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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
You didn’t come here to read about how tricky it can be to rate a musical work. But it isn’t always easy. Is it a five-star album? Maybe three? That depends on the taste of the ... Read More
Eric Church’s latest offering can be nearly summed up in five words: “broken relationships,” “Jesus,” “whiskey” and “weed.” On the disc, he ... Read More
Suzy Bogguss has proven herself to be one of country’s most versatile artists, tackling a variety of styles including vintage Americana, hymns and what-have-you as a sometime musical ... Read More
While Dolly Parton has penned albums full of songs with the most heart-wrenching lyrics (“Daddy Come and Get Me,” “Jolene,” “Traveling Man”) throughout her ... Read More
You won’t hear him on country radio, but Jim Lauderdale doesn’t need to make waves on the air. Over the past 12 years, the eclectic yet thoroughly country-rooted singer/songwriter has ... Read More

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