For Son Volt, a Creative Stew Is Key to Originality
Holly Gleason
Jay Farrar didn't know he was creating a whole new genre when Uncle Tupelo began, just as he didn't set out to toughen up Americana with Son Volt.
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Paying Tribute to His Mentors, Steve Earle Still Stands Tall
Holly Gleason
Steve Earle sits on his bus at an Owensboro, Ky. bluegrass festival. He played the Opry the night before, Summerfest in Milwaukee the night before that.
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Ageless as the Music He Performs
Louisa Hufstader

The golden era of reggae and rock-steady gleamed again for two hours at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center August 13, when Toots & the Maytals delighted their audience with a concert featuring many Jamaican hits from the 1960s and 1970s.

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Mavis Staples Still a Force On Stage and Everywhere
Louisa Hufstader

With a lifetime of musical activism and nonviolent resistance behind her, Mavis Staples still sings for peace and justice.

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Patty Griffin Rises Again With New Take on Music and Touring
Holly Gleason

Patty Griffin has built a life of traveling the world and singing her carefully framed miniatures. Three decades into her career, the woman regarded as an “artist’s artist” realized things needed to change.

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Thirty Years After Trinity Sessions, Cowboy Junkies Are Still Breaking Ground
Holly Gleason
The Cowboy Junkies' latest album All That Reckoning continues a career defined by literate lyrics and minimalist atmospherics.
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