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This Weekend: Old-Time String Band Magic

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's getting a taste of Southern tradition this weekend, as one of the great old-time string bands comes through town. The Carolina Chocolate Dr...

WATCH: Columnist Eric Zorn And Candidate Sheila Simon Play The Banjo

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Often times in this political climate, the media becomes a politician's worst nightmare. Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn is never shy about blast...

In Search of LA: Country Rockers in the Big City (Photos)

Jim Stevenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jim Stevenson

David LaBrel writes about heartache and love going bad, and you can hear his first 13 years in Helena, Montana in his songs' country gait, the pedal steel and the passing twang in his voice.

Joseph Stancato, Of Denver, Charged With Assault After Hitting Man With His Banjo

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Denver man used his banjo for more than just picking bluegrass tunes. Early on New Year's Day, Joseph Stancato, 32, allegedly hit a man in the hea...

Cheick Hamala Diabate 'Takes It Slow,' as Buzz for New Album Picks up

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"It's as if we're still in Mali," Cheick said. "I was born a griot, I will die a griot, and I hope that my work will continue the greatness of jeliw in the U.S."

Steve Martin on Banjo at the Rubin: "My Hit Single 'King Tut' Was Not a Fluke"

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Pasternack

Before he played his new album's title track, Martin said it had became a minor hit in the bluegrass world. "And in the bluegrass world," he quipped, "a minor hit is a major hit."

Pete Seeger, "Folk Music" and the Left

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Larner

As someone on the left who loves folk music, I understand that I'm supposed to feel mystically uplifted by the dean of activist folkies. But I never could stand Pete.