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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
After cementing her legend as a groundbreaking rockabilly artist in the 1950s, Wanda Jackson recorded straight-ahead country, and, as a born-again Christian, took up gospel music in the 1970s. ... Read More
Songstress Sara Evans has returned for her first studio album since 2005’s Real Fine Place.The turmoils and triumphs of her personal life during the past few years are no secret, and ... Read More
Aaron Lewis brings the same introspective balladry from his days as frontman for rock band Staind (“It’s Been Awhile”) to his attempt as the next rock-country crossover. The ... Read More

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