Mike Heidorn lives in Belleville, Ill., not far from the neighborhood where he lent his punk gunfire drumming to Uncle Tupelo for its first three albums. Over a three-hour lunch at a local restaurant with his band's framed album covers on the wall, Heidorn talks as fast as he drummed for the band.
Loving music means supporting those who make it, and there's no better way to do that than to pick up a brand new album at a brick and mortar record store near you.
A good tribute show occurs on a narrow road bordered by nostalgia and cover-band schlock. The road gets slippery when the band being honored was a batch of local boys done good. For the second Uncle Tupelo tribute show in just over three years, eight St. Louis bands kept it on the road while having a hell of a lot of fun.
Treetop Flyers have a whimsical name that conjures up images of rope swings and bird houses high above the earth, but their sound is solidly grounded in rootsy rock and alt country.
The Southwestern Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka returns with the new song "Colorful Kids," a fetching and catching tune that builds upon all of their strengths, and sneaks in a Huck Finn reference for very good and meaningful measure.
The psychedelic, country, surf-rock swamis known as the Sadies are back with a new album on this fall. The first single, "The First 5 Minutes," rocks, twangs and harmonizes as well as anything they've put to tape.
Alt-country heroes don't get much more larger than life than Eddie Spaghetti, leader of the Supersuckers, and hard-twangin' solo artist in his own right. "The Value of Nothing" captures Spaghetti at his snarling, slacking, swaggering best.
When George Jones passed away in April, Jay Farrar posted this about him on Son Volt's Facebook page: "George Jones epitomized the spirit of country music. He represented the Honky Tonk zeitgeist like no other." Farrar did Jones' legacy proud last night as Son Volt brought its own unique version of honky tonk -- the apropos title of the band's new album -- to a packed house of adoring fans.