Jonny Whiteside

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You Called It Madness

When uke-strumming, falsetto-keening, raven-tressed bizarro Tiny Tim erupted from Greenwich Village obscurity to international stardom, he was a phenomenon as unique as he was inevitable. Almost overnight, Tiny Tim had it all -- entire fan magazines devoted to him, his very own Milton-Bradley board game, a full-length hardcover biography published......
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After the Gold Rush

When New York writer Jimmy McDonough interviewed Neil Young for the 1989 Village Voice feature ”Too Far Gone: Fucking Up With Neil Young,“ McDonough had no idea what his subject had in store for him. In an auspicious moment of candor, Young announced, ”The farther you go into this abyss......
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Angel in Spurs

Kathy Robertson is the walking personification of the Honky Tonk Angel, a gal who knows her way around a saloon, who isn‘t averse to asking for double shots of Jack Daniel’s, and who belts out country music with authenticity and passion. The Texas-born, California-raised singer has quite a remarkable background,......
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Rosin up the Bow

A phenomenally talented fiddler, mandolinist and singer, Brantley Kearns has distinguished himself as one of the top country-music sidemen in Los Angeles. Soft-spoken but musically forceful, he’s recorded and toured with Dwight Yoakam, Billy Joe Shaver and David Bromberg, and done session work and one-off club dates with a host......
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Heartaches by the Numbers

Southern California is, has been and likely always will be the nation’s leading market for retail country-music sales, a fact that most locals are astonished to learn. Not that the hit makers are homegrown, but it does indeed lend weight to Lux Interior’s assertion that “Los Angeles is the biggest......
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Jukebox Juju

Manhattan‘s Knoxville Girls make a big noise, three guitars thrusting, played for kicks. Churning through ectoplasmic instrumentals haunted by the ghost of rockabilly primitive Charlie Feathers, throwing down Farfisa-tinged, harmonica-stabbed garage din, grinding out a George Jones classic or pounding on one of their decidedly idiosyncratic originals, Knoxville Girls deliver......
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Midnight Matinee

Photo by Michael Powers THE POST­WORLD WAR II R&B EXPLOSION, WHICH cleared the way for every subsequent rock & roller able to keep a beat, was essentially detonated in Los Angeles, and Hunter Hancock, an unassuming, Texas-born radio announcer, is the man who lit the fuse and kept it burning......
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Nervous Man Nervous

Photo by Debra DiPaoloFUROR, TUMULT, MADNESS: ALL CALLING CARDS FOR rhythm & blues tenor-sax originator Big Jay McNeely, a man who exudes uncommon power. Known during his 1949­1955 peak as "The Go Go Go Man," "The Deacon of Tenor Sax," "King of the Honkers," "Pied Piper," even "Big Jay McSquealy,"......
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Don ''Sugarcane'' Harris

Photo by Dewey TerryDON "SUGARCANE" HARRIS, THE ROCK & ROLL SINGER-guitarist-fiddler who, as half of Don & Dewey, made some of the late '50s' scorchingest discs, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday, November 30, at age 61. Born June 18, 1938, in Pasadena, Harris -- a classically trained violin prodigy......
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Beat Your Heart Out

When glitter-tinged Class of ’76 punk masters the Zeros took the stage at Bomp Records‘ recent 25th-anniversary bash, guitarist-singer Javier Escovedo experienced something unusual -- a bad case of nerves. Forget the fact that original bassist Hector Penalosa had pulled out, due to imminent nuptials, just four days earlier; never......