Bob was born and raised in the Northeastern US. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo with degrees in English and Philosophy and completed his MA in English at Boston University. Since escaping graduate school, he’s resided in Ithaca, operating No Radio Records, an independent record store and performance space, as well as DJing under the name AutoMatic Buffalo. His first book, The Gilded Palace of Sin, on the slight rise and quick fall of the Flying Burrito Brothers, is due out later this year from Continuum Press.
Thursday, March 19 2009
Today, many performers play a revivalist form of Western Swing, but even more may be tipping a hat to Bob Wills without even knowing it. Chomping down on his cigar, Wills and his legacy strut around the stage of musical history, rarely taking the lead but now and then giving a holler of approval.
Sunday, November 1 2009
At a time when country music was shining like a new dime, John Hartford and his collaborators were digging into old time music to find something new.
Wednesday, September 30 2009
Kristofferson at times evokes Leonard Cohen, with a voice that pulls the listener into the depths of darkened barrooms, whether to share a sob story or a bit of tongue-in-cheek sagacity. His 20th album is out soon.
Sunday, August 2 2009
Proehl discovered the secret Supremes country album. Now all the genre-restricting straightjackets bounding country music are off.
Thursday, June 25 2009
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy may have left country behind, but in 1992, he helped redefine the sound of alt-country.
Wednesday, June 3 2009
Even in railing against the influence of another, the musician must admit that influence and its inescapability. Like Br’er Rabbit and the tar baby, every blow struck just brings the two closer together.
Tuesday, July 28 2009
In a move fairly common to comics scholarship, Costello at times overstates the case for superhero comics as a product of their times rather than a product of a particular individual’s creative choices.
Wednesday, July 22 2009
Alas, this does little to ease a skeptic’s misgivings about a film whose scope and beauty at times feel like a Technicolor gloss on one of the darkest periods in American history.
Monday, April 20 2009
A museum tour guide analysis of Eggleston’s work -- exactly the type of analysis both Eggleston and his work staunchly resist.
Sunday, April 19 2009
Rather like the the pu pu platter, there’s too much of one thing, not enough of another in this collection of British spy TV
Sunday, March 1 2009
A lost gem from the team that crafted The Third Man finally shows up on DVD.