Steve Earle, "Guy" (New West Records)
Guy Clark was one of Steve Earle's main mentors— Townes Van Zandt, the other — and Earle has honored the brilliant songwriter, who died in 2016,...
Being a newspaper columnist is a strange and beautiful caper. Your world is populated by oddballs and knuckleheads, superheroes and sociopaths. You rub and trade elbows with the up-and-coming and the down-and-out. For the same column, you can be called “the last person with common sense in the city,” and a “tone-deaf curmudgeon.”
Thanks for that second one, by the way. I had it emblazoned on my coffee mug.
Caleb and the Homegrown Tomatoes started as a party band.
But over time, the six-piece band's sound and song writing grew as members blended their musical backgrounds.
The band, which has been described as "too country for rock and too rock for country," offers hints of Southern rock and Americana with a bit of Texas and alternative country.
Since their start in 2016, the group from Cut and Shoot has been busy touring, making music and building a following.
Bruce Robison thinks about songs a lot - even compared to other songwriters.
He would appear to be somebody who had it all figured out, having penned No. 1 hits for George Strait, the Dixie Chicks and Tim McGraw. But Robison still obsesses over songs beyond their three- or four-minute durations. He likes to pick apart the construction: the writing, the instrumentation, the singing, all of it.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rodney Crowell's tender lyrics about a woman with "hair two shades of foxtail red" in a song that features ex-wife Rosanne Cash makes it an easy leap to assume that he's singing about her. It's not like the thought didn't cross her mind.
"If I'm totally honest," she said. "Yeah, a little bit."
Rodney Crowell, "Close Ties" (New West)
Rodney Crowell was headlining a music festival recently, speaking from the stage to a large, admiring audience, when he confessed with a chuckle that songwriter's block sometimes lasts a decade or more.
At 66, Crowell knows music can be a humbling business, but he has plenty to brag about with "Close Ties."