John Doe goes solo on some “basic roots shit” but that doesn’t mean X is dead

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 2, 1990 By Steve Newton Some rock musicians, when you ask them about their music, go to great lengths to describe the sounds they create. Not John Doe. "It's your basic roots shit," says the recently-gone-solo former bassist/vocalist for California's X. "But we try to keep twisting it … Continue reading John Doe goes solo on some “basic roots shit” but that doesn’t mean X is dead

The Pleasure Barons’ Mojo Nixon promises to catapult Country Dick to the bar

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 18, 1993 By Steve Newton Ain’t technology grand? Why, with today’s awesome tools of communication, you can phone people from your car, beep their bodies with a pager, or send dirty cartoons to them on a fax machine. Heck, you can even use a speaker-phone to talk to … Continue reading The Pleasure Barons’ Mojo Nixon promises to catapult Country Dick to the bar

Dave Alvin recalls how his record label wanted him to sound like Eurythmics

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 28, 1991 By Steve Newton Rock ’n’ roll bands can be like families. A band offers its members a place where they can have a sense of belonging, where they can look out for one another, and where they can share the joys of their good fortune—whether that … Continue reading Dave Alvin recalls how his record label wanted him to sound like Eurythmics

Cracker’s David Lowery finds fresh inspiration

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 30, 2009 By Steve Newton Inspiration isn't always an easy thing to come by, especially if you're a 48-year-old rocker who's been leading the same band for 17 years. So what is it that fuels the fire of Cracker singer-guitarist David Lowery on the songwriting front? Is it all the … Continue reading Cracker’s David Lowery finds fresh inspiration