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...]

Band Whose Music Nobody Cares to Claim Calls Self Americana

A band with a sound that inspires utter indifference across genre lines and among all strata of society has settled on "Americana" as its classification of choice, according to a posting on the band website seen by virtually nobody. Having received equally chilly receptions at honky tonks, blues festivals, indie-rock clubs, folkie coffee houses, and veterans halls, the band members had long struggled to find the right words to describe their sound to those reluctantly cornered into hearing them … [Read more...]

Kelsey Waldon Sings “High in Heels”

Courtesy of Southern Manners, Kelsey Waldon performs "High in Heels." The song appears on the natural-born Kentuckian's very strong full-length debut, The Goldmine, out next month. Waldon makes her first Music City Roots appearance tonight. It streams online here. http://youtu.be/nomsM_gKE2I … [Read more...]

Backtrack: Billy Ray Cyrus and Friends, “Some Gave All”

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Review originally published at The 9513 in November 2010. Although this track seemed in the early stages of being released as a single at the time, it is not now classified as one - whether because that was never the intention or because it garnered so little interest that it was quickly withdrawn, I don't know. Anyway, thought this might be a fitting repost for Memorial Day. Songwriters: Billy Ray Cyrus and Cindy Cyrus No, you didn't just fall through a crack in the space-time … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/25/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. If you don't like it, it's not for you. So turn it off. ● - - Scott Borchetta to Florida Georgia Line's critics. The nice thing — and maybe this is just my inner feminist talking — is that Bryan's not just all about asking women to shake around. He does do that, and fairly often, but to be fair, he is shaking right back. Amidst the chorus of that first song, he shimmied, hip-shook, audibly purred and let his hand do a lot of talking … [Read more...]