Tag: music

Prince of the Midwest

This piece began with a paragraph written for the Montaigne book a week before Prince died. I’m grateful to Belt Publishing for including it in their “Under Purple Skies” anthology, to Longreads for making it available here, and to Anil Dash for kindly fact-checking the passage about Prince and Appolonia in the haymow. Yessir, Old Man Johnson’s…View post

Thank You and Keep Wisconsin Warm (and Cool)

Back here on the farm there is sun on the snow and it’s time to say thank you. Thank you to Erik Kjelland for all the work he puts into the Wisconsin Vinyl Collective project and its work with the Keep Wisconsin Warm (and Cool) fund (helping veterans, elderly, disabled, or working families with young…View post

The Secret to My Country Music Journalism Career

I remember we were on a family trip a year or so ago when we stopped in Iowa so I could do this interview. I don’t remember what all we talked about or if I said anything dumb or awful but I did talk about how I got my big break in country music journalism.…View post

Michael Perry and the Long Beds Live on Video

 Michael Perry and the Long Beds live on “30 Minute Music Hour,” including the newest song, “Underlined.” SET LIST “Could Be You” (from Headwinded) “Golden in the Morning” (upcoming release) “Shaman Girl” (from Headwinded) “Underlined” (upcoming release) “After Waymore’s Blues” (from Tiny Pilot) THE LONG BEDS* Michael Perry – songwriting, lead vocals, acoustic guitar Evan Middlesworth –…View post