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The Band: On The Horizon: The Band

Profile and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Hullabaloo, October 1968

BIG PINK IS ONE of those middle-class ranch houses of the type that you would expect to find in development row in the heart of ...

Taj Mahal: At Last — A Welcome New Voice

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

A NEW VOICE on the music scene and a very welcome one, belongs to Mr Taj Mahal a young blues singer and guitarist from Massachusetts. ...

Joe South: Joe Tells Of The Games People Play...

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, April 1969

GET UP, GO over to the window and look out. Up and down that pavement outside every day walk people, some for pleasure, some going ...

The Band: We Can Talk About It Now

Live Review by Greil Marcus, Good Times, August 1969

THE BAND has been together the best part of a decade, almost nine years. Little Richard has been Little Richard for about double that, but ...

Joe South: The Other White South

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1970

MOST WHITE people in the American South like country and western music. ...

Ry Cooder: The Name To Watch In 71...

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, December 1970

Jacoba Atlas talks to the States' hottest new guitarist ...

The Band: A Melody Maker Band Breakdown

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

FEW ROCK AND ROLL concerts can have been so eagerly awaited as those which The Band are due to play at London's Royal Albert Hall ...

The Band: A Report from Paris

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Melody Maker, June 1971

NO DIFFICULTY KNOWING when you've just finished hearing a great rock concert. Because you'll be in the middle of a great crowd of people standing ...

Taj Mahal: The Real Thing (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, July 1971

FOR SOME reason it all seems to have gone wrong for Taj Mahal. ...

The Band Comes Back to California

Live Review by uncredited writer, Los Angeles Times, November 1971

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was exactly 9:30 p.m. Saturday when Bill Graham, far more relaxed than in his intense Fillmore days, walked on stage at ...

The Band: 'There's Still Togetherness': The Band

Report and Interview by Nick Logan, Hit Parader, December 1971

The Band – now down to playing 10 to 15 gigs a year over four or five weekends...a couple of tours a year the rest ...

Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge: Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge: Kris and the Delta lady

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and the Delta Lady — Rita Coolidge — arrived in London last week to a hero's welcome. Could it be that people are ...

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks: Dan Hicks Strikes it Rich

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1972

ROBERT PLANT was the first Dan Hicks fan I ever knew. A couple of years ago he broke up an interview session by playing a ...

Gram Parsons Dies in Desert

Report by Bill Wasserzieher, Village Voice, The, September 1973

PARK RANGERS found the half-charred body of country-rock musician Gram Parsons in a burned casket at Joshua Tree National Monument in California last Friday. ...

Doug Sahm: Arise, Sir Douglas is Blowing Up A Storm

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, October 1973

THE FUNKY SOUNDS of 'Texas Tornado', Doug Sahm's latest single, blasted out of the stereo in the office of Atlantic Records' co-ordinator of A&R, Mark ...

Lowell George, Van Dyke Parks: Van Dyke Parks

Interview by John Tobler, Hot Wacks, November 1973

...with contributions from Lowell George and Pete Frame. ...

Bonnie Raitt: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, November 1973

IT WAS a unique week in Hollywood recently when female performers simultaneously headlined three clubs. The Ash Grove hosted Tret Fure, The Roxy offered Linda ...

Rita Coolidge, Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder: Paradise & Lunch (Reprise); Rita Coolidge: Fall Into Spring (A&M)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, June 1974

Setting a Scene for Rock ...

Maria Muldaur: Waitress In A Donut Shop

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, November 1974

MARIA MULDAUR'S got class – no argument about it. It may have been a long, hard climb, but she is now receiving the attention she ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sneeky Pete Kleinow

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1975

SNEEKY PETE KLEINOW looks like you'd expect a veteran pedal-steel player to look. Green shirt with an elaborate marijuana-leaf motif emblazoned there-on, neatly pressed, white ...

Maria Muldaur: Maria Hangs Loose

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1975

Maria Muldaur, the American singer who has just completed a highly-successful week at London's Ronnie Scott Club, talks to KARL DALLAS ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe McDonald: Paradise With An Ocean View

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1976

Gimme a W, gimme an H, gimme an A, gimme an L... ...

Commander Cody: Lost Planet Airman Finds Lone Star, Starts Drinking

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Street Life, February 1976

THEY DIDN’T ask Commander Cody if they could use his face to advertise Lone Star beer, but he’s the first to admit it fits. "Country ...

The Band: ...Mounties, Maple Syrup: The Band at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, September 1976

RUMOURS HAD BEEN circulating (the way rumours always do) for some months. They claimed that there was some kind of rift between The Band and ...

J.J. Cale: Troubadour

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, September 1976

THERE ARE only a few things you need to know about J.J. Cale. ...

The Band: The Best Of The Band

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1976

ANYTHING THAT allows The Band to maintain their self-imposed torpor should be actively discouraged, and it is with this sentiment in mind that I proposed ...

Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Licks, Cold Steel And Truckers' Favourites

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, October 1976

We've Got A Live One Here ...

Taj Mahal: Music Fuh Ya (Musica Para Tu) (Warner Brothers); A Taj Mahal Anthology Vol. 1 (CBS import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1977

Taj Me In The Morning ...

The Band: The Weight: The Band's Anthology

Review by Dave Marsh, Boston Phoenix, The, 1978

IT'S NOT HARD to understand the release of Anthology, the second repackaging of Band material in two years. The group made only eight albums (one ...

The Band: Ten Years of Stage Fright: The Life And Times Of Robbie Robertson & The Band

Retrospective and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1978

ALTHOUGH AT the time individuals may tell you different, it's no big deal for a band to break up. It happens almost every week and, ...

