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The 15 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2019

Down beneath the ashes and the stoneSure of what I’ve lived and have knownI see you so uncomfortably aloneI wish I could show you how much you’ve grown Life lesson: just because it’s sort of upbeat doesn’t mean it’s not sad. We cover our emotions well. So remember that when you’re listening to the 2019 … Read more

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[REVIEW] The Highwomen – The Highwomen

Yeah I want a house with a crowded tableAnd a place by the fire for everyoneLet us take on the world while we’re young and ableAnd bring us back together when the day is done Review by Jason Gonulsen Eight years ago, I met Amanda Shires in St. Louis. She had just finished her set … Read more

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Roots N Blues N BBQ 2018: The Six Best Moments

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Written by Jason Gonulsen The Roots N Blues N BBQ Music Festival is quickly becoming one of my favorite music festivals, and I hope that the city of Columbia, Missouri knows exactly what it has — because it’s rare. The quaint, three-day festival is relaxing, it’s easy to navigate (only … Read more

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[RECAP] Forecastle 2018: Fighting Fire With Fire

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Another Forecastle Festival has come and gone — and of the six I’ve attended, this might have been my favorite one. It only rained on us once –for only a few minutes — and like every other Forecastle, I came away with my heart filled with enthusiasm for life. Not … Read more

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Neil Young | 10 Songs, 10 Stories

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN Neil Young makes his long-awaited return to St. Louis tomorrow night, playing a solo show at the Fox Theatre. The show is sold out. John Hammond will open the show. Here are ten of my favorite Neil Young songs, accompanied by personal stories. See you tomorrow. Heart of Gold Two distinct … Read more

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[PHOTOS] David Byrne at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN David Byrne brought his “American Utopia” tour to St. Louis last Friday, and it proved to be a show for the ages. Simply put, this was the best show I’ve seen this year, and I will make every effort to see it again. Please enjoy these photos by Jason Gonulsen.

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[REVIEW] Dreaming with Josh Ritter at The Ryman in Nashville

Photo by Jason Gonulsen Written by Jason Gonulsen Ever since Josh Ritter picked up a guitar in Moscow, Idaho, he dreamed about playing the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. I only know this because he told us exactly that, early on in his debut performance at the legendary venue this past Friday. And midway through … Read more

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Farm Aid 2017: There’s a Warning Sign on the Road Ahead

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Words by Jason Gonulsen “Stop Factory Farms.” My first time in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, and that’s what I’ll remember most. Farm Aid was back for its 32nd year. I thought of that many times over the day: 32 years. Thirty-two. Wherever you walked inside KeyBank Pavillion, you met a person wearing … Read more

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[PHOTOS] Ryan Adams + Jillian Jacqueline at The Pageant in St. Louis

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Ryan Adams returned to The Pageant in St. Louis last week, playing songs from his latest album, Prisoner, in addition to older material like “Come Pick Me Up,” “To Be Young,” and “Let It Ride.” Jillian Jacqueline opened the show, and closed with her single, “Hate Me.” Jillian Jacqueline

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2017 Forecastle Festival: Making Up For Lost Time

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN “Saw the Stones one time,” my Uber driver said. I’m on the way to my fourth consecutive Forecastle Festival in Louisville, and the stories keep coming. I sit back and listen. “See, back then it was different. People I knew, they started climbing that scaffolding near the stage while the … Read more

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[INTERVIEW] Kasey Chambers Visits Off Broadway in St. Louis

Kasey Chambers performs at Off Broadway | All photos by Jason Gonulsen I’m walking up a narrow, creaky set of stairs behind Kasey Chambers, and we’re making our way to Off Broadway’s green room, to do an interview. She turns around, and starts talking. “I’m stoked to be here,” Chambers says with a thick Australian … Read more