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250 word album review: The Matchsellers – Bluegrastronauts

Bluegrass can be boring. This isn’t across the board but the skeletal structure of the music causes this. The Matchsellers found a way to make what can be a mundane, unflavored genre extremely intriguing. How? Send bluegrass legends into space … Continue reading

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Concert Review: The Folk Alliance International music conference 2/21/15

The Folk Alliance International Music Fair and Conference is flat out overwhelming. Split between two major Kansas City hotels (the Westin and the Sheraton) there is more to digest than any one appetite could take in. The lobby is instantly … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Clawhammer – Clawhammer

Clawhammer’s self-titled album thrives on grittiness and power. The scrape of a washboard, plucks of docile banjo strings and reverb of the guitar fill out these minimalist songs. Each track seems to center around possessive relationships. On the frantic duel … Continue reading

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Concert Review: Steve Earle at The Crossroads in Kansas City, MO 7/9/13

Steve Earle is a flat-out legend. If he never made a new album again he would go down in history as one of the best songwriters in his genre of all time. Still, with his all his great songs from … Continue reading

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250 Word Album Review: Mike Cooley – The Fool On Every Corner

Mike Cooley is one of the founding members of the Drive-By Truckers and many members of DBT nation have long waited for his first solo album. A live album isn’t exactly what they had in mind but it is still … Continue reading

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Concert Review: William Elliott Whitmore at The Granada, Lawrence, KS 10/5/12

William Elliott Whitmore is at his best when his voice is at its worst. The more rough and textured his vocals are the better the compliment his music. He sings about what he know and that is the most basic … Continue reading

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