Stephen Stills: Thoroughfare Gap

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1978

IN THE end all will be disco, or so it would seem, so the best you can hope for is that your chosen hero exercises ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Till You Drop (Warner Bros.)*****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1979

THERE'S PROBABLY a whole bunch of enormous ironies knocking around this world but right now I can't think of a bigger or more slap-happy one ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Till You Drop (Warners Import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1979

RYLAND P. Cooder is a most reliable fellow. Ever since the days when he was laying down that stinging bottleneck guitar behind the likes of ...

Ry Cooder: Ry And Related Stuff

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1979

"Me and my wife, Went all over town, And everywhere we went, The people turned us down, Lord, in a bourgeois town, In a bourgeois ...

Taj Mahal: Recycling the Blues

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, August 1979

"I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/And let the ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: Thunderbirds Are Go!

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1980

"I'M REALLY good at this kind of thing." said Kim Wilson. "Broken hearts or broken legs, they're all the same to me." He jabbed a ...

Ry Cooder: Vinyl Choice: Ry Cooder

Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times Magazine, November 1980

RY COODER was once described as a "curator of American music". A fair assessment, but it hardly captures the joy and affection of his modern ...

The Gun Club

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, Flipside, 1981

THE GUN CLUB don’t give a shit. Born and bred under the scorching suns of Dallas, El Paso and (yuk yuk) Los Angeles, rifle in ...

The Blasters: Down Home with The Blasters

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, New York Rocker, March 1981

FIRST THINGS first: I love roots music but I'm no great rockabilly fan. The part I like best – the beat – is pure black ...

Delbert McClinton: The Last of the Great Texas Honky-Tonkers

Interview by Todd Everett, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, December 1981

YOU TAKE a right turn off the Pacific Coast Highway and head into the hills of Malibu. If you pick the right road and travel ...

The Blasters

Profile by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, April 1982

IT'S AN IRONIC fact of life that until quite recently very few of the so-called (and frequently maligned) "Los Angeles" bands had deep roots in ...

Dr. John: Dr John: On Becoming Mac Rebennack

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

The legend of Dr. John and his gumbo ragtime voodoo funk medicine, as told by the man who invented him, lived him and let him ...

Ry Cooder

Interview by John Hutchinson, In Dublin, June 1982

WITHIN HOURS of arriving from Glasgow, Ry Cooder walked into a room in Jury's Hotel wearing a black track suit, with a towel bundled under ...

The Long Ryders Shoot 'Em Up

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, September 1983

LOS ANGELES – Fringe jackets, mini-skirts, turtlenecks, striped trousers, long hair, 12-string guitars, LSD, acoustic instruments, garage rehearsals – lots of things are coming back ...

The Blasters Ridin' On The Jubilee Train

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1983

PERHAPS TAKING A cue from the Book Of Rock Lists, I once considered compiling a list of the best rock records to listen to when ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Jason and the Scorchers: Can't Be Real If It Ain't Got That Feel

Profile and Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Record, January 1984

SWEAT-SOAKED and sprawled on a couch in the dressing room of Atlanta hot-spot 688 club, Scorcher guitarist Warner Hodges pulls on a cold one and ...

The Long Ryders: Long Ryders: Don't Call Us Country-Rock

Profile and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, January 1984

L.A. Band Following in Burrito Brothers' Footsteps ...

John Fogerty: Centerfield (Warner Bros.)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1985

TIME STANDS still in Fogertyville. It’s ten years since the old Creedence leader made a record and nothing much has changed. There’s a few syndrums ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Lost And Found (EMI America)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1985

We're sorry, but the headline has to be...PHEW! WHAT A SCORCHER! ...

The Beat Farmers: Beat Farmers: Tales Of The New West

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, July 1985

ROOTS? DID I HEAR somebody say roots? These grizzled nugget-miners have wandered in from the San Diego desert town of El Centro with an impressive ...

The Blasters: Blaster Charge

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1985

All aboard The Blasters' American Express, en route to the heartland of rock 'n' roll '85 style. "That'll do nicely," exclaims an impressed Jack Barron ...

Danny and Dusty, The Knitters: Old Punks At Home: The Knitters and Danny & Dusty

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, July 1985

THE MOST VIGOROUS Los Angeles rock in the past five years has been staunchly traditionalist, the work of true believers rallying around and expanding upon ...

International Submarine Band: Missing Parsons: The International Submarine Band

Retrospective by Sid Griffin, Sounds, September 1985

THE INTERNATIONAL Submarine Band is a classic example of a popular music act whose real worth was only revealed with the passing of time ...

The Blasters: Just An American Band

Interview by Don Waller, Spin, October 1985

The Blasters could play any bar in the U.S.A.: these roots were made for rockin'. ...

10,000 Maniacs: The Wishing Chair (Elektra)

Review by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, March 1986

LEST 10,000 Maniacs be mistaken for members of the SoHo establishment, check your map: the sextet's home base, Jamestown, New York, is roughly the same ...

Lone Justice: Maria McKee: Sweet Heart Of The Radio

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1986

So, what's it to be then? Is MARIA McKEE of LONE JUSTICE last year's pretty thing or next year's Queen of the airwaves? MAT SNOW ...

Cowboy Junkies: Saddled With The Blues: Cowboy Junkies

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 1988

JOHN WAYNE on smack? Is that what you expected and outfit who call themselves Cowboy Junkies to sound like? Wild country and western shoot-outs and ...

Ry Cooder: Fascinatin' Rhythms

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1988

FIVE YEARS may have passed since Ry Cooder last put together an album of non-movie music, but it's not as if the guy has been ...

