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Did you know Wilco used to be called National Dust?

Look what I stumbled across in the May 7, 1994 issue of Billboard. It’s a blurb about the break up of Uncle Tupelo who had played their final show just a few days earlier on May 1. “Say Uncle: Uncle Tupelo is dissolving, with core member Jeff Tweedy and drummer Ken Coomer forming a new … Continue reading Did you know Wilco used to be called National Dust?

1989 Uncle Tupelo Video

Wow. Almost 20 years ago! Check out this great Cable Access footage of Uncle Tupelo back before they released their first album, No Depression. They talk a little and play “Graveyard Shift” and “Factory Belt.” Dig Jay’s badass guitar strap! Tweedy looks 12.

Jeff Tweedy on bands that have followed Uncle Tupelo

“A lot of the things I hear sound like they’re written as like nostalgia for something that the people that are making it haven’t even lived through. I don’t understand 26-year-old, 28-year-old kids singing about roadhouses and whiskey and stuff. I just find it hard to believe that that is part of their life, that … Continue reading Jeff Tweedy on bands that have followed Uncle Tupelo

STRAIGHT OUTTA BELLEVILLE

Uncle Tupelo Gets the Reissue Treatment It’s unclear what strain of moonshine was mixed with how many parts distortion and Hank Willliams to create Uncle Tupelo. But ten+ years removed from their existence, the work that its founding members have gone on to produce validates Tupelo’s recordings as not simply lucky noise labeled “genius” or … Continue reading STRAIGHT OUTTA BELLEVILLE