Posts Tagged ‘Country’

Alt-Country Chanteuse Lydia Loveless Has No Guilty Pleasures

Alt-country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless grew up on a farm in rural Cushocton, Ohio, playing in bands with her two older sisters and her dad. Though her voice has the ageless authority of Neko Case or Patsy Cline, and her songs suggest a lifetime of romantic disappointment, sexual frustration, and poor choices, she's only 23 years [...]

Photos: Loretta Lynn @ 9:30 Club

"You know, it was Jack White who told me years ago that I should play here," said Loretta Lynn from the 9:30 Club stage Friday night. "I think next time I should bring him back with me." But judging from the spontaneous audience singalongs that erupted throughout the country icon's performance, it was pretty obvious [...]

Hill Country Barbecue Launches Twangy Concert Series

Given how hot as it's been here lately, mythic, sun-dried places like the Texas hill country don't seem quite so far away. It helps that there's a new venue in town churning out Texas barbecue and music for the District's honky-tonk lusters.
First opened in Manhattan's Flatiron district, the Hill Country Barbecue Market began as restauranteur [...]

Photos: Taylor Swift @ Verizon Center

Yesterday was the first night of Taylor Swift's sold-out two-night stand at the Verizon Center. Swift played all of her hits with some crowd-pleasing gimmicks thrown in—namely, playing a few songs in the middle of one of the lower-level concourses, surrounded by fans, then making her way down to the floor and playing to the [...]

Crazy Hearts: Justin Townes Earle and Joe Pug @ Birchmere on Sunday

The Hurt Locker, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Waltz, Mo’Nique.
There, I just freed up your Sunday night. Wanna go see some excellent music instead?
Actually, if Bridges gets any Oscar love, it bodes well for the status of the guitar-toting troubadour in America’s cultural mythology—and, perhaps, for the prospects of Joe Pug and Justin Townes Earle. [...]

Tonight: Langhorne Slim @ Rock ‘N’ Roll Hotel w/ Dawes

If folk music’s prime currency is authenticity, Langhorne Slim might well earn some crooked eyebrows. Classically trained at the SUNY-Purchase conservatory, Sean Scolnik donned loafers and floppy hat and named himself after his hometown in the tradition of all those rail-hoppin’ ramblers who used to do that. The blogosphere gobbled up this aesthetic and and [...]

Ordinary Madness: An Interview with James Felice

“Hey, there’s an interview goin’ on in here, asshole!” James Felice calls out the door of the Winnebago in the direction of guitar music. His brother Ian is strumming outside with a wild-eyed, fu-manchu’ed man named Searcher, who is singing along in falsetto.
Searcher pokes his head through the passenger’s side window. “Hey, you don’t need [...]

Album Review: ‘Townes,’ by Steve Earle

Country musician Steve Earle once famously pronounced Townes Van Zandt "the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." So how come the only people who ever give Townes his propers are his contemporaries and the odd independent filmmaker? Maybe because even [...]