Rick Koster

Latest Stories

  • 18 years ago

    They're crawling out of Dixie like the zombied remains of long-dead Confederate soldiers. Legions of third-generation, Deep South/Gulf Coast pop bands such as Cowboy Mouth, Sister Hazel, Memory Dean, and Better Than Ezra have been slowly infiltrat...

  • 18 years ago

    Too Far to Care, The Old 97's (Elektra Records). Lost in the Land of Texico, Tom Faulkner (Serrano Records). ear X-tacy II, Andy Timmons (oo/Sony Japan). The Land of Freedom and Pleasure, The Hollisters (Freedom Records). Marchel Ivery Meets Joey ...

  • 18 years ago

    "Are your Irish friends coming to dinner?" My mother, stuffing a turkey on a rain-drenched Thanksgiving day in 1976, was wondering if I was bringing Irish blues-rock guitar hero Rory Gallagher and his band home for our family's traditional evening...

  • 18 years ago

    Ordinarily the idea of being privy to a rock legend's private home recordings is intriguing, but when that legend is Buddy Miles--singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, and notably indulgent wild man--a bit of ambivalence can be forgiven. Not tha...

  • 18 years ago

    Liquor and country music are as connected as Siamese twins. Sure, George Jones is sober now, but his hallowed liver--crusted in a bell jar in a Nashville tourist emporium--will someday rank with Graceland and Jim Morrison's tomb as a prime music s...

  • 18 years ago

    History abounds with the sort of mythical real estate that inspires song: Oz, Atlantis, heaven and hell, even Atlantic City. Unto each has been written some form of musical tribute or another, from the dope-heavy "Way down below the ocean" stanza ...