On a Scandinavian tour in 2002, the Gourds' friend and guide kept playing a recording by an old blues singer named Ramsay Midwood. So when a man with a scruffy beard and twinkling blue eyes came up to Kevin Russell after a gig in Austin in early 2002 and introduced himself, the Gourds singer had to ... More >>
Sunday night's episode of Futurama, "Forty Percent Leadbelly," documented the struggles of everyone's favorite bending machine, Bender Bending Rodriguez, to become the folk singer he'd always wanted to be. Now, while this may not be the blues singer that Dallas native Leadbelly, referenced in the ep ... More >>
Saturday, August 11, at Good Records
Thursday, July 19, at the Common Table
Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce". The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If you weren't there ... More >>
Scott ToepferChuck Ragan.Gainesville, Florida's Chuck Ragan is one of those dudes who just can't go wrong. His more-than-a-decade's work with the still-revered punk act Hot Water Music is often cited by younger punk bands as a key motivator for their own punk-ish endeavors. In the more recen ... More >>
Woody Guthrie and Will Johnson kinda look alike, amiright?As far as collaborations go, it's hard to imagine that Centro-Matic's Will Johnson would be able to top his stint in Monsters Of Folk, with whom he backed up Conner Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogus, on the drums. But this morning ... More >>
Michael WIlsonLoudon Wainwright IIIAt 65, singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III is, perhaps, the elder statesmen of musicians who were tagged as "The Next Bob Dylan" in the early 1970s. But Wainwright's cynicism and humor have always set his songs a part from the typical coffee house troubadour ... More >>
Welcome to our 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards breakdown, wherein we'll use the weeks leading up to the DOMA showcases on Saturday, October 15 (which is also when voting ends), to explain the nominees in each category Today, we look at the nominees in the Best Solo, Best Cou ... More >>
The Low AnthemHailing from Providence, Rhode Island, the three members of The Low Anthem are all Ivy League-educated, classically trained musicians whose band is receiving a healthy critical and commercial buzz. The band's sophomore release, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, has drawn praise for its hig ... More >>
Perhaps, for its next ad, the R.I.P. Dallas folks could use a Woody Guthrie song -- "This Land is Your Land," maybe. Or Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction." Or The Specials' "Ghost Town." Till then, bulls on parade through Victory Park.
Remember when summer was awesome? No? Well, Here are 10 great summers in music history to jog your memory.
Saturday, July 28, at Hailey's, Denton
Need the ultimate romantic mix tape? Look no further.
Tom Rush continues his battle against the singer-songwriter stereotype
Being an ass-clown ain't so bad
Wednesday, September 13, at the Lakewood Theater
Thursday, June 22, at AllGood Cafe
How the two most polar songwriters of the '60s became the same man
Monday, August 1, at Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
Sunday, May 8, at Trees
East Dallas Mix Tape (Self-released)
Gutter Pastoral (Bongo Beat)
Thursday, August 26
Power in the Blood (One Little Indian)
Spinal Tap tapped, the Folksmen turn it way down from 11
At Madison Square Garden (Sony Legacy)
American IV: The Man Comes Around (American/Lost Highway)
Dressed in Black (Dualtone)
Kindred Spirits (Sony)
The Band dances The Last Waltz, but can time heal old wounds?
Little Grizzly finds itself, and its new album, somewhere along the way
When Shawn Colvin had a kid, it made giving birth to a new album a little harder
What would the face of rock history have looked like if the British Invasion had been a Britney Invasion instead?
Roger McGuinn, still a Byrd man, doesn't wanna be a rock 'n' roll star
More than a decade after fronting one of Dallas' first new-wave bands, Joshua and Mischo McKay go out of this world
A local housewife-songwriter claims country hunk Collin Raye stole her song
John and Alan Lomax, groundbreaking musicologists
Harry Dean Stanton sings--but then, he always has
Robert Earl Keen would like nothing better than to save country music