It's a particularly good week at Red Rocks, with something like half of our recommended shows taking place at the World's Sexiest Natural Ampitheatre. There is a particularly appealing collection of Colorado talent taking that stage on Thursday, when DeVotchKa joins the symphony orchestra for what i ... More >>
There are bigger concerts, sure, but for our money there is no better way to see Red Rocks than during Film on the Rocks. The series, which features Colorado bands opening for beloved movies, starts Tuesday with Ark Life, Covenhoven and Caddyshack. You can also see some masterful old-timey updates ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
The Avett Brothers last night.When Governor John Hickenlooper introduced the Avett Brothers last night at Red Rocks, which he called the one of best bands in the world, he said, "If you look back into the history of music, there's something special about people who are born with multiple tale ... More >>
Ever wonder what a Drag the River album sounds like before it gets tracked with drums and amps? Wonder no more. The band has made almost half of the 24 tracks that are being recorded for a new studio album due out next year available for download on its Bandcamp page. The songs are from 201 ... More >>
Eric Earley, who plays the frontman role in Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper, didn’t prove to be an effusive interview subject during a chat conducted for an April 10 Westword profile. Nevertheless, the following Q&A remains entertaining, if only because it documents the ways in which an increasingly de ... More >>
Ketch Secor and company's old-timey music invokes a simpler time.
Bluegrass legend Dr. Banjo is still plucking after all these years.
Nick Hutchinson recently had the chance to chat with legendary bluegrass purveyor Pete Wernick about his influences, how he got his nickname and the difference between playing with Hot Rize and with Flexigrass. We ran a few highlights from their conversation in the November 1 issue, and here, in the ... More >>
Jim White Presents: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Luaka Bop)
After a year of renewal, Hall-of-Famer Jim Ibbotson gets down to the Nitty Gritty.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
The Waybacks strike a chord with fans of old-timey music.
Doc Watson has played across five decades of bluegrass music.
Will the Circle be Unbroken (Capitol)
Even at 100, Cole Kugel is ready for takeoff.
Multi-talented songwriter Laurie Lewis makes music with an ear toward tradition. But she's not afraid to break rules.
O Brother's success revealed Norman Blake's genius to a wide audience. Bluegrass fans have seen it all along.
Italy's New Country Kitchen serves up a tasty helping of authentic American-style bluegrass.
March 19-25, 1998
Outstanding in His Field The recordings of Alan Lomax dig up the roots of American music.