A Conversation with Jeff Bridges

Photo by Dustin Cohen.I got the opportunity to talk to the Academy Award winning actor about his music, The Dude, and more. Check it out.

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American Idol Feature Feature From The Inlander

American IdolWith Carrie Underwood coming to Spokane, I decided to write about the American Idol winners for The Inlander. One minor caveat… I’ve never watched an episode before. Check it out.

Fiendish Conversation with Brandi Carlile

Before her Thanksgiving weekend shows with the Seattle Symphony, I chatted with country singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Check it out.

Toby Keith & Reba McEntire Feature From The Inlander

The American Way

Which country star best represents our country’s values?

It’s a dark time for our country. We’re in so much debt we had to raise a ceiling (making this our worst ceiling-related crisis since 1984, when Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three informed us that the roof was, in fact, on fire). NASA’s space shuttle program is kaput. Macho Man Randy Savage is dead.

Times like this call for a kick-start from the most purely American music: country. And in our moment of darkness two of the genre’s champions — Toby Keith and Reba McEntire — come riding into Spokane on their noble steeds (in the shape of posh tour buses — not to ruin the illusion).

With both stars strutting and singing on Spokane stages this week, the question becomes: Which of the two is more likely to help us out of this national abyss? Or to put it more bluntly: Who is more “America”? (Category winners are in bold.)

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Lyrical Patriotism

TOBY: Keith’s no-nonsense patriotism was best summed up in his post-9/11 ode “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” with the line, “And you’ll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A, ’cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way!” You can’t find a more in-your-face kick-ass American song outside of the Team America: World Police theme.

REBA: While McEntire can do a mean rendition of “God Bless America” and her songs are littered with Americana, her tunes tend to avoid the politica

Fulfilling the Capitalist Dream

TOBY: Keith has sold more than 13.5 million albums, which is no small feat except that…

REBA: … McEntire has sold more than 56 million albums. Well, this one’s no contest.

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