Steve Leftridge has written about music, film, and books for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, No Depression, and PlaybackSTL. He holds an MA in literature from the University of Missouri, for whom he is an adjunct teacher, and he's been teaching high school English and film in St. Louis since 1998. Follow at SteveLeftridge@Twitter.com.
The Best Bluegrass of 2014 | 24 Dec 2014 // 8:06 PM
This year's rich pickin's of traditional bluegrass, jamgrass, and newgrass make it the best year for recorded bluegrass music in quite some time.
Three Great Albums Fade in Reflection | 25 Sep 2014 // 8:14 PM
Despite their canonical status, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Oracular Spectacular, and White Blood Cells lack the staying power of truly great albums.
Fit to Be Tied: Country's Angry Women | 21 Apr 2011 // 9:35 PM
Modern country music is in love with a new trend: women inflicting violence on men, when the men deserve it... and even when they don't.
Sam Bush: Still Rockin' That Bluegrass Train | 17 Aug 2010 // 4:00 PM
In the pantheon of bluegrass pickers, Sam Bush is the default leader. Still, Bush remembers playing onstage with Bill Monroe in the early '70s, and after he showcased his kinetic picking technique on the mandolin, Monroe leaned over and told him to “stick to the fiddle”.
Sun-Drenched '90s Nostalgia at Forecastle Day Three | 23 Jul 2014 // 9:00 PM
Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that it is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.
Jack White Rocks the Audience at Forecastle Day Two | 21 Jul 2014 // 9:00 PM
Day two of Forecastle concluded with the audience being rocked to muscle weakness.
"Goodnight, Everybody": Last Night with David Letterman | 21 May 2015 // 3:00 AM
In saying goodbye to David Letterman, you realize that late nights will never be the same.