Alex Williams is a ‘Little Too Stoned’

On the road, through the telephone, Alex Williams’ voice sounds like it’s coming from an ancient country 8-track. He’s not even 30 years old yet, but his voice, a rich baritone even when he’s just speaking, seems to come from the dusty rack of a since-shuttered record shop. He plays and sings at the Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon this Saturday, May 11. Tickets are $12. […]

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Midwestern folk laborman Chicago Farmer is ‘getting somewhere’

Despite his name, Chicago Farmer has a tough time even getting grass to grow at his home in Bloomington, Illinois. It’s not for lack of trying, though. “I actually have this mud pit in my backyard right now,” he says, laughing. “I’ve been planting grass, but I’m never around here to water it.” He plays the Famous Mockingbird in Marion on Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. […]

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‘I don’t know the place, but the place is the tune’: Leo Kottke brings a life in music to Englert Theatre

At this point, Leo Kottke is made mostly out of broken guitar strings and American myth: a folk instrumental overheard and transcribed by what could be remembered. Even the facts of his life paint wide, patriotic strokes of wordless music. He brings all of this, an unparalleled but true American story in music, to the Englert Theatre on April 13. […]

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