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 [email protected]
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”.
The Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY (Day Three) | 28 Jul 2015 // 2:00 AM
It was a hot time in the old time tonight as Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, TWEEDY, and more put the cap on Louisville's riverfront festival.
Forecastle Festival: Louisville, KY (Day Two) | 24 Jul 2015 // 6:30 AM
My Morning Jacket headline Day Two, bringing hometown rock glory to Louisville's riverfront.
Double Take: 'Annie Hall' (1977) | 23 Nov 2015 // 3:19 AM
Is love too weak a word to describe how we feel about Annie Hall? Or is it more like a dead shark? Double Take breaks a few eggs to find out.
Double Take: 'The Lady Vanishes' (1938) | 15 Sep 2015 // 5:00 AM
Now you see her; now you don't: Double Take #21 admits to seeing The Lady Vanishes and tries to find its political undercurrent.