Tuesday, December 23 2014
Take more than a quick glance at country music in 2014 and you'll see a varied landscape -- in terms of gender, age, experience and song content.
Monday, December 22 2014
From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
What's going to be most often said or written about the year in country music, 2013? That it was the "year of the woman" in a Nashville that's still a man's world after all.
Tuesday, December 14 2010
The synthesis of the past, present and future is so much of what country music is about these days. The traditions haven’t disappeared, but the music is changing all of the time.
Sunday, January 13 2013
All of the albums that critics/fans who fancy themselves “pure” country defenders have praised as the best of 2012 carry a heavy aura of the past about them. But how much can country music progress if it’s spending all of its time looking back?
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, 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.
Sunday, April 5 2009
Editing the original RCA tapes makes the songs on Naked Willie so much better that I’m remembering the reasons why I fell in love with Willie Nelson so many years ago.
Tuesday, July 1 2014
Willie Nelson still makes records that are smart, funny, sexy, and heartbreaking.
Sunday, May 5 2013
For Willie's 80th birthday, the Family brings it all back home.
Monday, December 10 2012
A new collection of Willie Nelson Christmas songs provides a warm, rustic accompaniment to your holiday activities.
Wednesday, May 16 2012
At 79, Willie Nelson can still sing the hell out of the right song, but the songwriter is likely to be somebody else.
Thursday, April 5 2012
The US Festivals took place during the post-Woodstock/Altamont and pre-Live Aid years, when rock festivals were equated with hippie values and squalid sanitary conditions.
Friday, June 8 2012
For his latest album 'Heroes', country legend Willie Nelson covered Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" and now the video release finds Willie and his son Lukas, an up-and-coming musician, on a roadtrip together.
Wednesday, January 28 2009
Willie Nelson is teaming up with one of my favorite bands, Asleep at the Wheel, for an album of western swing tunes, Willie and the