Gene Barge has done his most influential work as a sideman or producer, but he’s just as important as any of R&B’s marquee stars.
Tift Merritt’s “Trouble Over Me” isn’t exactly about love, but its emotional ambiguity is what makes it so relatable.
If you’re going to put out your first solo album in 13 years, you’ll probably want to make sure it includes a few songs that will appeal to your longtime fans. What country audiences want is obviously a moving target—country has been shifting toward including independently minded crossover pop artists such as Kacey Musgraves, so […]
Today’s biggest pop-country stars take lyrical tropes from 80s and 90s hits—drinking cold beer, driving trucks, praying, partying, feeling heartbreak—and bulk them up with hip-hop beats, hyperslick production, and catchy hooks that sound engineered in a lab. Twenty-nine-year-old Mississippi native Hardy (aka Michael Hardy) began his career as one of Nashville’s song scientists; he was […]
The Moondogs gigged hard for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s, and these beloved country rockers have played a reunion show as recently as 2012.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by Nashville artist Dean Tomasek.
They didn’t enjoy the success of the garage-pop band that gave them two members, but after 48 years one of their songs turned up on Stranger Things.
Last week Carol’s Pub reopened under new ownership, reestablishing Uptown’s last surviving link to the era when the neighborhood was known as “Hillbilly Heaven.”
Today the Pickers are best remembered as an early proving ground for one of their founders, guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson.
The Blues Festival pays tribute to 91-year-old saxophonist Gene “Daddy G” Barge with a set with by his longest-running band, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings.
Trey Gruber of up-and-coming Laurel Canyon-style rockers Parent has died at age 26.
Arthur Alexander’s single “Mr. John” didn’t go anywhere in 1972, but it still sounds great on a recent reissue.
The Reader collects some of the best and brightest bits from the past week’s music writing.
At Cook County’s latest hearing on its small-venue amusement-tax exemption, the government dealt several businesses a blow that could eventually cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece.
Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders work hard for hard-working country fans, Myth Fest debuts with an ambitious bill of international electronic music, and more.