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As they say, you can’t accurately judge a book—or, for that matter, an album—by its cover. If you could, The Louvin Brothers’ 1959 country-gospel collection, Satan Is Real, ... Read More
Dierks’ latest album marks a return to his honky-tonk-tinged brand of country music coming after 2010’s bluegrass-oriented Up on the Ridge. Read More
Tim McGraw’s final album for Curb Records suggests the beginning of an era of fresh creativity for this multidimensional artist. Read More
Because Willie Nelson’s star rose only after he’d departed Nashville for his native Texas in the early 1970s, some may forget that his first major successes came as a Music City ... Read More
Janie Fricke, winner of the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist trophy in 1982 and 1983, adds a bluegrass tinge to several of her hits on this release, including the 1982 ... Read More
The all-gospel country album—once an old standby—is far less common in the mainstream today, though inspirational music remains a logical move within the smaller sphere of traditional ... Read More
It’s no mere coincidence that pianist/singer Norah Jones, who’s paired her sublime vocals with Willie Nelson’s on a few Grammy-nominated duets, calls her sporadic side project ... Read More
While many highly regarded country artists have immortalized songs from Bill Anderson’s perpetually prolific pen, his own best-known recordings have leaned toward pop-friendly fare, a fact ... Read More
Among Guy Clark’s many songs, one sums up his philosophy especially well: “Stuff That Works,” an ode to craftsmanship and functionality and a dismissal of stuff you really ... Read More
At a record executive’s suggestion, the Bellamy Brothers teamed up with Swiss rock artist Gölä in 2010 for BB&G: The Greatest Hits Sessions, which spent several weeks atop the Swiss ... Read More
The ongoing Johnny Cash Bootleg series of archival recordings has been providing an increasingly comprehensive look at the man whose personal and musical vision would far surpass his modest vocal ... Read More
Husband-and-wife duo Joey+Rory’s relaxed, traditional style of music brings a familiar, cozy feel to their first Christmas disc. Read More
The quirky tendencies she showed on her recent Little Red Boots album are largely toned down on this rustic, bluegrassy affair, emerging only on the lightweight novelty “All I Want for ... Read More
For many artists, it’s a challenge to create a holiday collection that captures their year-round musical personalities. No such difficulty, however, hampers the Skaggs clan, whose follow-up ... Read More
David Nail’s instinctive infusion of country music with soul and R&B has been catching the ears of radio listeners, first with his 2009 Top 10 single, “Red Light,” and now ... Read More
The Headhunters’ 1989 debut, Pickin’ on Nashville, marked a Southern-rock second coming of sorts with a reckless vigor unlike anything on Music Row. You might still catch a whiff of ... Read More
Eight years after petite Aussie Sherrié Austin’s last release, the singer best known for her 2003 hit “Streets of Heaven” returns with her most charming and personal collection ... Read More
While it lacks the emotional heft of Merle’s acclaimed 2010 album, I Am What I Am, the cancer survivor’s latest album boasts plenty of flinty independence. The longtime musical rebel ... Read More
Joe Nichols, who released a greatest-hits album earlier this year, kicks off the next chapter of his career with his eighth studio album. Much like fellow traditionalist George Strait, Joe sticks ... Read More
Once the precocious tyke who sang “Jambalaya” onstage with Hank Williams Jr. at age 4, Hunter Hayes is all grown up. He has matured into a multi-instrumentalist who commanded more than ... Read More

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