Melancholy shoots right out of the gate on Willie Nelson’s new full-length, First Rose of Spring. The album opens with its title track, a sweet but ultimately tragic love song by a trio of stalwart Nashville songwriters: Allen Shamblin (Bonnie Raitt), Marc Beeson (LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton), and Randy Houser (who hit number two on […]
Current musical obsessions of Circuit des Yeux mastermind Haley Fohr, interdisciplinary artist Mikel Patrick Avery, and Reader music critic Peter Margasak
Governor Rauner again comes out against legalizing recreational marijuana in an interview this week.
If Willie Nelson is approaching death, he sure isn’t acting the way you’d expect someone to behave when afterlife is imminent. At 84 years old, he’s still releasing an album a year (sometimes two, as he did in 2016 with the tribute LPs Summertime and For the Good Times), smoking a ton of weed (while […]
Current musical obsessions of Impulsive Hearts front woman Danielle Sines, CHIRP codirector of features Amelia Hruby, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. front man Jason Molina produced a prodigious catalog of stark and heartbreaking music. Then he disappeared.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, July 12
The American Music Festival’s best lineup in a decade features old standby Billy Joe Shaver and rising stars Zoe Muth and John Fullbright.
The local digital marketing company is behind a highly addictive flash game inspired by Juicy J’s penchant for poppin’ bandz.
The year in politics: the Reader‘s second annual awards for political “achievement”
Artist on Artist: Honky-tonk torch carrier Dale Watson talks to local country journeyman Lawrence Peters
Willie Nelson turns puns into tearjerkers
Willie Nelson, who performs tonight and tomorrow at the Paramount Theater in Aurora, keeps trucking as he nears his 79th birthday.
Vintage Detroit garage soul, early dancehall, and more
Willie Nelson comes to town for a Friday concert at the Chicago Theatre.