Country

‘Fans speak with their wallets’: Glenn Frey on why the Eagles stick with the old songs

‘Fans speak with their wallets’: Glenn Frey on why the Eagles stick with the old songs

As Glenn Frey makes another run of History of the Eagles shows, more than six years after the group’s most recent album of original songs, the question of boredom begins to creep in. Not for Frey.

One Track Mind: Dolly Parton, “Don’t Think Twice,” from Blue Smoke (2014)

One Track Mind: Dolly Parton, “Don’t Think Twice,” from Blue Smoke (2014)

Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice,” with its sad acceptance of life’s strange twists set to a plucky finger-picked cadence, always seemed well suited for a country-music makeover.

Bob Wayne – Back to the Camper (2014)

Bob Wayne – Back to the Camper (2014)

After a two-album stint with metal label Century Media, DiY-country artist Bob Wayne heads Back to the Camper for his latest record

‘People are going to be shocked’: Dolly Parton on her gospel reworking of a Bon Jovi smash

‘People are going to be shocked’: Dolly Parton on her gospel reworking of a Bon Jovi smash

Dolly Parton’s new studio effort Blue Smoke features the expected blend of country, bluegrass and church music. She even duets with her old pal Kenny Rogers. Dig deeper, though, and there is a huge surprise waiting

‘I hung on every note’: Happenstance led to Charlie Daniels’ collaboration with Bob Dylan

‘I hung on every note’: Happenstance led to Charlie Daniels’ collaboration with Bob Dylan

Charlie Daniels’ one of country music’s best-known outlaws, found a kindred spirit in Bob Dylan — a rebel who, Daniels says, refused “to do anything except what he felt like he did best.” They only met, however, because another sessions guitarist couldn’t make it.

One Track Mind: Johnny Orr, “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song)” (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Orr, “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song)” (2014)

Johnny Orr assumes the role of an autistic boy and says what that boy might say if he were able communicate like a neurotypical kid in his gently swaying ballad, “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song).”

Will Kimbrough – Sideshow Love (2014)

Will Kimbrough – Sideshow Love (2014)

There are musicians who carry an impressive resume, laden with sparkling session work and songwriting credits, and yet they never manage to channel that talent into their own work. This certainly does not describe Will Kimbrough.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Eugene Chadbourne, “Electric Rake” (2005)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Eugene Chadbourne, “Electric Rake” (2005)

My introduction to guitarist/raconteur/wise ass Eugene Chadbourne came out of a short stack of records borrowed from a co-worker. This would have been back in the early 90s. There were things like Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and Henry Kaiser in that pile.

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars (2014)

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars (2014)

You’d probably assume that 1981′s The Baron, produced by countrypolitan pioneer Billy Sherrill, would do little to suggest where Johnny Cash would end up a little over a decade later with the American Recordings series.

John Oates – Good Road to Follow (2014)

John Oates – Good Road to Follow (2014)

John Oates wrote or co-wrote some 82 songs between 1972-2003 as part of Hall and Oates, including the No. 1 hits “I Can’t Go For That” and “Out of Touch.” So, really, it’s easy to understand his interest in mixing it up with some new collaborators.