If you’re into country music and the history of it, you’re probably used to hearing about the “King” of this, or the “Father” of that. Since the history of country music is so important to keeping the lineage of the music alive, country pays special homage to the people who helped form or popularize the genre.
If nothing else, The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim continues to show their great taste in music. As Squidbillies fans can attest, Jason Isbell is far from the first cool musical artist to make an appearance on the show. The animated series’ main character is voiced by none other than Unknown Hinson (aka Stuart Baker), and Billy Joe Shaver sang the original theme song.
We’ve seen flames adorning The Reverend Horton Heat’s Nudie suits, flames painted on Jimbo’s standup bass, flames painted on many of the hot rods you might see pull up to a Horton Heat show, and Jim Heath can blaze on his signature Gretsch guitar like few others. But flames coming out of the side of their tour bus while smoke fills the cabin full of sleeping band and crew members is not the style the band was going for.
According to Blake Shelton, nobody wants to listen to grandpa’s music anymore. But somebody forgot to tell the throng that assembled at Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre on Tuesday evening (2-16) and filled the venue to capacity for the 3rd installment of the Dale Watson-helmed Ameripolitan Awards.
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Muddy Roots will be taking over the Grand Ole Opry House on May 15th for the finale of their 2016 Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender, and the one and only Chris Isaak will be headlining. The performance will be part of the larger 4-day event being held at the Opryland Hotel and Resort. Other names playing throughout the weekend include The Reverend Horton Heat, The Blasters, Wanda Jackson, Pokey LaFarge, and Dale Watson.
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Voting opens for the 2016 Ameripolitan Awards on Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 26th., and can happen one of two ways. Founded by Dale Watson three years ago after the “Old Farts & Jackasses” comments of Blake Shelton, the Ameripolitan Awards was Dale’s answer to the concern that so many artists doing their best to keep roots traditions alive were going unrecognized by the rest of the country music industry.
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Lexington, Kentucky-based Southern rock / sometimes country band Fifth on the Floor is breaking up, according to a missive sent out by the band today (1-6-15). Led by songwriter and lead singer Justin Wells, Fifth on the Floor was seen by many as one of the most promising upstart Southern rock bands of the last decade, releasing three albums over the eight year span of the project.
You know, for years people have been telling me how great Little Big Town is, berating me to give them a deeper listen. But I may never experience their album cuts are because their singles ward me off more than staring down a battery of AIDS cannons. First it was the motorbotin’ “Pontoon”, and now this. What the hell is day drinking anyway?
What’s better than a new album from Marty Stuart? Try two new albums from Marty Stuart released at the same damn time, and that’s just what will transpire when the scarved one doles out the double album Saturday Night & Sunday Morning on September 30th, backed by The Fabulous Superlatives.
One of the great things about roots music is its Gothic legacy of cautionary tales, ghost stories, murder ballads, messages to the infirmed, and other such methods of macabre that allow country and roots artists to paint in dark colors when they so choose. This makes roots music one of the best realms to draw from when putting together your Halloween playlist.
.357 String Band, Black Jake & The Carnies, Creech Holler, Dad Horse Experience, Devil Makes Three, Filthy Still, Goddamn Gallows, Jay Munly, Jayke Orvis, Joe Buck Yourself, Joel Kaiser & The Devil's Own, Larry & His Flask, Lincoln Durham, Lindi Ortega, Lonesome Wyatt, Nick Cave, O' Death, Pine Box Boys, Pinebox Serenade, Rachel Brooke, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Reverend Glasseye, Rodentia, Serial Killer, Shakey Graves, Slackeye Slim, Slaughter Daughters, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Sons of Perdition, Squidbillies, Strawfoot, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Bloody Jug Band, The Dinosaur Truckers, The Haunted Windchines, The Perreze Farm, The Slow Poisoner, Those Poor bastards, Tom Waits, unknown hinson, Viva Le Vox, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys
It’s not that there aren’t some token homages to mark her move into the country format, but overall, except for one song that we will get to in due course, there is very, very little contrast between Feels Like Home and what Sheryl Crow was calling rock for the body of her career. But that doesn’t necessarily paint Feels Like Home, or Sheryl Crow, or her career as bad.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Unknown Hinson, aka the King of Country and Western Troubadours, aka the voice of Early on the Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies, is back, and is embarking on a big tour this fall. On November 15th of 2012, Unknown Hinson’s internet peeps posted that he had played his last tour dates in public, “period.” But apparently the hillbilly vampire has been hit yet again with the traveling Jones.
I have been struggling to write this article for almost two years, but have been putting it off because there’s some hard things to say, and I didn’t want to “talk down” a movement that was already trying to deal with pretty alarming trends. But I think that especially now, zooming out and trying to be honest and critical in a constructive way is important, because there is positively no doubt that underground country is dying.
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Want to hear something scary to get you ready for Halloween? No, I’m not talking about Taylor Swift without her Pro Tools auto tuners. Hell, I’d rather have a suburban angster take a baseball bat to my head like it was Jack-O-Latnern on Nov. 1st than to listen to that banshee yawp. What I’m talking […]
The King of Country and Western Troubadours, part time voice actor for Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies, and full-time bad ass guitar player Unknown Hinson is going to be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night! (Tue 4-21-09) Unknown Hinson (or at least his other persona, Danny Baker) was in the news recently, swept up in the whole […]
Hank Williams III is not gonna get a tattoo of you on his arm unless you got some skins on the wall. For Halloween Unknown Hinson is releasing a new live album Live & Undead. It is available at www.unknownhinson.com. 300-Year-Old Vampire & King of Country and Western Troubadors: Underrated, Amazing Guitar Slinger: Head Sqidbilly: […]
The word is that none other than Unknown Hinson will be joining none other than Billy Bob Thorton’s new band The Boxmasters as the opening act for none other than the venerable Willie Nelson. If that combination ain’t enough to make you horny for music, then check your pulse. The tour is supposed to happen […]
Man, I’ll tell you. Since I started this thing I’ve been trying to push the podcasts out there that support REAL Country music and real music in general. But the thing with podcasts is sometimes they come and go, because of course just like us bloggers, there’s no money in it, and it can consume […]
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