ZAC BROWN BAND @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5/8/13 "We're gonna warm it up!" Zac Brown said just before he launched into "Toes," one of the handful of Jimmy Buffettized country-rock tunes his band played at Red Rocks last night. That song ("Toes in the water/Ass in the sand"... don't act like you have ... More >>
Jimmy De Martini's musical background is rooted more in Jimmy Page than Jimmy Dean, more in the work of rock acts like Guns N' Roses than contemporary country artists like Alan Jackson. But for nearly a decade, De Martini has played fiddle for the Zac Brown Band, one of the most commercially success ... More >>
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" remains number one for another week on the Billboard Hot 100. However, on the Billboard 200 albums chart, somewhat unexpectedly, Usher overtakes Adele for the number-one album in the country with Looking 4 Myself -- even without a strong lead single to drive sales. ... More >>
It was a big week for a certain Canadian this week, as the import's song finally overtook Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." And no, we're not talking about Justin Bieber, but she is his protege. Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable viral and radio hit, "Call Me Maybe," conquers the Billboard Ho ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Beach Boys, Florence the Machine, the Walkmen, Passion Pit and Justice were announced; Coles Whalen, Caleb Slade, FaceMan and the Apples got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Adele, Te ... More >>
New country fans must be beside themselves with glee right now. So far, this summer is shaping up to be quite a memorable one. In addition to looking forward to Denver stop of Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's upcoming Brothers In the Sun tour at Sports Authority in July, the can now also mark Thursda ... More >>
In possibly one of the strangest bills yet, we've just learned that KISS is slated to kick off this year's Cheyenne Frontier Days and rodeo on Friday, July 23. The other acts on the bill, we think you'll agree, are slightly less incongruous: Brooks & Dunn, Aaron Tippin & Neal McCoy, Clay Walk ... More >>
Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergOver the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Two young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Car ... More >>
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Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.
He's gone country
Have You Forgotten?(Dreamworks)
A local band leader urges musicians to give peace music a chance.
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
Still a big thinker, Dallas Wayne holds out for honky-tonk.
The Big Ka-Boom, Part One (Alternative Tentacles)
What does old-fashioned patriotic music mean in a newfangled war?
George Jones has stuck around as one of country's greatest living legends. Now he speaks the cold hard truth about the state of the music he loves.
Robbie Fulks may not be a radical, but he has definitely changed the face of good ol'-fashioned C&W.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
Goodbye to Ratiocination.
His song dares to challenge the Nashville money machine. Somehow, though, songwriter Larry Cordle has gotten away with Murder.
The drama surrounding the Grizzly Rose is straight out of a country song.
The country revisionists behind BR5-49 play Nashville's numbers game.
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Murder on Music Row
(Shell Point Records)
The coolest college station around could use some cash.
An essential boxed set shows what was right about Hank Williamsand what's wrong about country music today.
The inside story of the little Boulder label that could.
The Old 97's aren't country rockers. They're country punks.
Lee Roy Parnell thought that slide guitar had a place in country music. He was right.
A gospel album on a Denver record label is the latest step in the rehabilitation of Willie Nelson's career.
A REMINDER FROM KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: HIS LIFE ISN'T ONLY AN ACT.
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.