"Nobody ever interviews the drummer," Ha Ha Tonka's Lennon Bone joked at the end of our conversation. Which is a shame because sometimes, when drummers are starting at the backside of the rest of the band, they're cultivating their own projects.
"Darkest Eyes," a new tack from the Defeated County, featuring Langen Neubacher and a host of St. Louis musicians -- including Irene Allen and Jenn Malzone on harmonies, Kevin Koehler on second rhythm guitar, Bryan Ranney on mandolin, Glenn Burleigh on pedal steel and Simon Chervitz on bass -- has an air of misty backwoods mystery that pulls you in as the song unfolds.
Atop a mountain, surrounded by an Arkansas forest, lies the 10-years-running music festival, Wakarusa.
"Mountain Sun" is a new track by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beth Bombara. With banjo, slide guitar, brushed drums and piano, it's only modest on the surface. Fans of Alela Diane and Laura Veirs will find a kindred spirit in this St. Louis musician.
In his three-decade career, Marshall Crenshaw hasn't taken traditional routes. He's a Michigan-born singer-songwriter with a penchant for complex chord structures and pub rock-flavored pop while portraying other musicians. In the early years of his career, he played John Lennon in a production of "Beatlemania," then found himself onscreen as Buddy Holly in the 1987 film "La Bamba."
The word "hippie" has a bad connotation. Hippies don't mind because that's the way of the hippie. In fact hippies love to call themselves hippies.