August 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. Don't forget that you can always check the calendar on our site to see shows further out and get your tickets in advance. Believe it or not, we already have details on shows through March of 2015. 08/01/14 - Chris Smither - City Winery - Napa, CA 08/01/14 - Chris Young - Bob Hope Theatre - … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/27/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I’ve got a girl, she just turned 4, and my daughter plays into my thought process on that. There’s a little bit more [to love] than just dancing on the tailgate. Oddly enough, I played it for a friend of mine who’s got a daughter who, I believe, is 16. She heard it and was like, ‘Yes! I am not the girl that looks good in cutoff jeans.’ She feels awkward in them. That’s why she gravitated toward the song. ● --- "Girl in a Country Song" … [Read more...]

Awesome Stuff Department: The Devil Makes Three at Newport Folk Festival

Devil Makes Three

NPR Music has The Devil Makes Three's full set from yesterday (Friday, July 25) at the Newport Folk Festival available for online listening. That's 48 minutes, hot off the presses recording devices, of the rootsy California trio in its natural element. Playing music described as "garage-y ragtime, punkified blues, old n’ new timey without settling upon a particular era, inspired as much by mountain music as by Preservation Hall jazz," The Devil Makes Three put out its New West Records debut I'm … [Read more...]

Maddie and Tae Are Having a Moment

Maddie and Tae

By now, you are almost certainly aware of Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song." Just in case you're not, though... Two teenage girls newly signed to Big Machine's Dot Records imprint have released a 'bro country' answer song - calling out all the familiar tropes and many of the specific songs - that's so on-the-nose and of-the-moment that it has Yahoo Music, NPR, The Washington Post, Saving Country Music, Farce the Music, Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, Taste of Country, and most other … [Read more...]

One Truck Still Doesn’t Have a Country Song Written About It

1974 dodge

A single 1974 Dodge Club Cab pickup in Oak Vale, Mississippi, has somehow escaped the gaze and thoughtful tune-smithing of country music songwriters. The sky blue four-speed vehicle resting beneath the spreading boughs of a 61-year-old magnolia tree to the side of retired farmer Clyde Henderson's modest home has never once been the lyrical setting of a tailgate party, mudding adventure, or late night tryst. Henderson says he feels bad for "Brenda" (his affectionate name for the Dodge) because … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Don’t be a difficult person to be around, whether you’re a songwriter or a business person. There’s just too much going on. There are too many people here that you don’t wanna rub the wrong way. It’s a small town in a lot of ways. You don’t have to hang out with everybody, or be friends with everybody, but people like to work with people they can get along with. ● --- Jim Lauderdale on survival in Nashville. Q: You typically write … [Read more...]