April 13, 1999 |
Hoo, Doggies! It shorely don't take much to whip up a crowd-pleasin' musical. Just put a fetchin' gal in gorgeous get-ups, back her with a toe-tapping band and have her sing her soulful country heart out. And, of course, throw in a clown. Any country music show worth two poots in a whirlwind has gotta have a clown. At least, that appears to be Ted Swindley's idea of a winning formula. Swindley is the creator and director of "Always . . .
March 7, 1987 |
Imagine a cross between Laurie Anderson and Minnie Pearl. Or how about a mixture of Elvis Costello and Patsy Cline? Somewhere in that puzzle of images, you'll find the real K. D. Lang, a spirited Canadian singer whose lively, highly stylized brand of country music could make her one of the most talked about pop arrivals of 1987. Lang's first U.S. album--"Angel With a Lariat"--has just been released by Sire Records and she'll kick off a U.S. tour on April 2 at the Roxy.
October 15, 1985 |
How true is "Sweet Dreams," the film starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris, which is billed as country singer Patsy Cline's "true life and love story"? The answer depends on the person queried. "Dreams" presents the relationship between Cline and her husband Charlie Dick (Ed Harris) as a loving, though stormy one. Dick, who is still living, is portrayed rather unflatteringly, as a hard-drinking womanizer who had no qualms about hitting his wife occasionally.
September 12, 1999 |
The technology-driven outing (in stores Tuesday) allowing nine contemporary country singers to duet seamlessly with Cline 36 years after she died would be more than a curiosity if all the performances were as strong as those by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings--top-drawer singers whose voices can hold their own with anyone's. The others--including John Berry, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle and Michelle Wright--largely come off as dressing on a window that needs none.
October 5, 2001 |
S ally Struthers was a vital contributor to a national cultural landmark, the '70s TV comedy series "All in the Family." The Oregon-reared actress played Gloria, daughter of Carroll O'Connor's and Jean Stapleton's Archie and Edith Bunker, and wife of the rebellious Mike Stivic, played by Rob Reiner. Struthers, 53, is now playing Louise Seger, a fan and friend of country star Patsy Cline, in "Always Patsy Cline."
March 28, 1999 |
Budding country star Mandy Barnett smiles when she recalls how Owen Bradley, the legendary record producer who worked with such country divas as Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, described the young singer as "a strange hillbilly." "He thought it was weird that I was 21 years old and I knew so many pop standards and that I sang like I'd started out in the big-band days," says the raven-haired Barnett, a self-confident, straight-talking former homecoming queen from nearby Crossville, Tenn.
September 17, 1990 |
In the parlor below the deck of her houseboat docked on the Potomac, a youngish woman--blond and dressed in white--recounts the dream and nightmare of her search for her long-hidden legend-filled past. Among the framed old photographs decorating the wood-paneled room, there is only one that really matters to Jett Williams: a black-and-white picture of a handsome young man in a cowboy hat with a dreamy expression on his face. It is no ordinary face, no ordinary family photograph.
February 21, 1994 |
It's 4:30 p.m. and the Mavericks are in the middle of a sound check at In Cahoots country nightclub. Sound check is the time when a band's main order of business is to be sure the stage monitors are on, that the bass drum doesn't overpower the guitars in the house sound system, and that all the microphones are plugged in.
August 22, 1993 |
A set of four postage stamps honoring legends of country music will be issued Sept. 25 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The set of 29-cent stamps will honor Patsy Cline, the Carter Family, Hank Williams and Bob Wills.
October 6, 1991 |
Loveless (who headlines the Crazy Horse Steak House on Monday) does a great Patsy Cline turn on "Can't Stop Myself From Loving You," a show-stopping ballad full of broken syllables and broken register drops that exquisitely echo the love addict's pain. Her song selection is otherwise solid, if not always inspired, her vocals consistently sincere and colorfully spirited.