[LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country,
before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s
clear from the openi
Holcombe Waller finds some dark pleasure in a painful business.
“I just want to talk less and less,” says Holcombe Waller.
“It’s like, conversations walk by and I have all these ideas of things
to say, and I just sit there and let them go because I’m l
Born: 1951 in Hull, Quebec.
Sounds like: One cubic yard of Delta swampland—mud, crickets, humid air and all—encased in a Plexiglas shell.
For fans of: U2, Bob Dylan, Eno, gumbo, mojo.
I originally intended to sprinkle some quotes from my interview with legendary local musician and Dharma Bums leader Jeremy Wilson throughout an article about his new, eponymous Foundation and the issue of health care for musicians. But from the moment he answered the phone Tuesday morning,...
The songwriter, author and writer talks Callahan, politics and legendary fails.
Q & A
With the 1973 release of his classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilarious ...
With the 1973 release of his now-classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully-formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilariously offensive ditties like the bigot-baiting "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore...
And not just because he introduced lasers to the Crystal Ballroom for the first time in memory last night. Because he's a supremely confident performer who nonetheless projects a charming soupçon of humility onstage. Because his s...
James Taylor's voice is like water: smooth, clear, easy to mistake for flavorless until those momentary thirsty epiphanies where you sit upright and say "Mmmm! Water's gooood!" Similarly, while I greatly enjoyed—and was indeed moved by—Friday night's collaborative show by Tay...
Here is the second half of Jeff Rosenberg's extensive conversation with the pop-music Zelig who goes by the name of Van Dyke Parks, in which they discuss his lyrical style and subject matter, musical tastes, political opinions, and (yes) a little bit about Smile.