Tag: Alt.Country

Best Of The Recoup: Final Wild Songs: A Conversation With The Long Ryders’ Sid Griffin

In the 1980s, Sid Griffin fronted The Long Ryders, who have recently released Final Wild Songs a comprehensive box set that has renewed interest in this brief but hard-working band. We sat down with Mr. Griffin in 2016 to discuss the band and the box set.

Song Of The Day: Richmond Fontaine, “The Water Wars”

Taken from the Decor Records release, Thirteen Cities: Complete Sessions.

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker (Deluxe Edition) (Pax-Am)

In 2000, Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams’s creative and personal life was in turmoil. So what did he do? He wrote songs-fantastic songs-and launched his career with this superb debut album, reissued with generous helpings of Adams in his prime.

Final Wild Songs: A Conversation With The Long Ryders’ Sid Griffin

In the 1980s, Sid Griffin fronted The Long Ryders, who have recently released Final Wild Songs a comprehensive box set that has renewed interest in this brief but hard-working band. We sat down with Mr. Griffin to discuss the band and the box set.

BR5-49: One Long Saturday Night, Plus (Bear Family)

This live performance of country swing band BR5-49 captures the young band in top form, and is a fun document of an underrated but superb live band.

Son Volt: Trace (Rhino)

The breakup of Uncle Tupelo was nasty, and two camps quickly formed. While Jeff Tweedy may have had the more impactful career, Jay Farrar was initially seen as the better artist of the two. This superb deluxe reissue of his band Son Volt’s debut album proves this point.

3AM Eternal: The Jayhawks, “Save It For A Rainy Day” (2003)

The gorgeous harmonies and pop sensibilities of The Jayhawks’ 2003 single make it a rewarding little pop nugget.

You Missed It: Birddog Songs From Willipa Bay (2002)

Bill Santen’s final record as Birddog was an understated album of pure dark alt.country beauty.

Richard Buckner: Bloomed (Merge Records)

A long time ago, in my first year at Texas Tech University, I had a conversation with a man at a bar. He said he was working on a new record. He described the process as a tedious yet fun endeavor, but he wasn’t from Lubbock and he was ready to go back home. He… Read More ›

The Bottle Rockets: This Is What It Sounds Like When You’re Listening to Lindsey Buckingham and Thinking of Your Friend’s Girlfriend at the Same Time

It’s extremely hard to not enjoy chatting with Bottle Rockets leader Brian Henneman. Unpretentious, straightforward, and always enjoying himself, he is the antithesis of a lot of people in the alt.country scene, as he’s the real deal–not some cheesy impersonation of a down-to-earth country boy who loves a little bit of rock and roll and… Read More ›