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 >>
Friday, June 10, Grizzly Rose, 303-295-2353.
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 >>
Bruce SpringsteenWorking on a DreamColumbiaReviews for Springsteen's latest tend toward extremes, with most critics declaring it to be either a work of absolute genius or an exercise in vapidity whose lyrics could use a major infusion of seriositude. The confusion is understandable. After all, Worki ... More >>
If you're looking for authentic, classic soul, it doesn't get more real than this.
Wednesday, October 3, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, 1-970-619-4100.
For the record, Keller Williams does not sell real estate. He does, however, tour regularly on the jam band circuit, where he routinely impresses audiences with his one-man band approach. With the help of looping technology, Williams constructs his crowd pleasing grooves right on stage, layer by la ... More >>
This country icon never left -- but he’s coming back anyway.
Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.
Party of One (Self-released)
Empty House (Bloodshot)
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.
Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams
Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.
Return of the living Dead: What would Jerry do?
The last gulp.
The Dalhart Imperials
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
Still a big thinker, Dallas Wayne holds out for honky-tonk.
Country-radio pros gather in Colorado to search for ways to seduce a younger generation.
Lovesick, Broke and...Driftin' (Curb)
Love, Shelby (Island)
Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife.
Now part of Denver Joe's "family," Dick and Lois Meis have strummed, plucked and picked their way across five decades of Western music.
Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.
Mountain Soul (Epic)
The Other Sessions (Dualtone Nashville)
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.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
His song dares to challenge the Nashville money machine. Somehow, though, songwriter Larry Cordle has gotten away with Murder.
For rockabilly devotees the Haywoods, vintage sounds are crawling out of the woodwork.
The country revisionists behind BR5-49 play Nashville's numbers game.
The coolest college station around could use some cash.
Why Nineties hippies are discovering mandolinist Sam Bush.
Three new reissues serve as reminders of how good country music can be.
Getting on a new track with Railroad Jerk.
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