Ry Cooder: The Hardline

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1988

FIVE YEARS AGO Ry Cooder packed out the Hammersmith Odeon for eight consecutive nights, the culmination of a triumphant European tour. ...

Ry Cooder: Back Slider

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1988

Ry Cooder is on the road again. He talks to Mark Cooper ...

Souled American: Fe (Rough Trade)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, February 1989

STILL TRAPPED in the much-vaunted US grassroots revival's clutches, Souled American are floudering. It's no surprise that the search for authenticity petered out, as the ...

Buckwheat Zydeco: The Gospel Accordion To Buckwheat

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, March 1989

Down in New Orleans SIMON WITTER met squeeze-boxer Stanley 'Buckwheat' Duval ...

Cindy Lee Berryhill: Beat Poetry

Profile and Interview by Mark Kemp, Spin, June 1989

Cindy Lee Berryhill, a bowl of musical trailmix, left California for New York. But she brought a lot of folklore with her. ...

J.J. Cale: J.J.Cale: Travel Log

Review by Andy Gill, Q, December 1989

SOME ARTISTS set a style so distinctively their own they become immediately generic; as with The Ramones or Led Zeppelin, J.J. Cale's first album Naturally ...

Lucinda Williams: Happy Woman Blues

Sleevenotes by John Morthland, Smithsonian Folkways, 1990

THE DAUGHTER of an English lit professor, Lucinda Williams was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and spent most of her youth moving from college town ...

Cowboy Junkies: Horse Latitudes

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, February 1990

"MOST OF THE SONGS, there's a grain of hope in there. The characters are always striving for something else. They're in a situation which is ...

J.J. Cale (1990)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1990

Tulsa's finest talks about recording, songwriting, Leon Russell, Paul Simon and Spooner Oldham, Silvertone Records, 'After Midnight' and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.5mb, interview length: 59' 03" sound quality: ***

David Lindley, Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder & David Lindley: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, July 1990

A backroom Stone slides into town ...

John Hiatt: Bottom Line, New York

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, August 1990

A SKINNY troubadour with a throaty, abrasive growl of a voice, John Hiatt slides in to the American rock dream somewhere between Ry Cooder at ...

Lucinda Williams: Ramblin'

Sleevenotes by John Morthland, Smithsonian Folkways, 1991

WHEN IT WAS first released in 1979, Ramblin' could not have been more out of step. Lucinda Williams, who did indeed have ramblin' on her ...

Gene Clark's Last Stand

Memoir by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, June 1991

GENE CLARK'S last performance took place about a mile or so from the spot where the Byrds took off from 27 years ago – Ciro's ...

The Band: Life Is A Carnival

Essay by Jeff Tamarkin, Goldmine, July 1991

THE QUINTET KNOWN as the Band never did get back together in that same, familiar aggregation. To this day, however, there is a band called ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Into The Great Wide Open

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1991

THE TITLE says it all. Space, horizon and all those rich possibilities are so central to the idea of America that it's hardly surprising they ...

Bonnie Raitt

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, September 1991

Collectors of happy endings, look no further. Bonnie Raitt's career was dumper-bound until a P45 from her record company inspired her to rediscover her musical ...

Gram Parsons: Ben Fong-Torres: Hickory Wind – The Life and Times of Gram Parsons

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Rock & Roll Disc, October 1991

"LIVE FAST, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse," the classic punk credo spoken by John Derek to Humphrey Bogart in Knock on Any Door ...

Little Village, Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder: At Home In The Village

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, February 1992

Robert Sandall talks to Ry Cooder about the band that has given his guitar-playing a new sense of pleasure and purpose ...

Cowboy Junkies: Steers Beers and Pointy Ears

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, March 1992

Q: Who killed John Wayne?A: Burt Lungcancer.– Cowboy drug joke, trad. ...

Mark Collie

Profile and Interview by Christine Natanael, Creem, April 1993

"THE EARLIEST people that helped to invent rock 'n' roll and create whatever It may have gotten to today – people like Johnny Cash and ...

Maria McKee Gets Saved

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, May 1993

ANYONE WHO remembers Maria McKee whooping it up with her country-rock band Lone Justice back in the ‘80s will concur with Deacon Blue's verdict that ...

Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne

Review by Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, December 1993

BEFORE UNCLE TUPELO'S No Depression sneaked out of Belleville, Ill., in 1990, the respective sounds of Sonic Youth and Lynyrd Skynyrd probably never occupied a ...

ZZ Top: Antenna

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1994

THE LONGEST-RUNNING trio in rock, ZZ Top come down from the hills less frequently these days, yet they remain blithely impervious to the ravages of ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Wildflowers (Warner)

Review by Andy Gill, Q, November 1994

THE SURPRISING choice of Rick Rubin as producer after a highly successful liaison with Jeff Lynne over his last couple of albums might suggest a ...

Johnny Cash

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, Music Week, 1995

HE’S BACK IN BLACK...again. And, as ever, he means business. Johnny Cash, the original rock'n'roll spectre lets loose the leashes with new album Unchained, covering ...

Smog in a Wild Kingdom of Burning Love

Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, 1995

BILL CALLAHAN has spent so much time alone that almost all he can do is be true to himself. He is absolute Bill, and people ...

The Coal Porters, Sid Griffin: What a Long, Strange Ryde(r) It's Been: Sid Griffin

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Bob, The, April 1995

SID GRIFFIN emerges from the underground tube station at Piccadilly Circus, a long coat over his shoulders, collar up against the chill, and coattails adrift ...

The Band: Live at Watkins Glen

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 1995

"They got their own thing together that takes you to a certain place. Takes you where they want to go... they play their things on ...

