• Country,  Roots Rock

    Allison Moorer meets Mr. Earle

    I have two words for Steve Earle: You dog!! He must have the charms of Casanova, because he continues to seduce the ladies into taking his hand in marriage. His latest – sixth, seventh, eighth? – bride is none other…

  • Country

    Check out Prairie Oyster

    I have a boat load of old cassettes that I’ve been digging slowly through and getting on to my hard drive. So following along that country-influenced path, here’s one from Canadian country swingish outfit Prairie Oyster. What drew me to…

  • Acoustic,  Country

    An Afternoon with Blaze

    I watched a great Austin City Limits last night: John Prine and Amos Lee. During Prine’s set, he introduced his last song as one “that just about knocked me off my chair” when he first heard it. It was a…

  • Country

    Monday Masters: Doc Watson

    Father’s Day was kind to me. My wife treated me to Sirius Satellite Radio. So needless to say, I’ve been pretty much immersed in the 120 + channels over the last few days. My favorites so far: Sirius Disorder, Jam…

  • Country,  New Orleans

    Buck + Dwight = Hank

    The last week has featured some Cajun sounds, a little 80’s Minneapolis funk, and some old school country. Now to marry it all up, it’s Buckwheat Zydeco’s collaboration with Dwight Yoakam. They got together in 1990 to lay down their…

  • Country

    Big Ball’s in Cowtown

    From Jesse Johnson to Don Walser. What a transition! My point? Never limit yourself with music. Another fine soundtrack is featured tonight. I bought the ‘Horse Whisperer’ soundtrack solely for the Steve Earle contribution “Me & the Eagle” (I still…

  • Country,  Roots Rock

    That Detroit Hillbilly

    All that fancy actin’ in Cold Mountain must’ve done something to Jack White, ’cause next thing you know, he’s holed up in a studio with country queen Loretta Lynn, producing her entire album, ‘Van Lear Rose’ [buy it here]. Yeah…

  • Country

    A Toast…

    Here’s a fun, gritty, laid back ode to one of my favorite non-beer beverages (right behind the mojito): Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Sangria Wine.” My meticulous research has dated this song back to the early 70’s, when it first appeared on…