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.
Wednesday, December 24 2014
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.
Thursday, September 25 2014
Despite their canonical status, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Oracular Spectacular, and White Blood Cells lack the staying power of truly great albums.
Sunday, July 20 2014
In 2014, Telluride is the perfect encapsulation of where it has been and where it is going to be in the future.
Tuesday, December 24 2013
In bluegrass circles, 2013 was a year that welcomed the rise of talented upstarts, the return to form of masters, and collaborations among the best in the business.
Sunday, April 7 2013
Bon Jovi have seen a million faces and rocked them all, but they've never impressed critics. What about now?
Thursday, April 21 2011
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.
Tuesday, August 17 2010
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”.
Sunday, June 13 2010
Easton Corbin's debut reads like a 'Farewell to Arms' for the truck-pull set and lays out a hero's code for existentialist country boys everywhere; that is, the practical application of action over thought.
Wednesday, April 14 2010
Question: Since everyone seems to love the big arena-rock of the '80s, why don't they make records like that anymore? Answer: They do. It's called country music, now.
Sunday, February 7 2010
At 77, Willie's hair is now down to his tailbone, and you can see his trademark red locks fade to gray about midway up his back -- it's like examining the rings of a tree.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that it is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.
Monday, July 21 2014
Day two of Forecastle concluded with the audience being rocked to muscle weakness.
Sunday, July 20 2014
From the minimalist indie rock of Spoon to the extravagant performance by OutKast, day one of Forecastle did not disappoint.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
Sheffield is a supersmart, insightful, funny, passionate fan who delights in the visceral and communal pleasures of popular music.
Thursday, October 17 2013
The Avetts return with their eighth album, a set of ringers, leftovers, sweet talking, and a live track for true believers.
Monday, January 26 2015
Double Take examines Errol Flynn's classic take on this vigilante archer: a bold, impudent rascal that speaks treason fluently, capturing hearts when he isn't shooting arrows into them.
Thursday, August 21 2014
Sunday, August 3 2014
The First Lady of Rockabilly gave an energetic set at the 9th Street Summerfest in Missouri, mixing together youthful zeal with old-time classics.
Monday, December 5 2011
Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...
Thursday, May 27 2010
Season 9 comes to end as a sweet, shy kid from Chicago takes the crown. But it was Crystal Bowersox who kept American Idol from going down in flames.