by Sean Jewell :: The history of mountain punk is simple. Lonesome tales of bygone times and persistent hurt accompanied by banjo, dulcimer, and other stringed demons was played by women in the Appalachian back country, colloquially known as Freakwater. Eventually the haunting sound slithered from the holler into a Pentecostal church two young Kentucky women attended. Janet […]

by Sean Jewell :: Rhett Miller nearly died very young. Since his return to life he’s consistently re-invented himself, seemingly born again on every Old 97’s, and solo, release. What could’ve been another ’90s flash-in-the-pan band has now become an alt-country institution 20 years old, with a catalog that –counting Rhett’s solo records– runs 25 (wicked decent) records deep. […]