It's a great time to be a fan of country music. Mainstream artists like Kacey Musgraves are challenging old stereotypes. And in the vast field outside the pop country stratosphere, there are songwriters whose wit and clarity transcend genre. Key among those is Randy Rogers Band, which will headline ... More >>
It's not that tough to get Todd Snider to tell a story. The folksinger/guitarist is all about the power of a good narrative, and it's no wonder considering his influences. Even before issuing his 1994 debut album, Songs for the Daily Planet, Snider followed the path of legendary folkies like Ramblin ... More >>
Carrie Underwood debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with her fourth album, Blown Away, selling 267,000 copies. Underwood's latest trails only Madonna's MDNA, which sold 358,000, as the biggest-selling debut of 2012. Another noteworthy feat for Underwood this week: She f ... More >>
Westword caught up with the Fray's chief songwriters, Isaac Slade and Joe King, for a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the new record. If you've bought the record and you're listening right now wondering what "Run for Your Life" or "Here We Are" is about, wonder no more. Or if you came h ... More >>
British singer-songwriter Adele Adkins, who's in town for a sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater tonight, is having a moment. She's been nominated for four Grammy awards, including Song of the Year and Best New Artist, in conjunction with 19, an album named for her age upon the time of its release. ... More >>
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.
Y'all come back, now, y'hear?
Finding worthwhile things in neo-country -- like Jen Mangum.
Sunday, July 23, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Wednesday, July 14, Coors Amphitheater, 303-830-8497.
Barbie Hit Mix (Kid Rhino)
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Cry (Warner Bros.)
Still a big thinker, Dallas Wayne holds out for honky-tonk.
A tip of the hat to Aubrey Collins, a country starlet in the making.
Country-radio pros gather in Colorado to search for ways to seduce a younger generation.
Blue Country Heart (Columbia)
Barricades & Brickwalls (Warner Bros.)
O Brother's success revealed Norman Blake's genius to a wide audience. Bluegrass fans have seen it all along.
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.
Two local radio personalities get scorched by their own words.
A group of area songwriters gathers to improve their tunes -- and take a shot at the bigtime.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
The country revisionists behind BR5-49 play Nashville's numbers game.
Beneath the Country Underdog
The Grass Is Blue
More local reviews a go-go.