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The Carter and the Cash families stand tall in folk music history, both for their exceptionally engaging songs, their superb musicianship, and their fascinating individual stories. Director Beth Harrington's rollicking documentary "The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music" does justice to both the personal and the professional chapters of these legendary artists' lives.

Published in Film Reviews

The Fox Theatre's recent production of "Million Dollar Quartet," the musical based on the famous, one-time only jam session with the stars of Sun Studio, is a rousing and rollicking good time. A celebration of the early days of rock and roll and the influence and knack for talent of Sam Phillips, the show is a quick trip back in a time machine with a feel good, optimistic slant.

Published in Theater Reviews

With “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” the title explains the show itself.  It’s not the story of Johnny Cash the man, nor his demons or his loves, but of his music, specifically the music he wrote.

Published in Theater Reviews

"I want to take this hall with me. You're so lucky," Rosanne Cash told the audience at the Sheldon near the end of her set, which began with her calling the century-old venue "one of the best-sounding halls in the whole country."

Published in Reviews

December 4th, 1956, was a very auspicious day – especially for music producer Sam Phillips.

Published in Theater Reviews
Monday, 22 October 2012 09:34

Top 10 must-read music books

I recently moved, which is expensive enough even if you don't hire movers to haul your things with minimal complaint. Like most people who aren't quadrillionaires these days, I didn't hire movers.

Published in Music News
Saturday, 07 July 2012 10:39

Summer playlist: Top 10 float trip songs

If you grew up in Missouri or have lived here for a reasonable number of years, it's likely you've experienced the joys of a float trip.

Published in Music News

Remember that U2 concert at Busch Stadium? So do Bono's accountants. The show grossed $4,423,395. This is not a typo.

Published in Music News