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Local Band Deals with Its Apt Name PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 16 April 2002 18:00
It’s something that happens to bands of all types, from fictional (Spinal Tap) to big (the unnamed band combining former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell with the instrumental power of Rage Against the Machine): A major player (Nigel or Cornell) quits at an inopportune time (in the middle of a big tour or before the debut album is even released), leaving everybody in a lurch.

Symphony Warhorses Save “Sardine Sandwich” Finale PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 09 April 2002 18:00
Looking back at the 2001-2 season of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO), it is fair to say there were some good concerts but more mediocre-to-bad shows. April’s concert last weekend fell squarely into the latter category; like a sardine sandwich, the ends of the concert were adequate while the middle smelled and tasted funny.

He Writes the Songs PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 26 March 2002 18:00
Even though it’s been without vast amounts of fame or fortune, the career of John Hiatt has had an arc that many musicians would envy. The singer-songwriter has hopped from label to label and style to style, garnered heaps of respect and a bunch or royalties when other artists cover his songs (which happens a lot), and generally gets to do what he wants without the weight of public expectation.

Krauss Soars Before Sold-Out Crowd PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 26 March 2002 18:00
Very few people will disagree that Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass music. But I wonder how many of them will admit that it was a young female fiddler from Champaign, Illinois, who made it a viable commercial entity in the 21st Century.

Slave to the Song PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 19 March 2002 18:00
Ron Block doesn’t like the spotlight, and that makes him a perfect fit for the world’s most popular bluegrass band, Alison Krauss & Union Station. “The whole concept of my playing is to enhance the sound of the band and not draw attention to myself unnecessarily,” said Block, the band’s guitarist, banjo player, and most frequent songwriter.

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