The Walkabouts: Strangely Famous in Greece, the Walkabouts Trace Their American Roots

Profile and Interview by Jason Cohen, Option, November 1995

IT'S SATURDAY, just past noon, in Austin, Texas. A fine time to be in bed, or at the very least, shaking off sleep over a ...

Cowboy Junkies: The Cowboy Junkies (1996)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1996

Timmins frère et soeur talk about recording, writing and performing, and latest album Lay It Down.

File format: mp3; file size: 15.4mb, interview length: 16' 52" sound quality: *****

Palace Music, Will Oldham: Will Oldham's Palace

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

THERE IS A STRANGE subcurrent in the American rock music of the mid-'90s: a subcurrent of lo-fi, willfully inept, not-quite-country rock that stretches from the ...

The Band: High on the Hog

Review by Geoffrey Himes, New Country, June 1996

WHEN ROBBIE ROBERTSON and the rest of the Band split into two camps in the late '70s, who ever thought Robertson would get the worst ...

The Bottle Rockets

Report by Geoffrey Himes, Crawdaddy!, October 1996

ON OCTOBER 20th, 1977, the single-engine prop plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed into a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing the band's lead singer Ronnie Van ...

Gillian Welch

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

DETACH YOURSELF for a moment, and this here is a pretty rum scene. ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: The Stubborn McGarrigles' Folk Music Keeps On Shining

Retrospective and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, February 1997

LIFE IS SHORT with few guarantees. But here's one – Kate and Anna McGarrigle will always make wonderful folk music. If only they weren't so ...

Wilco: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 1997

"WE SAW all those teenage girls outside and we assumed they were here for us. Hey, man, what gives?" ...

The Jayhawks: Sound Of Lies

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

IF, LIKE me, you thought The Jayhawks were just another bunch of New Country journeymen, then prepare to have your mind radically, brutally altered. ...

Gene Clark: Flying High (Polydor)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1998

UNTIL RECENTLY, Gene Clark has been one of rock's best kept secrets. Harassed by his Byrd colleagues, ignored as the real inventor of country rock ...

The Band, Levon Helm: The Weight on Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

LEVON HELM is perched on the arm of a carved wooden chair in his large house-cum-recording studio in Woodstock, N.Y., and he’s cackling his head ...

Will Oldham: Viva Will Oldham: The Permutations of Palace

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, 'Seven Years of Plenty', 1998

THE VARIOUS mutations of the Palace name are a cover for the extraordinary career of Louisville's Will Oldham. The opposite of the businessman who opens ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Rustic Grunge

Interview by Tom Cox, Uncut, May 1998

LOG CABINS. Big coats. A stroppy Tindersticks undercut with ghostly suspense. Damp, misty woodland. Autumn. These are the things Flying Low, the second album by ...

Sparklehorse: Good Morning Spider

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 1998

Second LP from highly rated alt country act with edge and attitude. ...

Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, October 1998

Divine stratospheric trip from sentimental gadgeteers ...

Lucinda Williams (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1998

Ms Williams talks about the often-torturous gestation of her magnificent Car Wheels On A Gravel Road album, and about her roots and influences, musical and literary.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.8mb, interview length: 32' 29" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Vic Chesnutt: Gravity's Rainbow: Vic Chesnutt

Profile by Will Hermes, Village Voice, The, November 1998

LIKE PLENTY of other folks in wheelchairs, Vic Chesnutt doesn't want your sympathy. In fact, he can challenge the compassion of even those closest to ...

Beck: Mutations

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

Downbeat apocalypse: US master of ironic eclecticism unearths a diamond in the trash. ...

Beck: The Shock of the Old: Beck and the New Roots Explosion

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1998

"...to be an American (unlike English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby Stills Nash and Young: Looking Forward in Y2K

Interview by Debbie Kruger, unpublished, 1999

GRAHAM NASH IS by nature an ebullient man, but maybe this time he went too far. Such was the anticipation of the long-awaited new Crosby ...

The Handsome Family

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, 1999

OCTOBER 1999. On the release of early-years compilation Down In The Valley - and four months prior to fourth studio album, In The Air - ...

Wilco (1999)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1999

The Chicago boys talk about the making of Summerteeth, and life on the road.

File format: mp3; file size: 32.8mb, interview length: 35' 47" sound quality: ****

Mercury Rev: On The Other Side: Mercury Rev

Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, January 1999

HOW MANY BANDS ARE THERE who have made their best records after losing their lead singer? Whoever said "Marillion", go and sit in the corner, ...

Jon Langford, The Mekons, The Waco Brothers: An Interview with Jon Langford

Interview by Jason Gross, Bangsheet, May 1999

IN THE MIDDLE of yet another tour for the alt-alt-country act the Waco Brothers and on hiatus from his original band the Mekons, Jon "Boy" ...

Chris Smither: Accoustic Blues

Profile and Interview by Chris Smith, Revue, May 1999

DESPITE HIS UNPARALLELED folk-blues guitar work, a voice that seems to channel ancient, Appalachian spirits, and near-legendary status in folk-circles, Chris Smither has never been ...

Deep River: The Bounty of Alan Lomax

Retrospective by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, June 1999

THE CD STARTS with a banjo picker burning on a hoedown called 'Cripple Creek,' progresses along a chain of mountain songs to 'Arkansas Traveler,' and ...

The Grifters, Those Bastard Souls: Bastards No More: Life After Grifting

Interview by Andria Lisle, Ray Gun, July 1999

The Grifters’ David Shouse seeks redemption with THOSE BASTARDS SOULS. ...

