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Music, Hear This Red Meat: Show Preview

Red Meat: Show Preview

In 1993, when life in S.F. was still cheap, Red Meat was born from the remains of local outfits the Movie Stars and Genuine Diamelles. Long before "Americana" was a useful marketing term, Red Meat played hard-edged, unadulterated honky-tonk country…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rearing and Bucking

Rearing and Bucking

Is Buck Owens a guilty pleasure? The former Hee Haw star and 1960s hayseed country music hero is credited with inventing the Bakersfield sound, which is somewhere between outlaw country and Nashville country. It’s ... unsophisticated. But the guy had…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Bucked Up

All Bucked Up

Local getup Red Meat may be Bay Area born and bred, but its sound is pure Bakersfield. For those of you who don't own Wrangler jeans, the Bakersfield sound is the slick hick style of the early 1960s made famous…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fulks It Up

Fulks It Up

Initially, I was drawn to Robbie Fulks because he's cruel; sarcastic truth-telling is in short supply these days, especially in the world of country music. So when I was cajoled into staying for Fulks' set at the Bottom of the…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Country Band

Don't dare label Red Meat altcountry or Americana. It is, first and foremost, a country band, drawing primarily from the sparkling, twang-laden, whiskey-spiked well of the Bakersfield sound (cf Buck Owens, Merle Haggard), as well as from iconic honky-tonker George…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Deco Nightspot

Last October, bereft and confused a mere hour or two after the Giants had lost Game 7, we made our way to Bimbo's, much as our more devout fellow fans trekked to Grace Cathedral. It wasn't long before the rattle…
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Music, Reviewed Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

The altcountry scene certainly has no shortage of artists genuflecting toward the late, legendary Gram Parsons. Yet few have retraced his steps as thoroughly and as convincingly as Oakland bandleader Dave Gleason, who embraces the same all-inclusive musical vision as…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In the early '60s San Joaquin Valley superpicker Buck Owens almost single-handedly rescued country music from the sleepy formulae of Nashville's "countrypolitan" crossover acts. His upbeat West Coast sound brought the bright, fat tones of the Fender Telecaster into the…
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House of Tudor

If you owned a television set between 1969 and 1986, you'll recognize Buck Owens as the thicker-than-pig-slop hayseed in overalls who used to host Hee Haw. But don't hold that against him: For those whose memories, or vinyl collections, reach…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Bless This Mess "Home for the holidays" is not a new concept to this city of square pegs who fled their familial confines for the West. Returning to the scene of the crime and spending the year's end with the…
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