Cracker

PUBLISHED IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR AUGUST 25, 1998     NICK KREWEN Hamilton Spectator August 25, 1998   TORONTO:   Seems American rock critics can’t quite get it right when it comes to defining and describing Cracker, the sardonic Richmond, Virginia-based rock group led by singers and songwriters David Lowery and Johnny Hickman. So the band made it easy for them on their new album Gentleman’s Blues. “I had to…


Nashville Pussy Gets Politically Correct….Not!

PUBLISHED IN THE KITCHENER-WATERLOO RECORD, AUGUST 09, 1998 By Nick Krewen Ready for some raunch and roll? Think bands are too politically correct? Then check out Nashville Pussy, the fearless foursome from Lexington, Kentucky who have been setting stages ablaze with their no-holds-barred approach to punk ‘n roll. They’re a 90’s band with ’70s values. “It’s never a dull moment. Never,” assures Corey Parks, the gorgeous, 6’3 fire-breathing North Carolinan…


The Other Side of a Folk Legend

Folk Artist Digs Through Woody Guthrie Archives  Nick Krewen Music, The Toronto Star July 27, 1998 Mention the name Woody Guthrie and visions of a serious, poker-faced dust bowl balladeer spring to mind. Whether it’s such socially and politically charged anthems as “Vigilante Man,” “Do-Re-Mi,” or his most famous classic “This Land Is Your Land,” the Oklahoma-born Guthrie is indelibly etched in American folklore as the premier musical biographer of…


A new destination for Jon Bon Jovi

Published in several Southam Newspapers after July 24, 1998     Nick Krewen TORONTO — His outlook may be sunny, but it’s raining in Jon Bon Jovi‘s heart. The 35-year-old leader of his namesake rock band Bon Jovi, one of the world’s most popular, is on the phone from New York promoting the release of his latest solo album, Destination Anywhere, its accompanying film short, and his budding acting career….


The Pumpkins Sing for Charity

PUBLISHED IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR ON MONDAY, JULY 20, 1998 NICK KREWEN Hamilton Spectator July 20, 1998   TORONTO: While Hollywood stars Walter Matthau, Yasmin Bleeth and James Woods stroll through the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel, the real drama is unfolding several floors above as rock star Billy Corgan is giving a state of the union address on his band Smashing Pumpkins. The interview was supposed to include…