Gram Parsons: The Long Way Around: Gram Parsons

Retrospective and Interview by Holly George-Warren, No Depression, July 1999

I keep my love for variations, even tho I've some sort of "rep" for starting what (I think) has turned out t'be pretty much of ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Zen Guitar: Kelly Joe Phelps Heads East

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, July 1999

KELLY JOE PHELPS is a traveler. With a pair of acoustic guitars in his car's trunk and notepads scattered about its seats, he drives across ...

Johnny Dowd: Pictures From Life's Other Side (Koch Entertainment)

Review by Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com, October 1999

I SURE HAD A feeling something was up when a strange little disc called WRONG SIDE OF MEMPHIS, written and solely performed by a forty-nine-year-old ...

Chuck Prophet: Underworld, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, November 1999

IN 1989 CHUCK Prophet was the snake-hipped, guitar-slinging foil to Dan Stuart's punch-drunk sheriff in American rock'n'rollers Green On Red. ...

Drive-By Truckers: Pizza Deliverance (Soul Dump/Ghostmeat)

Review by Eric Weisbard, Village Voice, The, December 1999

WE DROVE TO Pittsburgh the weekend before Halloween, to watch the leaves change and attend a three-day fest called the Haunted Hillbilly Hoedown. ...

Richard Buckner: Bloomed (Slow River/Rykodisc)

Retrospective by Matt Hanks, No Depression, Summer 1999

RICHARD BUCKNER'S 1994 debut album, Bloomed, heralded the arrival of a uniquely expressive and honest songwriter and reaped Buckner tomes of critical praise, a deal ...

The Jayhawks: Smile

Review by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, 2000

THE BAND THAT helped kick-start the alterna-country sound over a decade ago has undergone a major transformation since the departure of co-founder Mark Olson following ...

The Handsome Family: Handsome Family: In The Air

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

Vaulting desire, supernatural transformation ...

The Handsome Family: Tales Of Extra Ordinary Madness

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2000

Welcome to the dark, disturbing world of Brett and Rennie Sparks, otherwise known as THE HANDSOME FAMILY. ...

Smog: Dongs Of Sevotion

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2000

Ninth dry—lipped album from the Buster Keaton of sadcore ...

Calexico: Hot Rail

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2000

Fourth outing from prolific Giant Sand rhythm kings and assorted playmates ...

Calexico, Lambchop, Wheat: Kings Of Americana: Lambchop, Calexico, Wheat

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2000

LambchopTHE GREAT AMERICAN Music Hall is an exotic relic in the middle of San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Outside, the streets are full of junkies, hobos ...

Various Artists: Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection 1960-2000 (Arhoolie)

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, November 2000

A 5-CD box set and photo-packed book celebrate a life committed to roots music. Subtitled The Journey of Chris Strachwitz. ...

Buddy and Julie Miller: Buddy & Julie Miller: Buddy & Julie Miller

Review by Holly Gleason, Cleveland Free Times, 2001

WHAT IS THE sound of marriage hardfought, hardscrabble, hardwon? Is it Yoko Ono's dissonant shrieking? Trent Reznor's most post-ndustrial cacophony? Or the ruminations on various ...

The Band: Band on the Rerun: Rowdy, haunting and resonant, The Band is the voice of a vanished America

Retrospective by Richard Gehr, My Generation, February 2001

A GORGEOUS MELANCHOLY lies at the core of the music created by The Band, four Canadian rockers and an Arkansas drummer who, some argue, brought ...

Will Oldham: The Prince Of Darkness

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, March 2001

"I created Billy and let him take care of the performing. It's not me, Will Oldham, who gets up on stage." ...

Jim White: In God's Country

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

ON HIS EXTRAORDINARY NEW ALBUM, NO SUCH PLACE, HE HAS CONTRIVED AN ASTONISHING MIX OF SPOOKILY DEMENTED COUNTRY, SKEWED ROCK AND HIP HOP THAT CHARTS ...

John Fahey: The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party And Other Excursions

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, April 2001

Solitary fingerstyle pioneer evokes the dark side of the Sixties ...

Alejandro Escovedo Under the Influence

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper, April 2001

ON MARCH 22, 1998, Alejandro Escovedo introduced a new song at La Zona Rosa in his hometown of Austin, Texas. He was dressed cowboy-formal in ...

Jim White (2001)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2001

On learning guitar with a broken leg; drugs and religion; poverty and outsiderdom; art vs. commerce; the dangers of cab driving: Jim White tells all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 66.5mb, total interview length: 1h 12' 38" sound quality: ****

Sparklehorse: Out Of The Woods

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, July 2001

BEHIND AN 1850s Virginia farmhouse sits Static King, the recording studio where Mark Linkous made the first two Sparklehorse albums. We are not looking at ...

Lucinda Williams: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 2001

A HOT SUNDAY AFTERNOON. PEOPLE IN CUT-OFFS AND STETSONS sprawl along the banks of the Cumberland River, sucking beers, fanning themselves with stiff paper fans ...

Ryan Adams (2001)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2001

All about making Gold; rages against the (record company) machine; the Stones and Keef; plays new album tracks... and dreaming about Snoop Dogg's pig joke!

File format: mp3; file size: 84.7mb, interview length: 1h 32' 34" sound quality: ***

Emmylou Harris: Anthology (Warner Archives/Rhino)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, September 2001

ALTHOUGH RARELY FORWARDED as a "woman in music" icon, it’s hard to think of a more exemplary career - male or female, consistent and daring ...

Ryan Adams Strikes Gold

Interview by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, September 2001

Leaving the South behind for La-la land, Ryan Adams makes a bid for rock stardom. And why shouldn't he, asks the Reverend Al Friston? ...

