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Love Without Fear and Nights Like This: Conversations With Dan Wilson and Eli 'Paperboy' Reed

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think people talk a lot about the demise of the music industry. I don't think that the music industry is dying in any way; I think there's actually a lot more ways to be able to exist financially, you just have to find ways to capitalize on them."

Talking With Mike Gordon, Jonny Two Bags, Seventh Key's Billy Greer and Jimbo Mathus, Plus a Loreena McKennitt Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There's probably so many different kinds of albums we could have made, because they were all just little snippets, just moments, some of them maybe implied a song and some were just a lick. But I got all excited and I thought, 'We've got to keep doing this.' ... Some people go to an amusement park, we go sit in a room with guitars."

Birth & Rebirth: A Conversation With Jimmy Cliff, Plus Chatting With Eleni Mandell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.15.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Country's Cousins: Conversations with Diane Schuur and America's Got Talent Winner Michael Grimm

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.12.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

For her new album, Diane Schurr says: "The one thing that I did purposefully on this was, number one, not to do it with a twang, and number two, I wanted it to please both people that are into country and people that are into jazz."

Blessed: A Conversation With Lucinda Williams, Plus David Berkeley's Video "George Square"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

2011-03-07-mr.jpgFor her new album, Blessed, Lucinda Williams brought in Don Was on production.

HuffPost Review: Court Yard Hounds, Plus a Conversation With CYH's Emily Robison & Martie Maguire

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

An interview with the Dixie Chicks' Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, who have recently recorded an album under their rootsy alter ego Court Yard Hounds.

Tift Merritt Gets Personal About Love, Loss and ... Anne Murray?

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Whether she's mourning the loss of her grandmother or recalling the sudden death of a childhood friend on the title cut, Merritt writes what she calls "elemental and simple" lyrics that get to the heart of the matter.

New Tunes On Monday: Wilco, The Mars Volta, Don Henley and Christina Courtin

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The songs on Wilco's self-titled album are laden with fat, beefy hooks although there isn't the usual amount of boundary pushing here.

New Tunes On Monday: Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, eels, Alex Woodard, and Buckwheat Zydeco

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Mike Ragogna

You've heard Elvis Costello sing country music before, but not like this. The lad who gave us Almost Blue is quite mature and worldly wise now.

Folkin' Around with Benjamin Taylor, His Dad James, Dar Williams and That Guy Mark Erelli

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Buzzer" is the album's most complex and surreal recording. It is an edgy piece crafted around her character's life choices and their results.