It’s possible that Howe Gelb invented what we’ve come to call alt-country. At least he’s among the few who never denied it. In 1980 he gathered a pack of desert punks to record a sweet, original country song, “Curtis, John and Sue,” now lost to time.  

Gelb’s improvisational approach to words and sounds paints desert topography and locates temporal impressions of life’s unfolding drama. It also demands personal bests from any accompanist. And it has generated a European cult.

Bhi Bhiman, Man of Rhythm and Reason

Bhi Bhiman has had a busy spring.  I saw him back in February in New York, when he opened Booker T. Jones's show at City WInery.  He'd been on the road since November 2014, and after the New York show he headed across the country solo and with other artists -- this week, ...

Jethro Tull - Minstrel in the Gallery (40th Anniversary Edition)

Jethro Tull’s Minstrel in the Gallery garnered mixed and occasionally scathing reviews when it first appeared in 1975, but the fans loved it, buying enough copies to make it the group’s sixth top 10 album in a row. Ostensibly as a result, we now have this 40th anniversary “La Grande Edition,” which...

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Joe Purdy ~ "Eagle Rock Fire", Craig Young, April 25, 2015

Joe Purdy - Eagle Rock Fire (eTown webisode #776)

Sons of Bill ~ "Lost in The Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)" , Craig Young, May 23, 2015

SONS OF BILL - "Lost in The Cosmos" (Live in Austin, TX 2015) #JAMINTHEVAN

Great Lake Swimmers ~ "Something Like A Storm", Craig Young, April 25, 2015

'Something Like A Storm' by Great Lake Swimmers

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan - "Be My Husband", Amos Perrine, May 20, 2015

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan - Be My Husband

Luther Dickinson & Anders Osborne ~ "Black Muddy River", Craig Young, May 18, 2015

Songs of Their Own - #1 "Black Muddy River" Luther Dickinson & Anders Osborne

John Hiatt ~ "Long Time Comin'", Craig Young, May 16, 2015

John Hiatt "Long Time Comin'"

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell ~ "The Weight Of The World", Craig Young, May 20, 2015

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Perform 'The Weight Of The World'

Jamie Lin Wilson - "Yours And Mine", Hanspeter Eggen..., May 20, 2015

Jamie Lin Wilson - Yours And Mine

Josh Chandler Morris & Carly Slade - Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand, Josh Chandler M..., May 20, 2015

Josh Chandler Morris & Carly Slade - Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand

Anthony D'Amato ~ "If It Don't Work Out", Craig Young, April 23, 2015

Anthony D'Amato - If It Don't Work Out - Audiotree Live