Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was the perfect date night for guitar players, geeks and dorks. The double bill of Jeff Beck and ZZ Top gave guitar players and their significant others, the best of both worlds. The musical wet dreams from Beck's fingers were for the six-stringed daydreamers, while the "Tube Snake Boogie" of ZZ Top gave everyone a reason to shake their booties.
Digging into the bedrock of alt-country, from the O'Kanes to Drive-By Truckers, Sons of Fathers come up with some true songwriting gems.
Picking favorite tunes by Guy Clark is more an exercise in what to leave out, rather than what to include. The songwriting legend is entering his seventh decade, still at the top of his game.
As a humorist, storyteller, songwriter, satirist and all-around troublemaker, Kinky Friedman is a true American original.
Centro-matic's lo-fi alt-country spans emotions quiet and loud. At the center of that sound is Will Johnson, the somewhat accidental lead vocalist for the Texas quartet.
Woody Guthrie once said, "It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people." James McMurtry gives that job description a whole new meaning.