Gram Parsons

Two original Byrds salute the band's country-rock classic 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' 50 years later

How could a self-respecting rock musician truly rebel in 1968? This, after all, was after the Summer of Love, a time when musical and cultural conventions were regularly being upended.<p>For two founding members of L.A.’s pioneering folk-rock band the Byrds, the answer was simple: Head south and make …


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Pop Quiz: Roger McGuinn on how the Byrds’ commercial flop became a country-rock classic

In 1968, the Byrds marked a huge shift away from psychedelia to country rock with the album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.” The pedal steel guitars and …


Tony Molina’s Kill The Lights does more in fifteen minutes than most bands do in a decade

An album you can hear in full four times in an hour without getting bored


Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels 3 part 2

"If the San Franciscan hippies were embracing roots, so were the blissed-out Los Angelenos. Led by Gram Parsons, who spent much of 1970 closing out …

Allman Brothers Band

Billy Dee Williams Will Play Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Episode IX

The <i>Star Wars</i> universe just got a little Billy Dee Williamsier … again! According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor will be reprising his role as …

Star Wars

Paul McCartney, U2, Gorillaz Top Record Store Day Black Friday Lineup

Paul McCartney, Gorillaz, Ryan Adams and U2 are among those planning exclusive releases for Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event on November …

Vinyl Records

Premiere: Cordovas - 'Frozen Rose'

Nashville is one of America's true music hubs.<p>Residents call it The Music City, while recently Nashville has attracted a whole new generation of …

New Albums

Celebrating Pride, Blade, blaxploitation, and Ocean's 8: The A.V. Club's best stories of the week

<i>Here’s a compilation of our favorite features we published this week.</i><p>Monday<p><b>Talking about the traumatically terrifying:</b><br>Director Ari Aster tells you …


Metaphysical Biscuit 96.9 FM KMRD Madrid June 11 with Danette Sills & Rick Vargas Aliens, Bourdain..

Mon June 4 KMRD 96.9 FM Madrid New Mexico Metaphysical Biscuit Live Radio Soup aka Goodbye Blue Monday in The Rhythm of Threes At Least It's …

Charles Bukowski

Sweetheart of the Rodeo’s Steel Players Reflect and Pay Tribute to the Byrds

The Byrds’ 1968 <i>Sweetheart of the Rodeo</i> wasn’t their first dance with country music, but it was their most full throated. The addition of Gram Parsons …

Country Music

Kicking up a stink on Record Store Day | Letters

The constant trumpeting of record shops is irksome (Record Store Day, 21 April). In 40 years of buying records, I have found these establishments to be malodorous, untidy and impractical. The same applies to the proprietors, who are also arrogant, unreliable and deceitful. Buying records on the …

Music (UK)

Pedal Steel Legends Lloyd Green and Jay Dee Maness Honor 50th Anniversary of Byrds' 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo'

In 1968, the Byrds—a Southern California rock band that had enjoyed a series of mega-hits since 1965—set out on an ambitious path to more deeply …

Country Music

Photos Leak Of Final Soundgarden Performance In New Chris Cornell Film

Reelz Channel’s Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Chris Cornell recently filmed at Shepherd’s Bush Hall in England, portraying Soundgarden’s final …

George Harrison

Chris Cornell Autopsy Television Special Announced

A Chris Cornell episode of the Reelz Channel series ‘Autopsy: The Last Hours of…’ is currently being filmed. Zoran Trajkovic is directing. Autopsy: …


What Is Cosmic American Music? (And a List of Examples)

Cosmic American Music is hard to define, and often easier to define by what it’s not. Michael Grimshaw in his essay “Redneck Religion and Shitkickin’ …


'I Will Always Love You' and 49 other brilliant songs by country music's best women


Chris Hillman: The Asylum Years

By the time he cut his first two solo albums in 1976–77, Chris Hillman had long ago earned his future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credentials as a …

Gram Parsons

Emmylou Harris: ‘There are things I don't think we'll ever know the answers to’

The musician, 70, on rethinking her career, laughing with Dolly Parton and shopping with Neil Young<p><b>My father was a PoW</b> in Korea. He was also in the Second World War. I clearly remember the day we were told he was missing in action. We didn’t know he was a prisoner of war until just before he was …

Lifestyle (UK)

Wild Photos of Celebrities and Their Cars in the 1970s

When most people think of the ’70s, they think of bell bottoms, big hair, and excess. But in reality… actually, we’ve got nothing. The ’70s were all …

David Bowie

Justin Townes Earle: “I do feel a responsibility to these old existing forms”

<b>We snared Justin Townes Earle mid-tour to discuss his finest record thus far, country music, traditional songs and the benefits of an affordable</b> …


Emmylou Harris and Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Tom Petty at the Grammys

Sunday’s Grammys featured a subtle example of the so-called six degrees of separation when lifetime achievement award recipient Emmylou Harris and Grammy darling Chris Stapleton teamed up to honor the late Tom Petty.<p>They sang Petty’s “Wildflowers,” the title track from his 1994 solo album, his …


Ethan Johns: “This whole thing about producing - it all came from playing”

<b>From musician, writer and performer to producer, mix engineer and record label owner, Ethan Johns has honed his craft as a guitarist on both sides of</b> …


You can find Endiana in Fountain Square tonight

Love, lust and bloodshed inspire music of Endiana.

Joshua Tree National Park

Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show Team Up for CMT Crossroads: See Their First Performance

Kesha is digging back into her country roots — the star is set to share the stage with Old Crow Medicine Show for an all-new <i>CMT Crossroads</i> …

Country Music

Black Friday is golden day for album releases

Music fans would be well served to get to a record store Friday. <b>Paul McCartney</b>, Gorillaz, <b>Ryan Adams</b>, and U2 are among the acts with exclusive …


Old Crow Medicine Show To Team Up With Kesha For 'CMT Crossroads'

Over 15 years after CMT debuted <i>CMT Crossroads</i> the program continues to pair musical acts from two different genres with great success. The next …

Country Music

Old Crow Medicine Show Teaming Up With Kesha for 'CMT Crossroads'

Old Crow Medicine Show are teaming up with a surprising act for the next edition of <i>CMT Crossroads.</i> The "Wagon Wheel" singers have announced that …


In Memoriam: Jack Conrad

Jack Conrad, who played bass for The Doors and wrote songs for many artists, has passed away from a massive heart attack. He was 69 years old. …

Bass Guitar

Ghosts Of Famous Musicians Who Still Haunt The World

Dan Aykroyd