band is generating more buzz than a beehive hit with a stick.
Charleston City Paper  |  Andrea Warner  |  07-08-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson Give Us Some Authentic Roots Musicnew

There's very little that's "alternative" or precious about Rattlin' Bones, a thick slab of traditional American music.
Tucson Weekly  |  Jarret Keene  |  12-11-2008  |  Reviews

Blue Mountain Reunites, Toursnew

Alt-country pioneers Blue Mountain have been through it all in the nearly two decades since they formed in Oxford, Miss.
Jackson Free Press  |  Michael Patronik  |  12-04-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Laura Cantrell is Not the Least Bit Rock and Rollnew

Cantrell's path to a career in country was hardly straight, though her stint as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville was probably useful.
New Haven Advocate  |  Jim Motavalli  |  08-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Kansas Rebels Split Lip Rayfield Return to the Roadnew

In February 2007, they said farewell to longtime bandmate Kirk Rundstrom, who, after a yearlong battle, died of esophageal cancer. For the remaining members of Split Lip Rayfield, what followed was an uncharacteristic silence.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  08-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Dove Hunter Finally Drops Anticipated Debutnew

Dove Hunter hasn't just been playing small, one-off gigs in various spots around the region or to sparse audiences; the band's been wowing crowded rooms at Dallas', Fort Worth's and Denton's favorite clubs with its intricate roots- and alt-country-influenced brand of rock since forming two years ago.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  06-23-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Alejando Escovedo: The Forrest Gump of Musicnew

Whenever seminal events happened, he was usually in the vicinity.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  06-18-2008  |  Reviews

James McMurtry Returns to the Wastelandnew

The singer-songwriter sketches the lives of people trying -- and often failing -- to make it in Memphis.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  06-13-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Haley Bonar Lets the Sun Shine innew

After a long, cold winter, Midwesterners are reveling in the chance to finally frolic in the lilac-scented breeze of a warm summer day, and Bonar is joining in the celebration by unleashing the fourth and most vivid album of her career.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Andrea Myers  |  06-11-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Old 97's Frontman Rhett Miller Reflects on the Past and Presentnew

He's quick to call Blame It On Gravity the best Old 97's record yet -- although he does stammer when pressed on whether it really is his favorite.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  05-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Recession of 'No Depression'

After 13 years in print, the magazine that helped to define alt-country has decided to stop the presses for good.
Birmingham Weekly  |  Courtney Haden  |  05-15-2008  |  Music

The Country-Country of Lady Antebellumnew

The trio (two coiffed dudes and one done-up blondie in heels), offers just what you’d expect from their self-titled, debut album—soaring, Nashville-style power ballads engineered with a cunning pop/rock patina, all the better for wooing markets of all geographies. And woo they do.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Caralyn Green  |  05-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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