Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson on Letterman

Last night, Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson sang "Hard to Be an Outlaw" on The Late Show with David Letterman. The song is from their albums Long in the Tooth and Band of Brothers... though if you're looking to get just this duet, it appears your cheapest option is the digital single. … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/14/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Early on, an artist told me, 'Don't be yourself. Perform and be someone else.' And I thought, 'That seems like exactly the opposite of what I should be doing.' Then I had people wanting me to adjust my lyrics to be more appealing to the masses or whatever. I said, 'No, that's bullshit.' I'd rather sell four copies of something that's real than 4 million copies of something that's fake. ● --- Miranda Lambert to Marie Claire. You cannot … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/07/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Shortly after the midterm elections, Willie Nelson confessed with characteristic humor that he was disappointed by the results. “I’ve got a new song called ‘Y’all Got the Ball,’ ” he said, referring to the Republican takeover of the United States Senate. ● --- From a New York Times feature on the friendship between Willie Nelson and Dan Rather. I've been listening to Sirius a lot. I'm into Willie's Roadhouse—it's the best station on … [Read more...]

Country California’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Ho Ho... Hold it for just a second there. Giving a Spotify gift card this Christmas? You might as well give a note that says "I know you like music, but don't know enough about it or about you to come up with a more specific idea." Here are our picks for the season's smartest, savviest gifts for the country music faithful in your life. Gifts that show some real thought and initiative. Stuff with some personality. Items they might not even know about or realize they'll love until they see … [Read more...]

December 2014 Show Calendar

From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, please invite them to receive our monthly roundups by email. Thanks for sticking around for another great year of live music in Northern California. 12/01/14 - Ryan Bingham - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA 12/01/14 - Brokedown in Bakersfield - Big Room @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Chico, CA 12/02/14 - Diamond Rio - Gallo Center for the Arts - Modesto, … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 11/30/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. That’s something that conveniently was becoming popular when I came along – this little “bro-country” sub-genre and I don’t really know the criteria for what decides whether or not you’re in that little thing or not. I don’t know if the phrase originally was meant to be derogatory but it’s turned into that. It’s sort of a snobby thing to say. You know, I think some people enjoy being above whatever “bro-country” is. ● --- Sam … [Read more...]

Black Friday: Country Bibliophile Edition

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Whether you're a reader yourself or just want to be a reader's favorite person come Christmas, you can get an extra 30% off Amazon's already-low print book prices through Sunday, November 30. Simply enter the coupon code HOLIDAY30 at checkout. But be aware that the code only works once, for one book, so your pick better be a good one. Here are some of the country-related "good ones" that came to our attention in 2014. By clicking a linked image below, you'll also be telling Amazon to kick … [Read more...]