Long before the final vote came in for this year's Top 89, it was clear that the Tedeschi-Trucks Band had the top spot in the bag with their CD, Revelator. It was a landslide victory. And now, the concert tour supporting WNKU's number one CD of 2011 is coming to the Taft Theatre on Thursday, April 26. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10:00 am at the Taft Theater box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.tafttheatre.org, and
Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 7:00 am
Shelby Lynne's "Heaven's Only Days Down the Road" upholds a long tradition of Southern Gothic murder ballads — it's based on a true story, for one thing. And, in keeping with that tradition's finest examples, Lynne doesn't narrate a plot so much as allude to a series of unfolding actions, ratcheting up the tension musically as she exposes the mindset behind them.
The list is in! It's the Top 89 CD's of 2011 as voted on by our listeners. Let the debate begin. Feel free to leave your comments below, but please keep it kind and remember, this list was decided on by those who voted. So, if you didn't vote, you can't complain! Thanks to those who did vote, however, and thanks to everyone who tuned in and supported WNKU in 2011.
Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 7:00 am
It's highly doubtful that, when Robert Johnson recorded "Stop Breakin' Down Blues" in 1937, he ever had any idea how hard it could rock. For one thing, the term "rock" didn't even have that connotation at the time, but over the next few decades, several artists would record their own renditions of the tune.
Originally published on Sun December 18, 2011 10:29 pm
Of all the bands that have re-formed in recent years, Guided by Voices' return in 2010 not only seemed the least surprising; it felt inevitable. After all, frontman Robert Pollard never truly went away. Pollard officially disbanded the group at the end of 2004 following its "final" album, Half Smiles of the Decomposed, and a "farewell" tour. But in the seven years since, the impossibly prolific rocker has released 13 (!) solo recordings.