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Mark Fosson’s Solo Guitar by Daniel Bachman
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I met Mark in 2012 on a two-week tour from Montreal to Kentucky. He had just released a set of home recordings from 1976 called Digging in the Dust on the Tompkins Square label, and we had a great time driving around and getting to know each other.

Lee Clay Johnson by Jay Varner
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“I think violence is inherited, it’s taught, and some of the characters are born into bad blood. …The characters are raped and so is the land.”

Terry Allen by Clinton Krute
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“Making music work to the lyric, and making the lyric work to the note.”

Les Blank’s A Poem Is a Naked Person by Alex Zafiris
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Thanks to his son, Harrod Blank, the filmmaker’s forty-year-old documentary on musician Leon Russell is finally released.

Little Wings by Tobias Carroll
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“Lil Wayne explains a blade of grass.”

Joshua Abrams & Nathan Bowles by Clinton Krute
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Memory, texture, and tradition.

Simon Joyner by Tobias Carroll
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Omaha, autobiography, and songcraft.

Will Oldham by Gary Canino
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Performance, reinvention, and alternate realities.

Daughn Gibson’s All Hell by Luke Degnan
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On All Hell, Daughn Gibson uses the tools of the contemporary electronic singer-songwriter, but, unlike his counterparts, he is influenced by classic country and dark Americana. 

Howe Gelb by Bill Carter
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Howe Gelb has jet lag. In fact he spends so much time touring and traveling between Europe and his hometown of Tucson that he has taken up residence in his wife’s native Denmark four months a year.

Bill Frisell by Marc Ribot
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Bill Frisell and I have some things in common. We both play guitar differently than other boys and girls. And, before Bill moved to Seattle, we both were “downtown guitarists.” 

Robert Earl Keen by Gary Fisketjon

What can I say? Robert Earl Keen played my wedding party last Christmas time—on CD, alas—and inaugurated the prancing with “Gringo Honeymoon,” in which the newlyweds cross over the Rio Grande and encounter a cowboy “running from the DEA.”

Lucinda Williams’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road by Gary Fisketjon
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Once you’ve listened to Lucinda Williams a few hundred times, she begins to seem like the older sister (or girlfriend) you always wanted—tough, traveled, knowing about unknowable things, out there.

Steve Earle by David Gates
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Steve Earle’s get-down, down-home sounds cross the line from Rock to Country, and his album Washington Square Serenade, snagged a Grammy in 2008. In this 1998 interview, David Gates finds a man as complex and concise as his music.

Harry Smith by Robert Polito
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When D.H. Lawrence wrote in Studies in Classic American Literature, “The furthest frenzies of French modernism or futurism have not yet reached the pitch of extreme consciousness that Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Whitman reached,” he could also have been invoking the maverick American artists…

Emmylou Harris by Lucinda Williams
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Country girls Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams talk about song writing, guitar playing and “Y’all-ternative.”

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