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On “Harper Valley P.T.A.” and “Carroll County Accident,” tunesmith Tom T. Hall clearly revealed the deceitful ways of the adult world. Fortunately, that isn’t the only place where his songs ... Read More
Brad Paisley, having been raised on traditional country music, is one of a handful of contemporary stars who could title an album This Is Country Music (with all that the title implies) without ... Read More
Levon Helm’s 1960s and ’70s work with The Band paved the road for today‘s Americana—a mix of hardscrabble country, folk, blues and what-have-you. Read More
Twelve years after Matraca Berg’s last album, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer returns with a moody set of songs that chronicle loss, defeat and pain throughout the lives of women. In an ... Read More
Since his rise during the 1960s, Kenny Rogers has had pop success with The First Edition, notched the country perennials “The Gambler” and “Lucille,” dabbled in acting, recorded with Michael ... Read More
While new country acts often establish themselves with elements of rock ’n’ roll sound and visual style designed to win the approval of younger listeners, brother-and-sister duo Lee and Elaine Roy ... Read More
Steve Earle’s first album of all-new material since 2007 shares the title of his new novel, and the pursuit of book writing has apparently diffused the white-hot political torch he wielded on ... Read More
Country music and old-time gospel music have borrowed from each other for decades, but rarely have the two styles blended as flawlessly as on a new offering from one of gospel music’s most revered ... Read More
I’m a bit run down but I’m OK, sings Emmylou on Hard Bargain’s title track, summing up the album’s blend of weariness and hope. The streak of melancholy that colored her recent albums is lightened ... Read More
Sisters Becky, Emily and Joanna Robertson grew up in a superb setting for a country music education; their parents were members of Waylon Jennings’ road band The Waylors in the 1970s. The trio ... Read More
We make our own rules / Anything goes, sings bluegrass ensemble Mountain Heart’s lead singer, Josh Shilling, on the opening number, “That Just Happened.” The band lives up to its ... Read More
When’s the last time you heard a new singer who nods to the guys—the ones tinkering in their yards, trying not to trip over tricycles—without stooping to ... Read More
If you think Steve Martin has no business in country music, keep in mind that the talented banjo player and sometime funnyman is drawing from country’s most revered roots: The Grand Ole Opry ... Read More

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