The Handsome Family: Twilight

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

CALL IT WHAT you will – proto-country, Southern Gothic, backwoods noir, Americana, cow-punk, insurgent twang, murderous balladry, Appalachian folk. Whichever way you slice it, The ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Beat The Devil

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, February 2002

KELLY JOE Phelps is on stage at the Knitting Factory in New York City, one month after the World Trade Center's destruction, in front of ...

Lambchop's New Flavour

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, February 2002

Kurt Wagner, songwriter and former floor-layer, has stripped down the sound of his 13-strong band for their latest and finest album. He tells Ben Thompson ...

Lambchop: Off The Wall

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, April 2002

A year ago, Kurt Wagner was laying floors. Now his country-soul collective Lambchop have become Nashville's strangest success story ...

Caitlin Cary, Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown: Life After Whiskeytown: Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary

Comment by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper, May 2002

Who was the most important figure to emerge from the break-up of Whiskeytown – Ryan Adams or Caitlin Cary? Geoffrey Himes ponders the issue. ...

Lee Hazlewood: The Lee Hazlewood Interview

Interview by Rob Hughes, Get Rhythm, July 2002

IT'S BEEN A hellish few days for Lee Hazlewood. Three days into a four-day promo frenzy of our nation's fair capital, and everyone after a ...

Tom Ovans: On The Road

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2002

IN 1971, WHEN he was 18, Tom Ovans dropped into an underground America, and never came back. Born into a working-class community just outside of ...

Ryan Adams: Demolition Man: Ryan Adams

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Herald, The, September 2002

RYAN ADAMS IS not feeling well. "Summertime cold," he snuffles, and for a while, early on in our conversation, he seems intent on spreading the ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sincity — The Very Best Of The Flying Burrito Brothers (Universal)****

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, September 2002

ALTHOUGH THEY fit neatly into the silver-stitched seams on the patchwork quilt that became the country-rock heritage centre, The Flying Burrito Brothers were neither as ...

Ryan Adams: Demolition

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, October 2002

BETWEEN HIS spare solo debut Heartbreaker and last year's swaggering Gold – the one where he sounded like he'd swallowed a jukebox of Stones, Who ...

Will Oldham: Still Voice, Distant Life: Will Oldham

Profile and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, November 2002

He’s the finest songwriter to come out of America in the past decade. Just ask Johnny Cash. But Will Oldham doesn’t play the fame game. ...

Josh T. Pearson: Upstairs At The Spitz, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2002

YOU CAN'T SEE his fearsome, feral face any more. It's covered by a beard so vast and wild at first you think Josh Pearson's become ...

The Flatlanders: Once & Again

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Harp, Summer 2002

After more than 30 years since their first recorded project together, the Flatlanders have come together again to record Now Again. Forward all 'thank you' ...

The Be Good Tanyas: Be Good Tanyas: Chinatown

Review by Colin Irwin, MOJO, March 2003

Second album by the Canadian trio who seduced us with their disarmingly unassuming old-timey debut Blue Horse. ...

Calexico: Bowery Ballroom, New York City

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

IN MY OLD AGE, I am trying to get hip. So I have temporarily relinquished my inner redneck. Left that twang-and-trash loving gal on the ...

Calexico

Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, April 2003

PACKING UP his gear after a recent gig in Dublin, Calexico's Joey Burns was approached by a young couple. Would you play at our wedding? ...

Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears (Lost Highway)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

IT STARTS WITH A shivery vibrato guitar, straight off one of those '60s New York soul ballads – Betty Harris' 'Cry To Me', perhaps, or ...

Lucinda Williams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

I LAST SAW Lucinda Williams live about ten years ago when she supported Mary Chapin Carpenter in London – not an auspicious show. She seemed ...

Lucinda Williams: The Albums

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

A concise guide to the Williams oeuvre before World Without Tears ...

Rank and File: Western Union: Rank And File

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Seattle Weekly, May 2003

A new archival set revisits Chip and Tony Kinman’s pioneering alt-country outfit Rank And File, as the brothers continue to expand their Cowboy Nation. ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Come Together

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

The Willard Grant Conspiracy has gone underground. The only way you can hear the new album by one of America's best bands in their home ...

Loretta Lynn, The White Stripes: Honky-Tonk Grande Dame: Loretta Lynn And Jack White On Country’s Favorite Daughter

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Detroit Metro Times, June 2003

SOME MIGHT SEE it as a generational passing of the torch: an established music icon sharing the stage with a younger rising star, and there’s ...

The Byrds, Gram Parsons: Going Up the Country: The Byrds and Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Retrospective by Bill Wasserzieher, ICE, August 2003

THOUGH OPINIONS differ on who recorded the first country-rock album, there is no question that the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo was the first one ...

Lucinda Williams: Lucinda's World

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World Acoustic, August 2003

"I KIND OF MISS the days when I wasn't well known," says Lucinda Williams, "Then, I was an 'undiscovered genius' when people heard my albums. ...

The White Stripes: White Stripes Or Shite Hype?

Comment by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2003

NEXT WEEK the White Stripes release their latest single, a highly distinctive reading of the Burt Bacharach standard 'I Just Don't Know What To Do ...

Gillian Welch: Soul Journey (Acony)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2003

GILLIAN WELCH, with her hard 'G', is indisputably a Good Thing. Tall and gawky, decidedly non-photogenic, Gillian gives hope to all of us who contend ...

David Olney: Borderline, London

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, October 2003

THE QUALITY OF his writing has earned him namechecks from the late Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle, and the likes of Emmylou Harris and ...

Ryan Adams: Rock'n'Roll (Lost Highway) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, November 2003

Fourth solo album from erstwhile alt country poster-boy. Recorded in 13 days in New York with James Barber, aka Mr Courtney Love. ...

