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.
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.
Once a week, before he makes his way to the office for his 9-to-5 corporate job, St. Louis native Allen Dahm heads to the KDHX studios to host "Bittersweet Melody."
Woody Guthrie had his own views on copyright law, which he often expressed on his lyric pages with a clear and humorous addendum.
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.
Whether he realizes it or not, Jay Farrar, much like the afternoon sunlight in fall, casts a long shadow over the St. Louis music scene.