Willie Nelson. Waylon Jennings. Kris Kristofferson. Jessi Colter. Bobby Bare. Jerry Jeff Walker. David Allan Coe. Cowboy Jack Clement. Tom T. Hall. Billy Joe Shaver. Guy Clark. Townes Van Zandt. Tompall Glaser. Today, all names synonymous with the word “outlaw,” but 40 years ago they started a musical revolution by creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Music Row and cemented their place in country music history and beyond.
Imagine having to follow Neil Young and your sons after they’ve just slayed your own festival crowd with this string of set closers:
Cowgirl in the Sand
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Cortez the Killer
And you, with only an old, small-bodied, nylon-strung Martin with a hole in it.
When I was going through a period in my life where I thought there was a real chance I would become a percussionist in a reggae band or a ska legend, my dad would casually say things like “When I saw the Wailers here…” or “The first time I saw Bob Marley…” and I would endure the crushing realization that I was simply born at the wrong time. Well, thankfully, I’ve restored balance to the universe.
For the promoters of Lockn’ Music Festival, combining an impressive array of headliners spanning decades of American Music alongside thriving local and regional artists seemed to be a necessity. After all, the southern U.S. is where much our music history was born and evolved.
Judging by the weather in San Francisco over the past few weeks, Outside Lands 2013 might be even chillier and grayer than it was last year. This year’s event will take place August 9-11 on its usual turf of Golden Gate Park, and if the lineup is any indication, there’s sure to be something for everyone.Feeling nostalgic for the 90s? D’Angelo takes the Sutro Stage on Friday, while Jurassic 5 plays Saturday afternoon just hours before Nine Inch Nails closes out Saturday night on the Lands End Stage.
For most 17-year-olds, graduating high school is a big enough event. But for singer-songwriter Ruby Jane, it’s just one of two reasons to celebrate in June. The other is CELEBRITY (EMPIRE OF EMPTINESS), her debut album, arriving Tuesday, June 19, on her own Vinyl Records label. To mark that event, she’s making a 5 p.m. in-store appearance at Waterloo Records in Austin, to be followed by a tour that will take her to Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Finland. (But she’ll have to spend Aug.
With an unwavering dedication to increased awareness and funding for arts education and a passion for art and the creative process, Sara Hickman provides a unique and powerful voice for women, her generation and the value and importance of the arts in school.