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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
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

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