Mary Gauthier & Friends Sing “Another Train”

When something is advertised as "CM and friends," that usually means me and the cat. When something is advertised as "Mary Gauthier and friends," there's a chance it could mean Mary Gauthier with Radney Foster, Kathy Mattea, and Marty Stuart. Here is a performance of Gauthier's hopeful "Another Train" (from her recent release Trouble and Love) live at the Grand Ole Opry. http://youtu.be/kKL87alUotk … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/15/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. It’s artists from LITTLE JIMMIE DICKENS and up, who are saying ‘Please! Enough with the Bro-Country,’ Let’s get back to what made NASHVILLE great and what built all those buildings down on MUSIC ROW in the first place, and is really what Country music fans want. We’ve abandoned those fans over the past few years just to play to one demographic -- the Bro-Country demographic. And that’s fine, they can have their own deal. They can have … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/08/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. She was sitting on the floor and her hair had streaks, a couple colors in it, and she had her nose ring and everything. And she was sitting there with her guitar open tuned, this neat tuning, and I thought, "Golly, if Matraca [Berg] and I had a baby it would be YOU!" ● --- Deana Carter on working with Kacey Musgraves. The duo co-wrote tracks 5 and 6 on Carter's Southern Way of Life. I think I am just figuring out the humorous side of … [Read more...]

Album Review: Eric Church – Carolina

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Originally published at The 9513 in the days preceding the March 2009 album release. The radio release of "Smoke a Little Smoke" - named here as a highlight - in 2010 would give Church his first platinum-selling single and catapult him to new levels of recognition. Now a curious historical artifact, the ranking of least favorite country artists referred to in the opening is here. With three Top 20 singles to his name, Eric Church still managed to score a spot between The Lost Trailers and Kid … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/01/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Well, I love that he makes these great melodies. They’re just great country melodies and great choruses. He tells these great stories, and the words he chooses to use make them seem poetic and yet it’s something that everybody has experienced. That’s just great country songwriting, I think. I feel like it’s poetry — the way he tells a story. ● --- Kelly Willis on husband Bruce Robison's best quality as a songwriter. But I think songs … [Read more...]

June 2014 Show Calendar

From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, be sure to have them subscribe to receive our monthly roundups by email. 06/01/14 - Merle Haggard w/ Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA 06/01/14 - Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys - The Station - Cedarville, CA 06/01/14 - Eric Church, James Otto - BottleRock Napa Valley - Napa, CA 06/01/14 - Toby Keith w/ Colt Ford and … [Read more...]