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Carlene Carter and the Unbroken Circle

Michael Simmons | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Simmons

If there's a better hardcore country record in 2014 than Carlene Carter's Carter Girl, I haven't heard it.

Conversations With The Amity Affliction's Ahren Stringer, Danny Griego, Ben Arthur and Jolie Holland

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jolie Holland: "Songs come to me when I'm walking down the street or riding the subway. I haven't tried to write a song since I was 14. Ever since then, I make them come get me."

Paying Your (Un)Fair Share on Tax Day

Martha Burk | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

We keep hearing that if corporations have to pay more taxes, the economy will suffer, because they won't hire more workers. Well, if you hadn't noticed, for the last five years they've hardly been on a hiring spree.

The Day the Rains Came to CA, Mother Earth Smiled Again

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If my dad, Carl Sigman, were around on the day the rains came to California last month in the midst of the worst drought the state has seen in centuries, he might have said, 'Mother Earth smiled again.'

Dog Ears Music: Resolution & Regret Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons, Talking Heads, and more.

Happy Father's Day to Mom

Don McNay | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Don McNay

Father's Day is an empty day for a lot of people. We have a nation being raised by single mothers who are stepping up to the plate and filling both roles.

Honky Tonk: Chatting With Son Volt's Jay Farrar, Plus Longreef's 'She Likes The Ladies' Video Exclusive and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Aussie rock band Longreef are back on the road in support of their latest EP Dirty Motel. The band recently shot a video for their second single "She Likes The Ladies," the song being a crowd favorite.

Chris O'Dowd Rocks Out in The Sapphires

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.20.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

As the manager of a girl band looking, Dave Lovelace (Chris O'Dowd) teaches the four Aboriginal singers the distinction between country western and soul music: both are about loss, but in country western they just resign themselves to it and whine.

Scotty McCreery's Christmas EPK Exclusive, Plus A Conversation With Danny O'Keefe

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Back on November 13th, Christmas With Scotty McCreery was the subject of an interview with the young American Idol winner and country music star. As we're getting closer to the holidays, Scotty offered this glimpse into his Christmasness with this exclusive EPK...

Summer Beats With Jerrod Niemann, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser & Pepsico's Shiv Singh, Plus A Chat With Gloriana's Mike Gossin

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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WATCH: Merle Haggard On Why He's Still Touring At 75

Posted 05.29.2012 | Fifty

"That's what I'm for, that's what I do," Merle Haggard, "poet of the common man," said about the music that has catapulted him to stardom. "The H...

CRIME PLAYLIST: Musicians Who Did Hard Time

Posted 04.12.2012 | Crime

You've been charged with good taste in music. The only way to avoid hard time is to listen to this playlist. Jokes aside, between David Crosby's ni...

7 Songs In Honor Of County Music Legend Merle Haggard's Birthday

Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment

On this day, 75 years ago, legendary country music singer Merle Haggard was born. For the younger generation, who may not be privy to the classics pu...

A Brief History of Loving or Leaving America

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Michael Sigman

"America: Love It or Leave It" exemplifies the "either-or" (or "black and white") fallacy. Like another '50s/'60s slogan, the anti-Communist "Better dead than red," there are obviously more than two choices.

John Mayer & Martin Guitar: Chats With Chris Martin & Fred Greene, Plus Chatting With Alyssa Graham (Video Exclusives)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.25.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Here Fred Greene goes into Martin's new John Mayer Signature Guitar and explains what it is that separates it from all others.

Working In Tennessee And Beyond: A Conversation With Merle Haggard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.06.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The thing that I love most about Working In Tennessee is that it really comes across as a family album -- and Merle Haggard tells me that's exactly what he was going for.

Dog Ears Music: Resolution, Regret--and Pt. II Resolution

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.29.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review albums by Prince, Vitamin String Quartet, John Coltrane, the Talking Heads, and other artists.

Lucas Kavner

Iconic Folk Singer Talks Life, Cancer, Songwriting

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 11.19.2011 | Home

In the late 1960s now-legendary folk musician John Prine was living in Maywood, Illinois, and working as a mailman. At night he would venture out t...

Yellowcard's Audio Exclusive, Chatting With Pegi Young, Van Hunt and Tommy Keene, Plus PopMarket and Girl Talk's Halloween Playlist

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.30.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

With Yellowcard's release of the acoustic version of their critically-acclaimed album When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes last week, it only proved that Yellowcard is indeed back.

Chatting with American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery, Baaba Maal, The Box Story, and Ozzie & Harriet Estate Manager, Sam Nelson

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.13.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Scotty McCreery's new album Clear As Day just hit #1 in Billboard, and it features some very personal songs that seem to fit him perfectly. He tells me how he picked this batch.

PHOTOS: Submit Your Best Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Pics

Robin Wilkey | Posted 12.03.2011 | San Francisco

What a year. Broken Social Scene announced a final show, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson shared a stage, the life of Hazel Dickens was honored...

A Beautiful Dreamer: A Conversation With Suzy Bogguss

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.30.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Listen to your audience. Listen to what they say to you. And figure out if you, too, agree that that is something about you that is special. Then you can start developing it."

Scars On 45's New Video and Download, Plus Chatting with Vanessa Carlton, Dan Bern and David Bromberg

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Here's the latest video by the Chop Shop Records' act Scars On 45, the title track to their Give Me Something EP.

Dog Ears Music: Born in April Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.08.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music by Serge Gainsbourg, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Ann-Margret and more.

A White Collar Prison Song for Blago?

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Even though the jury has yet to decide Blago's fate, he sure seems like a guy who deserves his own prison song. A Merle Haggard documentary inspired me to grab my guitar and a pad of paper.