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Record Routine: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy fulfill Pops Staples last wish

Don’t Lose This is Roebuck “Pops” Staples latest and last album. With such a developed career, it’s hard to fathom how this man came to be so influential in the music industry. Pops Staples was born on a Mississippi plantation in the 1910s and was the youngest of 14 children. He got involved with local blues guitarists as a young boy and went from a singer to a band leader. 

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Country acts return to genre’s roots

Mexican ritual masks beckoned me from the rafters as I entered the front door of the Barrymore Theater Wednesday night. The Devil Makes Three’s sold out performance, with opener Joe Pug, promised to be at least the most captivating display of humanity in Madison, if not the most enthralling musical performance I have witnessed this winter.

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Nick Lowe spreads cheer on new tour

Nick Lowe is versatile. They nicknamed him “The Basher” for his production aesthetic. He all but gave Stiff Records a signature sound. His credits in the studio include Elvis Costello (with and without The Attractions), The Damned, The Pretenders, Graham Parker & The Rumour, Wreckless Eric and John Hiatt. He’s on good terms with Johnny Cash’s family. He was a member of seminal pub rock group Brinsley Schwarz. He’s done pure pop and Sinatra-style swing albums alike. He’s had hits both in his native England and across the pond here. He’s worshipped by Alex Turner and Jeff Tweedy. And now, he’s doing a holiday tour.

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