Rich Kienzle

Rich Kienzle


Monday, 28 March 2011 03:00

Welcome to Get Rhythm, which probably should be subtitled "Country and then some." Country will be the major focus and nowadays, that covers a pretty wide swath of music. Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Buddy Miller, The Grascals, Ricky Skaggs, the Hot Club of Cowtown, Hank Williams III, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robbie Fulks, Willie Nelson, George Jones and Loretta Lynn all fit into that style. Of course, categories and classifications abound: modern country, Americana, rockabilly, honky-tonk, bluegrass, roots music, western swing, alternative country, classic country and so on.

If you've checked the PG's weekly "Believe Your Ears" music podcasts, which I contribute to along with PG staffers (most notably Scott Mervis),you might notice I don't always stick to country. That's because over the years, I've written about mainstream jazz, classic pop of the Sinatra-Tony Bennett variety as well as early rock. That same eclectic approach applies here. I might occasionally look at instrumental players. And I won't ignore history, including reissues of country, jazz, pop, etc. Expect an occasional book review as well.

Most of what you'll see here will be familiar, but expect trips off the beaten path to focus on obscure but worthwhile performers, albums or styles you might not be as familiar with.  And when a breaking event happens, I'll look at it—sometimes with an unconventional spin.

As always, Scott and the PG's ever-capable A&E staff will handle local music and the region's performers. I'll be concentrating on national acts and everything mentioned above.  With all that going on, I'd suggest checking back often.  Enjoy!