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IMELDA MAY: THE GIRL I USED TO BE

An Irish rock and roll songstress uses some profound life experiences to forge a new chapter.  By Steve Houk Life is full of changes. We all experience them. Some are small, and some are big. But change is part of our lives. Imelda May has gone through some profound life changes over the last few […]

GARRY TALLENT: LET THE BASS MAN SING

The guy who gave Bruce Springsteen his deep end from day one finally gets his solo turn.  By Steve Houk When Garry Tallent and his family moved to Neptune City, New Jersey in 1964, something really big happened. Tallent knew no one when he arrived, so it was kinda hard to make connections. But since he had dabbled in […]

RHIANNON GIDDENS: DEEP DIVE DOWN THE FREEDOM HIGHWAY

One of music’s most powerful voices creates a stunning album that speaks to her own intense passion. By Steve Houk You know, Rhiannon Giddens has deep thoughts. Not just about the many details of the day, and there are surely many of those when you’re a mother of two, a wife, a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and an actress. But as far […]

JAY FARRAR: LOOKING BACK WHILE MOVING FORWARD

An Americana music pioneer looks to the past while moving ahead. By Steve Houk The rise of Americana music wouldn’t have happened as easily or as profoundly without Jay Farrar in the mix. The Illinois-borne singer/songwriter teamed up with Jeff Tweedy in the 80’s to form the now legendary Uncle Tupelo, a band that defined the blend of country/western and harder […]

WILLIE NILE: HOW DOES IT FEEL?

One of rock’s great singer/songwriters finds pure joy in playing the music of his hero. By Steve Houk There’s no doubt…Willie Nile is on a roll. The 68-year-old rock and roll mainstay and almost peerless songwriter is coming off months of worldwide touring behind his acclaimed latest record World War Willie, and he continues to gain new […]

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