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1997 Stories by Marty Jones

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  • Closing Time

    published December 18, 1997

    Sam's Land doesn't look like a historical treasure. The building's stucco exterior is crumbling, the crinkled tin roof needs attention and the... More >>

  • From Canada With Love

    published December 4, 1997

    "When you talk American culture, you've got to start with music," says Ray Condo, frontman of Ray Condo and His Ricochets. "That's the meat and... More >>

  • The Train Rolls On

    published November 27, 1997

    Wayne "The Train" Hancock should be in the mood to celebrate. After all, he's earned critical acclaim and the undying gratitude of y'allternative... More >>

  • Harmony, German Style

    published November 20, 1997

    The Capitol Hill neighborhood has gone through plenty of changes during the last 75 years. But on this Thursday night at the Denver Turnverein, a... More >>

  • A Rainbow in Brown

    published October 23, 1997

    Over the fifty years he's been performing in public, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 73, has earned seven Grammy nominations and numerous W.C. Handy... More >>

  • The 'Rail Thing

    published October 2, 1997

    Tony Villanueva, singer and guitarist for the Texas-based Derailers, sports a hairdo like no other. Buzzed close on top, left long and slick on... More >>

  • Rockabilly of Ages

    published September 18, 1997

    In 1958, Ronnie Dawson, a nineteen-year-old Dallas native, cut "Rockin' Bones," a wildcat anthem about boogying beyond the grave whose refrain... More >>

  • Wilder Thing

    published September 11, 1997

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi, native Webb Wilder has produced one of the most literate, entertaining and flat-out barn-burning musical catalogues of... More >>

  • Daring Escape

    published August 28, 1997

    In 1989, Andy Daring was a successful mortgage banker with a six-figure income and a lifestyle to match. But he was also a guitarist who played... More >>

  • Towering Infernos

    published August 21, 1997

    "On our first tour, our van caught on fire in Missouri," recalls Matt Beld, guitarist for Los Infernos. "It was the coldest night of the year, and... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 31, 1997

    Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever (Loud) Anyone who doubts that the Wu-Tang Clan has effectively made the transition from band to... More >>

  • Keeping the Tradition Alive

    published July 24, 1997

    When Chuck Tinsley, guitarist for the Denver-based bluegrass act High Plains Tradition, talks about close-harmony singing, the accent is on... More >>

  • A Blast From the Past

    published July 17, 1997

    Long before the word "Americana" defined a radio format, guitarist Dave Alvin was leading a musical cattle drive whose path is still being... More >>

  • The Comets' Tale

    published July 10, 1997

    Joey D'Ambrosio makes no bones about his band's place in music history. "We were the first rock-and-roll band to ever be signed to a major label,... More >>

  • O'Luney Tunes

    published July 3, 1997

    As he prepares to perform at Thornton Fest, an annual event in the metro-area suburb, Denver's Bob Haworth, clad in patriotic garb that includes a... More >>

  • Fiddling About

    published June 5, 1997

    Even musicians who've played hundreds of concerts can usually cite a single show that was pivotal to their careers. The members of Colorado's... More >>

  • Playlist

    published May 29, 1997

    The Holmes Brothers Promised Land (Rounder) Most of the CD stores that stock material by the New York-based Brothers Holmes--and... More >>

  • Punks of the Rising Sun

    published May 15, 1997

    Like countless groups before it, Denver's Electric Summer formed on a university campus. But there's a difference between the average college... More >>

  • Foggy Notion

    published May 1, 1997

    Pat Kincaid, frontman for Denver's Foggy Mountain Fuckers, first encountered country music at age seven. "I had this babysitter who I'd stay with,... More >>

  • Standing Tall

    published April 24, 1997

    For over a decade, singer Blag Dahlia and the band he fronts, the Dwarves, have done a good job of rattling the cages of rock-music fans. Since... More >>

  • Pulpit Fiction

    published April 10, 1997

    To many observers, the 39 members of the Heaven's Gate sect who recently committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California, are tragic figures. To... More >>

  • Sliding Home

    published April 3, 1997

    Since making his major-label debut in 1991, Lee Roy Parnell has been an unexpectedly fresh presence on hit country radio. With his trademark slide... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 27, 1997

    U2 Pop (Island) The hype, the hype, the hype. Regular reports over the course of a year about the making of U2's latest--who... More >>

  • He's Got His Mojo Workin'

    published March 13, 1997

    For the past thirteen years, Mojo Nixon has waged a butt-rockin' assault on some of the more significant ills of society while touting the... More >>

  • The Dawning of a New Age

    published February 27, 1997

    According to Denver-based guitarist Darren Curtis Skanson, being a graduate of the Do-It-Yourself School of Music has its drawbacks. "If a girl... More >>

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