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2002 Stories by Lawrence Kay

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  • Bob Dylan

    published December 24, 2002

    When Bob Dylan hit the road in 1975 in the shifting, shambling entourage known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, it was with a renewed sense of... More >>

  • Alice Stuart | Catherine Irwin

    published December 18, 2002

    The plaintive female voice has long been a staple of the folk music scene. Joan Baez and Judy Collins provided its most polite, studious form,... More >>

  • Richard Buckner

    published December 4, 2002

    In the early 1990s, then-local singer Richard Buckner detached himself from his longtime band, the Buckets, to become one of altcountry's rising... More >>

  • Johnny Cash|Various Artists

    published November 20, 2002

    Perhaps more than any other living country singer, Johnny Cash is a veritable American icon. Like Willie Nelson, Cash bridged the hippie-era... More >>

  • Buddy Miller

    published October 2, 2002

    In country music, as in rock, the dividing line between commercial and alternative has become fuzzy in recent years, as indie-oriented artists... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published September 18, 2002

    There are few moments in current popular culture as delicious as watching a washed-up Martha Quinn shilling on a late-night infomercial for... More >>

  • Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

    published August 21, 2002

    The altcountry scene certainly has no shortage of artists genuflecting toward the late, legendary Gram Parsons. Yet few have retraced his steps as... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 21, 2002

    Like many countries, Japan often seems to simply reflect the popular culture of the United States, regurgitating pop, rap, and rock as each style... More >>

  • Various Artists; Dan Zanes and Friends; Tom Paxton

    published August 14, 2002

    It was bound to happen. One by one, all your hipster friends started breeding like rabbits. Suddenly they traded in their Dickies and Doc Martens... More >>

  • The Jesus and MaryChain/Oasis

    published July 17, 2002

    Back in the early '80s, the Jesus and Mary Chain set the pace for the über-cool, guitar-heavy British indie scene with a series of... More >>

  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

    published July 10, 2002

    "Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I'm sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me." -- Halle Berry at the 74th Annual Academy Awards Most of... More >>

  • The Flatlanders

    published July 3, 2002

    Sometimes country bands are like high-class wines: They just need time to ripen. That's certainly the case with the Flatlanders -- Joe Ely, Jimmie... More >>

  • Chuck Prophet

    published June 12, 2002

    Somewhere, somebody must have kicked Chuck Prophet around some. Stung, perhaps, by the frequent insinuation that he's just "a poor man's Tom... More >>

  • Jun Miyake

    published May 29, 2002

    The Japanese fascination with Brazilian bossa nova runs as deep as any of the island nation's other super-consumerist pop culture hobbies. The... More >>

  • Wilco

    published May 22, 2002

    If there really were such a thing as altcountry radio, it would be difficult to imagine Wilco's new album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, getting... More >>

  • Hear This

    published May 15, 2002

    In the early '60s San Joaquin Valley superpicker Buck Owens almost single-handedly rescued country music from the sleepy formulae of Nashville's... More >>

  • Walk a Crooked Mile

    published April 24, 2002

    Jeff Kazor is the leader of the Crooked Jades, a local group that specializes in "old-time" string band music, an antiquated forerunner of the... More >>

  • Bart Davenport

    published April 17, 2002

    Long gone are the days when musicians with wide-ranging tastes felt the need to stick to one style of music in order to find an audience. No... More >>

  • Carolyn Mark and Her Room-Mates

    published March 27, 2002

    Carolyn Mark is one of those troubling examples of altcountry singers who seem completely devoted to the music, but only in an exaggerated,... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published March 6, 2002

    In these anxious times of war and terror, our nation's ties to the world around us are testy at best -- particularly with our Islamic allies like... More >>

  • Scratch Attack

    published February 13, 2002

    It's midnight on a brisk February night, and a large, boisterous group of folks has gathered in the studio of Berkeley radio station KPFA-FM... More >>

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