Johnny Dowd: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, November 2003

BECAUSE THEY SHARE a dark gothic sensibility and a preoccupation with biblical notions of sin, Johnny Dowd is often bracketed with Nick Cave. ...

Ryan Adams: "I've Been Jumping Off Bridges"

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, November 2003

THE ONE GOOD thing about projectile vomiting is that at least your T-shirt stays clean. Ryan Adams's frat-house top is a spotless scarlet, its brightness ...

Ryan Adams: Saved By R'n'R

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2003

Ten Things You (Don't) Want To Know About Ryan Adams: He spills the beans on his romantic foibles, his phobias and chocolate. ...

The Handsome Family: Singing Bones (Carrot Top)

Review by j. poet, Harp, December 2003

THE HANDSOME FAMILY - the duo of Brett Sparks, composer, singer and instrumental jack of all trades and Rennie Sparks lyricist, harmony vocalist and plucker ...

Lambchop: Aw C'mon/No You C'mon

Review by Ben Thompson, Observer Music Monthly, February 2004

LIKE OUTKAST'S Speakerboxx/ The Love Below, the eighth album by Nashville's premier artisan country/ soul collective is a double-disc set designed to prompt endless speculation ...

Gram Parsons: In His Hour Of Darkness: Gram Theft Auto and the Road Mangler Deluxe

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, March 2004

IT IS THE midsummer of 1973. Two men stand together amidst a throng of mourners at the graveside of Clarence White, former Byrd and the ...

Lambchop: Tracks of His Tears: Kurt Wagner and Lambchop

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2004

IT’S KURT Wagner who spots The Nipple. ...

Sufjan Stevens: The 50 States of Rock: Sufjan Stevens

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, June 2004

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY extra-curricular activities traditionally associated with the life of the travelling rock'n'roller. Teaching knitting to the blind is not one of them. ...

The Long Ryders: Lock 17, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, July 2004

THE LONG RYDERS enter to a tape of the theme tune from The Magnificent Seven, and begin their set with a cover of the Byrds' ...

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, August 2004

"WE LOVE PLAYING HERE," Gillian Welch told us more than once, and since she and her musical soulmate David Rawlings were on for more than ...

Burrito Deluxe: The Whole Enchilada

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Inoffensive country rock featuring original Burrito Brother Sneaky Pete Kleinow plus Band deity Garth Hudson on keyboards. ...

Gillian Welch finds new audience with old-time Americana music

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, October 2004

FOR SOMEONE WHOSE stark songs sound like they have come from the impoverished rural underbelly of Depression-era America, Gillian Welch seems as lively as a ...

Willy Mason: A Breath Of Fresh Air

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2004

IF YOU'RE FEELING bad about America after last week's election, Willy Mason is one reason to change your mind. The 19-year-old New Englander has already ...

Tony Joe White: Swamp Thing

Profile and Interview by Holly George-Warren, Harp, January 2005

TONY JOE White is having his picture taken. By the looks of things, the Ray-Ban-wearing sixty-something-year-old is an A-list movie star, rather than a singer/songwriter/guitarist ...

Bonnie Prince Billy, Matt Sweeney: Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Superwolf

Review by Mike Barnes, Wire, February 2005

IT'S STILL DIFFICULT for me to listen to the music of Will Oldham – aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy – without thinking back to when I ...

Ry Cooder: The Ry Cooder Interview, parts 1-3 (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2005

From his youth in Santa Monica via the Ash Grove scene through to movie soundtracks and his explorations of world musics: Ry on the music business, his fellow musicians and his politically progressive background and instincts.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 76.2meg, total interview length: 83' 11" sound quality: ***

The Band, Robbie Robertson: The Backpages Interview: Robbie Robertson

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2005

RBP: A Musical History seems like a formidable undertaking. ...

Drive-By Truckers: Confessions of a Trucker

Interview by Jason Gross, Creative Loafing, November 2005

TRYING TO FIT in as the newbie in an established band is a weird, awkward, disorienting task – just ask Ron Wood what it was ...

The Blasters, Dave Alvin: Dave Alvin: Romeo's Escape

Sleevenotes by Terry Staunton, Acadia Records, June 2006

THE TIME: Summer, 1987. The place: Downtown Manhattan hang-out The Kat Klub. It's the height of the annual industry beanfest, the New Music Seminar, and ...

Bonnie Raitt: Red Hot Mama

Profile by Jason Gross, Creative Loafing, August 2006

ARE THERE ANY active old-school divas that we can still look up to? Cher? Retired. Tina Turner? Retired. Barbara Streisand? Her too. Joni Mitchell? Yep. ...

Lambchop: Damaged

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2006

THERE WAS a time when Kurt Wagner’s Lambchop dwelled in the very eye of the alt.Americana hurricane: a folksy but literate Nashville troupe making highbrow ...

Sparklehorse: Dreaming of Fiery, Misty Mountains: Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

Interview by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, October 2006

WALK AROUND the stage of London's Bush Hall, through the dressing room, and there you'll find a small outside area, just big enough for a ...

Lucinda Williams: West

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2007

MUCH IS MADE of Lucinda Williams the writer, the poet of southern aches and pains. Time magazine called her "America's Best Songwriter" and the New ...

Robert Gordon: (Still) Red Hot

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, September 2007

IN 1977 a skinny young man with a gravity defying pompadour and a room-filling, Elvis-worthy voice kicked off his solo career with the old Billy ...

Alison Krauss, Robert Plant: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, October 2007

OUT OF THE BLUE, Jo Bartlett, the co-organiser of the small folk festival, Green Man, received a phone call one day from someone purporting to ...

