George Jones

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The misappropriation of country music

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Social Distortion's Mike Ness on must-have albums: If you don't have these, you're not alive

    "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 >>

  • Music

    June 9, 2011

    Mark Chesnutt

    Friday, June 10, Grizzly Rose, 303-295-2353.

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Tonight: Cotton Jones at the hi-dive

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    R.I.P. Charlie Louvin, 1927-2011

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Justify My Love: Defending '50s and '60s country

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Reviews of new releases by Bruce Springsteen, Charlie Louvin, John Shannon

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 5, 2008

    Bettye LaVette

    If you're looking for authentic, classic soul, it doesn't get more real than this.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    George Jones

    Wednesday, October 3, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, 1-970-619-4100.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    Keller Williams Keeps Us In the Loop

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    Charlie Louvin

    This country icon never left -- but hes coming back anyway.

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    I Pity the Yule

    Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    John Nathan

    Party of One (Self-released)

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys

    Empty House (Bloodshot)

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    Hit Pick

    Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams

  • Music

    December 18, 2003


    Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Carla Bozulich

  • Music

    October 23, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Return of the living Dead: What would Jerry do?

  • Music

    June 12, 2003


    The last gulp.

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Hit Pick

    The Dalhart Imperials

  • Music

    May 8, 2003

    Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams

    Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    The Heart of Country

    Still a big thinker, Dallas Wayne holds out for honky-tonk.

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Youth of the Nation

    Country-radio pros gather in Colorado to search for ways to seduce a younger generation.

  • Music

    January 31, 2002

    Hank Williams III

    Lovesick, Broke and...Driftin' (Curb)

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Shelby Lynne

    Love, Shelby (Island)

  • Culture

    September 13, 2001

    Feel His Pain

    Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife.

  • Music

    August 9, 2001

    For Love of Country

    Now part of Denver Joe's "family," Dick and Lois Meis have strummed, plucked and picked their way across five decades of Western music.

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    Onward Through It All

    Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Patty Loveless

    Mountain Soul (Epic)

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    Jim Lauderdale

    The Other Sessions (Dualtone Nashville)

  • Music

    May 17, 2001

    Keeping Up With Jones

    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.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    He Done It

    His song dares to challenge the Nashville money machine. Somehow, though, songwriter Larry Cordle has gotten away with Murder.

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Roll in the Hay

    For rockabilly devotees the Haywoods, vintage sounds are crawling out of the woodwork.

  • Music

    April 13, 2000

    Five Alive

    The country revisionists behind BR5-49 play Nashville's numbers game.

  • Music

    September 30, 1999

    Radio Fee Boulder

    The coolest college station around could use some cash.

  • Music

    August 5, 1999
  • Music

    June 11, 1998

    Burning Bush

    Why Nineties hippies are discovering mandolinist Sam Bush.

  • Music

    April 10, 1997

    That Louvin Feeling

    Three new reissues serve as reminders of how good country music can be.

  • Music

    November 7, 1996

    Cool Jerk

    Getting on a new track with Railroad Jerk.

  • Calendar

    January 31, 1996
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    July 19, 1995
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    November 23, 1994
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    March 2, 1994



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