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Volume III, Issue 8
August 16 - August 23, 1999  

Featured Articles
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Rosetta, My Rosetta [2]
Rosetta Wills talks about growing up with and without her father Bob Wills.
Sittin' on Top of the World [3]
Bob Wills' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Blues and Baaba [4]
For five years, Africa Fete has brought a jolt of the exotic to summer stages, but this year's line-up seems designed to highlight connections between African and American music.
Grrls Just Wanna Have Fun [5]
What kind of girl power can you expect to find at Lilith Fair? Some think it's all touchy-feely empowerment, while others expect man-hating tirades. The truth is somewhere in between and stamped with corporate logos.
— Joey Cody, METRO PULSE
Subdivisions [6]
Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar explores the popular issue of '90s women in rock in her 1998 documentary "The Righteous Babes" and shows how feminism has invaded pop culture.

Artist Profiles
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Streetcorner Genius [7]
Tropicalismo king Milton Nascimento's latest release does scant justice to his enormous talent.
— Damon Krukowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Greener Grass [8]
Shunning radio and major-label suitors, Alison Krauss still focuses on the music--and it shows.
Riding With Bob [9]
Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson and a few dozen different backing musicians have become the undisputed ministers of the country-jazz hybrid with which Bob Wills is synonymous.
Sticking Their Necks Out [10]
Oxford's Neckbones are just a rock-and-roll band.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
Shiny Happy Nevershine [11]
The first question people ask the members of Nevershine is usually the same these days: How did these Tucson boys make it onto the playlist?
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY

Album Reviews
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Ride With Bob [12]
Asleep At The Wheel's new album reviewed.
— Christopher Gray, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Release Me [13]
Kool Keith's major-label debut confronts the rapper's dilemma -- play ball with the terminally uncool rap mainstream or be a cartoon brother from another (Digable) planet.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX


T hree months before she was born, Rosetta Wills was already making headlines. Now the daughter of western swing king Bob Wills has written a book about the brief periods of time she spent with her famous father.

Rosetta Wills also contributes a report on her trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction of Bob Wills earlier this year.

For nearly three decades, Asleep At The Wheel have worshipped at the altar of the legendary King of Western Swing, and we've got an interview with band leader Ray Benson and a review of their new tribute to Bob Wills.

Speaking of tributes, we've got a big review rounding up nearly a dozen recent tribute albums, some more successful than others, as the reviewers will let you know.

Also, Africa Fête, Lillith Fair, Milton Nascimento, Alison Krauss, and more.

Mini Reviews
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Tribute Record Reviews [14]

  • Gram Parsons
  • Greenwich Village in the Sixties
  • Neil Young
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Muddy Waters
  • Eric Clapton
  • The Beatles
  • The Go-Go's
  • The Clash
  • The Exploited
  • The Dixie Hummingbirds

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [15]
  • Guided by Voices
  • Kristin Hersh
  • Superchunk
  • Octant
  • Ghost
  • Bill Lloyd
  • Gordon Lightfoot

Gold Sounds [16]
  • American Analog Set
  • The Beta Band

Tiny Tunes [17]
  • Robyn Hitchcok
  • The Minders
  • The Cherry Orchard

Rhythm and Views [18]
  • Tucson Punk Compilation
  • Martial Solal

Turn Up That Noise! [19]
  • The Apples in Stereo
  • Negativland/Chumbawumba

Now What? [20]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.

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