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Asleep at the Wheel Turns 50, But Ray Benson Didn't Know If It Would Last
InterviewSep 10, 2021

Heartbreak songs, political takedowns, pronunciations of judgment -- on his 18th album, Triage, Rodney Crowell doesn’t indulge much in any of them, with the possible exception of judging his own foibles as he burrows deep into his psyche, hoping to extract whatever nuggets of wisdom might still be buried there. To help in the trenches,…

Asleep at the Wheel Turns 50, But Ray Benson Didn't Know If It Would Last
InterviewSep 3, 2021

For Dr. Ted Olson, Appalachian music has always been much more than a collection of songs. It’s been nothing short of a passion. The Eastern Tennessee State University professor has spent much of his life writing, researching, and documenting the music that has played and recorded throughout the southeastern United States during the 1920s and…

Asleep at the Wheel Turns 50, But Ray Benson Didn't Know If It Would Last
InterviewAug 27, 2021

When you’re the child of musicians, you get to see the world. By the time Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz’s daughter Ruby was one year old, she had been to 34 US states and nine different countries. “She was on a bus when she was three months old,” says Marlin. “She loves traveling.” After a…

Asleep at the Wheel Turns 50, But Ray Benson Didn't Know If It Would Last
InterviewAug 25, 2021

When Amythyst Kiah was a teenager in the suburbs of Chattanooga, Tennessee, she wanted to be “the guitar-playing version of Tori Amos.” Locked away in her room with her headphones pulled over her ears, poring over liner notes and listening intently for every nuance in her favorite records, she found solace in the way Amos…

Asleep at the Wheel Turns 50, But Ray Benson Didn't Know If It Would Last
InterviewAug 24, 2021

Amythyst Kiah took great pains to get Wary + Strange just right. After studying banjo and old-time music at East Tennessee State University in her twenties, she gained a reputation as an intense live performer, so much so that she was asked to join the roots supergroup Our Native Daughters, where she played alongside Rhiannon…