The past 20 months have been such a whirlwind of sickness, grief, political madness, and worldwide protests for causes either righteous and necessary or selfish and deranged—it hasn’t been easy […]
To write about John Prine, whose death from COVID-19 related complications in April 2020 devastated fans around the world, is an inherently intimate act. Prine’s music has always felt like […]
UPDATE: as of Wednesday, July 28 at 9 AM, both Wynonna Judd & Cactus Moser concerts have been canceled. Ticketholders should contact their point of purchase for refund or exchange […]
Music discovery has changed a lot in 50 years, but the Reader is still around—and so is Bonnie Koloc.
That shouldn’t cost her, right?
With “The Dutchman” and other widely recorded songs, Michael Smith created emotional realities that let you feel along with his characters.
Jason Wilber is known to audiences around the world for his impeccable guitar tones and tasteful playing in support of the late John Prine over the past 25 years. As […]
For 50 years Thom Bishop has been writing songs, lyrics, plays, movies, and more—and his new novel (as Junior Burke) starts with James Dean shooting Ronald Reagan on live TV.
What we’re reading, watching, listening to, etc., to pass the time.
The cruelty, ignorance, and incompetence of the federal pandemic response have cost the life of beloved singer-songwriter John Prine, who stood against all those things.
Evanston native Kristin Lems has shared stages with John Prine and Gloria Steinem, and she’s currently working on a play with songs about Jane Addams.
John Prine’s new record, The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy), is his first album of original material in a decade. He underwent surgery for lung cancer in 2013, and his […]
John Prine’s latest record includes sweet-and-sour performances with Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves, and Lee Ann Womack.
The migration of the hipster: A Chicago history, 1898-present
The best Chicago Country Music Festival lineup in years, including Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, the Flatlanders, and Alejandro Escovedo, hits Grant Park this weekend.