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January 2008
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Beatallica *1/08


INSIDE:
Brew City Sludge 1/08
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Crystal Corner Bar 1/08
Eclectic Vibes 1/08
Fair To Midland 1/08
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Slipped Discs 1/08

December 2007
ON COVER:
Ottoman Empire *12/07

INSIDE:
CD/DVD Reviews  12/07
Coheed & Cambria 12/07
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks 12/07
Dry Bean 12/07
Fair To Midland 12/07
John 5 12/07


November 2007
ON COVER:
Dropkick Murphys *11/07

INSIDE:
Dad The Plow 11/07
CD/DVD Reviews  11/07
Robyn Hitchock 11/07
Reptile Palace 11/07

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30 Seconds To Mars *3/07
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420 *3/01
1956 4/05

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Abstract Giants 10/04
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All Girl Summer Fun Band
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Alter Bridge * 9/04
Amen 5/04
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Ian Anderson  10/06
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A Perfect Circle * 4/00
Arena Venus
Arrested Development
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Atomic Bitchwax
Autolux 10/05
Avenged Sevenfold *7/06
Awesome Car Funmaker *7/05

B
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bloodsimple 2/05
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Big Sandy And His
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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown *7/00
Jack Bruce  12/01
Bugattitype 35 *8/97
Burden Brothers * 6/04
Built To Spill  9/06
Buzzhorn, The * 8/02


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Cardia
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Canned Heat 7/07
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Cealed Casket 10/07
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Clutch
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Cradle of Filth 10/07
Crepitus
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Curran, Nick
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The Cribs 4/06 3/04
Cynergy 67

D
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Dark New Day 5/05
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Danzig 10/04
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Default  12/01
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Deep Purple 4/04
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Deftones *12/06
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Dimmu Borgir
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Dismemberment Plan
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Dorsey, Claude * 12/03
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Drill 187
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Dropkick Murphys
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Drowning Pool * 11/01
Duarte, Chris

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Edwards, David "Honeyboy"
El Donk
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Tracii Guns 5/06

Grade8 * 1/03
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Hank Thomas & the Western Starlanders
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Paramount Records
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Polysics 10/07
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Projekt Revolution  8/07
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Reason For Leaving
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Something To Do
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Yamagata, Rachel 11/04
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The Junkers - March 2002
Author: Dave Leucinger
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The Junkers - March 2002

The Junkers photo by Dave LeucingerGlancing at the Junkers' Kenneth Burns, there are times he's caught in a wistful, dreamlike state -- contemplating past, present, and future. "If I wrote a bad song that Garth Brooks sold 18 million copies, I wouldn't complain."

But given Burns' prowess with words and music, it's harder to imagine the bad song part than the part about writing a top hit for Brooks. As primary songwriter and vocalist for the group, his Tennessee and Texas upbringing are clearly audible in his vocal phrasing of group originals. And unlike many that automatically dismiss commercial country, Burns can find distinctions. "Alan Jackson and George Strait are still making great honky tonk music," he said. "There's not much of a boundary between Dale Watson and George Strait -- just in the millions of albums sold."

The group's Madison roots trace back six years; lead guitarist Matthew Stratton (from Oregon) and drummer Thomas Crofts III (from San Antonio) discovered a musical bond when they met. "We just waited until someone came along who could sing," Stratton said. Bass guitarist Dave Junker's history in Madison's music scene goes back to the psychedelic/garage Romulans of the early 1990s. By 1999, graduate school brought Burns to town -- and that added the missing link. "Some of us got further in school than others," he joked.

The unity of the group is evident in their common respect for songwriting as the key element. "My songwriting mostly draws from Shel Silverstein, Willie Nelson, and Harlan Howard ," Burns said. "Each of them has funny material, but they're sincere at the same time." He emphasizes his deep appreciation for the craft of songwriting. "I'm drawn to writers that are part of the old Nashville tradition of songwriters, as distinct from performers. I like the idea of 'song craftsmen.' But the songwriters tend to be forgotten." The craftsmanship has also suffered in recent years, Burns noted. "There aren't a lot of well-written songs on country radio now," he said. "If you take Hank Williams, he didn't just write great country songs -- but songs that could be covered by anyone."

That's also a factor that Junkers audiences note. "We get a lot of people saying, 'I don't like country music, but I like you guys,'" Crofts said. "Most of today's country music doesn't float to the top -- it sinks to the bottom. It's pretty bland stuff. But if you look seriously at the songs -- we don't play Willie Nelson the same way. Our version of 'Whisky River' is more like George Clinton," he quipped. "There's a lot you can do with good songs, including speed them up or slow them down."
 
"It's really in the structure -- the storytelling," Stratton echoed. "The puns and hooks are funny, but the song is held together by the story."

By focusing on the song, genre labels become less important. "'Alternative country' is a pretty broad label -- it lumps neo-traditional honky tonk with the Appalachian ballads of a Freakwater , to Neko Case's crooning," Burns said. "We just play the music we like -- although I admit I had it in mind when we first got together," he said.

Crofts carried the concept further. "I'll draw an analogy between alt country and punk. With punk, success wasn't based on whether you could play super-fast. That took a lot of pressure off for perfection, and opened up markets to groups like the Meat Puppets and the Minutemen," he said. "That's the value of alt country and punk -- it took the pressure off garage bands to play marketable music, and allowed more musicians to play."

The Junkers have just finished recording their follow-up to last year's polished Hunker Down album. The new disc will echo its predecessor as exclusively containing originals -- leaving the classic Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard , and George Jones songs for concerts only. "It avoids all the legal tangles," Burns said." He also makes it clear that there are other goals ahead. "We would like to get picked up by a label," he said. "We think we're on to something. In the past year we've transformed from a house party band to playing the best rooms in town." And while they've landed plenty of twenty-somethings on their mailing list, they've also been known to appeal to the other end of the demographic scale. "We played at Trish's Country Corners this one time, and we got all the old-timers dancing," Stratton recalled. "One guy -- who looked like he was 300 -- and his wife, just a few years younger -- danced close to the stage. He pointed at me and said, 'Now THAT is country.' That passes the test for me."

So it's safe to say that The Junkers will keep delivering the lyrical angst of country music to Madison and beyond. "We want people to 'feel the pain,'" Crofts said, "and we'd like to think we've inflicted a little along the way."


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