Now that season four of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” draws to a close, let us carefully digest the implications.
First, we have the revelation of Melissa Gorga’s alleged stripper past. Bada-bing! Then, we found out that Jacqueline Laurita’s son has been diagnosed with autism, which will still make him better behaved than her spoiled brat daughter, Ashley. Read More
Philanthropist and bluegrass lover Warren Hellman was honored Sunday with a free concert featuring a host of regulars at Hellman's own Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.The day-long tribute to Hellman, who died of leukemia at the age of 77 in December, featured John Doe, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Boz Scaggs, Robert Earl Keen and Emmylou Harris and Hellman's band, The Wronglers. Read More
When The SF Examiner spoke to young British belter Adele last January, she was laughing about crazy promotions she was doing for her then-upcoming sophomore recording “21” — like flying on a snowstorm-buffeted puddle jumper into the Midwest to perform for executives of Target and Best Buy, chains that supported her debut, “19.” Read More
Where has folk-country raconteur Gillian Welch been since her last release, 2003’s “Soul Journey”? “Not on vacation, that’s for sure,” Welch says, glad to be returning with a knockout new Southern-Gothic-steeped effort, “The Harrow & The Harvest,” on her own Acony imprint. She and her musical partner, Dave Rawlings, were writing tons of songs. Read More
Nashville-based artists have often summarized their city this way — that there are two distinct sides to the city that peacefully coexist: The glossy Faith Hill/Tim McGraw half and the darker, more alternative-country half. Read More