The Band, Levon Helm: Levon Helm: Dirt Farmer

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2007

LEVON HELM was the southern heart of that essentially Canadian group The Band, the drummer/singer/mandolinist who gave Robbie Robertson's songs their corn-starch authenticity. Helm it ...

Alison Krauss, Robert Plant: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

Review by Bud Scoppa, Uncut, 2008

THE PAIRING OF the wily old tomcat and the classy country thrush turns out as magically in reality as it seemed unlikely on paper. ...

Fleet Foxes: America's Next Great Band

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, February 2008

HOMETOWN: Xachua'Bsh, Washington.THE LINEUP: Robin Pecknold, Nicholas Peterson, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott. ...

Ryan Adams: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2008

DESPITE WHAT Ryan Adams tells us tonight, it wasn't true that this was the first time he had ever played London "without being chemically challenged". ...

Bon Iver: Victoria Apollo, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, December 2008

"THIS IS AN extremely big deal for us," says Justin Vernon, standing beneath a giant pterodactyl. Vernon is the songwriter, lead singer and creative mainspring ...

Howlin' Rain: Magnificent Fiend

Press Release by Don Waller, Birdman Records, Spring 2008

MAGNIFICENT FIEND is the second album from Howlin' Rain and the first to be issued under a joint agreement between multi-platinum record producer Rick Rubin's ...

Gillian Welch: Gilllian Welch: Revival/Hell Among the Yearlings/Time (the Revelator)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2009

Reissues of first three albums by the high priestess of "American Primitive" and partner David Rawlings. ...

The Handsome Family: Handsome is as Handsome does

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, August 2009

WHAT DO YOU GET when you cross the Platters with 19th century Romanticism? Why, the new album from the Handsome Family, of course. ...

Levon Helm (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2009

Together with his co-conspiritor Larry Campbell, the great Band drummer looks back over his recent solo activities, the people he works with, and his unique take on American music.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.5mb, interview length: 34' 27" sound quality: ****

The Band, Levon Helm: The Shape I'm In: Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2009

IF LEVON HELM'S studios have a Green Room, then this must be it. A ramshackle den leading off a homely wooden kitchen, it's currently crawling ...

David Rawlings, Gillian Welch: Dave Rawlings Machine: A Friend of a Friend

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2010

ANYONE WHO EVER felt that David Rawlings hid his light under Gillian Welch's bushel – never getting the full credit he merited as her partner ...

The Low Anthem: The Folk-Rockers Who Sing About Darwin

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, February 2010

"I HOPE PEOPLE don't think we're just relics," says Ben Knox Miller, sincerely, dressed in a jacket fashioned from an old burlap flour sack, and ...

Midlake: In Tune with the Times of Others

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 2010

IN THE RUSSIAN visionary film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky's long, prismatic biopic of the great 15th-century icon painter Andrei Rublev, the monk Rublev strives to sustain the ...

Delbert McClinton: Tarrytown Music Hall, New York

Live Review by Kris DiLorenzo, Rock's Backpages, May 2010

IT'S BEEN A WAAAY too long time, but I'd be stupidly remiss if I didn't rave about Delbert McClinton's show at the Tarrytown Music Hall ...

Band of Horses: Infinite Arms (Fat Possum/Columbia) *****

Review and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Rock's Backpages, June 2010

N.B. A revised version of the following review appeared in the June 2010 issue of Uncut. ...

Neil Young: Harvest Revisited

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, February 2011

A GOLDEN RICH GUITAR PHRASE pulses out warmth and beauty and Neil Young keens "I want to live/I want to give/I've been a miner for ...

Band of Horses: Tales of Terror from the Blasted Backwoods

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2011

IT WAS THE first day by the lake when Band of Horses' singer Ben Bridwell saw the curtain twitch. He was staying at the isolated, ...

Caitlin Rose: On Caitlin's Rose's Own Side Now

Comment by Wayne Robins, Wayne's Words blog, May 2011

I'VE BEEN LISTENING to Caitlin Rose for nearly two months now, and have not been quite ready to let go. ...

Jimmie Dale Gilmore and the Wronglers: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland

Live Review by Holly Gleason, nodepression.com, June 2011

THEY CALL IT Heirloom Music, going so far as to make it the title of their first collaborative recording; but for Jimmie Dale Gilmore and ...

Jonathan Wilson: Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Word, The, October 2011

OVER A DECADE AGO, a very nice man named Simon Raymonde – son of cult '60s arranger Ivor – came to my house to answer ...

Bon Iver: Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rock's Backpages, December 2011

ADOPTING THE nom de plume Bon Iver, Justin Vernon made the leap from unknown to major artist in the few seconds between the strummed acoustic ...

Wilco: The Whole Love (dBpm)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rock's Backpages, December 2011

WILCO FANS ARE AS polarized as the US congress. Some revel in the band's eardrum-pulverizing forays into the sonic unknown, introduced on 2000's art-damaged Yankee ...

Karen Dalton: From the Golden Age of Colorado to the Golden Age of Reissues

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, blurtonline, March 2012

DAN HANKIN, now a retired school social worker living in Denver, fondly remembers back to 1966, when he would visit Karen Dalton's Colorado mountain cabin ...

The Band, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm: Garth Hudson on Levon Helm

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

"THE FIRST TIME I saw Levon in action was in Woodstock, Ontario, about thirty-five miles from London, where I grew up. Ronnie and the Hawks ...

The Band, Levon Helm: Oh Brother Where Art Thou? The Night They Drove Ole Levon Down

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

IN THE BACKWOODS gang that was The Band, Levon Helm was the lean and wiry chancer with one eye on the ladies and a voice ...

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