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explore the country music scene of a decade ago.


March 11, 2020 - Kinky Friedman was his usual, engaging self while playing to a small - but attentive - crowd in one of Orange County's wealthiest cities. Campus Jax is so close to John Wayne Airport, even Friedman... »»»
March 11, 2020 - On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day.... »»»
March 11, 2020 - John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long... »»»
March 10, 2020 - The darkly lit stage should have been no surprise given what was to come from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. There were perhaps about 20 lanterns dotting the stage with Rateliff up front and his... »»»
March 6, 2020 - The 6,000 fans leaving Sturgill Simpson's largest show ever in Pittsburgh seemed both satisfied and perplexed at the same time. Simpson had been playing the new record "Sound and... »»»
March 4, 2020 - Kane Brown couldn't have been used to playing small crowds like this anymore. Nor his fellow artists - Michael Ray, Russell Dickerson, Chris Lane and Gabby Barrett. In fact, Dickerson and Lane are... »»»
March 1, 2020 - The Del McCoury Band may be a bluegrass mainstay, but when Del isn't touring with his band, a subset is. The Travelin' McCourys are the legitimate offspring of DMB, and they certainly have... »»»
February 27, 2020 - Life's been pretty darn good for Hayes Carll. He released a new disc, the sturdy, "What It Is," and he remarried - to fellow singer Allison Moorer. Carll has enjoyed a two-decade long... »»»
February 26, 2020 - This was not your typical Shakey Graves night of music. Not when you're playing both solo and with your band and trying out new material to gauge audience reaction and develop the songs.... »»»
February 24, 2020 - What's a country song without drinking? Morgan Evans seems to have gotten the missive loud and clear as a good chunk of his songs incorporate libations into the mix. And when the Australian-bred... »»»