Dwight Yoakam is an enormously
influential figure for rescuing ’80s-era, Nashville, Tenn.,-based
commercial Country music from its reliance on cloyingly familiar,
Pop-oriented musical clichés and boring, hack storytelling truisms.
Kris Kristofferson has led a rich and
colorful life. And, at 76, he’s still going. Kristofferson’s latest album, Feeling Mortal,
is as soul-baring as anything he’s ever recorded, his craggy voice,
modest guitar strums and emotionally naked words as penetrating as
they’ve ever been.
Urban's newest single, “Little Bit of Everything,” is a blend of
banjo, a few guitar-rifts and some random record scratching. In general,
his new music is somehow more Country, despite not sounding like
anything Country has been before.
The Hag is back in Cincy and still kicking. And, if you’re
lucky, in honor of his musical heroes Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills and his
own father who sawed some strings, he just might kick up a shuffle with
Calling your band Gringo Star is a surefire way to raise
some eyebrows. Throw in the fact that your music immediately conjures
the holy trinity of British Invasion bands and you’re doubly damned in the eyes of
Robert Earl Keen has always straddled the line between
Americana and Country Blues music. But, more than anything else, he is a
singer/songwriter who has the ability to weave sonic tales that are
vivid, interesting and fun.