Melissa Etheridge: Still Brave, Not So Crazy

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Feature Pieces
Melissa Etheridge: Still Brave, Not So Crazy

“If you look back to history, you’ll see they all came from the same place,” Melissa Etheridge says, explaining the roots of American music’s myriad genres. “They all came from the same musical movement in the South, from Appalachian music to the blues coming out of the freed slaves in the early 19th century, and […]

Chely Wright: From the Heart

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 in Feature Pieces
Chely Wright: From the Heart

The 2010s have been a big dang deal in the life of Chely Wright. She kicked off the decade by coming out in a very public way with a huge media blitz supporting an autobiography (Like Me) and an album (Lifted Off the Ground), as well as the related LikeMe Foundation. Over the next few […]

k.d. lang: Flawless, Fearless

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 in Feature Pieces
k.d. lang: Flawless, Fearless

It wasn’t the first time I heard k.d. lang’s voice that carved out a forever place for her in my heart. It was the first time I saw a photo of her for, in it, I saw a reflection of who I was or, more likely, who I wanted to be. It was 1990, maybe […]

The Singular Sensation of Ani DiFranco

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Feature Pieces
The Singular Sensation of Ani DiFranco

Over the course of her more than 25 years of making music, Ani DiFranco has been widely celebrated and often emulated. The trouble is, DiFranco’s work is a moving target which words and imitation fail miserably in hitting. She would argue — and has — that hers is a living, breathing body of performance art […]

The Gambler’s Last Deal: Kenny Rogers Knows When to Fold ‘Em

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Feature Pieces
The Gambler’s Last Deal: Kenny Rogers Knows When to Fold ‘Em

Kenny Rogers pauses for a moment when I ask him to recall his first tour. “We didn’t know that big, big amplifiers weren’t heavy enough to stay down on the top of the station wagon,” he says with a laugh. “So we’re driving 60 miles per hour and that amplifier came sliding down the freeway […]