Country music used to have its own distinct identity, one that was tied to rich traditions of lonesome country roads, hard work, low pay and drinking. These days it's a black hole of insipidity. Following the Grammys, the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons are now reportedly making inroads on country radi ... More >>
"One of my favorite things to do is look at the line of the people going into the show. It's totally diverse. And even back in the day, in the early days, I didn't want to play just for punk rockers. I felt that we had something more to offer. Maybe we didn't have quite the global message that the C ... More >>
Sometimes, a songwriter's first acknowledged endeavor is just the primer for better work to come. Moving from the more folk and pop-oriented quartet Page France to gospel-inspired melancholy of Cotton Jones -- who plays tonight at the Hi-Dive with Jay J Matott and Sunshine House -- it seems M ... More >>
The week just got a little sadder: American country and folk icon Charlie Louvin lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer yesterday at the age of 83. Louvin's death marks the passage of a living piece of American music history.
Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game -- assuming, of ... More >>