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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
After the success of his “six-pack” album concept with Hillbilly Bone, Blake is back to delivering a full-length offering of music. “Drink on It” and “Get Some” ... Read More
Often, the myths and legends hovering around America and its music are most fascinating to those who are geographically removed from it. Canadian acts including The Band in the 1960s/’70s, ... Read More
Corey’s sixth album, a generous 17-track project, is permeated by a sense of nostalgia for early romances and younger, wilder days. His gritty, Southern rock-influenced sound runs more ... Read More
Bluegrass traditions are light-years removed from modern music, which can make the practice of “grassifying” old rock songs a hit-and-miss affair. Even the well-rendered first Moody ... Read More
Ashton Shepherd returns with her much-anticipated sophomore album, and it’s obvious the Alabama native’s songwriting gift has matured. With the success of other tough country women ... Read More
Of all the hits that Gary Nicholson has put his name on since the early 1980s, it’s “One More Last Chance,” which Vince Gill co-wrote and memorably recorded, that typifies his ... Read More
Chris Young’s new 10-track project is tightly packed with solid songs, honoring both family and desires of the flesh. The album opens with “I Can Take It From There,” a possible ... Read More
A father, a husband, a small-town dweller, a lover, a partier—Colt Ford takes every opportunity to showcase his many different roles, and this time around Colt brings even more star power ... Read More
As long as there’s been a music business, hopeful singers and groups have been lining up for a shot at the spotlight. Alabama’s Teddy Gentry, who was one of the lucky ones, has rustled ... Read More
Mandy Barnett is one of the few singers who, with her soft yet compelling voice, can embody the emotional torch-and-twang style of Patsy Cline with authority. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ... Read More
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sarah’s 2009 debut, Song Up in My Head, charmed as much as it impressed, featuring straightforward songs and performances from the then-16-year-old ... Read More
Of all the early-to-mid-1970s bands laboring under the “Southern rock” banner (a term coined by the media, not by the musicians), none could top South Carolina’s Marshall Tucker ... Read More
Of all the early-to-mid-1970s bands laboring under the “Southern rock” banner (a term coined by the media, not by the musicians), none could top South Carolina’s Marshall Tucker ... Read More

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