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George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away Farewell Show

By Matthew Ramirez, Contributor

One of the biggest names in all music retired from touring earlier this month, but unless you're a hardcore country music fan, or from Texas, it might have been hard to tell. George Strait has had more No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs than any other artist. He's sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and is the best-selling performer in the history of country music in America. As a beacon of pure… more »


Mike Cooper on Rescuing His Lost Classics

By Andy Beta, Contributor

Legend goes that a kid named Mick Jagger wanted to start a band with the young Mike Cooper in the '60s. When Cooper balked, Jagger instead recruited Brian Jones and started a blues-indebted band called the Rolling Stones instead. Mike Cooper's idiosyncratic path took him elsewhere. Now in his sixth decade of music-making, Cooper remains a gifted, prolific player. In June, the excellent Paradise of Bachelors label reissued a clutch of his crucial early-'70s albums:… more »


A Brief History of the Voice-O-Graph

By John Morthland, Contributor

It's about the size of a phone booth, and when first introduced it felt like a glimpse of the future. Today, it's a quaint novelty. But to Jack White and Neil Young, it's a novelty that serves a noble purpose. Young recorded his new album, A Letter Home, on the 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth in residence in the Novelties Lounge of White's Third Man Records office in Nashville. For $15, you can make a recording… more »

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The Finest in New & Old Country

By Stephen M. Deusner, Contributor

Sidle on up to the bar and have a few rounds with the finest in fresh-faced folk and oak-aged country tunes. Turnstyled and Junkpiled will soundtrack the tears in your beers as well as letting the good times roll. From new bucks like Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons to old-timers like Merle Haggard and Townes Van Zandt, with plenty of deep cuts, there'll be plenty to scuff your boots and kick up your heels… more »

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