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Eleven’s numerical-based title means this: It’s Martina’s 11th studio album, released Oct. 11, and it features 11 tracks. (The 15-track special edition, available only through ... Read More
Sunny Sweeney breaks into the boys’ club that country radio has largely become over the past several months with enough tough-chick twang to rival country’s current purveyor Miranda ... Read More
On 2009’s Twang, fans heard George Strait the songwriter for the first and only time since his sole writing contribution on 1982’s Strait From the Heart album. This time around, George ... Read More
While country elder Gene Watson has been quietly and determinedly plying his traditionalist trade on small independent labels, Rhonda Vincent has built a bluegrass empire over the last decade by ... Read More
Teen American Idol winner Scotty McCreery takes a page out of Taylor Swift’s playbook on his debut by adhering to songs about high school love, small-town life and other themes that align ... Read More
Serendipitously, Robert Earl Keen’s last name happens to describe his sense of humor and wordplay, characteristics that often dominate his work. His latest musical mixed bag is no exception, ... Read More
It’s been 150 years since the Civil War began with a shot on Fort Sumter, S.C., and yet it’s not uncommon today to see the Rebel flag displayed in America’s southern regions. The ... Read More
Recording the follow-up to an album that produced three chart-topping singles and sold 3 million copies is wrought with temptations—to veer off the rails in an attempt to create something ... Read More
Starting in the late 1960s, when raucous rock and long hair ruled youth culture, Glen Campbell brought a conservative country-boy sensibility to popular music and enjoyed a virtually all-ages ... Read More
Though her biggest hits as an artist came in the 1980s (“Baby I Lied,” “I’ve Been Wrong Before”) Deborah Allen is well-versed in the country sound of the 1990s, ... Read More
In the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs was a major force in bringing back homespun traditionalism to a country music industry that had undergone near-total Urban Cowboy-ization. His currently circulating ... Read More
This road-tested group boasts tightknit sibling harmonies and an ear-pleasing tribute to the joys and tragedies of working folk and weekend warriors. Blue-collar themes (such as in standout cut ... Read More
 Jeff Bridges’ extensive film credits, which range from big earners such as Iron Man to the cult favorite The Big Lebowski, testify to the highly rated actor’s preference for ... Read More
Miranda Lambert, more popular than ever as a solo artist, has teamed up with singer/songwriter gal pals Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley to form one of the few honest-to-goodness all-girl side ... Read More
Ronnie Milsap, who’s spent the bulk of his multiplatinum-selling career as a purveyor of pop- and R&B-styled Nashville fare, is not often lumped in with country’s traditionalists. ... Read More
Now into his sixth decade of making music, Ray Stevens has proven that his comedic instincts and his eye for current events are as keen as ever. Read More
This rising Texas-based quartet made its deepest chart dent thus far with the almost-Top 10 single “Always the Love Songs,” a track which points out that midtempo romantic fare is a ... Read More
Proud to Be Here is a more than apt title for Trace’s latest album, given the recent upheaval in his personal life due to the loss of his home to a fire. Indeed, Trace’s outlook is ... Read More
When the oft-overused phrase “it’s the real deal” is used appropriately, it’s to describe the likes of Guy Clark, heralded near-unanimously as a songwriting master. His ... Read More
This Michigan native wields his raspy, bluesy voice and works his axe with a confidence that belies his 28 years. Most Midwestern country-rockers are inevitably compared to John Mellencamp, and ... Read More

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