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Chuck Hicks


Thursday, August 5 2004

The Wilco You Weren't Supposed to Hear

At a relaxed distance, in a part of the country where Wilco seldom travels, I can play dumb to all that fan chatter and, taking a cue from John Crowe Ransom, use a little 'formal criticism' to evaluate the 'Demos' in their own context.

Monday, April 1 2002

Dueling Banjos: Scruggs-style vs. the Clawhammer

What Earl Scruggs brought to banjo was a 'little something extra', that being his middle finger . . . In fact, it can be said with a straight face that Scruggs is the father of industrial music, because his home environment had everything to do with his sound.

Thursday, May 24 2001

A Song for Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, while others will attend cookouts, go to the movies, or find the nearest swimming hole, I will be going on a search to find Clyde's grave.

Sunday, December 17 2000

Best of 2000: Chuck Hicks


Wednesday, November 16 2005

The Everybodyfields: Plague of Dreams

Close your eyes, and Quinn and Andrews' keening, close harmonies will transport you to the late 1940s, to that blissful world of battery radios before the Nashville Sound came and sanded the edges off country music.

Monday, November 7 2005

Michael Holland: Tomorrows American Treasures

Holland maintains his extraordinary focus, showing his astute respect for traditional American music while varnishing it with enough trippy nuance to keep it vital.

Tuesday, September 28 2004

Michael Holland: Bootlegger's Dreams

Wednesday, February 25 2004

Jennyanykind: Peas and Collards

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