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Steve Earle | I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

New West Records (2011)
New West Records (2011)
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  April 29, 2011

Justin Townes Earle fights the family tree

No one wants to stand in the shadow of his famous family.
No country for young men
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 17, 2010

Review: Justin Townes Earle | Harlem River Blues

On this his third album, Justin Townes Earle is determined to shoo away any lingering apple-doesn't-fall-far-from-tree comparisons.
Bloodshot (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 10, 2010

Steve Earle | Townes

In case it wasn't clear already, Steve Earle idolizes Townes Van Zandt, the Texas singer-songwriter who died in 1997 after decades of soul-shaking music and life-obliterating demons.
New West (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 08, 2009

Going down the road

When John Paul comes to Slainte in a couple weeks, he'll be returning to the Portland scene where he got his start in the biz,
John Paul brings Belmont Boulevard back to Maine
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009

Forever young

When I first get Joan Baez on the phone, my burning question is what she thinks of the upcoming presidential election.  
At 67, Joan Baez is more diamonds than rust
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 27, 2008

On the racks

Nelly Furtado, Frank Black, Pearl Jam, Fatboy Slim, and Luna.
June 20
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 27, 2008

Dirt merchants

In the hegemony of mid-’80s mega-rock-star benefits, Farm Aid stands as the American blue-collar uncle to Live Aid’s international whiz kid.
Farm Aid crops up in Massachusetts
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 16, 2008


Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush aren’t afraid to get a little goofy for the sake of a laugh.
Love on the Inside | Mercury Nashville
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 04, 2008

Welcome to Shangri-La

The first annual Shangri-La Festival, which will be held at the Fairgrounds in Blue Hill boasts an impressive lineup that spans generations and genres.
Maine's newest music fest begins Friday in Blue Hill
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2008

Allison Moorer

Working with producer Buddy Miller, Moorer takes an approach opposite to Lynne’s on the stripped-down Lovin’ , giving each track its own distinct personality.
Mockingbird | New Line
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 26, 2008


Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008

Boxed and ready

The cream of the season’s CD/DVD crop
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 14, 2007

Steve Earle

This is Steve Earle’s big hug to his new home town, New York City, and his new wife (his seventh), country singer Allison Moorer.
Washington Square Serenade | NewWest
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 15, 2007

Revving it up

The Wrong Reasons have mustered a gallant comeback, and this time it’s for all the right reasons.
The Wrong Reasons tough it out; plus, Machines with Magnets
By BOB GULLA  |  September 04, 2007

Having more fun

By the time Car Wheels on a Gravel Road came out, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty had all recorded Williams’s songs.
Lucinda Williams goes West
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 13, 2007


John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp spent his last two studio albums in experimental mode, inviting Chuck D and India.Arie aboard 2001’s Cuttin’ Heads and digging into unvarnished country blues on ’03’s Trouble No More .
Freedom's Road | Universal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2007

Nashville underground

Solomon Burke’s no stranger to Nashville. Music city dos: Where to go in Nashville. By Ted Drozdowski
There’s more to the Music City than Alan Jackson and Toby Keith
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 24, 2007

And three more boxes

Among post-punk offshoots, perhaps the hardest to define is “goth.”
Gift ideas for the music fan on your list
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 12, 2006

Dave Howard rolls on

For as long as we’ve known him, Dave Howard and his band the High Rollers have been exploring the fertile turf linking the blues and R&B, with forays into rock and roll.
New country disc! New gig with Roomful of Blues!  
By BOB GULLA  |  September 26, 2006

Missionary man

Parsons’s influence is pervasive, from the Stones to Elvis Costello, Uncle Tupelo, and Wilco.
The country-rock gospel of Gram Parsons
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 03, 2006

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Waiting for the Sun

Ganging up on the Sun  gets caught between adventurous and jones-fulfilling and feels like an album in search of an identity.
Guster can’t quite keep it together
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 07, 2006

Political raps

You can’t say a guy who blasts out of the starting gate with a song called “Kill My Landlord” and, then, eight years later, comes up with a riveting, darkly humorous rap titled “5 Million Ways To Kill a CEO” doesn’t have murder on his mind.
The Coup pick a bigger weapon
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 16, 2006

Marah at T.T.’s

So much positive ink has been spilled over Marah that you half expect them to leave tracks on their way in and out of a club.
In the city again
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 18, 2006