Chuck Hicks
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The Wilco You Weren't Supposed to Hear | 5 Aug 2004 // 8:00 PM

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.

Dueling Banjos: Scruggs-style vs. the Clawhammer | 1 Apr 2002 // 7:00 PM

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.


The Everybodyfields: Plague of Dreams | 16 Nov 2005 // 5:00 PM

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.

Michael Holland: Tomorrows American Treasures | 7 Nov 2005 // 5:00 PM

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

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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