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2002 Stories by David Hill

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  • Faith Hill

    published December 19, 2002

    Cry, the fifth album by country singer Faith Hill, opens with a loud crash of drums, a throbbing electric bass and a screeching electric... More >>

  • The Heart of Country

    published December 5, 2002

    On the cover of his most recent album, Here I Am in Dallas, Dallas Wayne sits at the counter of a dimly lit bar with a cigarette in hand... More >>

  • Chuck Pyle

    published December 5, 2002

    Someone once dubbed Chuck Pyle "the Zen cowboy," and that's a pretty accurate description of the Colorado singer-songwriter, whose songs are... More >>

  • Steve Earle

    published November 21, 2002

    "I ain't ever satisfied," Steve Earle sang back in 1987. Fifteen years later, the singer once tagged "the Hillbilly Bruce Springsteen" is seething... More >>

  • That's the Spirit

    published November 14, 2002

    Denver's Honky Tonk Hangovers play some of the twangiest music this side of Bakersfield, but they purposefully avoid the "C" word when describing... More >>

  • Open Road

    published November 7, 2002

    On the cover of Cold Wind, Open Road's second album (and major-label debut), the bandmembers -- captured in glorious black and white --... More >>

  • Still Scorching

    published September 5, 2002

    Jason Ringenberg has lived in or near Nashville since 1981, but he's hardly a member of the city's country-music establishment. "I feel like an... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published September 5, 2002

    Leave it to Pete Wernick, aka "Dr. Banjo," to come up with a musical hybrid that combines bluegrass with early jazz. After all, as a member of Hot... More >>

  • Fortune Smiles

    published August 15, 2002

    Anyone who wants proof of the sorry state of mainstream country music needs only to look at the struggling career of thirty-year-old Allison... More >>

  • The Picking's Good

    published July 25, 2002

    Arthel "Doc" Watson, the legendary folk singer and guitarist, answers the phone at his home in Deep Gap, North Carolina, where he lives with his... More >>

  • Jorma Kaukonen

    published June 27, 2002

    On Blue Country Heart, Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen goes country, singing heartfelt versions of songs by Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and... More >>

  • Up On the Mountain

    published June 20, 2002

    Surely the most surreal musical moment of the year occurred last February at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, when Ralph Stanley, the bluegrass... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published June 20, 2002

    Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Davis was born and raised in south Georgia, a few miles from the Okeefenokee swamp, among what he... More >>

  • Jerry Douglas

    published June 13, 2002

    Bluegrass music is full of hotshot musicians, but only a handful qualify as true innovators. Jerry Douglas, the extraordinary dobro player,... More >>

  • The Band

    published May 2, 2002

    The Band's 1976 farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Arena was an extravagant affair, complete with turkey dinners for the show's 5,000... More >>

  • The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    published April 18, 2002

    Thirty years before O Brother, Where Art Thou?, there was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle be Unbroken. Released as a... More >>

  • Neil Young

    published April 11, 2002

    Few artists are as confounding as Neil Young. Days after the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, Young performed a stirring... More >>

  • Hot Rize

    published March 28, 2002

    When Hot Rize, the great Colorado bluegrass band, got back together for a reunion concert at the Boulder Theater six years ago, Nick Forster, the... More >>

  • A Full Tank

    published March 14, 2002

    If guitarist Mason Williams hadn't ventured to Aspen in the winter of 1960, he might never have written the song that made him famous: "Classical... More >>

  • The Blasters

    published March 7, 2002

    The Blasters, the pioneering roots-rock band from blue-collar Downey, California, were part of the early-'80s L.A. punkabilly scene that also... More >>

  • Union Man

    published February 7, 2002

    There's a scene in the Coen Brothers' movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? in which a promoter by the name of Mr. French drops in at a rural... More >>

  • Hank Williams III

    published January 31, 2002

    On his most recent album, The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001, George Jones teams with Garth Brooks to sing a good old-fashioned drinking... More >>

  • Brown and Red

    published January 17, 2002

    Whenever and wherever Junior Brown performs, you can bet your Telecaster that a gaggle of guitar geeks will be standing in front of the stage,... More >>

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