David Cantwell

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  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    On radio the legends of country music might as well be dead and buried. In the recording studio, though, many of that genre's greatest singers are proving that traditional country music is still very much alive. And this is traditional country in ...

  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    It's easy to predict which songs will receive the most attention on If I Could Only Fly, the new Merle Haggard album being distributed by the indie-punk label Epitaph. In the manner of the black-and-white, wrinkle-centric photo that introduces the...

  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    In honor of his roots in the Missouri Ozarks, Porter Wagoner is known as the Thin Man from West Plains, but just The Man would be sufficient. Country music simply would not be what it is today if it were not for Porter the TV host, the talent scou...

  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    “They are in the public domain,” Dave Alvin writes in the liner notes to his new collection of old folk-song covers. “They belong to nobody. They belong to us all.” This is a pretty sentiment, but it apparently is not one that ...

  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    The first thing that must be said about The Final Concert is that it's not. This live album does capture a 1983 Indianapolis show from Marvin Gaye's final tour, but there were shows after this one. The second thing to note is that when the its pro...

  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    It's commonplace in our cynical world for people to respond to an overabundance of inequality and suffering with an infuriating shrug of the shoulders: Well, hey, nobody said the world was perfect. But there's a difference between inescapable impe...