Author: Patrick Carr

  • Willie Nelson & the Outlaws of Country Music

    AUSTIN — It is a strange, almost schizoid vision in the white heat of the Texas noonday sun. From the open stage we look out into the aerial blaze, then down and out across the littered remains of a scrubland meadow wherein 70,000 children loll in their bare minimum plus beer, cooler, stash, cowboy hat, […]

  • Grateful Dead, Most Beloved Freak Band on Earth

    Why Is That Hairy Man Grinning? Perhaps when the day March 29 dawned on Necropolis, blessing with preemptive spring warmth and sunshine, there was no con­nection between that sudden burst of life and the fact that as ther­mometers rose in Central Park dark during the night, the final note of “Saturday Night” and seven days […]

  • Bummer Romps

    These poor guys. They lost the girl, and are they blue! Their new songs are all gloom, doom, and gloom again, start to finish, soup to nuts. But not to worry. They tossed their twang, too, not an unusual tactic these days, what with alt.country transitioning from movement to stasis, and so now they’re getting […]

  • Sugar Magnolia

    Rockin’ in the weary land? I’ll say. Out here in the smog, bouncing across the potholes with the volume cranked, it’s, like, really nice, Donna the Buffalo pumping in fresh air, the flash and feeling of rivers and falls and farms and fields, the eagles flying with the doves, lions laying down with lambs. Then […]

  • Hello Dolly

    The Lee Ann Womack fairy tale has problems. First and foremost, it hasn’t delivered big money: just gold, not the multiplatinum of early expectations. Second, you-all haven’t heard it. Here it is, then. Once upon a time in Texas, a part-time country DJ had a daughter who grew up loving Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, and […]