With the nation's major-party political conventions recently drawing to a close with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first black president, it seems fitting to cast a spotlight on an equally rare profession: the black country music artist. Or, rather, the former black pop star seeking ... More >>
Happy Fourth, everybody! As we all know, patriotism in this fine land of ours often sounds frickin' terrible when presented in song form. But feeling happy to be American doesn't -- we repeat, doesn't -- have to involve Toby Keith. Or Keith Urban. Or, well, anyone named Keith actually. Here then, ar ... More >>
Willie Nelson, king hippie of country music and walking THC repository, was recently asked a question about legalizing marijuana. And guess what? He's for it.
The fact that ol' Willie thinks weed oughta be legal and taxed is about as surprising as hearing that Ted Nugent acquired his dinner with a ... More >>
Miranda LambertChris YoungJerrod NiemanFriday, April 27, 2012Shoreline AmpitheatreBetter than: Every other currently touring Nashville hitmaker, for reasons gone into below. The short version: Blake Shelton showed up. The Pistol Annies did five songs. Lambert's band actually rocked when it tried to ... More >>
Fucked Up's gloriously unhinged frontman Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham got all righteous on Katy Perry's ass this week after apparently viewing the video for her "Part of Me" single. First he Tweeted: "Seeing Katy Perry as a soldier in the video for 'Part of Me' really makes me think that we need to st ... More >>
Seriously, the b-side was called "I Killed Christgau With My Big Fucking Dick."Robert Christgau has long been held as the dean of rock criticism and perhaps the discipline's greatest practitioner.
He listens widely, with an open mind, and has over his 40 years in the business been bang-on righ ... More >>
Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson
October 1, 2011
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Better than: Seeing Neil Young after he released Greendale, that's for sure.
A man dressed in an official Hardly Strictly shirt walks out to say that the biggest set of the day will ... More >>
Thing Toby Keith has never said: "Nah, man, that might be a little much."On occasion, All Shook Down gives a listen to the music that is to real America what brine is to a cucumber. This is one of those occasions.
Toby Keith, "Made in America"
Chart Position: No. 5
Verdict: Fantastic, but ... More >>
Unlike his rash colleagues Alan Jackson and Toby Keith, Billy Ray Cyrus passed a full decade in contemplation before sharing with the world art wrung from his feelings about life in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001.
Unleashed this June, the resulting disc, I'm American, should clear ... More >>
Toby Keith at Shoreline last month.
It's a scene that's played out innumerable times since 2002 -- and with the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 here, it will now be executed with even more patriotic fervor and bicep-flexing machismo. Behold, a Stetson-wearing, sleeveless Toby Keith, his American ... More >>
August 5, 2011
"Never apologize for being patriotic!" Toby Keith calls as he gladhands soldiers in full desert camo, as his pyrotechnicians light up the sky, as tens of thousands stomp and holler, hoisting their beers and waving teensy American flags ... More >>
The Band Perry, apparently on the set of the "Losing My Religion" video.
You don't have to see the numbers to get that country radio skews female these days. The hatted hunks who a generation back might have had ramblin' fever now sing of sunny-forever fidelity that would be right at home o ... More >>
Are you gonna go my way?Like many San Franciscans, your humble narrator has often wondered just what need the San Francisco Police Department has for massive pickup trucks of the sort one would expect to see in a North Dakota rock quarry or Toby Keith video. After noticing the truck in this snaps ... More >>
By Michael McCall Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo
young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor
Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these
years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal
Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGra ... More >>
By Randall Roberts
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a
remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and
researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics,
technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans.
Racial barrier ... More >>
By Meredith Brody
You may have noticed that there's precious little new stuff to watch during the holidays - a period which The New York Times describes as "a profound holiday slumber of repeats and musical specials." But we can't even find any musical specials, and are reduced to re-watching A Co ... More >>