Articles tagged heartland rock

Reveling in Abandon: The Triumph of Tom Petty

Tom Petty was a democratizing mix of Southern rusticism and California cool, a split that made him the most relatable special-burnout rock figure for every gravel-road kid in America with an FM radio.

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Life Lessons from a Hardcore Pettyhead

I’ve been neck-deep in the philosophy of Tom Petty, my spiritual gangster, for years now and here are the things he taught me.

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3 Oct 2017 // 8:26 AM

Tom Petty: The Soundtrack of our Lives

Tom Petty's unique, tuneful brand of heartland rock was a vital part of many rock fans' lifelong playlists.

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Lucinda Williams: This Sweet Old World

Redoing an entire album is a surprising and bold move, but on This Sweet Old World the gambit pays off. It's anything but a retread.

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Conquer Climate Change in Berkeley

When Petty & the Heartbreakers hit the stage, they’re accompanied by the electric vibe that comes with being a classic rock band on their 40th anniversary tour.

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5 Jun 2017 // 9:21 AM

The Bodeans in 12 Songs

In honor of the Bodeans' just-released 13th studio album, 13, Kurt Neumann sifted through his band’s catalog, selecting a song from (almost) each one in an effort to tell the band’s story.

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The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me / Separation Sunday (Deluxe Editions)

Craig Finn's spoken vocals are a barrier to entry, but the Hold Steady's first two albums literally contain the beginning of the story. These deluxe editions have enough strong extras to warrant a look.

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9 Dec 2016 // 1:00 PM

Mondo Cozmo - “Shine” (Live at Bardot) (video) (premiere)

Mondo Cozmo blends anthemic Britpop and Americana into a winning stadium-ready sound.

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Melissa Etheridge: MEmphis Rock and Soul

MEmphis Rock and Soul finds Etheridge lacking the secret ingredient that once made these songs timeless classics.

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Bruce Springsteen Meets Fans and Chats ‘Born to Run’ in NYC (Video)

Promoting his memoir Born to Run, The Boss visited Barnes & Noble and an Apple Store in NYC where he sat for a chat.

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Wilder in the Heart: An Interview With Butch Walker

He's a Top 40 pop producer by day, '80s rock solo kingpin by night. Butch Walker's back with charm (and stories) to spare.

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12 Sep 2016 // 2:10 AM

Butch Walker: Stay Gold

Butch Walker gives his greatest performance to date on heart-filled album.

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The Traveling Wilburys: The Traveling Wilburys Collection

The fact that the Traveling Wilburys even happened is what will be remembered most about the group, less so the songs they wrote together.

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18 Apr 2016 // 2:39 PM

Jared Deck - “Grace” (audio) (premiere)

Singer-songwriter Jared Deck labels his music "Midamericana", a term which accurately describes his blend of Southern roots music, Americana, and heartland rock.

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31 Mar 2016 // 10:05 AM

Will Stewart - “Keyhole” (audio) (premiere)

Birmingham, Alabama's Will Stewart has stepped away from his old group, Willie and the Giant, to emerge as a compelling solo artist this year with a new EP, Faultline.

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“We Just Kinda Broke All the Rules”: An Interview with Lucinda Williams

Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries.

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The Rainmakers Find Heaven and Hell in the Heartland

Since the early '80s, The Rainmakers have been among the best bands to emerge from the Heartland Rock boom of that decade. They may be the best that's still at it.

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Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans: The Falcon Lake Incident

From the album cover depicting a starry night sky right down to the lyric sheet, there is an infatuation with the heavens that gives the record an underlying dreamy theme.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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