This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 9th, 2011, 1:48 pm by Ben Salmon

Hooray!

As far as the Central Oregon music scene goes, one of the biggest weekends of the year is here as the Sisters Folk Festival takes over that little town 20 or so miles up U.S. Highway 20.

Today’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin has everything you need to know, including ticket info / full schedule / venue map and short pieces on some of the lineup’s highlights: Steve Forbert, Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug and Cahalen Morrison & Eli West.

Plus, an interview with roots-rock legend and one of the coolest cats around, Dave Alvin! Here’s an excerpt:

“I like to play as much as possible,” he said. “To me, playing music live is what I love.”

He continued: “My heroes were all about playing live. The old blues singers: Big Joe Turner, Lightning Hopkins, people like that, (they) played till they died. And people conjecture about why Bob Dylan is always touring and it’s like, well, what else are you supposed to do? When you’re playing live and you get that (interaction) with the audience, that is my religion. That’s my church.”

Which would make Alvin’s songbook the hymnal. Long a master fusionist of rock, country, rockabilly, Tex-Mex and blues music, Alvin’s new album “Eleven Eleven” crackles with an energy untapped on his previous, more acoustically inclined records.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in the music section, we’ve got stories on tonight’s mighty fine Finn Riggins / Tartufi show at The Astro Lounge and a piece on why Joan Osborne is more than just “One of Us.”

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